Monday, March 20, 2017

Books for Elementary Age Boys

I don't think there is such a thing as "girl" books or "boy" books. Madeline and Anne of Green Gables get read to everyone equally at our house. But as the mom of a very active, very boisterous son, I do know what tends to capture my own son's attention. If you're looking for books for elementary age kids, and particularly boys, to read (or to have read to them), here are some of our favorites. 

Geronimo Stilton -  I'm not a huge fan of this newspaper writing mouse or his cheesy sayings, but my kids are. The good thing about these books is that there are a lot of them. 

Mercy Watson, Kate DiCamillo - Mercy Watson is not just a pig, she's a toast-loving porcine wonder. This series is geared toward the younger crowd, but I enjoyed it too. I'm a big fan of anything this author writes. 

James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl - This is a classic by the same author as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The aunts in this book are horrid, but James is able to escape Aunts Spiker and Sponge, thanks to the massive peach and a few new friends. 

The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks - The new cover on this book is truly awful but don't let that put you off. This is a wonderful book. A plastic Indian is given as a birthday gift and when he gets put in a metal cupboard, wonderful things happen. 

Wayside School is Falling Down, Louis Sacher - This was a new-to-me author, and I can't say that I was captivated, but that's probably because I'm not under 12. My son's second grade teacher read this to the class and it was a big hit. So there's that endorsement, the Newberry Award is another. 

The Crossover, Kwame Alexander - I've written about this before, so I won't go on and on, except to say that this is a must read. You don't have to like basketball to appreciate this book. It does have some big themes, so it works nicely as a read-aloud so that some of those things can get talked over. Also, it's written in verse!

Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling - If you need a book to capture the imagination and the heart, look no farther. As someone with little love for anything sci-fi-ish, I was very late to this book. But it's now a family read-aloud and I can see what all the fuss is about. 

Guinness Book of World Records - Yes, I know. This is not a chapter book and it's a bit of an outlier. But if you have a child who is into statistics or oddball facts or just anything bizarre, this is a wonderful book. There is, after all, a world record for just about everything and it's fun to see which's countries citizens lay claim to which records. 


  1. Oh Harry!!!! Sadly, we just started reading his books only these past few years.

    Ralph Moody is also a wonderful "boy" author. My Father and I Were Ranchers is a an absolute gem.

  2. I found the Guinness book very interesting when T. showed it to me. I see why children enjoy this book.

  3. I just re-read the HP books, which I really enjoy. They get progressively darker, but boy are they good.

    I've been looking for some new bedtime story fare -- think we might give Indian in the Cupboard a try!

    - K.