Monday, June 01, 2015

Summer Reading for Kids (mostly boys!)

Anyone else have trouble finding decent books for their kids to read?  Our boys, especially Andrew, read a lot and there aren't too many books at the local library that I want them reading.  Today I looked up the Sonlight reading lists and reserved some books at the library for the boys to read and I thought I would share some of the books that our boys enjoy.

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*The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew (The original versions, not the newer paper backs.)
*Tom Swift (These are science fiction stories that Andrew loves.  Now they are readily available on the kindle, but I remember my dad and mom snatching these up at flea markets and antique stores for my brother to read.)
*Tom Corbett series (Again, we bought these on the kindle and Andrew loved them.)
*The Chronicles of Narnia (Andrew has read these books numerous times.)
*The Boxcar Children
*Flat Stanley (short chapter book)
*Books by Piet Prins, especially the Scout series
*The Bark of the Bog Owl (a trilogy)
*Faith and Freedom trilogy by Douglas Bond (and his other books, but Andrew's only read this series)
*The Hobbit (but not the Lord of the Rings trilogy yet)
*Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (I just read about a family that wouldn't let their kids read these books because the disobedient children in these books aren't handled in a Biblical manner, but I tend to think that the behavior of these kids is so outlandish that my kids aren't going to be tempted to follow it and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's solutions are quite humorous.  I loved reading these books as a girl.)
*The Littles (These books were both Andrew and Noah's first chapter books that they really liked.)
*Childhood of Famous Americans such as Helen Keller, Daniel Boone, Amelia Earhart, etc.  (I was surprised, but Noah really likes these books.)
*Books by Lois Walfrid Johnson
*Step-up Biographies such as Meet Benjamin Franklin 
(These books are old. I found a couple at Goodwill and liked them so much that I bought a set on     ebay.  They have pictures, large print, and short chapters to introduce younger children to non-fiction reading.  My kids have really enjoyed them.)
*Some of the Treasury of Illustrated Classics (These books are easily picked up at Goodwill or garage sales.)
-Swiss Family Robinson
-White Fang (We're on the 2nd copy of this one!)
-The Call of the Wild
-The Prince and the Pauper 
*My Side of the Mountain and its sequel
*Books by Clyde Robert Bulla

We own a lot of these books because I've picked them up at Goodwill/garage sales or given them to the boys as gifts, but we also utilize the hold system at the library and since we just bought a kindle for the boys to use, we can also check out ebooks for their kindle and not have to worry about returning the book.  Also, some of the older books, like Tom Swift and Tom Corbett are very cheap to buy on the kindle.

These are the only ones I can think of right one.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.  We are always looking for good reading material! 


  1. Good List
    Some others that my kids like . . .
    A-Z mysteries by Ron Roy also the Calendar mysteries - one for each month
    and Capital mysteries.
    Puppy patrol series
    Flat Stanley chapter books
    Animal Ark series
    Jim Kjelgaard books
    Piet Prins books

  2. Oh, yes. My kids have read most of those too, except the Jim Kjelgaard books. I can't get them interested in those or in Black Stallion. Maybe Noah will like them better than Andrew.

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    1. I haven't been able to get the boys interested in those or in Happy Hollisters. Maybe Mabel will like them!


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