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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Boys And Books by Hillary Tubin is an important book in what could become a very important series for parents and educators in the United States and eventually the world. Boys And Books addresses a very important issue: aliteracy. Aliteracy is not illiteracy, being unable to read. It is knowing how to read but choosing not to. I have witnessed this strange phenomenon all my life. I say strange because it is strange to me. I love to read. Reading has shaped and defined my life as few other joys, habits, or hobbies have. Yet I clearly remember being part of a quiet minority when it came to reading. Most of my friends, even my brother and cousins, did not enjoy reading. Luckily, I was given a social pass because I was athletic and could be a leader when I needed to be, so I was never labeled a nerd. I escaped being picked on and bullied. I could even defend some of the boys who had these problems if I happened to be around.
I wish I had written Boys And Books. This is such a fundamental problem in our schools and society. Maybe that’s why I missed it. I have never even addressed it, except in an essay thanking my mom for teaching me to read. I suspect that Hillary Tubin will have a profound and positive effect on the lives of countless boys with the publication of this book and this series. She is a teacher so she probably already has. She is observant. She knows boys. She knows books. She offers excellent suggestions and strategies to parents and everyone else concerned with this problem. And it is a problem. Boys should read. Everyone should read. Let’s hope they do.