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Press Release Fun: New Guys Read Website

Psst!  Wanna see something cool?  You know how Jon Scieszka (our National Ambassador) is all about getting boys to read more?  And how he used to have this website for it called Guys Read which was . . . okay, can I level with you here?  It wasn’t that hot.  All good intentions, but creaky.  Snorefest, basically what I’m saying.  Only here’s the thing… recently Jon and his crew decided to revamp the whole kerschmozzle.  I’m talking new look, new blog, cool recommendations, and funny funny funny.

So now they’re introducing the brand new and improved  Design King Sam Potts put it together and it looks fabulous.  I’m particularly fond of the book categories.  My favorite: Repairing shoes but are only written in Spanish and another one called At least one explosion (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made that particular list).

And don’t listen to Kanye or anything.  This site has it all.  Go.  Enjoy.  Get your boys to see it. 

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Nathan Hale says:

    That’s one good looking site! I like it!

  2. It was too static before – great idea but nothing going on. So happy to see this and I hope it stays active!

  3. Jackie Parker says:

    That is so much better! I hope they really use the blog to become more dynamic!

  4. It is one fine site, now. Those category headings will grab LOTS of attention. I’m betting that Repairing shoes but are only written in Spanish will be the most-clicked link.

  5. MotherReader says:

    Great site. Wish that it had real contact info. because I saw a mistake and there isn’t anywhere to send a correction.

  6. Eh, send it to me. I know someone who could pass on corrections, possibly.

  7. Rasco from RIF says:

    Thanks for the debut info; I remember Jon mentioning this at Day of Dialogue and I have been trying to check the site but had not seen that it has gone live. Great news!

  8. Hooo-Ray, it is about time. And where can I get my own little guy figure to hide about my stacks. It could pop out at my male student in unexpected places tempting them to try something new. It would never be found, however, with the Laura Ingall Wilder books.

  9. Nice redo on the site! A suggestion (which I will direct to the site), I don’t see Chris Gall or any of his books listed. Dinotrux, There’s Nothing to do on Mars and Dear Fish. All outstanding books for boys.

  10. Tristan Bancks says:

    Love it. I was a fan of the old Guys Read just for its list of boys’ book suggestions but the new site is cool. I’m considering investing in a cap. Or maybe that’s a bit weird.


  11. Max Elliot Anderson says:

    It’s so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it,especially boys. In fact, I’ve recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, “Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers.”

    I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

    My blog, Books for Boys is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading.

    Keep up your good work.

    Max Elliot Anderson