Parents and teachers bemoan the challenges involved to get boys to read. But wave an Andy Griffiths title tantalisingly in front of their eyes and the temptation is too great to resist.
What is Andy's secret?
Andy Griffiths is one of the authors appearing at the Ipswich Festival of Children's Literature in September - and the proof that kids love his books is in the 'pudding'. Andy's author-talk sessions will be attended by over 1000 eager, excited children!
Thought you might like to hear and read the transcript of Andy's secrets. In this interview from the NSW Education Dept's School A to Z website, Andy chats with James O'Loghlin about 'the cleverest and most disgusting ways to get boys and girls into books'.
Many thanks for permission to access this interview to Jenni Hamilton, Service Manager-Digital Channels, New South Wales Department of Education and Communities; Andy Griffith and James O'Loghlin. Their site also links through Mobile Applications as well.
To tantalise you, see below ... for much, much more, click on the GETTING BOYS TO READ transcript link from the NSW Department of Education.
At a glance
- A key to getting boys to read is finding subject matter that interests them.
- Often young boys are interested in "rude things" because it allows them to laugh about it without having to do it themselves.
- Boys can see reading as a feminine activity because it's often women they see reading.
- Hook boys into reading something they like and they will broaden their choices in time.
- Books allow the reader to visit different worlds and dimensions; something many boys love.