There is a general consensus among parents and caregivers that it is a bit more difficult to get boys to sit down and read as most of the time they are preoccupied with jumping off the backs of couches and playing sports with their friends. One of the best ways to reach them, is to have them read books about things they are interested in.
Outdoor adventures, comraderie, invention, humor and mischief are all ways to gain the attention of our young male readers. Here is a list of some of our favorite books with stories of well-loved male protagonists:
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Little Peter woke up to fresh snow in Brooklyn. His wonder and curiosity take him on an adventure as he experiences snowfall for the first time!
Sam & Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something extraordinary! They work alongside each other to dig and dig and dig and continue to find nothing. But unexpectedly as the days go on, they find a treasure that is far more valuable than they imagined!
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix. Follow Charles Dickens down the cobbled streets of London and into the story of this little boy who would grow up to tell some of the most world-famous and memorable stories!
Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury. Tally Ho!! The boys are off on an adventure! Jack, Casper, and Zack are at the beach and are building a ship in which they chase after pirates, get shipwrecked on an island, and find treasure!
Tales from Maple Ridge Series by Grace Gilmore and Petra Brown. The story of eight year old Logan Pryce who lives on a farm with his family. When the family has some tough financial woes he tries his best to help out - and the community helps as well!
The Masterpiece Adventure Series by Elise Broach and Kelly Murphy. James and his best friend, Marvin the beetle, are inseparable - they look out for each other even when they are miles apart. Follow along their story of loyalty and friendship!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the Classic Starts Series. Tom Sawyer likes adventure, gets into trouble, and concocts mischief with friends. Read this abridged version of the classic story as Tom hunts for buried treasure, makes nighttime visits to the graveyard, and explores the secret caves near his home.
Half Upon a Time by James Riley. Jack is the son of the infamous Jack who stole the magic beans from the giant. Embark on this humorous adventure with Jack and his new friend, May as they navigate the fantasy world they are in.
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos. Joey deals with hyperactivity disorder with much heart, humor, and intelligence. He can’t keep his sporadic behavior under control without his medicine patches and he learns to seek good help when the adults around him are not up to par.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Harry is an orphan mistreated by relatives, until he receives a letter telling him he’s a wizard! That starts the adventure of little Harry Potter who soon finds out he is brave, adventurous, and quite a lot more powerful than he has been led to believe in his life so far! (We have a couple of the illustrated editions left at a discounted rate as ADD ON books. Ask us!)
Of course, these books are not exclusively for boys, but, they all have male characters and storylines that will appeal to their sensibilities. For these and other books, sign up here for a monthly subscription box. Let us know what the boy in your life enjoys and we will try our best to find him books he would enjoy reading!