The Outsiders is a good book, lots of talking points, some dark stuff, though. Good luck!
Although I am no longer a boy, once upon a time, a long time ago, I was. The main character is a girl, but she pretends to be a boy. I stumbled across this series in the juvenile section of the Library and so far have read 9 of the 12 books in the series. The reader need to start with the 1st book and read the rest in order. I actually listened to the books on audio while driving a truck.
The person narrating the books is very good at changing her voice for the different characters in the story. The 1st book in the series has a long title. Just wanted to thank you for specifying that your BOYS loved these books. There are tons of books out there that appeal to girls, but not so much for boys.
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Keep up the good work! I really wanted to reach mothers of boys, Liz, as we have a difficult time finding books that specifically appeal to our sons. Thank you for this awesome list! I have 3 boys and we read every night. I read this book over and over when I was young, but anyway! I too hope to be reading to my boys until they are far too old for it! They got me into reading years ago and my sons have followed suit. We are both loving it!! My 9-year old recently read Escape from Mr.
There was a puzzle to be solved at the end and the author invited you to email him if you did. My son solved it and emailed the author. Within a day or 2 the author emailed him back a very nice note. My son was absolutely thrilled! Girls will love these books too! Teaching 4th grade I did many of these as read alouds. Great literature engages boys and girls. We need our girls to hear stories of bravery and our boys to hear ones of tenderness. Sounds like the mom compiling the list has boys.
Lucky kids to have a home with such great books! Awesome list! They were terrific.
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Blair, and most girls like the Boxcar Children and Judy Bloom. I hope some of these suggestions work for you! Great list. I would suggest parents preview the books first as some have content they may find unsuitable for their children. Yes, Kim, I was thinking the same. Although the majority are probably squeaky clean, I think there are a couple in the list that have some sexual content. It would be great if the books with some sexual content would be marked with an astrix just so we know.
Tim Green has awsome books for boys or anyone who likes sports. My son loved them, and he even has contests on his Web page to have your name used as a character name. He was a football player for Atlanta Falcons and now he writes and visits schools promoting reading. Awesome guy and awesome books! The Mysterious Benedict Soceity books are fantastic as well. And, I agree with the others who have said this is a good list for everyone, not just boys. My 12yr. Dean Hughes has some great historical fiction pieces! He goes back and forth between the siblings that are serving and the family at home.
Some marry during the series and a German family becomes involved in the stories. Definitely fiction, but lots of great facts. His book are full of adventure with great values. Thank you for a great list! My boys got interested in reading once they tried the Gregor the Overlander series by SuzAnne Collins.
A teacher recommended it, and they read them all! And its a great openingconversation book for boys. Or that other things are not for boys. Such a beautifully-written book. It was my favorite book as a young girl and read it more than a couple of times. I read it to my son when he was about 8. Now my 7-year-old daughter is asking me to read it to her. Two more books in the Little House series to finish first.
One devoured C. Lewis and the other Roald Dahl. My boys love Rick Riorden. Most of these authors write fantasy and adventure stories. My eldest 12 is also discovering the delights of Terry Pratchetett and his Discworld series. I am sorry, but the simple fact that you have never read any of the Chronicles of Narnia books negates all credibility for the ability to suggest a list of books to read to anyone.
Tough crowd at times;. Thanks so much for the list! Thanks again! The Rangers Apprentice is rhe series which helped my son at the age of 16 begin to read. Prior he was second grade level as he has learning disabilities. His teachers were floored. Itwas all about interest! He loved Hugo also which my now 9 yr old is reading. There are three in the series surrounding a girl named Eva 9. Really good science fiction. Light reads. He read all seven that we have in about a week.
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More teenager in style than Riordan. And finally, a series called Dreamhouse Kings by Robert Lipardo about a family that moves into an old house where doors take them to other places and time. He is an advanced reader but is he too young for the content? Grateful for some advice. As an upper elementary school teacher for many years, my students always enjoyed The Indian in the Cupboard series. I believe you can search by age and gender there. Kara, I would love to help you find the perfect books for girls! These books are amazing and are certain to please.
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Thanks for the suggestions, James! So glad your boys have also enjoyed many of the books that my guys have! Here you can find some book list for girls. You can also check whether the books are available from you local library. Best Picks for Girls. Jevic and the Stone is an amazing book for boys! Such a great story. Highly recommend. Great books for boys! May I also offer a book to your list? It is a new series just came out Oct called Zane the Brain, for ages It is about a boy-genius and his experiments that lead him into many misadventures.
Volume 1 is available on Amazon. Thanks for the suggestion! Hi guys!! I was beginning to wonder the same thing. My son and I read several of these. We also plowed through at least a dozen of the Redwall books. Another fantastic book is The Phantom Tollbooth, a story that likely turned me into the editor I am today. Am just so glad to know that you read TO your children till they were much older. My 8 year old asks me everyday to read to him. Thank you so much! I am so happy to think that this post has made such an impression on you, Kejal. Yes, I read to my boys well beyond the age of 8.
The years fly by so quickly. As an adult, I find it lovely to be read to also. As a mom with an 18 year old voracious reader, and as a teacher, never stop reading to your child as long as they will let you! Great opportunities to know what your child is thinking.
Enjoyed the blog, through a link posted on Facebook by my sister-in-law in Colorado. How fun to read the Farley Mowat bit and realize we live in the same town! My boys have quite a few of these. I will definitely add more of these to their list during the summer break. Good for him! Crazy that my boys never got into Harry. Thank you for it. I also highly recommend The Boxcar Children for ages My son was reading Red Badge of Courage in grade 4.
