Liza and her mother are seeking refuge in Gumbo Limbo, a lush hammock of trees in the Florida Everglades. Also in residence is Dajun the alligator, caretaker of this precious ecosystem. When Dajun is seen as a threat to the nearby condos in development, he is ordered killed and Liza becomes determined to keep him safe at any cost. Bullying, blackmail, and tongue-in-cheek humor run rampant at Emerson Hickey Elementary in this 10th installment of these private-eye mysteries.
It is, however, a fantastic adventure based in a three-tiered world. As the Earth begins to shake, the residents of Atherton wonder what is happening to their world and their societies as the upper echelon begins to sink into the lower tier. How will the inhabitants overcome the rules of their existence and work together to face down the unthinkable?
The first in a series, this installment will leave the reader clamoring for more. Eddie Mott has been in love with his friend Sunny from the first time he met her. The school dance is coming up and he has asked his friends Pickles and Salem for help. Find Do the Funky Pickle at your local library. A terrific book for reluctant readers and discussion groups, it packs a load of emotional and intellectual depth into a very accessible package. Find Love That Dog at your local library. Parents should know that this is exactly the kind of book you hope your kids will find and love — showing the best examples of kids and adults behaving in caring, intelligent and positive ways.
Find Lunch Money at your local library. Eddie, Sunny, Salem and Pickles are now in the sixth grade and their adventures are still going strong. And Pickles? Find Picklemania at your local library. With the head of the household now paralyzed and unable to work, and Chula scarred with a disfigured face and the onset of epilepsy, the Sanchez family is struggling to make ends meet.
Humiliated but still determined, Pape is convinced that El Jefe, the most revered prizefighter in Mexico, is their ticket to financial salvation. Find Prizefighter en mi Casa at your local library. It has a noble pedigree, from Goodbye, Mr. Chips to Conrack to Miss Nelson is Missing. This is a lovely, moving book. Find Sahara Special at your local library. Readers will grin from beginning to end of this enchanting story. A kid getting a novel published — too ridiculous to be believable, right? Just ask Gordon Korman, whose first novel, which he wrote as a seventh-grade English project, was published when he was It sold very well, and he had five more published before he graduated from high school.
Publishers are looking for good school stories — who better to write one than a kid? This book should prompt many fruitful family discussions, and inspire young authors to reach for their dreams. Find The School Story at your local library. This book tells the story of Bradley Chalkers, a boy who tells enormous lies, picks fights with girls, spits on people and is considered by his teachers to have behavioral issues.
Bradley has no friends, is disliked by all the students and teachers in the school and, always sits by himself in the last seat, last row. Things start to change when Jeff Fishkin, a new student, arrives and is placed in the only empty seat left in the room, right next to Bradley. The school hires a new counselor, Carla, who sees potential in Bradley and works with him to make him see the potential in himself, a difficult task for a boy who sees himself as a monster. Addie has dyslexia, so learning is an act of will and persistence.
As Mommers falters, he continues to support them, but the only home he can purchase for them is a small trailer parked across from a mini-mart. I found it impossible to leave Addie until I had finished. Find Waiting for Normal at your local library. Ever dream of saving the world by sled? This suspenseful tale is based on a true story and makes for an amazing read. Find Snow Treasure at your local library. This is a brilliant introduction to the Bard, with beautiful watercolor illustrations that capture the cold nature of the setting. Bateman , illustrated by: Brian Lies - Charlesbridge, 32 pages.
Young readers engage with poetry, information and counting practice as they learn about swamps and the animals that live there. Illustrations are bright and entertaining. Find Deep in the Swamp at your local library. The most amazing animal of all can live through all of the extremes scientists can produce. Find Extreme Animals at your local library. The life-like picture of a rat on the cover of this book will be enough to pique the interest of many kids.
