Books Boys Love: 8 New Favorites from My House to Yours

With a middle school reading teacher for a mom and a medical school professor for a dad, I grew up surrounded by books.

As a little girl I loved retreating to my room with stories, and my imagination soon became a source of endless entertainment.

I’m trying hard to pass on my love for books to my children. My oldest son is 9, and I’ll be honest: it’s been difficult at times to find books that have captured his imagination. Now that he’s a little older, though, he is starting to develop his own passion for literature.

Here are 8 books that have become new favorites in my house. I hope they’ll become favorites in yours as well.

  • Robin Hood 1 of 8
    Robin Hood
    This book by David Calcutt captured my son's imagination from the start. Although it was reworked for this age group, Calcutt's writing doesn't detract from the original story of Robin Hood.
    Get it at Barefoot Books, $12.99
  • I Funny: A Middle School Story 2 of 8
    I Funny: A Middle School Story
    James Patterson's new book was under our Christmas tree this year- and I'm sure we're not alone. It's about a middle schooler all kids can relate to: after all, he just wants to be accepted for who he is. It's a great story that touches on bullying and teaching kids to look for what they have in common with one another instead of focusing on differences.
    Get it at Amazon, $9.06
  • Wonder 3 of 8
    The critics are right: R.J. Palacio's story about Auggie, a 10 year old with a facial deformity, is beautifully written. It's no wonder that Wonder was named as Slate's best kids' book of the year.
    Get it at Amazon, $8.90
  • The One and Only Ivan 4 of 8
    The One and Only Ivan
    This is a beautiful story about a gorilla who dreams big dreams. This book by Katherine Appelgate is a great way to introduce concepts of the ethical treatment of animals to young children.
    Get it at Amazon, $11.55
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again 5 of 8
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
    Frank Cottrell Boyce's sequel to Ian Fleming's classic tale of the magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is an awesome read for boys. This time, Chitty's engine is inside an old camper that takes the Tooting family on a wild adventure.
    Get it at Amazon, $9.60
  • The Raiders 6 of 8
    The Raiders
    I love Barefoot Books, and The Raiders is no exception. Jorn Riel's story of a Viking invasion has all the elements of a classic: adventure, danger, and ultimately, strong bonds between richly developed characters.
    Get it at Barefoot Books, $12.99
  • Liar and Spy 7 of 8
    Liar and Spy
    If your son is a fan of all things spy like mine is, he'll love this book by Newberry Medal honoree Rebecca Stead.
    Get it at Amazon, $10.87
  • The Secret Tree 8 of 8
    The Secret Tree
    Natalie Standiford's The Secret Tree is another great pick for boys. It's the story of Minty and her new friend Raymond and their discovery of a tree that holds many mysterious secrets. We loved this one!
    Get it at Amazon, $11.55

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