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About Joe Giorello
People often ask, "Why do your books specify 'for boys'?"
The answer comes from an array of education studies—and personal experience.
In 2010, the Center on Education Policy found that “the most pressing issue related to gender gaps is the lagging performance of boys in reading.”
More than a decade later, the problem's only worsened. Standardized tests in reading proficiency show boys are falling behind girls—in every grade and in every state. That's an alarming statement.
And this problem should trouble us all. Reading is fundamental to learning. Studies confirm that boys who can't read well by grade 5 will later struggle in middle school, and even drop out of high school.
However, these same studies recommend finding a specific type of books for these "reluctant readers."
What kind of books?
And anything that seems "just for them."
In other words, books "for boys."
Can girls read these books? Of course. But I've witnessed this phenomenon in my own middle-school classroom, and in my own home. My youngest son seemed bored by books. Many of his friends showed this same attitude. Yet they would also read a book if it was "for them" or if it was related to military history— stories about battles, weapons, leaders, outcomes.
But there weren't enough of those books written for their grade level. As a passionate reader and collector of military history, I began writing about historic battles for my son. I made sure the language was what any upper-elementary or middle-school boy could understand, and that the action leaped off the page. My son devoured those stories. So did his friends.
That's how the "Great Battles for Boys" series was born. Necessity really is the mother of invention.
You can learn more about the series at my website, www.greatbattlesforboys.com. Also, download FREE study guides for each book.
Let's keep boys reading and give them a bright future.
If you'd like to learn more about the reading proficiency problems among boys, see the following.
Boys Fall Further Behind Girls for Daily Reading Amid Lockdown: https://bit.ly/2MKGCJz
Study Shows Boys Have Fallen Behind Girls in Reading: https://bit.ly/2MslBDr
New Study Shows Boys Lagging Behind Girls in Reading: https://abcn.ws/2MHIumb
Why Boys Aren’t Reading: https://bit.ly/3j7ZMVB
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Does your son play videogames for hours but hates reading?
Does he think books are boring and history's just a "bunch of old facts"?
What if you could give him all the excitement of screen time but also spark his love for reading and history?
Now you can—with Great Battles for Boys, the #1 bestselling history series written especially for boys who struggle with reading.
Each book in the series focuses on the battles, leaders, tactics, and weapons that won (or lost) history’s most significant military clashes. Filled with historic photos and written in an engaging conversational style by a middle school history teacher, Great Battles for Boys brings history to life. These true tales of courage will excite even the most reluctant readers.
In this seventh book in the series, boys learn about The Korean War (1950-53) also known as the “The Forgotten War.” Despite more than 2 million casualties, most people—young and old—can not fully explain this international conflict or why the United States sacrificed so much treasure to fight it.
But your son will learn about stunning modern warfare—ensuring history is anything but “forgotten.”
Here are some of the exciting chapters:
- The North Korean invasion of South Korea the triggered the war
- The “Chosin Few" who courageously survived a harrowing retreat that should’ve brought certain death.
- The life and times of US Marine Corps legend, Louis “Chesty” Puller
- Infamous and catastrophic battles including Naktong River, Twin Tunnels, Samdong-Ni, Bloody Ridge, Pork Chop Hill — and much more!
Filled with historic photos, biographies of heroic soldiers and Marines, and suggestions for further readings and movies the whole family can enjoy, this true story moves through the battles in chronological order. Boys also learn about the war's politics, the geography of Asia, and the stark difference between a democratic government and a Communist system.
If your son enjoys action-packed stories, authentic details, and short but exciting chapters, he’ll love this book.
Praise for the Great Battles for Boys series:
“This book should be in school libraries everywhere. It is a treasure trove of information that is engagingly written that makes one feel they are in a great classroom with a great instructor sharing his knowledge in a fun way." — 5 Stars, Amazon Top Ten Hall of Fame Reviewer
"A terrific, engaging read..." Amazon Top-500 reviewer
"Great Battles for Boys" takes young readers to the front lines of history's greatest fights. Boys find out which weapons, strategies, and military leaders won victory—or suffered defeat. History will never look the same again.
Want boys to read more books? Give them books they WANT to read
This episode of the best-selling series opens with the Flying Tigers, those wild American soldiers secretly fighting Japan before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After the deadly surprise attack on Hawaii, the battles begin to storm across the Pacific in the lethal "island hopping" military strategy that earned American its hard-won Victory Over Japan.
No Boring History!
Each chapter features dramatic true stories with historic photos, maps, and other amazing images. There's also a movie list for each battle so the whole family can join in the learning.
