Accolades, Awards, and Media

“Guys read was the best fun I’ve ever had. I hope you keep doing it.” 4th Grade Boy, Denali Elementary

“I think I would want to do it in fifth grade.” 4th Grade Boy, Ticasuk Brown Elementary

“GUYS READ Rocks!!!” 4th Grade Boy, University Park Elementary

“Excellent!! The books were off the shelf for checkout. They are the ‘Best’ according to the 4th grade boys—who now have discovered that reading is fun.” Librarian

“My boys came back very excited and enthusiastic each session. They wanted to share what was read and who was reading with me. They were always excited to go.” 4th grade Teacher

“The boys loved it and many of them started to read more because of the book choices.” 4th grade teacher

“One boy wanted to skip recess so that we could keep reading.” Volunteer Reader

“All were enthusiastic and appreciative.” Volunteer Reader

“Who’s having more fun – the kids or you old guys ?” Parent of 4th grade boy.

“I just wanted to tell you how happy I am to see you participate in this program. My 10 year old, ____, is a 4th grader. He has struggled with reading since he started school, and I have worked with him on it from almost every possible angle. They are doing Guys Read this year, and he gets so excited, and really focuses on the story in a way I haven’t been able to get out of him myself. I think it is an important factor that boys see men who care and value reading. I know ____ responds better when he works with my husband or father, but adding the component of new role models is even more stimulating. I just wanted to say thanks and keep up the good work.” (name withheld)

Letter to the Editor (Fairbanks Daily News Miner)

“My stepson is in the fourth grade, and despite our efforts to get him interested in reading, he has been very disinterested until recently. I want to sincerely thank Greg Hill of the Noel Wien Library, Mike Kolasa of the Literacy Council of Alaska and all of the volunteer readers who helped ignite a fire under my son as he is now excited about reading and learning things he has read. I also want to thank the principals in each school who allowed this activity to take place. It is my understanding this great activity did not cost our schools any money and the kids were read to during their lunch hour. I am sure other boys benefited as much as my stepson.”

Awards

National Association of Counties – 2010 Achievement Award
Public Library Association Innovations in Literacy Award 2013