Q: Who were some of the authors you read when you first got into books?
A: I really liked Judy Blume, and my favourite book was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I liked the main character, Peter Hatcher, because he seemed like an ordinary kid I could relate to. And I liked the humour, which was realistic and not outlandish.
– Interview with Jeff Kinney, author of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series
MELISSA SEYMOUR: Do you agree with the statement “Girls will read books with female and male protagonists but boys will only read books with male protagonists”?
LOIS LOWRY: No, I don’t. One of my books, NUMBER THE STARS, is very popular with boys, though the two main protagonists are both girls. It may be a bit of a leap for a boy to pick up such a book…and it has a picture of a girl on the cover….but the important element for a reader of either gender is a compelling story.
Related: Boys Don’t Read, from Momentum; Guys Read Judy Blume Too, and Not Just for the “Dirty Bits” from Jezebel.