Friday, June 1, 2012

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR BRUCE COVILLE

FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS & STORY-TELLING ENERGY OF THE BOY BOOK

Bruce Coville is the author of numerous children's books including New York Times Best Seller, MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN. He is known for his books that appeal to elementary age children, especially boys. In this interview, Bruce discusses some of the foundational elements in writing for boys at such a critical age in determining whether they become life-long readers.



BRUCE COVILLE'S TOP 5 BOOKS FOR ELEMENTARY AGE BOYS
1. "Three of my favorite books when I was that age were DAVID AND THE PHOENIX by Edward Ormondroyd (which, happily, I got to record, with Ed narratating, when I was in my early 50's!)
2. CHAMPION DOG PRINCE TOM by Jean Fritz and Tom Clute, which I read over and over again,
3. and THE WONDERFUL FLIGHT TO THE MUSHROOM PLANET by Eleanor Cameron.
4. When I was teaching, I found that HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS by Thomas Rockwell was a sure fire hit with the boys,
5. and THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara was great for everyone."

FOR GOOD MEASURE, BRUCE GIVES 5 MORE:
"Probably my favorite books ever for that age group - good 4th grade readers, 5th and 6th grade, are the five books of Lloyd Alexanders CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN."

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