The gross-out factor alone will make this a must-read for many kids. Find Oh, Rats! The Story of Rats and People at your local library. This book tells the true story of the friendship that developed at a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary between Owen, a baby hippopotamus orphaned by the Southeast Asian tsunami, and Mzee, a year-old giant Aldabra tortoise. The text is clearly written and accompanied by full-color photos of this unique pair. Little is known about this rare animal that looks like a bear, has a pocket like a kangaroo and lives in trees.
The book is filled with wonderful photographs of the tree kangaroos, their lush forest habitat, and other exotic plants and animals. None of her friends, family or teachers encouraged her in her passionate interest in animals when she was growing up, thinking it was strange, and she struggled with the challenge of asthma.
This book provides fascinating information about a little-known place on Earth, a newly discovered species and how one woman overcame the odds to follow her dreams. Find Quest for the Tree Kangaroo at your local library. This revised new edition of the popular paper-airplane book soars with ready—to—crease airplanes based on 20 very cool and colorful designs — all of them easy enough for young paper—plane pilots to cut out of the book, fold according to directions and toss into the air.
The co-authors are gurus in the world of amateur aerodynamics. Together they share folding and tossing secrets that will make anyone into a paper—airplane connoisseur. The real stars here are the paper airplanes themselves. From the Stunt plane to the Eagle, and the Space Shuttle replica to a Hammerhead, this book is fueled by science and fun. This kit contains helpful directions for starting a book club and includes question cards, bookmarks and activity cards.
Suggestions for being a good listener and participant are also included to encourage children to talk about what they are reading. Find The Book Club Kit at your local library. In this book, girls learn the importance of friends and making a friendship work. These real-life stories, activities and quizzes can be read alone or with a friend. Does the thought of memorizing your multiplication facts drive you crazy? Are you tired of those pesky speed drills in math class? If you want a fun way to learn how to multiply, you must read this clever picture book.
Tang uses simple rhymes and puzzles to help students understand the concept of multiplication. Find Crazy Cars at your local library. This book outlines over a dozen famous frauds from the s to the present, including P. Find Fooled You! Fakes and Hoaxes Through the Years at your local library. Even reluctant readers will enjoy the clear, direct text, short length, and dramatic content. We can even hope that this brilliant book, with its awards and attendant success, may lead to a renaissance of books for kids that make history come alive.
In 19 monologues and two dialogs in verse and prose, the lives of a cast of characters from a medieval village — nobles and peasants, but all children — are illuminated. Through them, along with margin notes and periodic background sections, a portrait of life in the Middle Ages is created. Find Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village at your local library. You may want to discuss the concept of class differences with your kids.
Visuals abound and the book concludes with some significant ways for kids to make a difference. This guide will educate and empower young readers, leaving them with the knowledge they need to understand this problem and a sense of hope to inspire them into action. A practical guide to conserving resources and protecting the environment, each brief chapter of 50 Simple Things provides information and tips designed to inspire ideas and action.
The book also explains how everyday items — like a light switch or a toilet — are connected to the rest of the world. Fun ideas for the whole family to discuss and implement! Like eco-Nancy Drews, the characters of the Gaia Girls series will appeal to girls ready to take on modern-day environmental challenges. Illustrated throughout, this chapter book is for more mature fourth-grade readers, as it does not pull any punches when taking on subjects like factory farming. Highly recommended for its compelling story and sensitivity to current issues. Find Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth at your local library.
This book has everything a budding spy or cryptographer wants to know about creating codes, ciphers, and the methods of concealment. An answer key provides a great opportunity to practice new skills from pictographs to Igpay Atinlay. This is an ear-to-ear-grinningly delightful school story. Parents need to know that there is nothing to be concerned about here and lots to cheer.
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Families can talk about silence and civil disobedience. Why does the silence seem so powerful? What do you think of the standoff between Dave and the principal? Find No Talking at your local library. Fourteen-year-old orphan Widge works for a mean and unscrupulous master who goes by the name of Falconer. Ordered to steal the script for Hamlet, Widge is taken to London and forced to attend a performance of the play. Instead of concentrating on stealing the script, he becomes engrossed in the show. Reluctantly, Widge admits his failure to Falconer and is told to return until his mission is accomplished.
