I'm always on the lookout for great books for boys. I thought maybe we could keep a running list of books that our boys really like, connect with, are motivated by, etc.
Great idea, Dawn!
These are texts I've used in tutoring with boys:
SECOND GRADE LEVEL BOOKS
I also have them read non-fiction texts on their level about topics in which they are interested (I can't remember any titles off-hand).
Just thought of these a few minutes ago:
You may already know about these 2 websites. I used these with my boys in tutoring. They are totally non-fiction & free!
I second Dinosaur Cove and Magic Tree House books. We also like the Dragon Slayer Academy chapter books and while at the library last week were introduced to A to Z Mysteries. So far so good. Also there are some leveled readers with Star Wars themes that my boys like.
Rick Riordan Books (Percy Jackson, Red Pyramid, Heroes of Olympus)
39 Clues Series
Found and Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
NERDS by Michael Buckley
Shedderman Series by Wendelin Van Draanen
Graphic Novels (especially the Bones series)
Sasquatch by Roland Smith
BFG by Roald Dahl
Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
Non-Fiction Books (You Choose Interactive History Adventures, Steve Jenkins, Weird insects and ocean animals, Titanic, Rocks and Minerals, Military, Cyrptids and Mummies tend to be the favorite)
Younger or Struggling Readers
The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eion Colfer
My Weirder School Series by Dan Gutman
Roscoe Riley Rules Series by Katherine Applegate
Beast Quest Series by Adam Blade
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Non-Fiction (Dinosaurs, Things That Go, Insects, Magic School Bus)
Geronimo Stilton Series by Stilton
Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieska
Thank you all for continuing to add to the list! Keep the ideas coming!
My son just recently read and loved
Both of these are part of a new series of graphic novels about an amoeba (ties into science content) by Matt and Jennifer Holm, (brother and sister) authors of the Babymouse series.
In addition to many of the books already listed, my 9 year old son has enjoyed the following books/series over the past year or so. Some we have read aloud together and some he has read on his own.
Cricket in Times Square (and other books with these characters) by George Selden
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Shiloh (and the two books that follow it) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Raymond and Graham books by Mike Knudson(maybe not quite a series yet, only 4 so far but he's loving them and keeps asking for more!)
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
Pain and the Great One books by Judy Blume
Chet Gecko Series by Bruce Hale
Frindle by Andrew Clements (and many of his other books too!)
Matt Christopher books- (sports themed fiction books- I think there is a book for any sport you can imagine- he recently read Mountain Mike Mania)
My 7 year old is still discovering exactly what books he enjoys but so far he has liked:
Magic Tree House Series, (he especially enjoys the research guides, nonfiction books that accompany some of fiction stories)
Horrible Harry Series by Suzy Kline
Jake Drake Series by Andrew Clements
The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume (especially great for a middle child)
On a side note... this summer I'm finding it thrilling and so interesting to watch my sons develop as readers. My 9 year old is devouring books and recently asked, "Why is reading so good now?" (Yes it made my heart nearly skip a beat, I was so happy and proud!) I suppose it's because he's at the point where reading is less work and he can now enjoy the story with less effort. My 7 year old can read well but is less motivated to read on his own because at this stage it still takes a good deal of effort to decode, comprehend, and reflect on what he is reading. I keep reminding myself he'll get to a point where reading is fun for him as well, as long as I continue to give gentle nudges- after all he is two years younger than his brother. Any suggestions for keeping younger readers motivated as they develop their reading skills? This list is helpful- it reminds me to pull out our Captain Underpants books and try some graphic novels. I think high interest books are key.
I love this idea!
I need suggestions. My son is 8 and beginning the 3rd grade. He is a strong reader but can't fall into a book. He reads Magic Tree House books and graphic novels in a day or two. They just aren't challenging him. He recently finished book five of How to Train your Dragon. Yet, it took him many months because he had lost interest. He has read Cleary's Mouse books already. He isn't interested in Stink or Hank Zipster. I tried those. I even got him Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger by Kevin Bloger. He liked the book but didn't love it. So I had to say, "It's time to read."
I am introducing more genre identification this year. This is in hopes that he can begin to identify what he enjoys reading. Any other ideas or suggestions?