Build Readers with Good Books—Written Specifically for Boys
Sure to capture the attention of even the most reluctant readers, "Great Battles for Boys" shows all the blood, sweat, and tears of the world's most epic fights. Young readers will never doubt it when people say, "Freedom isn't free."
- How did the Battle of Wake Island turn into "The Alamo of the Pacific"?
- Who figured out fighter planes could take off from ships in the middle of the ocean?
- Why was the Doolittle Raid considered a suicide mission?
- How did the young American men fighting on strange islands such as Guadalcanal, Saipan, and Iwo Jima learn to survive?
Find Out in "Great Battles for Boys: WWII in the Pacific"
“In Volume II of Great Battles, author Joe Giorello paints a vivid picture of events in WW II’s Pacific Theater in a way that can make readers forget they aren’t listening to first-hand accounts of the action. Combining his uniquely conversational style with myriad historical facts, plenty of interesting photos,and lots of fascinating, little known anecdotes, Joe takes readers 'behind the scenes' and helps them to experience this vitally important chapter in our Nation’s history. From the dark days following Pearl Harbor to victory ratified aboard the USS Missouri, Giorello covers it all – and never fails to capture the incredible sacrifice, unbelievable courage, and selfless service of America’s bravest and finest. A great book with superb additional resources; I give it a 'must read!' The Reverend Charles F. Reynolds Chief Warrant Officer 3, USMC, Ret.
"This book should be in school libraries everywhere." —Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
Does your son play video games for hours but dreads reading? Does he think history is just a bunch of boring old facts? What if you could give him the excitement of screen time and at the same time spark his love of reading and history?
Now you can, with these exciting tales of World War II written especially for reluctant readers.
In his highly acclaimed middle-school class “Great Battles for Boys," author Joe Giorello has ignited a love of military history in hundreds of boys. Now with this engaging non-fiction book written specifically for boys ages 8-14, your son can experience that same thrilling adventure in learning.
Beginning with Hitler's invasion of Poland, Great Battles for Boys: WW2 Europe takes young readers to the front lines of the war’s most important clashes. Boys will discover the raw history of warfare and learn the battles in chronological order. From Stalingrad’s hand-to-hand street fighting and the world's largest tank action at Kursk to the spy-led invasion of Sicily and the surprise D-Day invasion of Normandy—and many other exciting battles!
Filled with historic photographs, maps, and notable biographies of soldiers, Great Battles for Boys: WW2 Europe explores the leaders, weapons, and strategies that toppled the Axis Powers. Each chapter also ends with suggestions for further age-appropriate books and movies that the whole family can watch.
If your son likes action-packed accounts, authentic details, and short but exciting chapters, then he’ll love this book. And he'll never see history as boring again!
Buy Great Battles for Boys today and march into the frontlines of history!
"This book should be in school libraries everywhere. It is a treasure trove of information that is engagingly written that makes one feel they are in a great classroom with a great instructor sharing his knowledge in a fun way." —Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
"This book should be in school libraries everywhere…" Amazon Top Ten Hall of Fame reviewer, 5 stars
Does your son play video games for hours but dreads picking up a book?
Does he think history is just a bunch of boring old facts?
What if you could give him all the excitement of screen time but also spark his love of reading and history?
You can with these exciting tales of military battles written especially for boys who are reluctant readers.
Popular history teacher Joe Giorello's hugely successful class, "Great Battles for Boys" is now into an engaging and bestselling non-fiction series written for boys ages 8-14.
In chronological order, beginning with the Revolutionary War, Great Battles for Boys: Bunker Hill to WWI takes young readers to the front lines of American history's most thrilling clashes. Boys discover the raw truth about the colonial fight for freedom, the hardships of Civil War soldiers, the fierce battle of the Alamo, the American Expeditionary Forces winning World War I, and much more!
Packed with historic photos, maps, and notable biographies, Great Battles for Boys also explores the military leaders, weapons, and strategies that won victory—or suffered defeat.
If your son likes action-packed stories, authentic details, and easy-to-read but exciting chapters, then he’ll love Joe Giorello’s thrilling accounts of history's greatest battles.
"He asks to read these books on his own!" — Paix, 5 stars
Buy Great Battles for Boys today and take your son to the frontlines of history!
Praise for the Great Battles for Boys series:
"This book should be in school libraries everywhere. It is a treasure trove of information that is engagingly written that makes one feel they are in a great classroom with a great instructor sharing his knowledge in a fun way." — Top Ten Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
Great Battles for Boys is the bestselling history series that sends young readers “into the fight.” Boys learn about the military leaders, weapons, and strategies that won—or lost—history's most important military battles.