Nothing goes as planned and a very surprised Widge finds himself an accepted member of the backstage crew. Once a lonely outcast, he has friends and a place to call home for the first time in his life. Will he have the moral integrity to disobey his master or will he betray his new family? Set in Elizabethan London, The Shakespeare Stealer introduces us to Shakespearean stagecraft, life on the streets of London and to the truth behind the youthful appearance of Queen Elizabeth I! Find The Shakespeare Stealer at your local library. Part of the Eyewitness Books series, Natural Disasters covers a wide variety of natural disasters, from earthquakes to epidemics.
Written in plain language and illustrated with spectacular photos and diagrams, it contains a wealth of valuable information, including a historical timeline of major disasters, a glossary, and a list of Web and real-world resources natural history and science museums for additional research. Find Natural Disasters at your local library. With his hallmark wit and humor, Dahl tells the tale of Matilda, a child prodigy who defends her sweet teacher against the terrible school principal, Mrs. Children will love learning about Matilda and her extraordinary powers.
Find Matilda at your local library. Take a spunky heroine competently surviving on her own on a deserted island the ultimate kid fantasy. Add in animal friends who seem to understand, the vaguest of villains hovering in the background and easily overcome, a smattering of scientific information effortlessly absorbed and a very satisfying conclusion. Then write it in breezy style, making the various pieces of the story fit together in a nicely coincidental, jigsaw-puzzle way. All together it makes for one delightful story. Check out the sweetly imaginative, family-friendly film starring Jodie Foster.
The Tucks will never die, which turns out to be less of a blessing than one might think. A gentle but powerful reflection on mortality, and on what constitutes a meaningful life. Check out the adaptation, in which the character Winnie is 15 instead of Find Tuck Everlasting at your local library. This was her first sighting of Dustfinger, one of many colorful characters that her father brought to life from the pages of the book Inkheart. In fact, Meggie does not know this yet, but this is how her own mother disappeared nine years before. Now, the evil Capricorn wants another character brought to life, and is determined to have Mo read aloud.
This fascinating multi-layered story is an enjoyable but dark read for anyone who loves a good story within a story. Find Inkheart at your local library. It turns out that his disappearance is connected with his scientific work, and Meg, her brilliant little brother, and her friend Calvin set out to find him — a search that takes them on an exciting but dangerous galactic adventure. Check out the adaptation, which dramatizes the struggle between good and evil, or the new release coming spring Find A Wrinkle in Time at your local library. A pilot crashes in the Sahara Desert. A thousand miles from any habitation, while attempting to fix his plane, he meets a strangely dressed little boy who seems to have come from nowhere, and who demands that he draw a sheep.
Gradually the Little Prince reveals his story. He comes from a small asteroid, where he lives alone until a rose grows there. But the rose is demanding, and he is confused by his feelings about her. Eventually he decides to leave and journey to other planets in search of knowledge. After meeting many confusing adults, he eventually lands on Earth, where he befriends a snake and a fox.
The fox helps him to understand the rose, and the snake offers to help him return to his planet — but at a price. Many adults look back on this book with a catch in the throat and have a special place for it in their hearts. There quite literally has never been anything like it, though others have certainly tried.
Find The Little Prince at your local library. Hugo is an orphan who tends the clocks in a Paris train station. He lives a lonely existence in the shadows of the station, stealing food and dodging the Station Inspector. One day he encounters a flinty old man who has even more secrets than he does.
This powerful story is beautifully illustrated to create the pace and visual effects of a movie. Find The Invention of Hugo Cabret at your local library. New readers and those familiar with Laura Ingalls and her family will love following along as Laura takes them through a year in the life of the little family of pioneers. She lives in a little house in the big woods where she and her siblings work hard at their many chores, mind their ma and pa, go to school all in one room and have lots of frontier adventures. Check out the TV series, which loosely follows the storylines of all of the Little House books.
