About this Blog

It is an unfortunate fact that young boys do not read as much as young girls do, or even as much as young boys used to. Part of that results from their nature, but I think part of it results from a failure of the publishing industry to engage and nurture that segment of the market.

The industry follows the money and girls do most of the reading. That’s understandable. However, most grade schools and middle schools require their students to read a certain amount of books per year. There is a built-in, mandatory market that the industry is not properly targeting. These children, boys included, are required to read approximately twenty-five books per year. They are not required to see movies or play video games. They are required to read books. With that much of an advantage, the publishing industry is still failing to engage young boys. There is a window of opportunity to do so, and they are not taking advantage of it. This blog is about literature for boys and what can be done to encourage boys to read.


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  1. Cynthia C. Willis

    March 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Hi Carl,

    Thank you for this wonderful website! It is always wonderful to discover people committed to opening doors to the wonderful world of reading for boys.

    I would be happy to give you a signed copy of BUCK FEVER, my middle grade novel (boy protagonist) published by Feiwel and Friends in October, 2009. If you are interested, you can read more about BUCK on my website (

    All the best to you,

    • Carl

      March 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

      Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks for the support. I would love the book, but would love an interview even more!

      I’ll try the email address on your website to contact you. Feel free to email me at Carl(at)

  2. Max Elliot Anderson

    March 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Hey Carl.

    My new book, Lost Island Smugglers – first in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series – is coming out in June. Contracts are also signed for Captain Jack’s Treasure and River Rampage. These are especially for boys 8 – 13. And a new publisher is going to republish my first 8 action-adventures & mysteries for the same audience.

    Max Elliot Anderson

    • Carl

      March 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Max. I will keep my eye out for them.

  3. Ms. Yingling

    March 18, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Love the lists and comments, but the trailers are all blocked at my school. I have blog rolled you, though, in my quest for more boy book bloggers.

    • Carl

      March 18, 2010 at 5:31 am

      Thanks for the support. I hope you get to view the trailers from home.

      Please check back for more commentary and interviews.

  4. Terry Lynn Johnson

    March 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Carl, you have an amazing resource here for readers and writers. Great job!
    Thanks for visiting my site. My dogsledding books are for MG – YA readers, however, they feature female protagonists.
    Love what you are doing here for boy readers. Keep it up!

  5. Max Elliot Anderson

    March 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    VIDEO Book Trailer – Barney and the Runaway .

    To help tell the story of Barney and the Runaway, and interest people in buying it for their young readers, I’ve produced the following video book trailer.

    I hope you’ll take a look and then forward the link on to teachers, parents, grandparents, and families with young readers 8 – 13.

    Thank you,

    Max Elliot Anderson

  6. Max Elliot Anderson

    June 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Anyone who knows me, knows that the central focus in my life is getting kids interested in reading, especially boys 8 – 13. That’s partially because I grew up hating to read. I’ve been working on something that might help show boys that reading can be cool.

    I hope you’ll show this 41 second video to the boys in your life, and then share it as widely as you can.

    Thank you,

    Max Elliot Anderson

    Guys…read a book.

  7. Peter Johnson

    September 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I’m a YA and Middle-grade author, who’s considered a “boy” author. I thought might blog might interest you since it deals with what boys read on their own and what they are encouraged (and sometimea forced) to read, though U care mostly that they’re reading at all.

    Be well.


  8. Stephen Bull

    May 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Hi, found your great Boylit site and speaking as a male Teacher-Librarian I think your blog highlights many of the challenges we face in encouraging boys (and girls) to learn to love books and discriminate in their reading choices and think for themselves. I will add your site to my ever growing list of Young Adult reading blogs. Keep up the good work.

    Check out our Reading page:

  9. Don Cambou

    July 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    So glad to find you. I wrote my first two novels with the intent of getting boys to read. They are the first two books of an adventure/fantasy trilogy for Middle Schoolers. Both are available for Kindle and Kindle compatible devices. “The Crystal Point of the MOG POGs,”
    “The Treasure of the Carpathian Den”
    If you’d like a review copy of either, please let me know.

    Who am I? I’ve worked producing, writing, and directing television documentaries for 35 years. For 12 years I was the Executive Producer and Show Runner for 450 hour episodes of “Modern Marvels” for The History Channel.

    Don Cambou

  10. Samantha Lien

    September 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I hope you’ve had a great week and are gearing up for a relaxing weekend!

    I wanted to touch base, as I am working with author Udi Aharoni on a virtual book tour in support of his wonderful, informative book ZUTO: The Adventures of a Computer Virus. We’re looking for reviews, interviews, guest posts or author features on Udi and his book, and thought you’d be a great fit! I’m including some information on the book and virtual tour below and would absolutely love to have you if you’d be interested in participating!

    This is really a great book for young boys!

    Udi Aharoni – Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus
    Tour Runs: October 20 – November 10
    Tour Details:
    Availability: We can send you a physical copy of the book (or e-Reader if preferred).
    Brief Description: Zuto, a smart, sneaky computer virus, leads a happy life in his secret hiding place: the Recycle Bin. There, among heaps of junk full of surprising treasures, he plans his tricks. Everything changes when a far more malicious program invades the computer . . . and threatens to end all life in it. Together with his Recycle Bin friends—outdated, buggy programs—Zuto sets off to save his world. Readers curious about the truth behind this rollicking adventure story will find it in the Zutopedia appendix, which explains concepts such as computer viruses, IP addresses, and binary numbers. Zuto was first published in Israel, where it was recommended by the Israeli Ministry of Education and voted in the top ten favorite books by children in grades 4-6 nationwide.

    Thank you so much, and look forward to hearing back!

  11. Dan Martinez

    November 14, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Dear Carl,

    It was great to come across your blog.
    I wrote a distinctive sports book to motivate, middle & high school, boys to read and run.

    The story focuses on a wee high school freshman discovering his athletic abilities.

    “Cross Country 101” is an original treatment of a common adolescent exercise — gaining acceptance in a new environment — set on an apathetic cross country squad, where an incoming freshman — against his dad’s wishes for him to embrace the gridiron — trains his phys ed on distance running.

    Cross Country 101 is available at:

    also at Amazon (Books & Kindle):

    If you’d like a review copy, please let me know.

    Thank you,


  12. Gareth Mottram

    January 3, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Hi Carl
    I’m a secondary school teacher and am writing a fiction series to attract YA/Crossover readers who want a bit more action and a little less romance/angst to their paranormal fiction – primarily boys I’d guess. Self-published, JASON WILLOW has had some good reviews from judges in The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and the School Librarian Association amongst others. I’d love to hear from you if you would like to review the book or interview me etc.
    Thanks for your time.

  13. Colleen Ottens

    March 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Hello, Carl. I am so happy to have run across your blog. I have a teenaged son who loves to read, but I have been looking at the books I have bought for him (and me- we have the same taste in books,) and have realized that almost all of the protagonists are female. I am hoping to find some great dystopian books with interesting male characters for him to read. Looking back over the books we/ve bought over the years, it does seem as if the male protagonist seems to disappear as the reading age gets older. Like one of the other posters wrote, I think he’s getting a bit sick of the romance angle, and would like stories that are more action packed. If you, or your readers, have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them. BTW- My son is 14 and likes modern day and futuristic dystopia, so older books probably wouldn’t appeal to him.

    I am also a teacher, committed to excellence for boys, so any suggestions would help me two-fold!

  14. Iron Guy Carl

    December 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    How wild is this?? What are the chances of another boy book blogger named Carl? I’ve just now found your blog and I hope we can keep in touch. I’m at the Boys Rule Boys Read blog.