Guys Write for Guys Read

Guys Write for Guys Read

Boys’ Favorite Authors Write About Being Boys

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780670011445
  • 272 Pages
  • Viking Books for Young Readers
  • 10 and up


This fast-paced, high-energy collection of short works features today?s most popular writers and illustrators writing about what it means to be a guy. Contributors include Chris Crutcher, Stephen King, Matt Groening, Daniel Pinkwater, Neil Gaiman, and many more. Includes an all-new foreword by Jon Scieszka and an excerpt from Knucklehead.
Guys Write for Guys Read

Guys Write for Guys Read

Jon Scieszka


Scieszka has put together a diverse and fast-paced anthology of scribblings and stories that deserves a permanent place in any collection serving middle graders. The book features brief contributions from scores of heavyweight authors and illustrators….[T]here’s something undeniably grand about this collective celebration of the intellectual life of the common boy. —School Library Journal, starred review


Too many boys struggle with reading.

I grew up with five brothers, taught elementary school for ten years, and have been writing books for kids for the last fifteen years. I started writing bookslike The Stinky Cheese Man and the Time Warp Trio series in part to inspire my second-grade boys to want to read.

Now I’d like to do more. So I’ve started a nonprofit literacy initiative called GUYS READ. The basic idea is to help boys read by connecting them with books that will motivate them to want to read.

Recommendations to the original GUYS READ website provided hundreds of titles boys like to read. I asked one hundred of these authors and illustrators to write about being a guy, and their contributions made the anthology, Guys Write for Guys Read. Now the money from the anthology has built a new interactive website at it out. Let’s look into what’s going on with boys and reading. And let’s help our guys read.

Jon Scieszka

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