Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Great Books for Boys!*

*and other -- ahem -- Discriminating Readers.

For a while now, I've been meaning to post an updated, fairly comprehensive list of Ian's favorite reading material. Remember, Ian is 9 [edited: now 10]. He tends to have a limited attention span for things that don't involve double-bladed light sabers. On the other hand, he has the capacity to read beyond, say, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. So, this is an unexpurgated list of twaddle-free books that he has read on his own, without much cajoling, and enjoyed. We could call it ...


Chapter Books

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (Berlin)
The Guardians of Ga'hoole series (Lasky)
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Stewart)
Knight's Castle, Half Magic, and other titles by Edward Eager
George Washington's Socks (Woodruff)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Snicket)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Konigsburg)
Gregor the Overlander series (Collins)
Percy Jackson series (Riordan)
Hatchet (Paulsen)
Time Cat (Alexander)

Graphic Novels

Rapunzel's Revenge (Hale)
Calamity Jack (Hale)
Mouse Guard (Petersen)
The Asterix series (Goscinny)
The Action Bible

I intend to keep this list as a sidebar and update it as often as possible. Hope it helps other parents who end up scratching their heads amidst the library stacks, thinking, "What on earth can I give this kid to read, assuming I don't want his literary incisors to simply rot into oblivion???"

Feel free to send me your own recommendations, too!


Kelly Miller said...

Love this list. I've not kept track of the books my 9-year-old has read and enjoyed, but I should start. Don't you just love a boy who loves his books?

Has he tried the Percy Jackson series? My Javi loved it!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the list - always appreciate the new ideas.

max said...

It's so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it, especially boys. In fact, I've recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, "Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers."

I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

My blog, Books for Boys http://booksandboys.blogspot.com is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading. And my new book, Lost Island Smugglers - first in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series - is coming out in July-August. Contracts are also signed for Captain Jack's Treasure and River Rampage.

Max Elliot Anderson
PS. My first 7 books are going to be republished by Comfort Publishing later in 2010

~cjoy said...

Great list - new suggestions are always a good thing! :)

Jennifer said...

These are long books, but my kids loved listening to them, and Sterling (age 9) has read through two of them, and is begging for more :: Redwall by Brian Jacques!

MDiskin said...

My friend Laurel Snyder's book, Any Which Wall is very Edward Eager-ish. And Percy Jackson (by Rick Riordan) is great!

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