Now that summer has really started, I hope that you have signed up for some of the great summer reading programs available. My 5 year old twins collected their free book from Barnes & Nobles today, but my 9 year old only has one book on his list. He loves to read and reads way above level, but only when he likes what he is reading and that is the problem. What sort of books does a boy want to read? Not the books I read growing up–do not even suggest something like Little House on the Prairie to him! It has been a struggle for us, and I hope you can benefit from what we have learned. Here are my son’s recommended books that your boy will want to read. These books probably start around the 2nd or 3rd grade level and continue up.
Easier Reads: The Sisters Grimm Series, by Michael Buckley. I have a friend who reads these books to her 4th grade class, we read them the summer before 3rd grade. Made my son laugh out loud. Definitely boy humor!
I Survived Series, by Lauren Tarshis. These are pretty short and cover a variety of topics. I haven’t read any of them, but enjoyed discussing the events after he finished.
Longer Series: Shark Wars Series, by EJ Altbacker. This is the newest series he is reading–bought the first book today around 4 pm and is halfway through it by 8 pm. Already planning to locate the rest of the series.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series and Heroes of Olympus Series, both by Rick Riordan. I read these at the same time that my son did so that we could discuss them. Very well written series (don’t judge it by the first movie, from what I hear! We have not seen it).
Kingdom Keepers, by Ridley Pearson. This series is set in Walt Disney World and involves some of the Disney villains as the bad guys. He has read the first book, and said it got a little slow in the middle, but is on the waiting list right now for the second book.
My son prefers series, so that is what I suggested. He likes to get to know the characters. He also loved the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and the Big Nate series, but they are graphic novels with less reading and I won’t let him count those towards his reading for the summer programs. If you son doesn’t really enjoy reading, however, those are great books to get them interested.
Finally, just because your boy is able to read by himself, he may still want to be read to. I started reading the Harry Potter series to my kids in November, before our trip to Orlando. Even though my oldest had read the first two books, he is really enjoying reading with us. It also gives them lots to talk about as we are now almost finished with the 3rd book and even the oldest doesn’t know what is going to happen! Good reading!