Why boys prefer video games instead of children's books?
The writer believes boys are being starved of what they like in books, such as tempered pirates, battles or technical details about space ships, so they are looking for more action in video games.
“There is a huge literacy gap between the sexes. Boys have a lower performance in literature and do not read as many books as girls. I am arguing that this is because children's literature is dominated by women”, says Jonathan Emmett.
The author and illustrator looked at 450 reviews in five national newspapers and he found that 41 per cent of children’s fiction books were by men but more than two-thirds of reviews were by women.
He also drew on personal experience, explaining how only 2 of the 50 editors he had dealt with were men.
The gap in reading ability between boys and girls is already apparent between boys and girls by the time they are five years old, which translates into a year’s difference in reading skills as they go through school.