Books for boys

Growing up I remember reading several different book series. My Uncle J and Aunt A hooked me on the Polk Street School books by Patricia Reilly Giff. I recall going out with them to have pizza, playing Pacman at the arcade and going to the book store to get something to read.

There were other series that I read as a child. I quickly became a fan of the Ramona Quinby books by Beverly Clearly. In addition to this, I loved the Anastasia Krupnik books by Lois Lowry (author of Number the Stars) and adored reading about Peter and Fudge in the books by Judy Blume.

As a college student who was an education major, I read a lot of children’s literature. Some of these include Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), Junie B Jones (Barbara Park), Cam Jansen Mystery books (David A. Adler), Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket) to name a few. As a teacher I read even more. While teaching Language Arts I read many of the books that my students were reading outside of class to keep up with their interests.

This past summer we decided that NHL was ready to start listening to chapter books with us. I had bought a copy of Dinosaurs Before Dark, the first book in the Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pop Osborne.

Magic Tree House Books

Originally I started reading the books with NHL, but soon JL took over and it became a nightly thing for them. Over the months the boys have been reading the books here and there. Last night NHL and JL finished book #40 in the series. Today I requested the newest book from the library.

So my question for youthis week:

What series of books did you read as a child, or did your children read, that you would recommend for a little boy? NHL is in kindergarten and loves to read so the more ideas the better. 



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  • Ah, not sure I have any great recommendations. I pretty much stuck with “choose your own adventures”. Are they still around? Oh, Sweet Valley High. But I am pretty sure a boy wouldn’t like those! ;-) Happy Friday!!

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  • Mighty M says:

    Good question. The only thing I can think of is the Hardy Boys. I grew up with sisters. Hmmmm. I hope you get a TON of suggestions!! ;-)

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  • Tara says:

    I used to read the nancy drew series and the Bobsy Twins. Oh what about the Encyclopedia Brown series..??? I loved those as well.

  • phyllis says:

    books we’ve loved so far with my now-first-grader:
    (we started with magic tree house too. now he reads them on his own!)

    the alphabet mystery books
    cricket in times square
    charlotte’s web
    little house on the prairie (i wanted to get in as many “girl” books as i could before he decided they weren’t cool)
    henry huggins
    all-of-a-kind family
    “b is for betsy” and that whole series
    the Littles (jon peterson)
    the original winnie the pooh books
    roald dahl (james and peach, charlie and chocolate)
    betsy-tacy books (fall into that “girl books for boys” category)
    boxcar children
    pippi longstocking
    my father’s dragon (a 3 book set but you can get them all in one book)
    mrs. piggle-wiggle

    hope these help you out as a good place to start:-)

    also – i love the Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease – great ideas for books to read…

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  • Louise says:

    Christopher Pike novels, Sweet Valley twins, Baby sitter’s club,

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  • Cathi says:

    I read Nancy Drew Books.
    My oldest son read the Tarzan books and he loved Michael Crichton. My oldest grandson reads anything and everything.

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  • QCMAMA says:

    as a kid I read all of the BabySitter’s Club books. I even tried to start my own. :) I loved the Ramona books and still think of her kitty cat Q’s whenever I write a letter Q. I also read R.L Stines Goosebumps as well as most of his others. In highschool I started reading V.C Andrews and have all but a few books she, or her ghostwriter,have ever written.
    My Karate Kid and I started reading Charlotte’s Web, but when we moved the book got misplaced and wasn’t found until just recently. I need to read more with the kids. I want him to read Tale of the Fourth Grade Nothing, and Ramona, and all of my favorites, well maybe I will save the Babysitter’s Club for the girls. :)

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  • Jennifer says:

    I read Sweet Valley twins, Baby sitter’s club,ramona (my Fav) and the little house on the prairie which I hated but my parents made me read them lol!

    But for boys my son is 10 and he loved the junie b jones books in 1-3 grade

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  • Heather says:

    The Hardy Boys … loved them as a kid and they are more geared towards little boys.

  • Kari A. says:

    I read the Judy Blume books… Not sure if that would be good for a boy though. :)

  • I read the Beverly Cleary books about Ralph and the Motorcycle. I think it was a series, not sure.

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  • Janet F says:

    I used to like the Nancy Drew Books. I loved Peter Pan and The Secret Garden. I read a lot of books but I don’t remember the names.

  • My all time favorite was The Chronicles of Narnia and my SIL and my nephew read it when he was in kindergarten. I also loved the Bobbsie Twins and I think they would be appropriate,

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  • Jenn(ifer) says:

    When I was little I loved to read “The Bobsey Twins” and “The Secret Garden”.

    However, I have 3 boys and they all love to read. My 4th grader has always loved “The Wimpy Kid Diaries”, “Captain Underpants” and he’s just not getting into “Goosebumps” (Don’t recommend any for an Kindergartner)

    I love the book “I wanna Iguana”. Its so adorable!

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  • Elle says:

    I read everything I could when I was little. I read “The Bobsey Twins” “Encyclopedia Brown” “The Brain”

    I also love the Harry Potter series.

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  • I grew up as a reluctant reader. And my father was the author of over 70 books. Now I write action-adventure and mystery books especially for boys. My blog, Books for boys, is # 4 on Google today.

    Max Elliot Anderson

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  • jaime says:

    where the wild things are…harold and the purple crayon…remember the night rainbow…the velveteen rabbit.

    i loved those when i was little. when i was older: anything christopher pike, babysitters club, and there was a series about pen pals – but the name escapes me at the moment.

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  • Melinda says:

    I remember reading Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on a Prairie series.

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  • Harriet says:

    I loved having a daughter so that I could pass on the Madeline series to her :)

  • Kari says:

    I loved Pippi Longstocking, Beverly Cleary books, the Little House books.

    My boys also enjoy the Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books….

    Happy Friday.

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  • Sarah Berry says:

    I remember reading RL stine and Little House on the praire books. Neither of which would be good for a kindergartner. Good luck

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  • Lissa says:

    My boys enjoyed the Captain Underpants,Goosebumps, and all of my children loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.

    Only now as the boys are older do they finally get what reading is all about

    Of course my daughter-she loved it from the get go.

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  • Carol says:

    I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder series…but, for boys I’d go with goosebumps or Harry Potter!

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  • Magic Treehouse is a series that my son ran through but now he’s on to the Star Wars series.

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  • All the books you just listened I have read. Another series I loved was the Little House books.

  • Kelly says:

    I loved….and now my son loves… Mickey in the Night Kitchen. The book is so ratty from being read over and over agian. He will even sleep with it some nights.

    Books are a wonderful thing!

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  • alliry says:

    As a tomboy I always liked the Hardy Boys…best I can do for now.

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  • I used to read the Baby Sitter Club series–I was addicted!

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  • Jennifer says:

    As a kid I loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden.

    My boys liked all you listed. All of mine were early readers, so we did not read many series as a family.

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  • Michelle says:

    The Spiderwick series is really good!

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  • Nancy says:

    I have the same problem so no suggestions. :) I’ll be writing down some ideas for the replies though!

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