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Books for boys

I know it’s sexist to label books as ‘boy’ books and ‘girl’ books. Girls love adventure stories as much as boys and The Secret Seven are universal. I get that. But I also understand that more boys tell me they don’t like reading, than girls. More of my friends with boys wring their hands and say, “It’s a battle getting him to read.”

I’m super lucky to have a 9-year old boy who loves to read, which means I’ve had a fair number of great books pass through my hands to his. Someone asked me for a recommendation for their boy earlier in the week and since the season for giving is quickly approaching, I thought it might be useful to share some winners from our house:

The Percy Jackson series — Rick Riordan 
The Kane Chronicles series — Rick Riordan 
The Heros of Olympus series — Rick Riordan
Middle School series — James Patterson (especially great for those who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
Big Nate series — Lincoln Pierce (also great for Wimpy Kid fans)
I Am Number Four — Pittacus Lore (age is 13+, but is accessible to able younger readers, although there’s some swearing)
Artemis Fowl series — Eoin Colfer
The Iron Trial — Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
How to Train Your Dragon series — Cressida Cowl
The Invention of Hugo Cabret — Brian Selznick
House of Secrets series — Chris Columbus
Skullduggery Pleasant series — Derek Landy
Treasure Hunters — James Patterson
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series — Marcus Emerson
Star Wars Jedi Academy series — Jeffrey Brown
The Genius Files — Dan Guttman
Tom Gates series — Liz Pichon

Anything by David Walliams and Roald Dahl are guaranteed winners and the entire Harry Potter series kept my kid riveted for weeks!

The above list isn’t exhaustive by any means! It doesn’t even include The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, which is going under our tree this Christmas, or anything Lois Lowry or C.S. Lewis. Hopefully, though, there’s a title or two you haven’t seen before that’s perfect for your reader!


  • Clara Wiggins says:

    It would have been better to have titled this “Books to encourage reluctant boys to read”, or similar. As you yourself have pointed out, books shouldn’t be “for” either boys or girls. My two daughters love Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Harry Potter, for example. But otherwise, good list :)

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