Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Some Recommended Chapter Books for Boys

As promised, here is a reading list of recommended chapter books geared for the boys! These books will have at least one boy main character so that the readers are not "forced" to read stories with all of these girls characters. The books on this list look are either adventure, humor, ghost story, newer titles and classic titles. Enjoy!

  • Flat Stanley World Wide Adventures series Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan
  • Boys of Wartime series written by Laurie Calkhoven 
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts (and sequel) written by Gennifer Choldenko 
  • Artemis Fowl  series written by Eoin Colfer 
  • The Underland Chronicles (Gregor the Overlander) series written by Suzanne Collins
  • The Dark Is Rising series written by Susan Cooper
  • Return to the Library of Doom series written by Michael Dahl and illus. by Bradford Kendall 
  • The Tale of Despereaux written by Kate DiCamillo and illus. by Timothy Basil Ering   
  • Hank the Cowdog written by John Erickson 
  • The Graveyard Book written by Neil Gaiman 
  • The Zack Files series written by Dan Greenburg and illus. by Jack E. Davis
  • Young Bond series written by Charlie Higson (that is Bond, as in James Bond!)
  • Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series written and illus. by Jeff Kinney 
  • Horrible Harry series written by Suzy Kline and illus. by Amy Wummer
  • Alvin Ho series written by Lenore Look and LeUyen Pham
  • Children of the Red King series (aka Charlie Bone) written by Jenny Nimmo 
  • Percy Jackson and Olympians series written by Rick Riordan 
  • Heroes of Olympus series written by Rick Riordan 
  • The Kane Chronicles series written by Rick Riordan 
  • Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling 
  • Holes (and sequel) written by Louis Sachar 
  • Calvin Coconut series written by Graham Salisbury and illus. by Jacqueline Rogers
  • Guy Reads Library series written by Jon Scieszka and various authors and edited by Jon Scieszka 
  • The Time Warp Trio written by Jon Scieszka and illus. by Lane Smith
  • Vampirates series written by Justin Somper
  • 100 Cupboards trilogy written by N. D. Wilson
  • The Thirty-Nine Clues series written by various authors 
  • Books by Mike Lupica
  • Books by Gary Paulsen 

  • Peter Pan written by J. M. Barrie 
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle (and sequel) written by Beverly Cleary   
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and sequel) written by Roald Dahl 
  • James and the Giant Peach written by Roald Dahl
  • Robinson Crusoe written by Daniel Defoe
  • The Hardy Boys written by Franklin Dixon 
  • The Phantom Tollbooth  written by Norton Juster and illus. by Jules Feiffer
  • The Jungle Book written by Rudyard Kipling 
  • Call of the Wild written by Jack London 
  • The Adventures of Tintin graphic novel series written by Herge 
  • Treasure Island written by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  • Kidnapped written by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  • The Hobbit written by J. R. R. Tolkein

Looking for more fun titles? Try exploring the Guy Reads website for suggestions of books just for guys!

What books do you recommend for boy readers? 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dorothy,

    Great list. This old boy (69) has read all the Classics and many of the current ones. I've been reading books for boys since I was about eight and I still love them. SHIPBREAKER is one of my recent favorites.

    For another boy's classic check out the Rick Brant series by John Blaine (Harold Goodwin). They are science adventure books and were my favorite growing up. The copyright was lost on some of them and they are free on Amazon. A bit racist and sexist, but better than most of that era.

    Thanks for helping boys read. Librarians are my heros.



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