Find Little House in the Big Woods at your local library. In fact, many teachers today use it as part of their language arts curriculum. Poppers Penguins is a good fit for most first- and second-grade readers, and can also be read aloud to kindergartners. Want to watch the movie? The adaptation is only loosely based on the original story but has plenty of slapstick gags to keep the elementary school crowd entertained. Find Mr. Find When You Reach Me at your local library. Please enter a valid email address.
Thank you for signing up! Server Issue: Please try again later. Sorry for the inconvenience. Favorite books for 4th graders Our panel of children's book experts recommends these great books for your fourth grader. Perfect for: Kids who like adventure stories. Sorry, I just saw the comment above. But if your boys are past the age of being read to, this is still a series you would enjoy. So many neat ideas on this list!
We love, love, love The Cricket in Times Square. It was my favorite growing up and is now a favorite of my 4 year-old! We all loved it! Love this list. Will be using it for gift ideas for my nephews. They live in another country so I am always looking for gifts I can send via Amazon. Great set of stories that I think would interest a reluctant reader. And is not overwhelming as you can read one story at a time. Thanks for the recommendation, Raeyle. One of my favourites from it is about a rajah from asia who has big ears and hides it so no one knows except his barber who is sworn to secrecy.
Great list and I am glad to find some new selections, as well as old favorites, for my son. I am going to try Peter and the Star Catchers. I have boys aged 12 and 10, and this story of two boys, a father, and the frightening circus that comes to town was perfect for them. It explores themes of dreams and responsibilities, and has been a favorite of mine since I was 13!
Do you have a similar post for girls? She can literally go through up to 5 books a week ummm, bookworm much!?! Island of the Blue Dolphins, the Lemony series, and the 2 Peter Pan books would likely appeal to her though. That girl knows her books! The title of the post just makes it easy for Moms of boys to find a great book list for their sons.
In my experience, girls will often read just about anything, but boys tend to be a little more particular about their reading material. Especially reluctant readers. This list simply puts a collection of books that boys find particularly appealing in one place for those looking for books for their sons to read.
I think the entire Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome 12 novels belongs on this list.
This is a great list. Half Brother looks intriguing. A great series for boys. If you are a Star Wars, fan you will find them especially fun. We still laugh about some of the chapters. There are actually 3 more books. You must get to book 3 before you will see a connection, since originally book 2 was written as a companion book, not a sequel. They are amazing. My 12 year old finished the series this week. We also enjoyed the Divergent series. Peter and the Starcatchers series appeals to boys and girls. Just FYI. The Divergent series is good.
I have one child that also reads a few grades ahead and we cannot keep him in books. The Outsiders is a good book, lots of talking points, some dark stuff, though. Good luck! Although I am no longer a boy, once upon a time, a long time ago, I was. The main character is a girl, but she pretends to be a boy. I stumbled across this series in the juvenile section of the Library and so far have read 9 of the 12 books in the series. The reader need to start with the 1st book and read the rest in order. I actually listened to the books on audio while driving a truck.
The person narrating the books is very good at changing her voice for the different characters in the story. The 1st book in the series has a long title.
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Just wanted to thank you for specifying that your BOYS loved these books. There are tons of books out there that appeal to girls, but not so much for boys. Keep up the good work! I really wanted to reach mothers of boys, Liz, as we have a difficult time finding books that specifically appeal to our sons.
Thank you for this awesome list! I have 3 boys and we read every night. I read this book over and over when I was young, but anyway! I too hope to be reading to my boys until they are far too old for it! They got me into reading years ago and my sons have followed suit.
