Reading chapter books is a great way to get children to use their imaginations and to develop their vocabulary.
There are so many great chapter books available for girls, but it can be a bit of a challenge to find chapter books for boys that are smart, tasteful and adventure-filled.
I usually get chapter book ideas from fellow moms or reviews online. If our boys are interested in a chapter book that I am not familiar with, I have even been known to read the book ahead of time. I know that sounds crazy. I am a bit particular about the kinds of books our boys read; I want them to learn positive character traits, to grow from the pages of their books and to establish a love of reading.
There has been much discussion in recent years about the “dumbing down” of books for boys.
Lately, more and more book authors and publishers are gearing books for boys toward gross-out or toilet humor. Back in 2010, AP reported that one school librarian treats her pupils to ‘grossology’ parties. “Just get ‘em reading,” she said. “Worry about what they’re reading later.”
Sadly, I find this to be true, but I am trying not to fall into the trap. The following list of chapter books will not include gross-out humor, but it will include loads of adventure, strong messages and characters your children will remember for a lifetime!
My beginning chapter book readers all start out with the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. In this series, Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to different time zones. The Magic Tree House books are full of educational facts and introduce children to different cultures and times in history.
Check out a few more of our favorite chapter books for boys.
Chapter books for young boys
These book series are best suited for boys ages 6-9.
- Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (Amazon, $5)
- Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly (Amazon, $4)
- Little Britches by Ralph Moody (Amazon, $11)
Chapter books for older boys
For boys ages 8 and up, these chapter books and series are terrific choices.
- Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (Amazon, free Kindle version)
- The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis (Amazon, $15)
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (series) by Rick Riordan (Amazon, $5)
Do you have a difficult time getting your boys to read chapter books? Do you think we are dumbing down our boys with some of the books that they read?