Thursday, February 28, 2013

Choosing Children's Books for Boys

With yesterday's post, I explained my slight dilemma with my two sons and their reading habits (or should I say non-habits?).  Well, I thought I'd go a step further and ask you all what books you recommend for them.  My boys are ages six and ten.

Here is a book that I think my first grader would like, because our whole family loves Phineas and Ferb!


And here's one that I think my fifth grader would like:


He does like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, so I think he'd like this series by Lincoln Peirce.

What would you choose for a first and fifth grader to read?

17 comments :

Valerie Tyler said...

I was just going to suggest Diary of a Wimpy kid! (I used to be a teacher...reading specialty)

Also check out Ricky Ricotta and the Giant Robot Series, Captain Underpants (I'm not a fan of Captain Underpants...but it gets them to read!) I had several kids in class that would NEVER read and once they picked up those they would never put them down.

ChatterBlossom said...

This is good to know! We have two young nephews that we always like to get books for!

-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

Sheryl Hastings said...

It sure has been a long time since I've had to think about that. Looks like you've made a good choice though.

bitsofthepastandpresent said...

My son loves to read any Rick Rourden (?) he writes the Percy Jackson books. He loves Diary of a Wimpy kid. We also just go to the library and he goes straight to the architecture section. He can look at buildings for hours. He is ten and is just developing his interests. Maybe take your kids to the library and see where they gravitate. It may surprise you!

Cole Nemeth said...

I have a 5 year old girl and she loves to read any book, especially ones with animals.

mail4rosey said...

One of my boys really liked the Captain Underpants series when he was in the 5th grade. I asked him if he remembered and he does. :)

ABC Mama said...

Hi, linking up from blog hop Thursdays.
My boys are 8 & 9 and in the past few years they've both really gotten into Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series.
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Carrie Powell said...

I have a son that is 8 years old and he really loves the Freddy Fernortner book series. (In the books, Freddy and his friends are in 1st grade.) They solve little mysteries and the books are quite cute and easy to read.
The books are written by Johnathan Rand.

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me said...

Hey Kim. I'm not sure what level these books are but when I was little I liked "The Monster at the End of the Book", Where the Wild Thangs Are, Quiet Cricket & Hungry Caterpillar

Angie Brewer said...

I ordered the Highlights books for my 5 year old grandboy and he is not interested in them one bit.
Stopping by to say hi and to thank you for linking up at the Aloha Friday Blog Hop.
Have a lovely weekend!
With Smiles,
Angie at http://snackcupsandsmiles.blogspot.com/

Noor Unnahar said...

My first suggestion was surely gonna be Diary of a wimpy kid . Because I still read it ;)
Noor @ Noor's Place

holly via bookandbird.com said...

My little one loves Phineas and Ferb! I wish they made Stage 1 readers for the show, because those ones have too many words for him.

Maybe your older son would like Harry Potter? I think I was in 5th or 6th grade when I started reading it, and it is so addicting! I've heard of (but never read) about the Percy Jackson series too -it's supposed to be an action series for middle school kids.

Kelly said...

For the fifth grader, what about The Mysterious Benedict Society series? We loved those.

Kelly said...

For the fifth grader, what about The Mysterious Benedict Society series? We loved those.

H. C. Lawrence said...

For fifth graders try The Mapmaker's Sons by V.L. Burgess.

A former Scholastic Editor started a company MOVE Books specifically aimed at boys (although girls may enjoy them) because she wanted to put out books specifically tailored for boys like her own. It got a pretty good review on Kirkus and I'm hearing good things about it from librarians.