Good authors for sports fans

Think About It

September 29, 1999|By SUN STAFF

Parents often lament that their sons are not enthusiastic readers. Yet these same boys can be found devouring sports magazines and the sports pages of newspapers. If you are trying to encourage your boy child to read, play to this strength. Introduce him to sports books.

Jim Trelease, in "The Read-Aloud Handbook," suggests these authors.

* Matt Christopher, the most popular sports author for grades 1-4

* Alfred Slote, grades 5-7

* Thomas J. Dygard, grades 7-10

* John R. Tunis, a writer from the 1930s through the 1960s. Trelease says his stories still hold up for grades 5-10

* Carl Deuker, for grades 8-12, whom Trelease describes as "a rising star in psychological sports fiction."

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