Reading is a key life skill, it is required everywhere and in everything you do, however, certain studies depict boys as having much worse reading habits than girls! As a student, I have experienced similar things from my male peers who often look for more active sources of entertainment, this can leave a lasting impact on the reading ability of a boy. A study conducted by Keith Topping, professor of educational and social research at the University of Dundee, produced two research papers, one of them used data from 852,295 students from 3,243 schools which make up a considerable portion of school children in the UK. For more information on this study visit this article by The Guardian. Although for a quick summary, it shows that boys of any age read less thoroughly than girls and skip parts lazily, furthermore they do not pick challenging enough books not allowing them to progress as fast as girls their age do.
Through my own opinion and experience I made a list of five things to do to improve the reading engagement of boys:
1. Allow them to pick their books
Discovery of books that are interesting to boys is critical to their engagement, sometimes they may not be interested in topics that their mums or teachers think are good. If they don’t like reading classics or any specific genre, forcing them to do so will just further harm their interest in reading. They should read books that appeal to their interests- comics, fantasy fiction, action-adventure authors, mangas, humour, anything, this will get them reading and allow them the opportunity to challenge themselves and progress to read books that are more difficult. In addition, try to keep up with their interests so that more meaningful books can be selected for them.
2. Make sure they have access to books
Reading interest will drop off if a child can’t access books, causing them to just forget about them after a while. Encourage boys to always take a book out from the library and make sure they have access to one, this makes reading a habit and more of a pastime showing that it is an acceptable hobby for boys.
3. Try to set a reading routine
As a younger boy in primary years, I used to get to read more due to a set bedtime reading routine, however as time goes this routine is lost in the humdrum of homework, sport, friends and social networks, so I think having an agreement with your boy(s) about a set time or day when reading must happen, maybe over a weekend or on a lighter day- you could set a reward or negotiate a special treat for every week they do it, hopefully, soon it would become a hobby.
4. Engage in discussion
After reading a book, discuss it with them and ask them about what they liked and disliked, these kinds of thought-provoking discussions will help organize the child’s thought about the books and will help them form an opinion about the kind of books they like, empowering them to read more. Moreover, these will help gauge the child’s reading comprehension so that it can be assessed whether the level of books the child is reading is appropriate to contribute to growth in their reading ability. Not only does this assist the child to move onto tougher material it also shows their overall interest in books.
5. Set goals and keep them fun (especially since it’s Christmas)
Having something to work towards, really improves a child’s engagement in anything and is a strategy used by parents and teachers so the same thing can be applied to reading. Goals like ‘read three books during these Christmas holidays’ can be fun and get them a little competitive to read a book or more. You could also try playing this fun reading game for Christmas if you are getting together with family, and get a good laugh! When reading is enjoyable, achieving goals becomes easier even if it is something like go as fast as possible.
These things have worked for me in the past and I hope these can continue to do so. Thank you.
Sumbhav M is a KS3 student in Dubai. He has read over 500 books, his all-time favourite authors are- Anthony Horowitz and Rick Riordan. Sumbhav enjoys adventure and fantasy fiction, and true to his boyhood is looking forward to exploring more non-fiction texts in the coming months.
Browzly Ltd released results of the impact on students’ reading and engagement based on the 13 months of usage of Browzly Reading for pleasure program in Dubai British School together with the results of 2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s challenge had 175 students from 8 schools participate. The schools included Gems Modern Academy, Kings Nad al Sheba, Gems Cambridge International, The Millennium School in Dubai, Dubai Scholars Pvt Ltd, The English College, DBS and DBS JP. You may also read this article published in the Gulf News, the biggest English daily in the UAE.
Haneya Multani, Year 5 student at DBS, read 147 books this summer to win the 2019 title of Reader of the highest number of books for third year in a row.
“At the start of this summer break, I asked Haneya if she would like to take part in the Browzly reading challenge and she told me that she would love to win three times in a row. I am so happy that she has achieved the goal which she had set for herself. The Browzly app itself has come a long way since then, this summer break, the app helped her in figuring out which genre of books most students were reading. So, whenever she would run out of ideas for the next book to read, she would look at which books others are reading. She also enjoyed reading book reviews by her friends on Browzly”.
