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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  • 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┬áLet the kids speak

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Youngest boys

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle
My Father’s Dragon
Homer Price
The Trumpet of the Swan
The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (1998-11-23)
Nate the Great
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
Billy And Blaze
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Sign of the Beaver
The BFG
The Great Brain
The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1)
Henry Huggins
Stuart Little
Zita the Spacegirl
The Cabin Faced West
Little Robot

Boys ages 8-12:

Episode 92-8-12
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Green Ember
Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1)
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Frindle
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
Lunch Money
Lost and Found
Bud, Not Buddy
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
Henry and the Chalk Dragon
The Dreamer
Swallows and Amazons
Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine
Circus Mirandus
Mighty Jack
1: Ranger’s Apprentice (The Ruins of Gorlan, Book One)
Peter and the Starcatchers
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians)
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

Teen boys:

Episode 92 teens
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
The Hobbit
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)
Fablehaven
Brian’s Winter (Brian’s Saga Series #3) by Gary Paulsen
Dogsong and Related Readings
The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3): Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy
The Boundless
Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle
Leepike Ridge
The Giver Quartet boxed set
The Wednesday Wars
Okay for Now
The Candy Shop War
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963
Hatchet
The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)
The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy)
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Book 1)
A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories (Puffin Modern Classics)
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)

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