10 Great Books to Get Boys Reading

Do you have a hard time getting your boys into books? We put together a list of new and old classics that your older elementary aged boys will surely enjoy.

1. Wonder

by R. J. Palacio

This is the story of August, a boy born with a facial deformity. Follow his family through the ups and downs of being in a new school and learning to navigate life.

 

 


2. When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

Miranda and her best friend Sal grew up in New York City. After some dramatic things happen, the friends part and the mystery begins to unravel.

 

 

 


3. Holes

by Louis Sachar

This winner of the Newberry Medal and the National Book Award introduces us to Stanley, a boy with a curse. Read a humorous tale of crime-and-punishment and redemption.

 

 

 


 4. Johnny Tremain

by Ester Hoskins Forbes

A colonial silversmith apprentice’s future is drastically changed when his hand becomes disfigured.

 

 

 


5. The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a gorilla who grew up in the public eye. He loves thinking about art and television until a new friend opens his eyes to more.

 

 


 6. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

by Judith Conaway

Meet Captain Nemo and his vessle, the Nautilus, for a classic science-fiction novel based in the year 1870.

 

 


 7. The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

by Joanne Rocklin

Oona and Fred’s cat Zook is sick. While conspiring to break him out of the Vet, the two reminisce about what his previous lives must have been like.

 

 


 8. Goblin Secrets

by William Alexander

This National Book Award winner is a fantastic fantasy about goblins, witches, magic and more!

 

 

 


 9. James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl

After James’ parents are both tragically eaten by a rhinoceros he has to move in with his mean aunts. With a little magic and a peach his adventure begins.

 

 


10. The Wednesday Wars

by Gary D. Schmidt

This Newberry Honor winning book is about a Junior High boy growing up in the 1960’s. Join Holling as he deals with his teacher, parents, bullies and William Shakespeare.

 

 

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Sara is a work-from-home mom with a photography business and a passion for capturing real life. She spends her time chauffeuring, teaching, encouraging and cherishing her three elementary aged children. Aside from her family and photography, Sara loves knitting, baking, and Instagram. You can find her on Facebook .

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