This post originally ran as a guest post at Steady Mom on January 4, 2010.
Is there such a thing as a boy book?
As a mother and former teacher, I cringe at the idea of boy books, which imply there are titles meant for some children and not for others. While I feel strongly books are for everyone, I can’t deny there are books boys tend to gravitate to and others they typically avoid. Here is a list of middle-grade and young adult titles (and authors) that have a proven track record in the classroom.
The Bizarre: (middle-grade)
Boys love weird things. These titles that might grab your son’s attention:
Whales on Stilts! By M.T. Anderson
The Curse of the Campfire Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar
The Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
Anything by Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Anything by Bruce Coville, author of My Teacher is an Alien
Anything by Daniel Pinkwater, author of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
The Hank the Cowdog Series by John Erickson
The Chet Gecko series by Bruce Hale (noir lizard detective)
The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart (MG/YA because of length and reading level)
Stories About Everyday Kids or Extraordinary Kids in Everyday Situations: (MG/YA)
Anything by Andrew Clements, author of Frindle (MG)
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney (MG)
Holes by Louis Sachar (MG)
Anything by Jerry Spinelli, author of Eggs (MG)
Schooled by Gordon Korman (YA)
Anything by Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet
Anything by Roland Smith, author of Peak
Anything by Harry Mazer, author of Boy No More
Anything by William Durbin, author of The Broken Blade
Anything by Will Hobbs, author of Far North
Anything by Sid Fleishman, author of The Whipping Boy
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (MG)
The Secrets of the Cheese Syndicate, by Donna St. Cyr (MG)
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques (YA)
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (YA)
The City of Ember series by Jeanne Du Prau (YA)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA)
What books have your boys enjoyed?