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RE-POST: An Interview with Thomas Newkirk, Author of “Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture”

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 Posted in Greatest Hits, Interviews & Appreciations, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


NOTE: I've been blogging at this site since May, 2008, which is like 120 in Blogger's Years. My strong suspicion is that a lot of the oldies-but-goodies have not been seen by my current readership, so I decided to give ...

The Dublin Literacy Conference — featuring Donalyn Miller, Sharon Draper, Ruth Ayres, and Hot Tubs

Friday, March 9th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Happenings, The Gender Gap in Reading | 3 Comments »


I had a great time at the Dublin Literacy Conference back in February. I saw a couple of old friends, Karen and Bill from the Literate Lives blog, and finally met two women I've known almost exclusively through their terrific ...

Reading with Cisco

Friday, November 25th, 2011 Posted in The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


Through the miracle of Facebook, I've enjoyed the great pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with an old friend of my sister's, Bruce Donnola. No, my sister's name is not "Bruce Donnola," but I'm too tired to get myself out of ...

Let Kids Read Comic Books . . . D’uh!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 Posted in In the Classroom, Mighty Casey, The Gender Gap in Reading | 2 Comments »


Instead of "Let Kids Read Comic Books," I almost titled this entry, "Don't Be an Idiot." Because I can't believe this needs to be discussed anymore. Over at Imagination Soup, they ran a good piece with a solid message: "8 Reasons ...

The Yoga & Reading Connection

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, The Gender Gap in Reading | 2 Comments »


I've been enthusiastic about yoga lately. I'm just a beginner, no peacock pose for me (yet!), but I've been getting more into it. I practice at home with DVD's and do my best. I can feel that it's healthy for ...

The Rights of the Reader

Monday, July 18th, 2011 Posted in In the Classroom, Readings, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


"What we need to understand is that books weren't written so that young people could write essays about them, but so that they could read them if they really wanted to." -- Daniel Pennoc. - A note from my pal, Lewis Buzbee, ...

Read, Dad, Read

Monday, April 18th, 2011 Posted in The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


I was recently asked to contribute a guest blog to the BookPig April Newsletter. No, I didn't know who they were, either. Something about "children's books, Netflix style." Which I kind of maybe understand. Okay, I don't. No clue. I think you ...

James Preller Interviews . . . Thomas Newkirk, author of “Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture”

Sunday, March 6th, 2011 Posted in Greatest Hits, In the Classroom, Interviews & Appreciations, The Gender Gap in Reading | 3 Comments »


I recently read Thomas Newkirk's outstanding book, Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture. I sent him a complimentary email and, to my great surprise, he agreed to an interview. My reasons were selfish. I simply wanted to learn more ...

James Preller Interviews . . . Alan Silberberg, author of “MILO.” Part One (that’s right, there are “parts!”)

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


Readers can connect with Milo, by Alan Silberberg, in very different ways. I suppose that's true of any book, we all bring our disparate selves to the text, but it seems especially true for Milo, a story for middle grade ...

A Boy Talking Movies

Friday, February 18th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


You need to stay to the end for this to make its full impact, and I strongly recommend that you do. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLix4QPL3tY] The video was produced by Mama Hope: Mama Hope is a non-profit organization focused on building self-sufficient communities in ...