Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Boys' Book Bloggers

Today I'm listing websites that promote books for boys. Most are blog sites. One is a "hotlist" of links to sites related to literature appealing to boys. As usual, I welcome all comments, additions and updates to this list, which will, eventually, have its own page on this blog site.

Boys Read
This site is owned by John Martin of Boysread.org. Authors may submit for review books traditionally or independently published. Along with book reviews, this site publishes articles on a variety of topics concerning children’s literature and education with a focus on boys.
Librarians' blog site suggesting books for teenaged boys, along with articles and interviews.

Boys Rock, Boys Read!!!
Ninja Librarian Bill and Iron Guy Carl’s blog site featuring in-depth book reviews. A search window helps readers to quickly find specific book reviews.

Boys Rule Boys Read!
“A place for boys to find terrific books and tell other boys about great reading.” This site is a service of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC, and managed by Iron Guy Carl of Boys Rock, Boys Read!!!
Getting Boys to Read
“Community-based blog for parents, librarians, and teachers.” Mike McQueen’s site is about encouraging boys to read and features articles, videos, interviews, and a forum. It’s not clear if authors can submit their own books for review. The site has an online contact form.

Guys Lit Wire
This site "exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them.” 
Authors’ suggestions for book reviews are accepted via an online form.

Guys Read
This is Jon Scieszka’s blog site featuring books recommended for boys, helpfully listed under categories with brief information about each book. Also featured are reading lists recommended by reviewers who include famous authors. There is an alphabetical list of authors, a page listing top-20 recommended books, and an online form for suggesting a
book suitable for boys. Authors should note that the site doesn’t offer to review a book submitted by an individual author.

Literature for Lads
Blog site of Duncan James Wright (in Edinburgh, Scotland), who reviews books that are not self-published. He also interviews authors. Reviewed books are alphabetically listed by book title.

Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books
Vincent Ripley is a contributor to this blog site, which reviews many books that would appeal to boys.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kkanouse/52379613

Ms. Yingling Reads
“Books for middle-school students, especially boys.”
On her blog site, Karen Yingling (a Cybils award judge) reviews books categorized by various genres. Because her blog is “aimed at librarians and patrons of school libraries” she does not review books published solely in e-book formats or self-published books.

Scary, Gross and Enlightening: Books for Boys
“An Internet hotlist for boys and books.”
This site features a range of resources for those seeking boys’ literature suggestions, including a list of authors’ websites, links to lists of fiction, nonfiction, comics, graphic novels, etc., links to teachers' resources, and more..

SMS Guys Read
This blog site is owned by a teacher and middle-school students. Books they are reading or plan to read are mentioned; book reviews are brief.

The Book Zone (for Boys)
Darren Hartwell’s UK blog site features author interviews and accepts books for review from authors published by major publishers only.

This site, owned by a Cybils book-award judge, features in-depth book reviews. It is not clear if he accepts books submitted by authors, but the site provides his contact information.

TMC Guys Read
This blog site lists reviewed books, accepts guest book reviews and suggestions for book reviews, lists reviewed authors, and features book-related news.

 Happy hunting and happy reading, guys! 

17 comments:

  1. Maggie....you have the best info. Please keep them coming. Two of my three MG stories are geared to boys. These will come in very handy. What about girl blogs? LOL

    Thanks again

    Penny Estelle
    pennyestelle@yahoo.com

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  2. I love this site. It's my guide to everything on the internets:)

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  3. I'm so glad to hear my site is useful. Don't forget to suggest additions to this list if there are other boys' book blogs you find helpful. Leave your ideas and suggestions in a comment, and I'll add new sites and updates to the list, which I'll post on its own page on this blog site.

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  4. Super lists of blogs that promote books of boys. If you know of a reluctant boy reader GO LOOK! I pinned it to both my Boys Only and Blogs that ROCK! on Pinterest.

    Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
    http://www.margotfinke.com

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  5. Thanks for the mention, your so kind!

    Thanks for the list, it's really helpful.


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  6. A useful list with some good choices (Hi Vincent!). You could also add Boys Do Read http://boysdoread.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Roygill, I added Boys Do Read. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  8. Thanks for putting our blog on your list!

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    1. You're welcome. You have a lively site!

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  9. Some great blogs to check out. Thanks.

    I just gave you an award, Maggie. You can see it at http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Thanks for popping our Boys Do Read on here. I've returned the favor over on our blog.

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    1. Thank you, Steven. I much appreciate it.

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  11. This is such a fantastic list! I've read a few of these blogs (I love Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read) but most of them are completely new to me!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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  12. This is perfect! I'm so excited to find this list. I have three boys of my own and am always looking for good books for them.

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  13. I haven't run across the majority of these blogs. Thanks for pulling this together - it's a fabulous resource! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog - I'll tweet about this. :D

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