This post is a copy of an email I sent to a friend in response to her request for help to find good books for her Nephew this Christmas. It is by no means comprehensive, but hopefully there is something on here you haven’t heard before.
One series that my kids have loved is Secrets of Droon. It’s a magical series about the same reading level or a little above the Magic Tree House, but it reminds me more of a mild Harry Potter. There are tons of books in the series and I’m sure you could find a lot of them to keep a voracious budding reader occupied for awhile.
Another series that my kids have liked starting around 3rd grade is Animorphs. It’s a story of some friends who are fighting an alien invasion of Earth. This series has been around for a long time as well, so there should be quite a few books available and you can sometimes find great deals on them at thrift stores and yard sales.
If he likes animal books, your nephew would probably like the Warrior Cats of the Clan books by Erin Hunter. There are a few different series that have sprouted off from this so, again- there are lots of books and the girls I know who’ve read them like them just as much as the boys.
My kids have loved Origami Yoda and Darth Paper.
The main characters are in middle school, so some of the situations are more appropriate to middle school than elementary, but nothing I had major issues with- I read them aloud at bedtime to all my boys. There was a lot of boy humor and we laughed a lot. There is a new one out called the Secret of the Fortune Wookie, which also promises to be full of laughs.
More series to consider are:
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, author of Hunger Games (This is geared to a younger audience than Hunger games, but there’s still war and fighting)- 5 books:
Redwall (again, quite a bit of violence but I’m pretty sure I read it in 3rd or 4th grade)
Cabin Creek Mysteries series and lots of other books by Kristiana Gregory
Chronicles of Narnia
Partick Carmen’s Land of Elyon Books – make sure to start with the prequel for boys- since the 4-book series has a girl as a main character, and the prequel starts out with two boys. For some reason boys tend to be more hesitant to read books with girls as the main characters- but these are some of my favorites!
Chris D’Lacey’s Dragon books (lots of global warming allusions in this one, but these are all really long big books I think there are 6 of them, so they should take up a lot of reading time for those insatiable readers.)
I also really like Margaret Peterson Haddix- but these are probably too old as well for him at this point
The Candy Shop War- this is one my 4th grader is currently reading and it’s an excellent read-aloud (the book on cd is awesome!). The second book was just released and I’m pretty sure it will become a longer series.
You are welcome to check out our reviews on some of these books (we haven’t reviewed all of them) the easiest way is to search for them by title or author in the search bar at the top of this page. We try to categorize them but don’t always specifically mark them as boy or girl. I try to encourage my boys to read books that are written about girls, but that doesn’t always go over well. Actually, it almost never does, but it doesn’t hurt to keep trying to educate them, right? Here’s a link to our boy category. It’s not age specific, and doesn’t include everything:
A few random books we’ve enjoyed lately- Fart Powder:Bubbles in the Bathtub
Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford (awesome audio book).
I hope you find success in sharing reading with the boys you love! What series or books do your boys love to read?