Sometimes it can be tricky to find books for boys.

It’s not so much that they need different books than girls do, but… well…

…at some point, you may find it’s difficult to match your boys up with books they love.

You know what I mean, right?

The kind of books they’ll stay up late reading with a flashlight underneath the covers. The kind of books that give them an insatiable thirst for reading. The kind of books that turn them into readers.

These books, of course, are not just books for boys. Many appeal to my girls, as well! 

But if you have a boy in your life who just doesn’t love reading (yet!), then this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast is for you.

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In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • books with characters that will grab your boys’ imaginations
  • what boys need in books that they read ‘for fun’
  • my favorite recommendations for boys of different ages

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Listener Guide

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  • 1:40 Not just for boys, but …
  • 3:48 Recommendations for boys ages 4-7
  • 6:20 Recommendations for boys ages 8-12
  • 10:42 Mysterious Benedict Society and Will Wilder
  • 12:37 Andrew Clements’s books
  • 14:16 Books for teen boys
  • 17:40 The Boundless and Gary Paulsen’s books
  • 20:14 Meet picture book author, Matthew Paul Turner
  • 26:05 Let the kids speak

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Youngest boys

Homer Price
The Trumpet of the Swan
The Matchlock Gun
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Sign of the Beaver
The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1)
Henry Huggins
Stuart Little
The Cabin Faced West
Little Robot
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
My Father’s Dragon
Nate the Great
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
Billy And Blaze
Zita the Spacegirl

Boys ages 8-12:

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Green Ember
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Lunch Money
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
Lost and Found
Bud, Not Buddy
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
Henry and the Chalk Dragon
Swallows and Amazons
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine
Circus Mirandus
Mighty Jack
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians)
Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1)
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan
Peter and the Starcatchers
The Dreamer

Teen boys:

The Hobbit
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)
Leepike Ridge
The Giver Quartet boxed set
The Candy Shop War
The Wednesday Wars
Okay for Now
Dogsong and Related Readings
A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories (Puffin Modern Classics)
The Boundless
Pay Attention, Carter Jones
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold)
Keeper of the Lost Cities
Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1)
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
The Dragon’s Tooth (Ashtown Burials #1)
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings
Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle
1: Ranger’s Apprentice (The Ruins of Gorlan, Book One)
The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Book 1)
The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy)
Brian’s Winter (Brian’s Saga Series #3) by Gary Paulsen
The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3): Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

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