Saturday, December 29, 2012

Best Books for Boys

I am a HUGE advocate for reading. I don't care what your reading ability is, I don't care what you are interested in, I don't care if you don't read those crappy books that we call 'home readers' because they are as boring as anything - just pick up something that you like and READ.

When I saw this linky (yes I know, another linky) I thought it was important to participate, because boys and reading aren't necessarily the best of buddies. So here are my top 5 picks of books for boys to get them engaged in reading.

1. Zac Power. How can you go past a boy that is a spy? I like that there are 2 different types of Zac Power books, one with a larger text and one that is more complex and a lot smaller. It means that boys, no matter their reading ability can participate in reading these books with their friends.

2. The "Just" series by Andy Griffiths. If you have never read one of these books, please go and buy or borrow one. Your boys (and girls for that matter) will thank you! These stories are full of gross, embarrassing and funny tales of a boy named Andy, his friend Danny and his annoying older sister. 
the Just Series

3. Hot Wheels books - these are for your struggling, reluctant readers. The text is minimal, with awesome colourful pictures. I actually bought some for my son for home, then colour copied some for school with my student who was having a very hard time with reading. He loved having books JUST FOR HIM at his level.
Hot Wheels: Extreme Stunts

4. Choose your own adventure - These are great for your older readers. I still remember reading these when I was at school!

5. Superhero anything! - I have a range of magazines and books with superheros. Kids who can't read or struggle to read well can still read a story with the pictures.
Super Friends: Going Bananas (DC Super Friends)

Go and link up with Courtney at Swimming into Second and share you top picks!


  1. Love Zac Powers!! Wish they were sold through Scholastic!

  2. Check these out, too.

  3. Thanks for linking up! The "Just" series looks great. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You are the second person I've seen mention the Zac Power books. I love the idea of it having two different types, especially since I work with lower readers. The Just series sounds fun as well!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  5. My students love the Andy Griffiths books. They appeal to my boys, but some of my girls read them too.

  6. I've never heard of the "Just" series. I'll have to look them up, they look great! My students love the Hot Wheels and Super Heroes too!

    Simply Second

  7. Second time I've seen Zac Power on this linky party and I am appalled that I have never heard of them! Or the "Just" books.
    My second graders like the Ron Roy series. Flat Stanley. Jerry Pallotta's "vs" books. Lunch Lady. If they are struggling then Fly Guy or Bones.
    And you are so right. Anything superhero.