Schools given free books for boys

Schools given free books for boys

<p>Secondary schools in England are being given free books for their library, in an attempt to get teenage boys reading, reports BBC Online. Schools will be able to select 20 books from a Department for Education and Skills list drawn up by librarians.<br /><br />The collection includes classic novels such as Daniel Defoe&#39;s <em>Robinson Crusoe</em> and factual books like Bill Bryson&#39;s <em>A Short History of Nearly Everything</em>.</p><p>Education Secretary Alan Johnson, said: &quot;We know there is a clear link between reading for pleasure and academic performance - not just in English, but across the whole curriculum. Johnson said the list had been drawn up by librarians, who had carefully researched what books excited this age group of boys.<br /><br />The project will be officially unveiled by Schools Minister Jim Knight at the School Library Association&#39;s school librarian awards in Birmingham.&nbsp; </p>