We are both loving it!! My 9-year old recently read Escape from Mr. There was a puzzle to be solved at the end and the author invited you to email him if you did. My son solved it and emailed the author. Within a day or 2 the author emailed him back a very nice note. My son was absolutely thrilled! Girls will love these books too! Teaching 4th grade I did many of these as read alouds. Great literature engages boys and girls. We need our girls to hear stories of bravery and our boys to hear ones of tenderness.
Sounds like the mom compiling the list has boys. Lucky kids to have a home with such great books! Awesome list! They were terrific. Blair, and most girls like the Boxcar Children and Judy Bloom. I hope some of these suggestions work for you! Great list. I would suggest parents preview the books first as some have content they may find unsuitable for their children.
Yes, Kim, I was thinking the same. Although the majority are probably squeaky clean, I think there are a couple in the list that have some sexual content. It would be great if the books with some sexual content would be marked with an astrix just so we know. Tim Green has awsome books for boys or anyone who likes sports. My son loved them, and he even has contests on his Web page to have your name used as a character name.
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He was a football player for Atlanta Falcons and now he writes and visits schools promoting reading. Awesome guy and awesome books! The Mysterious Benedict Soceity books are fantastic as well. And, I agree with the others who have said this is a good list for everyone, not just boys. My 12yr. Dean Hughes has some great historical fiction pieces! He goes back and forth between the siblings that are serving and the family at home. Some marry during the series and a German family becomes involved in the stories. Definitely fiction, but lots of great facts. His book are full of adventure with great values.
Thank you for a great list! My boys got interested in reading once they tried the Gregor the Overlander series by SuzAnne Collins. A teacher recommended it, and they read them all! And its a great openingconversation book for boys. Or that other things are not for boys. Such a beautifully-written book. It was my favorite book as a young girl and read it more than a couple of times. I read it to my son when he was about 8. Now my 7-year-old daughter is asking me to read it to her.
Two more books in the Little House series to finish first. One devoured C. Lewis and the other Roald Dahl. My boys love Rick Riorden. Most of these authors write fantasy and adventure stories. My eldest 12 is also discovering the delights of Terry Pratchetett and his Discworld series. I am sorry, but the simple fact that you have never read any of the Chronicles of Narnia books negates all credibility for the ability to suggest a list of books to read to anyone. Tough crowd at times;. Thanks so much for the list!
Thanks again! The Rangers Apprentice is rhe series which helped my son at the age of 16 begin to read. Prior he was second grade level as he has learning disabilities. His teachers were floored. Itwas all about interest! He loved Hugo also which my now 9 yr old is reading. There are three in the series surrounding a girl named Eva 9. Really good science fiction. Light reads. He read all seven that we have in about a week.
More teenager in style than Riordan. And finally, a series called Dreamhouse Kings by Robert Lipardo about a family that moves into an old house where doors take them to other places and time. He is an advanced reader but is he too young for the content? Grateful for some advice. As an upper elementary school teacher for many years, my students always enjoyed The Indian in the Cupboard series. I believe you can search by age and gender there.
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Kara, I would love to help you find the perfect books for girls! These books are amazing and are certain to please. If you are interested, email me at ubambrittj aol. Thanks for the suggestions, James! So glad your boys have also enjoyed many of the books that my guys have! Here you can find some book list for girls. You can also check whether the books are available from you local library.
Best Picks for Girls. Jevic and the Stone is an amazing book for boys! Such a great story. Highly recommend. Great books for boys! May I also offer a book to your list? It is a new series just came out Oct called Zane the Brain, for ages It is about a boy-genius and his experiments that lead him into many misadventures. Volume 1 is available on Amazon. Thanks for the suggestion! Hi guys!! I was beginning to wonder the same thing. My son and I read several of these.
