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Explode Concept that only girls read fiction and boys only read nonfiction

The idea that girls read fiction and boys read nonfiction.

If I hold up Bearport’s book on Spooky Cemeteries, who is going to want to check it out? Boys or girls? Good readers or bad?

My female students were appalled when I shared some librarians’ comments about buying nonfiction only for the boys. Girls do read nonfiction and don’t want to be restricted. Boys do read fiction if you take the time to do an interview and find out what they do and don’t like about reading. Also, if you don’t judge what they are choosing.