“Belle is what you might describe as an “avid reader”. She and her identical twin sister, Venice, use every spare minute to read – on the school bus, at the breakfast table, in the car, on school break and lunchtimes. Keen readers will always be hungry for more, and apps like Browzly provide the ideal platform for children to share and promote their favourite books”
– Stephanie Hererra, the library teacher at DBSJP & Belle’s mother
“I am very, very happy to win my award! I love reading so much and love choosing new books. My favourite kind of books to read are adventure and funny ones. I liked using the Browzly App with my Mum in the holidays, it’s fun to scan the books and see what other kids are reading too”
– Edward Menadue, Student of Dubai British School
“We are delighted that Edward has been recognised for his love of reading books. He has honestly been a bookworm since he was a toddler. Now he is choosing his own titles, reading chapter books independently. He is performing at a high standard particularly in reading, comprehension and writing. Edward’s reading has also developed his ability to concentrate for long periods which impacts on his class work”
– Harriet, Edward’s mother upon her son winning the writer of the best text review title in 6-8 age category
Dubai British School (DBS), an outstanding rated British curriculum school by Taaleem, have been using Browzly as a student-led reading for pleasure program since July 2018.
Starting July 2018, students at DBS connected to record the books they read, add their reviews, swap books and also participate in 2 rounds of Browzly Summer Reading Challenge in 2018 and 2019. This 13-month (424 days) of usage, generated collective data from 147 DBS students, this was split into two halves of 212 days each to compare and contrast the impact of Browzly Reading for pleasure program on DBS students reading
The data shows that during the course of the year, average student engagement with reading improved significantly to triple the number of reading-related interactions, per student 2.5 times more books were read and the number of reviews added more than doubled from first to the second half of use of Browzly.
Reading Engagement is defined as students doing any of the following activities on Browzly to demonstrate their involvement with reading- adding a book they read, reviewing a book, adding a book or requesting a book to swap, liking a friends reading activity or talking about it, adding a book they wish to read or requesting a book from their school library.
“We are thrilled with the results from DBS use of Browzly. It’s great that the students love it. We are also very proud of the Browzly annual reading challenge, running since 2017, it has been a popular event with parents and children. At DBS we have seen participation numbers rise every year with more students reading more books with more engagement. In the 2019 challenge, the number of participating students from DBS doubled, number of reviews added grew by 55% and we saw a 35% increase in number of books marked read. The challenge has also been found to be very successful in discovering & rewarding gifted and talented children like Isha R Nair, Yr. 1 student of Kings School Nada Al Sheba and winner of two titles- The reader of the highest number of books and Creator of the best video review in 6-8 age category”.
– Bhavna Mishra, Founder of Browzly- A reading for pleasure program for classrooms and families
Isha read 67 books and added 13 video reviews this summer. While all the reviews by Isha were of high quality, the jury adjudged the content, presentation style as well as creativity the best of her review of Matilda by Roald Dahl.
“What began as curiosity at home developed into a passion under the wonderful guidance of her school librarian, Mrs. Khan, who motivated her to read voraciously. Isha also developed the habit of enacting monologues from some of her favorite books, thereby improving her vocabulary and presentation skills. Browzly was an icing on the cake since she was excited more by the idea of being able to record book reviews which would motivate other children to read. Browzly has helped her challenge herself to raise the bar by reading more and more” Abi also feels that reading has broadened Isha’s horizons, her general knowledge and awareness levels are ahead of her peer group, “we always felt she could join in a discussion on any topic because reading has given her the knowledge and the vocabulary”.
– Abi mother of Isha R Nair wrote
“I love reading… Every time I start reading a book, the characters come alive and it feels as if I am part of the story.. I just cannot take a break from the book till I have read it end to end and sometimes I even read the book over and over again. Reading non – fiction is also something that I love, I get to learn so many facts related to things around me. I am lucky that my teachers at school allow me to read all kinds of book – even though sometimes they are meant for older children. I love introducing the characters and explaining about the book that I am reading to my friends and I was excited when my mother told me that we could record my reviews for Browzly. I now record the review of almost every book I read. Books are so important to me, its like having a best friend with you all the time”
– Isha R Nair, student of Kings School Nad El Sheba
“The study at DBS, as well as conversations with parents, reinforce to us the importance of reading for enjoyment and the role of parents and teachers in developing student attitudes towards reading. Lack of enjoyment is the biggest hurdle in children reading, that’s why reading for pleasure is important at home and in school” said Bhavna Mishra
Why reading engagement matters?
