I am thrilled to welcome Pam Allyn, a literacy advocate and education expert. I first learned about Pam Allyn's work during Anderson's Bookshop's Children's Literature Breakfast. She spoke about her two non-profit organizations, LitWorld and LitLife, and her inspiring book What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child--and All the Best Times to Read Them (Penguin, 2009).
During Allyn's book signing, she told me about her work with the Books for Boys program at The Children's Village. She sets up programs that help boys see themselves as confident readers. I left our exchange feeling motivated to reach even more male readers.
Pam's newest book, Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives (Scholastic, 2011), should be required reading for every educator who works with elementary and middle school students. She provides easy-to-implement tips that will help build reading confidence in boys.
I emailed Pam six interview questions. Read her responses and then immediately check out Best Books for Boys from your public library or support an independent bookhop.
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Pam Allyn discusses Best Books for Boys on Let's Talk Live.
LitWorld sponsors World Read Aloud Day. Shannon Miller and I connected with schools and authors on this special day.
School librarian Donna Kouri and I had a wonderful book discussion. We brainstormed ways to share Allyn's books with our colleagues.
Pam provides classroom management strategies.
Shannon Miller and I invited our students to compose a Global Poem for Change.
Pam talks about storytelling in kindergarten.
Browse inside What to Read When.
Pam Allyn has formed book clubs and reading groups to get boys talking about books that interest them.