GuysRead.com is a web-based literacy program for boys. The site’s stated mission is “to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.” It features a “Virtual Vault of Good Books,” which includes recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents, and guys themselves. The recommended books are grouped into subject categories such as “Classics that Actually Hold Up,” “Outer space, but without aliens,” “Outer space, with aliens,” and “Realistic kids in realistic situations.” The site also features a book of the month and a Guys Read Blog of News and allows users to suggest a book guys might like to read.
Discovering GuysRead.com was, for me, probably one of the greatest outcomes of this assignment. The site is a truly awesome resource for tweens for a multitude of reasons. The first being its name! Calling the site “Guys Read” sounds a lot cooler, and is therefore much more appealing to tweens, than calling it “Boys Read,” for example. Also, the Guys Read Virtual Vault of Good Books divides the recommended books into categories that will absolutely catch a guy’s eye; for example, “boxers, wrestlers, ultimate fighters.” I also enjoyed the site’s “This Guy Reads” feature, which allows users to take a look at the reading lists of real guys like Loren Long, a bestselling illustrator. I was most impressed, however, by the site’s mission. GuysRead.com aims to help guys become better readers by helping them find the texts they’ll want to read.
Interest level: ages 8 and up