Books for Boys

Allison - posted on 12/19/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 8 year old son struggled to learn to read as such he is not fond of reading books. I am trying to find a series of books that he will enjoy so that he can start to develop a passion for reading. We have tried the Ready Freddy series which was a hit. Does anyone have any suggestions that they could share with me. He is in Grade 3 and is crazy about soccer, sharks, volcanoes and animals.

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Lynn - posted on 12/31/2010

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My son likes Nate the Great and Horrible Harry books, too. I know this sounds strange, but Berenstain Bears are mostly 3rd grade level, they're easy and very short. Magic School bus books, too, and there are chapter books. Encyclopedia Brown books are fun, and the Arthur series are good. Defintely try the Beast Quest ones, too.

Amanda - posted on 12/19/2010

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I have 3 boys and all are avid readers.

It was a bit difficult to get them hooked to start with - the best decision i have made was to introduce them to comics. They came to the newsagency with me, picked out a couple each. When we got home they sat down and read them cover to cover. We have not looked back.

From here they progressed to short books - but only short ones, the size made a huge difference - if it looked to big they wouldn't touch it. These books were the Darren Shan, and Deltora Quest series.

They are now regular visitors to our local library and read a much broader range of books of all sizes.

One of my children loves collecting magazine series with parts to build things - he reads the magazines cover to cover. My eldest and second child love science. In Australia we have the CSIRO who have a magazine series for kids about science, their website also has nifty experiments that you can do at home. My youngest loves reading about XBox games, so i get him gamer magazines (be careful here, some of them have inappropriate things in the back which you may need to remove or stick the pages together) and more recently the background books about the Halo games. They are all different.

Just remember, there are many other reading materials like comics and magazines that your child will enjoy about subjects that they are interested in.

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Lisa - posted on 01/27/2011

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My 8yr old like Henry and Mudge. He struggles a bit too but his reading is coming along. He will avoid it if I don't catch him. I get him to read simple books to his little brother to get him started then he'll move on to his homework reading. At this age they really seem to like Captain Underpants too. I asked the school librarian what the kids were all reading and just went from there. We are lucky to only live 2 blocks from our town library so I got him a library card. He seems to enjoy reading more if he can browse for his own books.

Janice - posted on 12/31/2010

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Have you tried Magic Treehouse books or Hank The Cow Dog? The Magic Treehouse books are adventure books about a brother and sister and involve all kinds of places and animals. Hank is just funny. My son loved these books! Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 12/31/2010

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what else is he into, racing cars, dinosaurs, sports? maybe if you got books, magazines, little bits and pieces of reading material based on a topic of interest, then maybe you'll find him focused on reading in the next little while. children are ready to read at different stages, it's just about catching the moment and targeting one small area to get the enthusiasm going...

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2010

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My son just turned 8 and he is currantly reading Old Yellar, and LOVING it :) also the magic treehouse books

Ally - posted on 12/29/2010

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Captain Underpants, The Magic Tree House and A to Z Mysteries were all hits when my boys were getting into reading.

Tracy - posted on 12/29/2010

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Try the Animorph books - they are about kids who can morph into animals to solve problems. My kids loved them and there are over 50 books in the series so it could take awhile to read them all!

CLAUDIA - posted on 12/23/2010

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captain underpants and diary of a wimpy kid have been fantastic for engaging my son in reading. He also loves nature and I take him to the library and let him browse thru the animal and nature books. we usually leave with at least ten books he wants to read. Good luck!

Fiona - posted on 12/23/2010

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I was going to suggest the Magic Tree House books :D also there are the Beast Quest novels although these may be too tricky xxx

Leanne - posted on 12/23/2010

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My sons who are 12 and 7 suggest Magic Tree House books, or nonfiction books are always a hit.

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My 8-year-old son also loves Deltora Quest and Captain Underpants, and did no one mention Harry Potter?? He has recently got madly into Asterix, although I think it's a bit hard for him but he spends a lot of time reading it, even if he doesn't get every word.

Don't be shy to go to the library and get out non-fiction books too - there is always lots of choice for the volcano and animal-loving kid. We went through a series of books on volcanoes, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis etc etc, which he got very engrossed in. It must be a boy thing.

I make a point of sometimes reading books to him that have female main characters so that he doesn't start to think the world is entirely about boy action.

Lisa - posted on 12/19/2010

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Roscoe Riley is pretty funny, or Captain Underpants. My son actually like June B Jones (wierded me out at first!) and everyone says they are hilarious! Lots of boys at his daycare reads them.

Ange - posted on 12/19/2010

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Try the wimpy kid diarys they are good to read and I know alot of boys that love that series at school or what helped me get into reading was comic books that is where I actually learned how to read just something that he would be interested in as if he isn't interested then he will not read

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