Great Books for Boys: More than 600 Books for Boys 2-14

Here are hundreds of books that will make boys want to read and keep them reading!

Research shows that boys consistently score lower than girls do on national tests of reading and writing. Word of mouth suggest that it’s also harder to find books that boys want to read. Here is a tool to guide parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and boys themselves to the books that will inspire boys to read and keep them coming back for more. Odean has compiled and annotated a terrific collection of more than six hundred books—picture books, novels, mysteries, biographies, sports books, and more—that will fascinate and educate boys.

The guide covers classic characters such as Frog and Toad, Bilbo Baggins, and Encyclopedia Brown; new favorites such as Bingo Brown and Martin the Warrior; and real-life inspirations such as the Wright brothers, Jackie Robinson, and Jacques Cousteau.

The substantial annotations will let you know if this is the book for your boy. Advice at the back of the book gives tips for parents, ideas on incorporating books into everyday life, and ways to encourage boys to read.

Praise for Great Books for Boys:

Great Books for Boys marks the trail to a love of reading in boys... Groundbreaking.”
- USA Today

“Thoughtfully compiled...An excellent resource.”
- School Library Journal

“Engaging, comprehensive and filled with easy-to-implement ideas.”
- St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Frustrated parents often go to bookstores or libraries desperate to find the one book that will spark their son’s interest. To serve that need Kathleen Odean has written Great Books for Boys. This volume, arranged by age level, suggests books for boys on a broad range of topics. It provides detailed annotations to helps steer parents and teachers towards the best in books.”
- Book Page