Pinellas County Schools has developed a series of strategies that aim to close the gender achievement gap by improving literacy achievement. One of these strategies led to the creation of the annual Boys Read Book Battle, which focuses on achievement among boys in grades 3–5, in particular.
The Boys Read Book Battle taps into inherent preferences for games and competition among boys and engages their need for hands-on activities that reflect their interests. Always using gender as a lens, the idea is to individualize instruction as much as possible. The event tests the boys’ reading and comprehension of a variety of books, some of which are more challenging than they might have selected on their own.