Works For Me - Books For Boys

This week at Shannon's, she's hosting Works For Me Wednesday Backwards Edition. Here we ask for your help. I'd like to know what your favorite books are for boys to read (grades 3 and 4.)

For Christmas, we gave our children these books and they have been totally worth the money. But, I know I'm going to need some other wholesome choices hanging around the house for my son to pick up. What do you suggest?


Christine said...

We are all crazy about Captain Underpants, but my son, in particular. He also enjoys the Star Wars reader series (there are about a gazillion different series to choose from).

Another little gem we discovered is "Weird & Gross Bible Stuff." It may be a tough read for that age, but the content has drawn my son in, and he has just eaten it up.

The "Andrew Lost" series is a much easier read, but fun.

Laura said...

I ordered a little book called "Books for Boys" out of rainbow resources. They have some good suggestions in there by age level. Some that they have for boys your age are "Henry Huggins" by Beverly Clearly; "My side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George; Boxcar children; The Hardy Boys

Life In Progress said...

I have 2 little girls, so I don't have any ideas on books for your boys. But, I wanted to say thanks for the vacation ideas on my WFMW post. We live in the MidWest so the ones you mentioned in WI & IL would be easy for us.


tickledpink.nicole said...

:: The Matt Christopher chapter books are great if your boys are into sports.
:: I am a huge fan of "The Magic Tree House" books.
:: Hardy Boys!
:: "Dear America" has a new series out for boys that my 5th grader loves.
:: Nonfiction
:: Judy Blume's "Super Fudge" series
:: The Narnia Series
:: "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
:: The Japanese anime Naruto books
:: Calvin and Hobbs
:: Ralph S. Mouse
:: Stewart Little

Anonymous said...

Well I don't have any kids but my husband and I read Wild at Heart by John Eldridge. We both agreed that this will benefit us so much when we have a few little boys running around. Maybe from that it will help you think of good books that they will be interested in. Sorry I am not much help.
Thank you for the advice on my blog! I appreciate all the good ideas!

pippi said...

ANYTHING by Dav Pilkey. My son ate up the Ricky Riccota and Captain Underpants series as well as Dogzilla. Roald Dahl's books are also wonderful. My son has a great sense of humor, and all of these made him laugh.

Beth@Sportsmomma said...

Are they into sports? Dan Gutman has great books. My 5th graders HATED reading but his teacher introduced him to the Dan Gutman books (the ones where the kid goes back in time and learns about former baseball heros) and he would beg to have extra reading time!

Good Luck!

AutumnFawn said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog!!
I homeschool too, and have a 3rd grade boy who loves the Series of Unfortunate Events and Spiderwick series. He read those strictly for pleasure. I read the Spiderwick books also and am now reading them to my kindergartener.
Some other books he's read this year for school are: Stuart Little, Detectives in Togas, The first 4 Box Car Children, and we spent a lot of time reading Greek myths at the beginning of the year. We are about to start Homer Price. All of the Narnia books are on our list to read as well. I know their are more, but that is all I can think of at the moment.

Missy said...

When I was teaching 6th grade Reading at MMS, my boys couldn't get enough of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet series. Hatchet is a book about a boy who gets stranded in the Canadian wilderness with only a hatchet to survive. There are several "alternate ending" books that go along with it. I think the reading level was 4th grade.

Matt Christopher has a ton of sports books that are nice.

Thomas Rockwell's How to Eat Fried Worms is cute.

Also, google a list of Newbery-award winning books. Almost all of them are good, but you might double check the reading level because they are 3-4-5.

The Queen Bee said...

Ok, I see another blogher commented on this, so I don't feel like a big cheeseball for suggesting The Hardy Boys as a great series for boys.

My husband still has all his original HB books and remembers spending long nights under the covers with them and his flashlight.

Hmm...other good books for growing boys...does he like animals? There's the whole James Herriot books and stories, particularly All Creatures, Great and Small, stories from his real-life job as a country vet in England.

Oh! And animals makes me think of one of my all time fave books, Watership Down by Richard Adams. Talk about a book to open your mind! That's one for him to read now then read again when he's a teenager and can see past the rabbits to the allegory...

Ok, you can see I'm a bookworm!

Thanks for stopping by my blog with the good advice! It all helps!

Marianne at Writer-Mommy

Phyllis Sommer said...

jim trelease's read-aloud handbook has great lists of books, both for reading out loud (obviously) and for reading to yourself.

Kristen said...

Browsing websites like and book publishing houses (i.e. Harper Collins) is helpful.

Sara said...

As a librarian-in-training who really hopes to work with kids, I'd agree with Beverly Cleary's boyish books (Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse, The Mouse and the Motorcycle) and the Boxcar Children books. Trelease's book is great, and I'd also recommend picking up a copy of Great Books for Boys by Kathleen Odean (she also has Great Books for Girls).

Candy said...

Hardy Boys are wonderful!Steven and I read about a dozen of them together last year. About 4-5 grade level, some harder vocab because we don't speak the same anymore. Also "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry is very good.He read it at school this year.I even enjoyed reading it.About Jews in Poland when the Germans started rounding them up. Steven wants me to tell you about "Babe and Me" about Babe Ruth. He really enjoyed that, but said it does tell about Babe getting drunk before a game.