If you are looking for books for boys, from young children to tweens and teens, you'll be interested in these reading lists recommended by librarians. It's nice to know that in addition to being able to save money at your public library
, you can also find excellent online library resources, including recommended reading lists. The books on these reading lists include children's books and young adult (YA) books that will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. Even boys who complain they can never find anything good to read and, as a result, are reluctant readers
should be able to find books they enjoy on some of these lists.
- Young Adult Books with Guy Appeal
Teen librarian Jennifer Kendall recommends 10 books that have proven to be very popular with teen boys. Science fiction and fantasy, action and adventure continue to be genres that teen boys particularly like.
- Great Books for Boys
This article and list of books recommended for boys comes from The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. It includes a list of books recommended by The Horn Book in these categories: Picture Books, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Non-fiction Middle School/High School and Poetry.
- Adventures in History for Boys
This brief reading list from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Virginia includes cover art and a brief summary for under a dozen books of historical fiction recommended for older boys.
Especially for Boys
This annotated reading list of recommended books for boys is from the St. Charles Public Library in Illinois. It includes cover art and a brief summary of 131 books for boys, from preschool age through eighth grade. To narrow your search, you can search by grade range, which is very helpful. Recommended books include Richard Peck's A Season of Gifts and several by Sharon Creech.
- Good Books for Guys
The Multnomah County Library in Oregon provides five reading lists, divided by grade levels: Small Fries: Pre-K, Young Guys: 1-3, Middle Guys: 4-6, Large Fries: 7-8, Older Guys: 9-12. While not annotated, the lists include cover art. Among the series recommended for boys in grades 4-6 are Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Harry Potter series.
- Chapter Books for Boys
This annotated reading list from the Salt Lake City Public Library in Utah includes three dozen books. The list includes Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
- Nonfiction for Boys
This is an annotated list from the Salt Lake City Public Library in Utah. The reading list includes 18 books on a variety of topics, including brain science, history, drawing characters, and jokes to tell. It includes The Guinness Book of World Records, which is now known as
Guinness World Records.
- Picture Books for Boys
The annotated reading list of 20 picture books includes Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This is an annotated list from the Salt Lake City Public Library in Utah. Click on “check availability” to see the cover art.
For General Information on Encouraging Reading
For additional advice on raising a reader, see 10 Tips to Help You Raise Kids Who Love Reading
. Because the article covers a wide age range, all of the tips may not apply to your child. Among those that I think are of particular importance include the following: making sure your children see you reading on a regular basis, making use of all that your public library has to offer, taking the time to help your child find books that match his interests and reading level and sharing books by reading them aloud and discussing them with your children.