We also plowed through at least a dozen of the Redwall books. Another fantastic book is The Phantom Tollbooth, a story that likely turned me into the editor I am today. Am just so glad to know that you read TO your children till they were much older. My 8 year old asks me everyday to read to him. Thank you so much! I am so happy to think that this post has made such an impression on you, Kejal. Yes, I read to my boys well beyond the age of 8. The years fly by so quickly. As an adult, I find it lovely to be read to also. As a mom with an 18 year old voracious reader, and as a teacher, never stop reading to your child as long as they will let you!
Great opportunities to know what your child is thinking. Enjoyed the blog, through a link posted on Facebook by my sister-in-law in Colorado. How fun to read the Farley Mowat bit and realize we live in the same town! My boys have quite a few of these.
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I will definitely add more of these to their list during the summer break. Good for him! Crazy that my boys never got into Harry. Thank you for it. I also highly recommend The Boxcar Children for ages My son was reading Red Badge of Courage in grade 4. His teacher was in shock. My son was an avid reader from age His vocabulary skills and correct usage in Kindergarten amazed his teachers.
My son is all grown up now. He started reading Nate the Great series. Then read the entire Box Car Children series. And the Hardy Boys. I have enjoyed and always recommended. All good! Thank you so much for the great list! My son and I will be sure to check out some of these. Thanks again for the post and for the work you put into it. It was too low of grade level when I was in school so I never read it. My son is in 4th grade and has never been an avid reader.
My son loves sports and basketball, so that sparked his interest and the storyline has had him hooked from start to finish of each book in the series. Recommended for readers age year olds. My 12 year old grandson loves them as much as his grandpa and grandma do. Very exciting!! Any non-fiction suggestions? My 12 yr old is not a big reader but he gets sucked into non fiction. It was the one time that a feminist side came bursting forth. Why just for boys! Am I not supposed to read it because I am a girl!! Definitely recommend! One of my eight yr olds loves Tom Gates series — he has finished 4 in the series.
The other loves Big Nate. Thank you for this list. Help parents identify books for their young readers that are sufficiently challenging from a Lexile score perspective yet age-appropriate — that I would love to see! Two are sequels and one is a prequel. Fantastic books! I cried my eyes out while reading it to my son and he had to finish reading it out loud! Love your list!!! I would add The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
My children loved reading these as did I.
And the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia—all seven. Thank you for sharing your list!!! For the younger ones, the Borrowers series by Mary Norton is outstanding. This is a great list! Thanks, John! My guys somehow completely missed out on that one! It may not have the book sales of these other great books for boys, but it certainly has the same draw.
Thanks for your suggestion, Adam! Gosh there are so many good books out there that my boys missed out on. I love hearing about the ones you guys read and loved! Thanks for starting a nice conversation with these. I have to say that the caption as it gets shared online came off as less subjective and more authoritative, which makes me want to challenge these. But the important thing is that you and your kids read and do it together Saying that, probably a bit more diversity could be a good thing. Hi, I really enjoyed reading your list.
My daughter 9 also liked it and did a book review for school on it. We have that book, Rachael! My son got it for Christmas. So glad to hear you loved it. Any recommendations for younger boys? We have not ventured into fantasy and suck like you say your boys really enjoyed other than The Magic Tree House books.
My son is 5. Of course there are plenty more of those to read but looking for other ideas too. We have read some of the Flat Stanley ones too which he also liked. And started a series about a young boy with shark in it some how which was pretty funny and had a hidden word puzzle on each page which he really liked. Though any ideas of any classic books he might be able to read himself would be awesome too. He is a beginning reader and I want engaging things to draw him in to reading for himself also.
We have not ventured into Star Wars, partially because I liked the original movies but never was a Star Wars junkie like some are. Barbara Brooks Wallace is a wonderful writer who my 12 year old son just loves. Sparrows in the Scullery is perhaps his favorite, but he has read ten or so of her books and devoured them all.
Mostly mystery stories, although the Claudia series about a girl called Claudia my son also loved. Another fabulous author is Morris Gleitzman. Bumface is hilarious, and the Once, Now, Then, After series is insightful and gripping.