Courtney at Swimming into Second is hosting an important linky party right now all about the best books for boys.
I have done a few Donor's Choose projects just for books for my boys. As a girl myself, I'm always drawn to certain books when I buy for my classroom... I try really hard to get things that will appeal to boys too and have found some good ones!
I've linked to Amazon on all of the book pictures, so if you want to learn more just click!
I LOVE the Moongobble series by Bruce Coville.
This 5 book series is about a boy named Edward and a not-so-skillful wizard named Moongobble. Moongobble has a good heart but just about every spell he tries to do turns something into cheese!
There is also a character named the Rusty Knight who cannot hear very well... which makes for some interesting conversations! The series was a GREAT boy friendly read aloud when I taught 1st and 2nd grade. I read my class the whole series.
With my 3rd graders, I read the first two books- The Dragon of Doom and The Weeping Werewolf. My boys couldn't WAIT to get their paws on the rest after I finished the 2nd one!
Another favorite character in my class is Freddie Fernortner.
The Freddie Fernortner series is about a 1st grader, his friends, and his cat who chews bubble gum. We love Freddie! The kids get in all sorts of silly situations. The books are at just about a beginning of 3rd grade level, so perfect for enticing reluctant readers! This is one that I read the first two books of and the kids couldn't wait to read the rest.
Of course the DK books are always a hit... I have lots of DK Star Wars books in my room that range from super easy...
to right on level...
I love those books because 1.) they have a non-fiction vibe complete with extra text features, 2.) they are typically less than $4, and 3.) they are often available on Amazon for the 4-for-3 promotion!
Two more of my favs...
When I was a kid I LOVED the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. Did you know they have been re-released with new adventures in more of a picture book format? We love them! I actually have them at my partner reading table and the kids love reading them and making decisions with their partners. These are always a hit, especially with kids who don't LOVE reading because they are exciting and provide choices in the text!
Last, my boys love love love joke books. Any kind of joke books. They love them! I have a huge collection of joke books. They are great for practicing reading fluency... jokes aren't funny if they aren't read with the right inflection and expression and kids figure that our quickly.
We just got this one about a month ago and it's a hit!
So, hopefully you read something interesting in this incredibly long post! :) If you are going to buy one of the things I shared with you, check out the Moongobble books. They are hilarious read alouds and a great way to hook reluctant boys!
Head over to Courtney's blog and share your best boy books too! I can't wait to see what you come up with!
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