Monday, February 13, 2012

Books for Boys

A Boy Book Linky Party-Click the Pic. to check it out.
The past couple of years, I have had a group of boys who are avid readers.  I don't know what has caused this trend, but thought I would share some books that keep my boys loving their reading.  (Not that girls can't read them...they just aren't as into them.)

GRAPHIC NOVELS (not to be confused with comics)-I can't tell you how much my boys eat these up!
Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack
 I am a huge fan of Shannon Hale's books, but they are far more girl fiction.  She has created two FANTASTIC graphic novels....even I enjoyed them.

The Adventures of Tin Tin
Did you know that while a TinTin graphic novel is full of pictures, it is also full of words.  I once heard that by the time one finishes a TinTin Adventure, they have read 900 words.  (I am currently unable to find a source verifying this)


This book is currently being passed around the room, from boy to boy.  Superheroes....nough said!

Lunch Lady
Mysteries, detectives, and a lunch lady....recipe for engaged readers and good fun!

SHORT STORIES-We love love love the Guys Read series.  So far there are two.  Each one is a collection of stories written by authors who know how to get boys hooked on a book!

JON SCIESZKA-This guy KNOWS how to draw in those boy readers!
He is behind the Guys Read series and also has a book of his short stories from growing up called Knucklehead.  

He is also the author of one of the BEST websites, I regularly frequent!  You must CLICK HERE!

NON-PICTURE DRIVEN BOOKS (aka chapter books:-)
Anything by Gordon Korman  (although the book 1, 2, 3 series and the Swindle series are particular favorites)

Gregor the Underlander Series--I LOVED this series!  For boys who have a bit more stamina sticking to longer texts.  A student reccommended this book to me, and I couldn't put them down.  They are written by Suzanne Collins....yes the Suzanne Collins of Hunger Games madness!  (sidenote...I liked this series better than the Hunger Games Trilogy).  The main character is a boy who ends up falling into an underground world.  There are 5 books total, and each book is quite long.

Hopefully that will get you started on a books for boys quest.
Happy Monday,
PS...I should also mention, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Geronimo Stilton books, Frankie Pickle, and of course lots of non-fiction.

PPS...please leave comments with books you have found successful in getting boys to love reading.


  1. There is of course Captain Underpants. There are those beginning readers books and the kiddos in K-2 that read those have Pokemon and Hot Wheels versions.

    They also like Geronimo Stilton who is a mouse on adventure.

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. I just ordered some of these graphic novels for my boys! I'm so excited to check them out :) I love The Lightning Thief series, The Mysterious Benedict trilogy, and Chasing Vermeer for getting my higer second grade boys engaged :) Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  3. That's very encouraging that you're finding boys who enjoy reading so much. I grew up as a reluctant reader and now write adventures & mysteries for readers 8 - 13.

  4. Thanks for linking up! These are great choices. I didn't know many of them. Thanks for sharing.

    Swimming into Second

  5. Somehow I had missed the TinTin series. GREAT recommendations!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  6. I will have to check out the Guys Read and Tin Tin series. I am not familiar with those.
    I'm glad I found you through the link up.

  7. LOVE the Guys Read collections. We've actually got a pretty successful "Guys Read" program going in our school library. And, as it turns out, I didn't have to do anything more than suggest it to the family specialist (who runs our Watch DOG program) and pick up some high-interest non-fic at the bookfair. I thought it had to be pretty planned, with a theme and such. But the volunteer dads have been great at just enjoying the books with the boys and talking about all the different places and ways they read.
    Have you ever seen the Babymouse books? They take a little convincing (they are very pink) but once convinced the boys eat them up! They also have really liked How to Talk to Girls (by Alec Greven ... also Moms, Dads, and Santa).

  8. Thanks for all the great book titles - I have a group of avid boy readers in my class and will check out some of these titles for them. I have had the same students for 3 years now - so I always need new material.

    Looking From Third to Fourth