His teacher was in shock. My son was an avid reader from age His vocabulary skills and correct usage in Kindergarten amazed his teachers. My son is all grown up now. He started reading Nate the Great series. Then read the entire Box Car Children series. And the Hardy Boys. I have enjoyed and always recommended. All good! Thank you so much for the great list! My son and I will be sure to check out some of these. Thanks again for the post and for the work you put into it. It was too low of grade level when I was in school so I never read it.
My son is in 4th grade and has never been an avid reader. My son loves sports and basketball, so that sparked his interest and the storyline has had him hooked from start to finish of each book in the series. Recommended for readers age year olds. My 12 year old grandson loves them as much as his grandpa and grandma do. Very exciting!! Any non-fiction suggestions? My 12 yr old is not a big reader but he gets sucked into non fiction. It was the one time that a feminist side came bursting forth. Why just for boys! Am I not supposed to read it because I am a girl!!
Definitely recommend! One of my eight yr olds loves Tom Gates series — he has finished 4 in the series. The other loves Big Nate. Thank you for this list.
Help parents identify books for their young readers that are sufficiently challenging from a Lexile score perspective yet age-appropriate — that I would love to see! Two are sequels and one is a prequel. Fantastic books! I cried my eyes out while reading it to my son and he had to finish reading it out loud! Love your list!!! I would add The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. My children loved reading these as did I.
And the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia—all seven. Thank you for sharing your list!!! For the younger ones, the Borrowers series by Mary Norton is outstanding. This is a great list! Thanks, John! My guys somehow completely missed out on that one! It may not have the book sales of these other great books for boys, but it certainly has the same draw.
Thanks for your suggestion, Adam! Gosh there are so many good books out there that my boys missed out on. I love hearing about the ones you guys read and loved! Thanks for starting a nice conversation with these. I have to say that the caption as it gets shared online came off as less subjective and more authoritative, which makes me want to challenge these. But the important thing is that you and your kids read and do it together Saying that, probably a bit more diversity could be a good thing. Hi, I really enjoyed reading your list.
My daughter 9 also liked it and did a book review for school on it. We have that book, Rachael! My son got it for Christmas. So glad to hear you loved it. Any recommendations for younger boys? We have not ventured into fantasy and suck like you say your boys really enjoyed other than The Magic Tree House books. My son is 5. Of course there are plenty more of those to read but looking for other ideas too. We have read some of the Flat Stanley ones too which he also liked. And started a series about a young boy with shark in it some how which was pretty funny and had a hidden word puzzle on each page which he really liked.
Though any ideas of any classic books he might be able to read himself would be awesome too. He is a beginning reader and I want engaging things to draw him in to reading for himself also. We have not ventured into Star Wars, partially because I liked the original movies but never was a Star Wars junkie like some are. Barbara Brooks Wallace is a wonderful writer who my 12 year old son just loves. Sparrows in the Scullery is perhaps his favorite, but he has read ten or so of her books and devoured them all.
Mostly mystery stories, although the Claudia series about a girl called Claudia my son also loved. Another fabulous author is Morris Gleitzman. Bumface is hilarious, and the Once, Now, Then, After series is insightful and gripping. My 9 year old daughter likes many of these books, especially Diary of a Wimpy kid. My son read it when he was 10 and loved it so much that I decided to read it too. It was fantastic, I laughed, I cried. Every single kid needs to read that book! Also Fablehaven, I read that to my daughters last summer and we adored it. If your child loves magic and fairies, this series will be devoured!
Lastly, someone recommended Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for my reluctant reader that loves video games. I started reading it and could not put it down. I would say this one is more appropriate for Middle or High School age. He hated reading until he read this one! I am wondering, are the age ranges you have recommended based in reading level or content?
I am wondering, are the age ranges you have recommended based on reading level or content? An amazing read for even adults! Both on the damaging effects of bullying. So great for boys, all boys. Everything a young boy needs to know to become a great man. Thank you for such a fantastic list! We read aloud every day. He reads, I listen. Thank you again! I have been looking for a list like this!
I was amazed to see that apparently you did not include any sports books in your list. As a boy growing up, when the library would have book reading contests during the summers, I would always load up on lots of sports books that were available.
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At age 75 I have to admit that those books back then might be considered very juvenile today when you look at the content of books these days. I would have been around My 9 year- old has the whole collection of Wimpy Kid and Nate books, that he read last year. That he should be reading Harry Potter or something else, but the one that he likes are totally inappropriate. He has a 11 year old, advanced reader, super smart boy.
Made me feel like a bad mother. I am a teacher and read Ummer of the Monkeys to my students every spring and they love it! Thank you for creating this list! I have two little boys and want to continue encourage their love of reading! We listened to all of these on audiobook in the car as we drove around town. Sometimes a great book is just a great book, whether you are a boy or a girl. Absolutely, Jennifer! If I could go back, I would choose even more novels with strong female leading characters. Thank you so much for compiling this list! I am always on the hunt for books that my son can enjoy.
I would have to say the age group for these are years old and they are definitely more tailored to little boys! These books are not scary at all and the monsters in the tales do all the gross, funny, and lovable things you would expect a sock-eating monster to do! When Serge, who fancies himself as an art collector, buys an expensive painting, his friends Marc and Yvan react strongly to the extravagant purchase.
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