...almost three times more girls than boys see themselves as readers
Boys and Reading
•Reading is sometimes stereotyped as a “feminine” activity. When boys reach adolescence their gender identification becomes more important. If they believe reading is not a masculine activity, they will abandon it in order to demonstrate their masculinity.
Boys and their fathers DO read but because they are not reading novels they do not consider themselves to be "readers". ....Once they get to 9 or 10 they seem to stop reading novels but they still read - sports reports, non-fiction, and books about how to make things.