Books for Boys: Multicultural Literature with Strong Male Characters

Susan M Landt

Abstract


Boys need books with which they can connect, books that reach out to them with characters that reflect themselves, books that feature people who speak and look and act like the people in their lives. Among the functions of literature in children’s lives, two are particularly relevant: facilitating literacy skills and providing role models. The path to becoming a proficient reader begins with the spark of interest in a book – the desire to know more. Young male readers need to envision characters like themselves in active roles: solving problems, undertaking responsibilities, exhibiting leadership, accomplishing worthy tasks.

Keywords


children's literature, boys, multicultural literature

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v15i1.531

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