I’ve been asked several times about what I recommend for children to read. Since it’s summer and a perfect time for children to read while school is out, I’ve compiled the ultimate book list for boys! Don’t let the title scare you away if you have girls though, most of these books are perfect for them also. My oldest two are boys, so my experience with proficient readers are boys.
I’m so blessed to have boys that love to read. They will sit on the couch and read for hours if I let them! We closely monitor their reading list, so this is a pretty conservative book list. On top of this list, we also go to the library and check out huge piles of books (my checkout limit is 200 books and we have come close a few times!). My oldest son absolutely loves anything to do with weather! We come home with stacks of books on tornadoes and hurricanes. I encourage him in that, as he is learning so much on his own time and enjoys it! My 8 year old son loves history, and anything to do with firefighters, police officers and the army.
For Younger Boys (2-6)
Bible Stories for Early Readers Series - These are my favorite beginner readers for children. Our 6 year old daughter is reading through them right now. The pictures are wonderful, and really keep the child’s interest to see what happens next. I’m working on collecting the whole set.
Little Jewel Books by Rod and Staff – When our oldest was a child we had the Lost Milk Jar story almost memorized, he loved it so much! These are sweet little story books with simple illustrations of mennonite families. These books are best read out loud to young children, they were not written to be readers for young children.
Billy and Blaze Series – Oh the memories I have of reading these to my boys! They are really past the age of reading them now, but I think every boy should have these read to them!! A sweet series of books about a boy and his horse.
Little House on the Prairie (My First Little House Series) – As you can tell these books are well loved at our house. All of our children like these books, even Deborah (age 2) loves to have these read to her. The perfect way to introduce a classic story to your children. They have a Winter on the Farm story that boys will especially like!
For the Middle Years (7-10)
Dan Frontier Series – This is one of my boys favorite series when they were learning to read. The first book could be read by a 6 year old that was learning how to read, but I think the end of the series is more for a seven year olds level. Every child is different though. These are out of print, but my boys have devoured these books and read them even now! A story about Dan Frontier, and his adventures on the prairie. I found my copies on Amazon, Half.com and Ebay. If you have a son struggling to read, these might be what he needs to encourage him that reading is fun.
Tales of the RAF series – My boys like this series, but my 8 year old especially likes them. Stories about real RAF Royal Air Force Pilots during World War 2. Full of colorful pictures (which is why I think the younger age will like them a little more).
A Child’s History of America Series – These books are told in one-syllable words, but I wouldn’t give them to an early reader. My boys started reading them after they were pretty solid in reading. They really enjoy them now. The set has books on George Washington, Christopher Columbus, Naval Heroes, and more.
Pocahontas and the Strangers – This is a fiction book that has some history woven into it. It’s an easy read for my boys.
Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims – Our book is well loved and I see them reading it over and over again (especially my 8 year old) so they must really like this book.
David and Susan at Wild Rose Cottage- Very sweet stories about siblings that have to stay with their grandparents while their father is sick at the hospital. We read this book out loud when the boys were younger. They also have a sequel to this. Published by Rod and Staff.
Tattletale Sparkie and Other Stories – Another sweet story about a family and their everyday life. The books from Rod and Staff do a good job of teaching good character qualities in children.
Cornfield Baby and other Nature Surprises - Another Rod and Staff classic, these are sweet nature stories that teach about God and family.
Don and Joyce discover a hive of busy bees – My oldest son wanted to make sure this made it on the list. I haven’t personally read it, but he really enjoys it. My mom gave this book and it’s sequel to my boys before she passed away so it’s special to me that they like them.
Little House on the Prairie Series – I have read this series out loud to my children (I still need to finish the last two books for them!). I read these books over and over again when I was a child, and my boys do the same. The rule is that they can’t read one of the books until I have read it out loud, so they still don’t know the end of the story. Major mom failure moment! We need to finish these before school starts.
The Farm Mystery Series – If you are not into mystery books, don’t let the name scare you away. These sweet books are written about a conservative christian family and upholds principles such as parental authority, courtship, siblings getting along, and more. Both of my boys love this set.
The Missionary Adventures of Bob & Arty – This is another series of books that has some excitement to it, but they are written with christian family values. My 10 year old loves to read this series over and over again.
Treasures of the Snow – All the books by Patricia St. John are good for children to read. Excellent books that point children back to the Lord. If you want a good deal on these books here is a Kindle set.
Men of Faith Series – Excellent stories of men who have served the Lord through various ways. They also have a Women of Faith series.
Ten Boys Who Made A Difference – This is a whole set of stories on the lives of famous boys who have impacted the world.
Childhood of Famous Americans – If you have boys who love history, these are a must! I read these books when I was young and I’m excited my boys are enjoying them just as much as I did! Each book goes through the childhood of someone well known, and the last chapter goes through their adult life, highlighting their most famous moments.
Christian Heroes: Then & Now – Stories of missionaries from more modern times to inspire your children!
The Sower Series – Another great history series (yes, my boys love history!). These books will keep your children’s attention as they read about the lives of men and women in history.
Concord Cunningham Series – A unique way to get your boys in their bible! Read through the mystery and find the answer in the bible.
Prudence and the Millers – This whole series is written about the Miller family and their adventures.
Little Pilgrims Progress - A classic story told in a child’s version. The perfect way to introduce this wonderful book to children!
The Moody Series – Summer with The Moodys is the first book in the series, but you will want all of them after your child gets attached to the Moody family! This is a fiction series about a homeschooling family, and my boys can’t get enough of them. They were so happy when a new one came out recently!
Stuart Little - My oldest was literally laughing so hard he had tears in his eyes as he read this book. A funny story about a mouse!
Reading to Learn Series – These are used for school with the Christian Light Series, but my boys read these stories over and over again!
Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys - Stories from the late 1800′s reprinted for boys today to learn the same stories boys from 100 years ago needed to learn.
Boyhood and Beyond - This is not a book that my boys read on their own, but we have read it together and I have picked out chapters for them to read on their own for personal devotion time. All the books by Bob Schultz I highly recommend!
Audio Books for Boys
My boys also love listening to stories or books read out loud on CD’s. Here are some of our favorites.
History Stories by William Potter – Now that Vision Forum is no longer around these are harder to find, but my boys really enjoy listening to all of these history stories. I can’t tell you how many facts from history they have told me after listening to these CD’s.
Uncle Rick Audios – Wonderful stories told in a relaxed way, almost as if the child was sitting with Uncle Rick in the same room! I love knowing these are true history stories that are inspiring my boys. They also have proverbs and Psalms on CD that is read out loud while Uncle Rick explains it.
The Frontier Adventures of Elinore Stewart – While this story (and the others) might have a woman on the cover, these stories will interest boys and girls! I was even caught up into this story, and sat in the van once we got home from running errands to finish listening to it. They also like The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, A Bride Goes West, An English Family in the American Wilderness, and Abigail Adams: Her Letters. These stories are on sale through Friday, June 27th! Lovely for lazy summer afternoons when it’s hot outside.
I hope you enjoyed the list and found something useful on it! I could have added quite a few more books, but had to stop somewhere.