If you have a son and want him to get into reading, there are plenty of different books out there that are great for different personality types and ages. When it comes to reading, boys that like to read may be of the opinion that reading isn’t cool or they may associate reading with schoolwork. There are many ways that you can disprove these thoughts with books that are interesting, fun and challenge them to think without making it seem like work.
In this course, you will learn about what makes a great book. With this knowledge, you will better be able to pick out books that are great, engaging and fast-faced for the boy in your life. By knowing what makes books great, you can pick some out that you know they will love.
Books for Young Boys
When boys are young, reading is exciting and new. That’s because they are just starting to learn how to read and want to use this new skill as much as possible. Get them hooked on reading early by providing them with books that are fun so they will associate reading with something enjoyable. Here are some books for young boys that are fun and can get them hooked on reading at an early age.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
This Caldecott-Honor book takes a new, funny spin on your typical fairytales. It has multiple stories that are familiar, but twisted and turned hilariously with interesting illustrations. On numerous occasions, the book breaks the fourth wall (or, speaks directly to the reader), which is part of the fun. The reader feels involved with the book in addition to its zany twists, turns and fairytale parodies.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
This book has been around since 1978, it recently got a boost when a film of the same name was released in 2009. The story focuses on the fictional town called Chewandswallow that gets its food through the weather. for breakfast, pancakes and orange juice rain from the sky, or other foods, depending on the ‘weather’ forecast. The townspeople get shaken up when the food starts getting larger and larger.
Where the Wild Things Are
We all have a little wild thing in us, and that’s the case for Max, a mischievous boy who gets in trouble with his mother and is sent to bed without supper. That night, Max is taken to a place where ‘wild things’ run free and convinces them that he is their king.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
This Dr. Seuss book celebrates life’s adventures and is great for shining a bight light on your child’s future.
Books for School-Age Boys
At this age, readers can start to get into books with meatier themes and more well-rounded characters. Gone are picture books and in come books with chapters, story arcs and no more pictures. For a deeper look at this particular reading level, you can visit this blog on fourth-grade reading, which offers more books for this particular age group. Below are some book options for boys with adventure, strong storytelling and interesting characters.
The ultimate school-age book on survival, Hatchet is a Newbury Honor-winning book about a boy who successfully lands and plane in an unpopulated area after the pilot suffers a heart attack and dies. He then has to survive on his own using the hatchet his mother gave him before the trip as his only tool.
For boys that love sports, this is more than your typical school-age sports story. Heat is about a talented 12-year-old baseball player. Coaches do not believe his age as a result of his talent, but he does not have parent, or a birth certificate and has to prove he is the age he says.
This billion-dollar franchise has been on our bookshelves since the late ’90s. The series follows the titular character and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as they navigate Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. While written with children in mind, the Harry Potter series is also beloved by adults and teenagers.
There is something alluring and exciting about searching for buried treasure. It includes fantasy, adventure, suspense and of course, treasure.
This book contains secrets and mysteries that will keep your boy turning the page to find out answers. The novel won the 1999 Newbery Medal for ‘most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.’ The story revolves around Stanley, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention and correctional facility. At the camp, the inmates are forced to dig holes five feet deep and five feet wide and are not told what the holes are actually used for.
If your child is interested in mystery stories like Holes, perhaps they should try writing their own mystery story. We offer a course that can teach your child how to write an interesting and exciting mystery.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
It’s a universal truth that all kids love candy. What if they were given exclusive access to a popular-yet-mysterious candy factory? That’s the premise of the wildly popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where a group of kids get to experience a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour the Wonka Chocolate Factory but finding a golden ticket in one of Wonka’s chocolate bars.
The Chronicles of Narnia
Another beloved book series, The Chronicles of Narnia was published in the 1950s and is still enjoyed today, whether it be through books or the successful films based on the books. The series includes seven fantasy novels that focus on the four Pevensie siblings, who discover the magical realm of Narnia.
Books for Teen Boys
When it comes to teen boys, there is more pressure to get homework done, get good grades and have a social life. With all that combined, there is not much time left for reading. This is around the time interest in reading drops, as there are more social activities and extracurricular activities to be a part of. Teach them how to read and study more efficiently with this course on speed reading. With these tips and tricks, you will be able to read faster, understand better and remember more information. With these new skills, they will be able to save time and still enjoy reading.
If you still are having trouble getting your teen boy to read, here are a few books that are interesting and engaging.
This sci-fi adventure is about teenage genius Ender, who is chosen to be a part of a much sought-after training program. In this program, children Ender’s age are trained in order to prevent an alien invasion on Earth.
The Lord of the Flies
Full of adventure and violence, The Lord of the Flies peels back what happens when we are without society. It showcases true human nature with horrifyingly primitive scenes and lessons. This book is not only interesting, but it makes you think long after you have turned the last page.
The Hunger Games
This trilogy presents serious issues of oppression, poverty and politics in an engaging story with characters that are easy to root for and latch onto. The book is not only an engaging story, but it brings up dozens of talking points that are also important for teenagers to think about as they go into society as adults.
Write Your Own Book for Children
If you have ideas for your own children’s book that you know your child would enjoy, you should pursue those thoughts. Now it’s easier than ever to write a book and get it published on a small scale — or a larger scale if that is also your goal. While all of these books are great for boys of all ages, it is always exciting to hear a story that is personalized for you. Write a story with your son as the protagonist and take him on adventures based on his interest. To learn more about writing books for children and to get started, we offer this course that can help.