An analysis of more than 174,000 students’ Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores revealed that the connection between reading engagement and reading performance was “moderately strong and meaningful” in all 32 countries examined, including the United States*. On average, students who spent more time reading, read more diverse texts and saw reading as a valuable activity scored higher on the PISA’s combined reading literacy scale. Overall, students with high reading engagement scored significantly above the international average on the combined reading literacy scale, regardless of their family background. The opposite was also true, with students with low reading engagement scoring significantly below the international average, no matter their socioeconomic status.
Looking at only American students’ PISA scores, we see that reading engagement had a higher correlation with reading literacy achievement than time spent on homework, relationships with teachers, a sense of belonging, classroom environment, or even pressure to achieve (which had a negative correlation). In addition, a regression analysis showed achievement went up across all measures of reading literacy performance when reading engagement increased. Although the PISA only assesses 15-year-olds, similar patterns can be seen in both younger and older American students. In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compared students’ National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading scores with their reading habits.4 For all age groups, they found a clear correlation between the frequency with which students read for fun and their average NAEP scores: The more frequently students read, the higher their scores were.
Browzly is a reading for pleasure online school program offering innovative and affordable reading engagement and reading for pleasure strategies for classrooms and families for their students to read more. Reviews posted by students in the 2019 Browzly reading challenge can be viewed on the Browzly blog
* Kirsch, I., de Jong, J., Lafontaine, D., McQueen, J., Mendelovits, J., & Monseur, C. (2002). Reading for change: Performance and engagement across countries: Results from PISA 2000. Paris, France: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Well! we’d say, print them on a bookmark, and stick it in your library copy! You can do exactly this for the winning book reviews from the 2019 Browzly Summer Reading Challenge! Read on to see which books did the winners of our Summer reading challenge read and review and download their book reviews as bookmarks for your library copies! Video reviews can be viewed by scanning the QR code printed on the bookmarks! If you wish to read what our winners said read this article that appeared in Gulf News, the biggest English daily in the UAE
The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away by Lari Don- Winning Book Review (Text) by Belle Herrera, Student of Dubai British School
“I re-read this trilogy of books by Lari Don during the summer holidays. The books follow the fortunes of Molly and her friends Innes (a Kelpie), Atacana (a sphynx), Beth (a dryad) and Theo (an elemental desert magician). The friends make a vow to help each other lift their curses, Molly’s curse is to turn into a hare every time a dog growls. Imagine how inconvenient that would be! The book is exciting with some great humour especially from Ines who really made me laugh. Recommended if you enjoy books like Harry Potter or First Aid for Fairies.” -Review by Belle
Call Me Alastair by Cory Leonardo- Winning Book Review (Video) by Belle Herrera, Student of Dubai British School
Buy the book and download the bookmark for your library copy. The bookmark has the QR code encoded so children can scan them with their devices to watch the review
Belle Herrera: Student of Dubai British School won two titles this year in 9-13 age category- ‘Writer of the best text review’ for her review of ‘The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away’ by Lari Don& ‘Creator of the best video review for ‘Call Me Alastair’ by Cory Leonardo.
