I tutor a 5th grade boy and the main thing we focus on is reading and comprehension. There are a ton of really great books out there for boys – full of adventure, courage, and honor. We started off reading the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently somewhere in the middle of Voyage of the Dawn Treader. That means we have two more to go and then we’re done. We’ll probably finish them by the end of the school year. The books I see him come in with from school are fluff and nonsense, and the reading level is much lower than I know he’s capable of. So, I pillaged a few summer reading/school lists online and came up with my own list.
I would love your input if you can think of any other really great books for boys. I have read more than half the books on this particular list. The others have a strong reputation. I’m leaving off the Harry Potter series on purpose, not because I don’t like it, but because the whole idea gives him nightmares. I promised him I wouldn’t make him read them.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Bunnicula by Deborah Howe
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) and the rest of the series by Lemony Snicket
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques (this series in itself could keep us busy until he’s in high school. There are upwards of 14 books, if my memory serves me!
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D Wyss (if I remember correctly, this has a lot of really descriptive paragraphs that could get boring quick for a boy with a short attention span)
What else have you got for me?