Friday, December 28, 2012

Best Books for Boys

I'm linking up with Courtney over at Swimming into Second and her Best Books for Boys linky.

Here are my favs for boys: 
1. Zac Power
Zac Power is a 12 year old who works at G.I.B (Government Investigation Bureau). 
I have to say my boys love these books! Do they interest me? Not at all, but the boys go through them like there's no tomorrow! I love that they come at different levels - the Test Drive and Spy Camp series have larger print, lower word-count and simpler stories, there is the regular series and then Mega Missions and Extreme Missions that have a story spanning multiple books. There's something for all levels of readers in my class (and the lower readers feel good that they can read the same books (in their minds) as the higher readers. 

2. Boy vs Beast

These books have large print and simple sentences. Reluctant readers will love the labelled diagrams throughout and the video game feel. Great first chapter books for boys. You can read the first few pages of one of the books here.

3. Beast Quest
This series is great for the higher readers in my class. I think there's over 60 books in the series, broken down into sets (e.g. The Dark Realm set is books 13-18).  You can read the first chapter of the books on the Beast Quest website.,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg4. Super Hero books

What boy doesn't love superheroes? I've been ordering these books from the Scholastic catalogues this year and they are a hit! The boys LOVE the comic book feel. They are also very popular with the girls.

6. Anything Non-Fiction

I'm sure your boys are just like mine - their little minds just absorb facts about animals, space, plants, pretty much anything 'science-y'. The trouble is finding non-fiction titles that are at a suitable reading level for all the readers in my class. I've collected a lot of the readers available through Scholastic (e.g. Magic Tree House, Space, Human Body etc), National Geographic and Time for Kids. I also have bought a lot of book sets on different topics (like the one below) but I think many of them will be too hard for my firsties next year, particularly at the start.,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

Head on over to Swimming into Second to check out other great books for boys.


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    1. Thanks for hosting Courtney, it's a great topic!

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    1. They are just so informative and the pictures just draw them in! I can never buy enough!

  3. Hi Kylie,
    Great blog!

    I agree with all those 'boys books' but also anything by Andy Griffiths, the Ripley's Believe it or not books and all the Horrible Histories, Science and Geography series are big hits too.

    I'll have to check out the Beast Quest books too.

    1. I agree with all of your suggestions! When I taught Year 6, they ate up all of the Horrible series! I have all of the books and the magazines that came out too (for Horrible Histories and Science). They also couldn't get enough of Ripley's and Word Records books!

  4. Thanks for your book suggestions! I just ordered a set of Beast Quest books from Scholastic and I'm hoping my boys will dive right in and love them.

    Simply Second

    1. Hopefully they love them as much as mine did! Let me know!

  5. AAAAAAACK! I have not heard of Zac Power or Boy vs. Beast. Must remedy that very soon!
    Have you seen the Guys Read short story collections? We've actually got a pretty successful "Guys Read" program going in our school library. And, as it turns out, I didn't have to do anything more than suggest it to the family specialist (who runs our Watch DOG program) and pick up some high-interest non-fic at the bookfair. I thought it had to be pretty planned, with a theme and such. But the volunteer dads have been great at just enjoying the books with the boys and talking about all the different places and ways they read.

    1. Hi Mrs O. I haven't heard of the Guys Read before. I'll have to look it up. Your program sounds great, I don't think most boys have enough, or any, male reader role models. I think I'll suggest this my school! Thanks!

  6. Hi Kylie,

    I recently discovered your blog and think its fantastic to see a fellow Aussie teacher getting out there and sharing teaching and learning experiences with the world! Well done!

    I only just started mine and thought I would participate in a 'Shout out Linky'. I wanted to let you know that I put you down as a blog I have recently started to follow. Here is the link if you would like to check it out.

    Well done and thank you for inspiring me with my blog and teaching ideas!

    Little Learners


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