Keep scrolling for more reviews and bookmarks…
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl– Winning Book Review (Text) by Karthika Manoj, Student of The Millenium School Dubai
“Esio Trot” is the story of a man who tries to please the woman he loves. Mrs. Silver is a tortoise crazy, and is unhappy that her lovely little tortoise, Alfie, is not growing up to be big! Mr. Hoppy seizes this opportunity to make her happy. He writes a few lines claims they’re magical and asks Mrs. Silver to repeat them until Alfie becomes bigger. Mrs. Silver follows his advice religiously. Mr. Poppy is able to get all different sizes of tortoises with the same shell colour as Alfie, and keeps replacing them one by one instead of Alfie, to create an illusion that Alfie is slowly growing in size! Finally, he makes Mrs. Silver so happy and asks her to marry him. Mrs. Silver, finally, becomes Mrs. Hoppy! “Esio Trot” is a wonderful book! It is so ridiculously simple and funny, and yet so lovable!- Review by Karthika
Karthika Manoj, student of The Millennium School Dubai was the co-winner of the title ‘Writer of the Best Text Review’ for her review of ‘Esio Trot’ by Roald Dahl in 9-13 age category
Matilda by Roald Dahl– Winning Book Review (Video) by Isha R Nair, Student of Kings School Nad al Sheba
Isha R Nair, student of King School Nad al Sheba was the winner of two of our very coveted titles- ‘Creator of the Best Video Review’ for her review of ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl & ‘Reader of the highest number of books’ in 6-8 age category
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pikey– Winning Book Review (Text) by Edward Menadue, Student of Dubai British School
George and Harold cause trouble at school again. The evil new science teacher Professor P wants to get rid of children’s laughter and Captain Underpants too. He shrinks the school with George and Harold in it. They get Mr. Krupp or “Mr. Pottybiscuits” help by turning him into Captain Underpants who saved the day (and the school)- Review by Edward
Edward Menadue, student of Dubai British School was the winner of the title- ‘Writer of the Best Text Review’ for his review of ‘Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants’ by Dav Pikey’ by in 6-8 age category
Haneya Multani, a student of Dubai British School, took the title of ‘Reader of the Highest Number of Books in the 9-13 age category, winning this title for the third time in a row! Haneya participated in the very first reading challenge by Browzly in 2017 and has been a regular and avid reader on Browzly since then. Haneya is not only a big reader but is also an accomplished writer having written a short children’s story called ‘The Cursed Fang and the Magic Paws’. The book is available on Amazon! You can order ithere!
“We are very thankful to our jury – author Ms. Sophie Anderson & Mr Simon Jodrell Principal Dubai British School for taking the time to assess the winning reviews and motivating the participants to give their best”
Browzly is a proven Reading for Pleasure program created with the purpose of making reading enjoyable for every child. We have options to support and sign up families, classrooms, and schools of all different abilities and resources. All we are looking for is your belief in the power of reading for enjoyment! Learn more on http://browzly.com
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Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world but in the Middle East, its celebration and observance impact fasting, as well as non-fasting folks alike. The school and work timings are changed, eating in public places and many restaurants may not be acceptable during daylight hours and children and families find it quite incredible that some children as young 8 years old, start to fast! Non-muslim expats especially children become quite curious at this time, whilst wondering what may or may not be the acceptable behavior to follow. Whilst a general etiquette of tolerance and respect is a perfect guideline, here are 3 easy to read books, that Browzly recommends for all little ones to get to know about Ramadan and Eid.
It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan & H.A Rey, is a widely recommended children’s book about Ramadan. A picture board book with colorful illustrations, it will make an interesting and easy read to read aloud in class or at home, as it presents both the life of Kareem and perspective of Geroge the monkey as he sees his friend Kareem fast for the very first time. Find & buy It’s Ramadan, Curious George here
2. Owl & Cat Ramadan is… by Emma Apple is our pick because of its fun illustrations, bright colors and easy short texts that give an essence of the spirit of Ramadan. Loosely based on the characters from the timeless children’s poem The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, this book helps children learn about friendship, family and tolerance with humor that transcends differences of cultures and religion. Again a good read for multicultural classrooms. Buy Owl & Cat: Ramadan Is…here
3. Nabeel’s New Pants by Fawzia Gilani Williams is a light-hearted picture book telling the tale of Nabeel who is shopping for gifts for his family for Eid. Nabeel buys a pair of pants for himself and asks his mother, wife, and daughter to hem them for him, but no one has the time as they are all busy preparing for the upcoming festivities. The tale comes to a humorous end when Nabeel finds out that everyone including himself hemmed the pants and he ended up with a pair of shorts instead. Find and buy Nabeel’s New Pants here
Share these books with your students in class or recommend to parents for a read at home. Browzly makes is easy to communicate with parents, students and teachers using the Browzly app and dedicated school portal- write to us on email@example.com to know more about how to make communication within your school and class members easier or watch this video here and read more about Browzly communicator here
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Here are 3 brilliant teacher lifehacks that help teachers achieve more with lesser effort and time!
