The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Boys

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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The first chapter book I read by myself was Little House in the Big Woods. After that, I was hooked. You could always find me hidden away somewhere with my face in a book and my mind in another time and place. Now that my boys can read chapter books all my fond memories with books are coming back to me. I still love reading but have to be very intentional if I want to soak in a new book. This summer I really want the boys to gain a love for reading. Of course I know this can't be forced but I am going to try to at least push them in the right direction.

The library has always been our  go to place for books but after many lost and torn books I have pretty much given up having a good relationship with the library again. I always have a basket where the library books go and only pick a certain amount but without fail we continue to lose books.  I have a sneaking suspicion that there is a black hole in our home that I don't know about or maybe just a mischievous little toddler.

In the meantime it has proven cheaper for us to buy our own books and I want to create our own library anyway. I have found a lot of great classics at garage sales and thrift stores but when I am looking for something specific amazon prime is a life saver; especially with 1-2 day free shipping.

The boys and I went online to find them a good book to read that they have an interest in. Judah is obsessed with animals but it was hard to find him a chapter reading book about animals.

But we found this amazing Encyclopedia of Animals that has tons of great pictures, drawings and facts. The kids have already been pouring over it and I know they will spend many more hours looking at the pictures and learning about animals...and reading!

I have been reading the Little House books to the boys and Judah has really taken to them so he is also going to be reading Farmer Boy this summer. I have found him a couple of times reading it on his own, without me even asking him!

I have convinced Israel that he will love The Narnia series . I still have my set that I will pass on to him. Most of the covers are falling apart and the pages are all earmarked from my constant reading. I must have read them 3 or 4 times.

I love how reading opens your mind to new ideas and takes you on adventures to new places and worlds without even leaving the safety of your home. Here are some great classic and not so classic books that we are planning to add to our library. I am excited to get these books in my boys hands and see their imagination grow. Of course I'm sure girls would love these books too but since only my boys can read right now I am making this list for them. I hope this list will help you stir up an excitement and love of reading and in your boys also!

 Treasure Island
Journey to the Center of the Earth                                              
 Swiss Family Robinson                                                                                                         
 Encyclopedia of Animals
 The Jungle Book
The Little House books                                                                                                                    
  The Adventures of Robin Hood                                                               
  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer                                               
                                                                                                                                                 The Chronicles of Narnia                                                                                                                                                                                            
   Ninja Farts                                                             
   Laugh out Loud Jokes for Kids
                                                                                                                                                    5,000 Awesome Facts about Everything                                                                                                                                                                                         
The Boxcar Children                                                                                                                                                             
 Old Yeller                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                Ten Boys Who Changed the World                                                                                                                           
 Peter Pan                                                                           
 I survived: Shark Attacks of 1916                                                               
 Dinosaurs: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series Book 9)
 Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective                                                       
The Lego Idea book
What books are your boys or girls reading this summer?      

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  1. Awesome list, my son has read pilgrims progress, nate the great, geronimo stilton books, imagination station books, and jonathan park books. Thanks for linking up at Favorite things Friday! Hope to see you again this week!

  2. Ooh, this looks great!!! Will definitely be pinning to refer back to!
    Thanks for sharing & for linking up to Favorite Things Friday with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling! Hope to see you again next week! =)

  3. Since we were just at the beach, my boys would probably like the shark attack one! They've read most of the others. I want to lookf or 10 Boys Who Changed the World too. --Abi @ Joy In My Kitchen (Visiting from Tuesday Talk)

  4. Great list! Thank you! Pinning and tweeting! Coming to you from #EspressosofFaith via #Mom2MomMondayLinkup!

  5. What a fun list! I loved reading The Boxcar Children, Roald Dahl books and so many other chapter books to my students. My daughter just turned two so I can't wait to introduce her to the classics in a few years. My students always seemed to enjoy The Magic Tree House books and Clementine. Thanks for linking up for Tuesday Talk!

    1. Yes, its been so much fun now that my boys can read! I'll have to check out those books! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. One January we lost a library book which I ended up having to pay for. We found it the following December, in the box with all the Christmas books :-( My boy is reading Guns of the Lion from the Faith and Freedom trilogy by Douglas Bond, (he is 13), and is really enjoying it. Thank you for sharing your list!

    1. I feel your pain:( I just found a missing book behind a dresser just after I paid a $20 fine;(! I'll have to look into those books!

  7. Fantastic list! We are almost done with The Horse and His Boy and will continue through the rest of the series, but I am already looking forward to more great read alouds!

    1. Oooo... I think the horse and the boy was my favorite! I am reading it now with my boys also!

  8. This is the best list I've seen lately, and I promise I don't say that on every blog! Our sons must have similar taste in books. You have some on there we need to check out soon. My son is loving the Classic Starts series.

  9. This is a great list! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Free for All link party!

  10. So many of my boys' favorites are on this list! Great list of books for boys.

  11. Your boys are adorable. What a great list of books for them to read this summer!

  12. Great list. Visiting from #SocialButterflySunday.

  13. Great list of books! We've read about half of these and the other half is on our list of books to read.

  14. This is an excellent list of books, Rebekah! I love the Little House and Narnia series! Thanks so much for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)


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