25+ More great books for boys! These novels are filled with action, suspense, adventure and drama, and will captivate even the most reluctant readers.
A few months ago, I wrote a post titled 40+ Best Books for Boys, which was a list of the very best books that my boys and I have read together over the years.
That book list was so well received that the post quickly soared into my top three most popular posts of all time.
Wow!! Clearly, you guys are hungry for good books for your boys!
I was thrilled to know that my post proved to be so valuable for many of you.
After-all, for me, there’s nothing better than to write a post that really fills a need!
But you know what REALLY excited me? All the comments that parents like YOU left, sharing their recommendations. Readers from all over the world applauded my book list, and then enthusiastically shared their sons’ favourite titles with me.
Knowing how eager to get your boys reading, and to instill a life-long love for books in them, I’ve put together a list of 25 MORE great books for boys, based on my followers’ recommendations!
You may also enjoy this terrific collection of 75+Best Chapter Books for Girls
I personally haven’t read these books, so when possible, I’ve included a quotes from my followers to accompany their suggestions. I also checked Amazon.com to ensure that each of these novels and series’ received great reviews there as well.
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One last thing before I get to the list: some of you may feel that I’m being exclusive by calling this a list of boys’ books, but please don’t take offense.
Obviously, girls can read these books too. It’s just that boys tend to be choosier when it comes to books, and it can be challenging to find good books that really captivate them.
Please click through on the images and links below to get details and recommended ages for each books.
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25+ More Great Books for Boys
The Ranger’s Apprentice Series – John Flanagan
This series was mentioned more often than any others when my readers shared their boys’ favourite reads with me. I so wish I’d know about this series when my own sons were young!
Gregor The Underland Chronicles – Suzanne Collins
“By the same author of The Hunger Games but a better choice for younger readers if parents are concerned about content.”
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
“My boys loved [this book] so much we read it 4 different times together. Full of adventure, saving nature, and growing up strong.”
Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son by Lois Lowry are companion novels to The Giver, which I highly recommended in my first books for boys post. Read separately, they all tell their own story, and the final novel, Son, brings them all together.
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t – Judy Blume
“As a young boy, I enjoyed [this book]. I’ve shared it with my son. It’s a great book for opening conversations with boys.”
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
This is another novel mentioned time and time again by my readers. I’m pleased to say that I have this book in my hot little hands, and look forward to reading it, and sharing my personal review with you.
Jevic and the Stone – Lisa Popp
Book one in the Jevic O’Connor series, this story is a fantasy adventure that “will keep you on your toes”, and “appeal to young adults and those who are young at heart.”
Boy’s Life – Robert MacCammon
“A bit of mystery with lots of boyish adventure and really good writing. This novel follows the adventures of a 12-year old boy and his father as they seek a killer in 1964 in Alabama.”
These true-life accounts of historical events will enthrall readers young and old.
The House of Dark Shadows – Robert Liparulo
Book 1 in a series of 6 is “about a family that moves into a house whose doors lead them to different places and times.”
The Shadow Children – Margaret Peterson Haddix
Part 1 in a series. “This book should not be missed. It draws in every reluctant reader I’ve ever worked with.”
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Recommended reading for many high school students, The Ender’s Game will thrill readers young and old.
Touching Spirit Bear – Ben Mikaelsen
“A fantastic book that prompted many discussions of important life and heart issues. My 13 year old son and I just finished it, and we are now reading the sequel “Ghost of Spirit Bear.”
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Chris Grabenstein
“My 9 year old said it was the best book he ever read. There was a puzzle to be solved at the end, and the author invited you to email him if you did. My son solved it and emailed the author. Within a day or 2, the author had emailed him back a very nice note. My son was absolutely thrilled!”
Silverwing – Kenneth Oppel
“Silverwing is the first book in a trilogy. It will captivate young readers with adventure, danger, action and suspense.”
There you go! 25 more great books to get your boys reading! Be sure to check out the post that started it all: 40+ Best Books for Boys.
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75+ Best Chapter Books for Girls Ages 5-13
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Thank you for both of these lists! As an educational consultant for a children’s book company, I get asked often to help pick books for reluctant readers and they are mostly boys. My son, like yours, prefers me to read aloud the really long ones and we have had some great adventures together! To encourage independent reading, he has loved several of the series that are available through my company. We are practically swimming in books over here – from classics to pop culture to non-fiction to biographies. We truly love reading together and separately. It does my heart good to see these kinds of lists!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it, Amy!
Another great series is Alex Rider.
There is another John Flanagan Series (Rangers Apprentice) called the Brotherband Chronicles. My son loved them!
I will also add Harry Potter of course!
we like Hoot, Chomp, Flush, and Scat (4 books, not related) by Carl Hiassen. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. My son likes the Red Wall series and the 39 Clues series. Xanth series by Piers Anthony.
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