1. If you’ve been wondering how to best communicate with your parents, students, and teachers, here’s your solution! Teachers can create and push customized social posts to their desired class students, parents and teachers with a simple web login. Send pdf files, images or videos of activities, homework, competitions practically anything you wish, you may also use Browzly as your school communicator! Read more about the Create Post feature here! alert notifications ensure reliability and this is how it appears on your target group’s app-
2. Reduce your workload, with Browzly, parents get committed to their child’s daily reading and tracking with the app is easy peasy. If you’ve been wondering how to get your students to read 20 minutes every day, here is your solution! Ask your students to post on Browzly every day after they read, optional book reviews – video and text may get them extra house points, then sit back and relax scrolling as your app notifies you when your students post absolutely adorable reviews or log in to your school portal in your own time and see the activity of your entire class drilled down by student.
Browzly set up takes less than 2 hours of your time! Write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up for you a free 35-minute webinar that you can attend from the convenience of your desks and get to know all about the latest innovation in reading that’s revolutionizing the way children read!
How to write a book review? 5 simple tips for students to write great book reviews
These 5 tips to write a great book review are created to inspire young readers to write useful book reviews that help their friends select the books they will enjoy the most. These steps can be used to review any book you read. On Browzly, you can add both text and video reviews and create a timeline record of all the books you’ve read as well as all the reviews you ever wrote
A Great Start :
When to write a book review? A review of any book is best written when you have just finished reading that book- the plot is fresh in your mind and you remember most of it. A little nudge from the parents or teachers at this time will go a long way in getting the children started. A good start is half the battle, it will have your creative juices flowing in no time– To start off – pick a favorite quote or line from your book and write that verbatim, mentioning that it is a line or quote from your book (mention the book title and page number). Feel free to include a few words about why you chose that quote in particular…
Don’t worry, if you did not like the book – after all, it is a review and you are supposed to give genuine feedback, mention what you did not like and set the tone of your review – here is an example-
“I should begin at the beginning, I know that. But the trouble is that I don’t know the beginning. I wish I did. I do know my name” – Would you call that interesting? Well, you might, but for me, it did not catch my attention as I started reading these first lines on Page 1 of Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo. I usually like his books, he is an award-winning author with many great books such as Shadow, The War Horse, etc to his credit…”.
2. Answer these questions- you may answer all or some of them
Q1. What was your book about?
For example- You could say- “This book is about a boy who lived and became the one to…”
Q2 What caught your attention, that you selected this book to read- was it the cover, the author, the blurb, a recommendation or a prize that this book has won- talk about what got you to select this book in the first place?
Q3. Was there a notable part or character Did you connect with a character, did someone disgust you or make you laugh or cry?
Q3. How did this book make you feel? Describe the emotions you felt. Did they match with how the characters in the book feel?
Q4 Did you learn anything new? If you are reviewing a non-fiction book, you may have gathered interesting facts that others might enjoy too, you can talk about them. In case your book is fiction- you may have learned about a new place or time in history or noticed how different characters might behave in different situations, you may have also added new words to your vocabulary, that you would love to remember.
3. Say who might like reading this book– For example “I recommend this book for- mention age, gender, and type of readers” this would help readers select the book that’s right for them
Review your review: Read what you wrote to make your final edits- check for SPAG (spellings, punctuation, and grammar) and summarize with a title that goes with your review!
4. A star rating: Give your book a rating out of 5 stars, here is a simple star guide for you.
5 stars= I loved this book so much that I couldn’t put it down until the end and I can read it again!
4 stars= This was a great book, I enjoyed it and can recommend it as a one-time read.
3 stars= This is a good book, some people may like it, I finished reading it.
2 stars= I did not like this book much, I finished it with some effort.
1 star= I did not like this book, I could not finish it.
Reviews help everyone in making the right reading choices. You can post your reviews on the Browzly app, this will help you create a timeline record of all the books you read and what you thought about them at the time. As we grow older, we may not remember everything we learned or felt, this is a great way to preserve our thoughts and feelings. You can also help your friends select the right books when you share your reviews. Reviews are also a great encouragement for the writers who painstakingly create these books for us to enjoy!
If you have any ideas to add to these tips please, write them in comments and we may add them to this list. If you write any reviews using these tips, we would love to see them!
To use Browzly in your class or school- please write to us on email@example.com, you may also visit our website to connect with us through the sign-up form