MAME 35 Conference Part 1 “What is Boys’ Lit?”

I just returned yesterday from the MAME 35 conference held in Dearborn, MI.  Over two days, I attended sessions on a multitude of topics.  I would like to begin with last session dealing with the topic, “What is Boys’ Lit?”  presented by Michael Sullivan.  He is the author of Connecting Boys with Books.

On average, boys enjoy non-fiction books the most.  This is due to the fact that boys focus outward on real-world topics. Non-Fiction is usually accompanied by pictures, which helps boys comprehend what they are reading. Whereas text only stimulates the left side of boys’ brains, visuals stimulate the right. Non-fiction is usually shorter than Fiction, which helps with the shorter attention span of boys. Michael shared that 85% of the average book collection in a library consists of Fiction.

The best books for boys that are Fiction are the ones that have an external focus about a heroe’s journey to find his place in the world.

Download 120 Books for Boys compiled by Michael Sullivan to help you get started.  Check back on his website for additions to this list.

Boys’ Lit page 1

Boys’ Lit page 2

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One Response to MAME 35 Conference Part 1 “What is Boys’ Lit?”

  1. I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that girls and boys hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at I also have a short story in a new book called LAY UPS and LONG SHOTS, published by Darby Creek Publishing. I’m also featured in an article in the 2009 edition of Children’s Writer Guide.

    My other books are all ranked by Accelerated Reader

    Max Elliot Anderson

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