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Get Ahead Kids - Vol. 6, No. 6 - November/December 2014

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Non Boring Reading for and by Beaut Blokes

By Hazel Edwards

How can you get boys to read? Find a Beaut Bloke who can act as a reading role model.


  • 'Beaut Bloke' covers any father, uncle, big brother, stepdad, footballer, hero or grandfather who reads in public
  • Any kind of reading? Yes. Print Screen, Audio, Picture Books, Magazines Newspaper, Sports Reports
  • Vital that it's the kind of reading the 'Beaut Bloke' enjoys too
  • Do it every day/night
  • Share a serial, read around a family
  • Use funny voices for dialogue
  • Recommend books
  • Read in dual languages (picture books or graphics help here)
  • Experiment with 'adventurous' non-fiction e.g. 'Cycling Solo; Ireland to Istanbul' or 'Trail Magic: Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail'
  • Try novels with adventurous settings e.g. 'Outback Ferals' where eco-warrior hero is active but stands up for ideas
  • Introduce a few myths & legends with heroes who faced challenges too
  • Link to writing & reading your own stories about family e.g. What did Grandad do when he was your age?

Any significant males who read, provide a good role model for boys 

About Hazel Edwards

Hazel Edwards OAM is a National Reading Ambassador and author of 'There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating cake'.

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