Sunday, October 24, 2010

Boys Reading

As students get to the upper elementary and middle school grades, it’s hard to find good books that they really take a liking to. It seems that so many of today’s books are geared towards young girls and their interests, that it’s hard to find quality literature for boys. Some quality books that I’ve found that feature strong young male characters and hold the interest of many male students today include:

Holes by Louis Sachar

All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

The 39 Clues Series by Various Authors

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

It used to be that there wasn’t always quality literature for young adults that were interesting to both boys and girls in the upper grades. However, in recent years there has been a drastic increase in literature for upper elementary to middle school boys that are sure to interest a wide range of readers with a diverse area of interests including adventure, mystery, historical fiction as well as general fiction. Some of these great novels have also been made into major motion pictures, which can make them more appealing for young readers that want to see the movie when they’re finished reading the book. If you have any other suggestions please let me know, hopefully these titles help give some people ideas.

Happy Reading!

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