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November 2003
Boys and Reading


Emergent Readers

Early Readers

Transitional Readers

Independent Readers

More Suggestions

Books for Boys—and for Everyone!

    Compiled by Lori Z. Ragsdale

Though most everyone can enjoy the books featured in this month's bibliography, they were chosen for their appeal to boys. They feature boy characters and include lots of the humor and adventure many boys love. Though I've included a few books in the Emergent and Early reading stages, the emphasis is on the Transitional and Independent stages, when "boys stop reading." (Do they really? See this issue's The Wire.)

Emergent Readers

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Colorful cartoons and puns help tell the tales of a young worm's life adventures. Children will enjoy the humor and playfulness of this book.

Four Friends Together by Sue Heap
The four animal friends in this story must work out a good seating arrangement so that they can all see the book at story time.

Early Readers

Henry Climbs a Mountain by D. B. Johnson
Henry the Bear is jailed for refusing to pay taxes to a state that allows slavery. In his cell, Henry draws pictures and escapes into them for some adventures.

The Skeleton in the Closet by Alice Shertle
When a skeleton becomes tired of being "bare-boned," he invades a little boy's closet looking for some clothes. Catchy verses and a funny storyline make for a very entertaining book.

Transitional Readers

Outside and Inside Big Cats by Sandra Markle
This nonfiction book, part of the Inside and Outside series, contains fascinating facts and full-color photographs of the insides and outsides of large felines.

Salt in His Shoes by Delores Jordan with Roslyn M. Jordan
Michael Jordan's mother and sister tell the story of how Michael Jordan grew from a small boy trying to play basketball with the bigger boys to one of the best professional basketball players in the world.

The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
Julian, who has a very active imagination, enjoys telling stories to his younger brother. Are they true stories, or does Julian make them up?

Arthur Chapter Books by Marc Brown
Transitional readers who enjoyed the Arthur picture books can follow this series into further adventures with Arthur and his friends.

Independent Readers

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Prachett
In a twist on the Pied Piper story, Maurice the cat and his rats team up with a young boy named Keith to overcome danger and save the day.

Skeleton Key (An Alex Rider Adventure) by Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider, a 14-year-old boy, is a "teenaged James Bond." In his latest adventure, Alex goes undercover to save the world from nuclear attack.

Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Two orphaned brothers join a runaway group in modern-day Venice after escaping from their aunt and uncle, who want their inheritance. Mystery and intrigue abound.

Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs
Andy Galloway, 14, is on a kayaking trip in Alaska. After he sneaks away from his group, Andy is blown off course and ends up on Admiralty Island, with action-packed results.

More Suggestions

For more great book ideas, go to Seventeen Highly Recommended Books for Boys.

 

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