Pirates, Dinosaurs, and Dogs: Great Books for Boys

Let’s talk books.  Finding great books for boys has been a challenge for me.  Everything I loved when I was a kid is met with “GIRLS??? WE DON’T WANT TO READ ABOUT GIRLS!!!”

Little House on the Prairie?  “NO!”  The Secret Garden?  “NOO!”  Little Women???  “NOOOO!!!”

Just when I was starting to lose all hope, my mom brought over Treasure Island . Low and behold, they actually sat mesmerized through the first three chapters.  Beau’s reaction said it all: “That book is so THRILLING!”

Thrilling!?!  Now that’s a rave review!  Did Finn like it too? (Finn liking a book is akin to Mikey liking the breakfast cereal, know what I mean?)  Well, he doesn’t readily admit to “liking” anything, but he did immediately start making a Lego pirate ship, which he had to play with in the bathtub.  He was pretending that the ship was sinking and the Lego pirate guys were fighting in the water.  I said “Oh no, I hope they have a life boat!” Finn replied, “No way, this is like old times, Mom.  Before they had stuff like that.  Like IN THE EIGHTIES.”

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Yup.  In the Eighties.  Lean times it were for ye landlubbers.

Here are a few other books the boys have loved, occasionally even to the point of admitting it. 😉

Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time
The illustrations in this book are seriously amazing.  “I wish Dinotopia was a real place and I could live there” gushed Finn.  Yes, Finn gushed.  And if that isn’t a rave review I don’t know what is.

Dinotopia, The World Beneath

After devouring the first Dinotopia, the next in the series was an obvious choice!  Right now we’re about halfway through it.  You never know if a sequel is going to be as good as the first, but so far The World Beneath does not disappoint.

Because of Winn-Dixie
This was a random pick from the library.  Beau sat down and read the whole thing in one sitting.  This is the FIRST TIME Beau has ever been so engaged in a book that he could not put it down.  Welcome to The Voracious Readers Club, Beau, it’s good to have you with us. 🙂

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
This one is by the same author as Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo.  I am now of the opinion that you can hardly go wrong with her works.  I had no idea a story of “A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread” could be so moving.  Finn claimed not to care for it, but he would still yell “PAUSE!” when I was reading and he needed to leave the room.  Paying more attention than he would like to admit???  Mmhmm…

My Side of the Mountain 
This is our current family read aloud, recommended by my husband as one of his childhood favorites.  I cannot be held responsible if your kids want to run away from home and live in a hollowed out tree after reading it.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
This has been one of my all time favorites to read aloud.  I remembered it from my own school days, but I had no idea until I was a boy momma just how exciting snakes and mongooses fighting could be.  My eyes have been opened. 🙂 BTW, it’s zero dollars on Kindle right now. You’re welcome!

So, there you have it, a few of our favorite books for boys, tested by some of the world’s pickiest little readers.  And if you happen to overhear my kids singing “Yo ho ho and a Bottle of Rum”, you’ll know where they got it from.  Of course these picks aren’t JUST for boys, I’m sure your girls would enjoy them too!  (I know I did!)

So, what are you reading lately?

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Beau and Finn wrote their names in the dinosaur alphabet during our reading of Dinotopia.

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