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ERIC Number: EJ1131556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
The High Cost of "Girl Books" for Young Adolescent Boys
Munson-Warnken, Megan
Reading Teacher, v70 n5 p583-593 Mar-Apr 2017
"Boy books" are frequently promoted as a surefire way to increase reading motivation and engagement among young adolescent boys. This study challenges the "boy book"/"girl book" dichotomy, suggesting that particular book covers may discourage boys from reading novels they might otherwise enjoy. It also presents evidence of social consequences for boys carrying a "girl book" down a school hallway but not for girls carrying books a "boy book." Ultimately, this research suggests that young adolescent readers need help from teachers, librarians, parents, and peers to recognize and disrupt gendered stereotypes that define boys and masculinity in limited ways while creating unsafe school spaces for boys as readers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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