Want Boys to Read Books? Give them books they WANT to read!
History leaps off the page through historic photographs, maps, and short, powerful chapters. Great Battles for Boys will capture the attention of even reluctant readers.
The American Civil War
More Americans died in this war than all other wars combined—more than 600,000 soldiers.
But what REALLY happened?
"In many schools these days, students aren’t being taught about the individual battles and struggles of our nation’s history, including Gettysburg." 5 Stars, Amazon review Great Battles for Boys: The Civil War.
From the first shots at Fort Sumter to the South's surrender at Appomattox, young readers move chronologically through 20 crucial battles, covering all four years of the Civil War. They'll discover which strategies, tactics, and weapons were used, and which military leaders won victory—or suffered defeat.
- Battle of the Ironclads: One of America's deadliest naval battles, right off the coast of Virginia
- Vicksburg: Ulysses S. Grant bombs, terrorizes, and starves a southern city into surrender.
- Antietam: Robert E. Lee invades the North, and pays a terrible price
- Petersburg: The North literally blows a hole in the South—and still loses the battle.
- Why was Robert E. Lee considered a military genius, even after he lost the war?
- What made Ulysses S. Grant such a powerful general—and a difficult man?
- Sherman's March—who, what, when, where, and why.
Reviews of the Great Battles for Boys series
"This book should be in school libraries everywhere. It is a treasure trove of information that is engagingly written that makes one feel they are in a great classroom with a great instructor sharing his knowledge in a fun way."
5 Stars, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
"My nine-year-old son absolutely love this book! Full of great facts and enjoyable to read! He finished it in two nights and was asking for another!" 5 Stars, Richard Dodson, Amazon
"Five stars out of five." — Amazon #1 Hall of Fame reviewer
Does your son spend hours playing videogames but hates reading?
What if you could give him all the excitement of screen time AND spark his interest in books?
Now you can—with Great Battles for Boys, the series written specifically for reluctant readers. Quick and exciting chapters take boys to the front lines of history's most important military conflicts. Boys also get to see historic photographs, maps, and read biographies of heroic soldiers.
Get boys hooked on reading—give them books they want to read!
In his highly acclaimed middle-school class “Great Battles for Boys," author Joe Giorello ignites excitement for reading and history. Now your son can experience that same thrilling adventure in learning.
Written for boys ages 8-14, particularly boys who struggle with reading, this series changes how boys view "school stuff."
In this installment of the bestselling series, young readers experience an unforgettable journey into World War I. They learn about the major battles, leaders, tactics, and strategies that helped the Allies topple the Axis powers. They'll also learn about new inventions, such as airplanes and tanks, which proved crucial to “The Great War."
Among the battles covered:
• Battle of Tannenberg: outnumbered German soldiers plan a sneak attack that destroys Russian forces, capturing 150,000 prisoners of war.
• Battle of the Somme: One of military history’s worst follies, this battle ended with more than one million casualties—and yet achieved almost nothing for either side.
• Battle of Cantigny: A little-known battle that proved the late-arriving American forces reached the Western Front ready to win.
Other chapters cover WWI’s most fascinating figures, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Sergeant York, the Harlem Hellfighters, and world events, including the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Filled with historic photographs, maps, and notable biographies of ordinary soldiers who accomplished extraordinary feats, Great Battles for Boys: WWI also offers suggestions for movies about each battle that the whole family can watch together.
If your son likes action-packed accounts and authentic details, he will love this book.
Pick up Great Battles for Boys today—and march to the front lines of history!
PRAISE FOR THE GREAT BATTLES FOR BOYS SERIES:
“This book should be in school libraries everywhere. It is a treasure trove of information that is engagingly written that makes one feel they are in a great classroom with a great instructor sharing his knowledge in a fun way." —Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer
Spartans! Persians! Romans!
Historic warriors who changed the world. But does your son know why these soldiers were fighting?
Find out in Great Battles for Boys, the bestselling series that takes young readers to the front lines of the world's most significant clashes. History leaps off the page with short, powerful chapters and plenty of historic imagery, capturing the attention of even reluctant readers.
Want boys to read? Give them books they WANT to read!
In this installment of the bestselling series, boys travel to the ancient world to learn about twelve famous military battles that drastically altered world history. They'll also learn about the notable men who led those battles, including Alexander the Great, Julius Casaer, and William "Braveheart" Wallace, among many others.
Beginning in Ancient Greece and Persia, the battles continue into the Middle Ages—including the Crusades—and conclude with the year 1588 when the Spanish Armada's attemped invasion of England, and the dawn of modern naval warfare.