#FridayReads: Books Boys Love

Bedtime_readingAt the conclusion of our course with Tom Newkirk at the University of New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, our class collaboratively created a list of books that boys love.

Please add your own suggestions for your male students’ favorite books in the comments!

  1. Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, and Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
  2. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  3. Unwind and others by Neal Shusterman
  4. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  5. Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  6. Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides
  7. Maze Runner by James Dashner
  8. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and BOY21 by Matthew Quick
  9. Mexican Whiteboy and others by Matt de la Pena
  10. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  11. Start Something That Matters, Little Princes, and other inspiring memoirs
  12. Winger and 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
  13. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  14. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
  15. American Sniper, The Things They Carried, Ghost Soldiers, The Good Soldiers, No Easy Day, and other war books in general
  16. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  17. Boot Camp and others by Todd Strasser
  18. Stiff, Spook, etc. by Mary Roach
  19. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  20. Anything by Gary Paulsen or Jack Gantos
  21. Iron Man, Deadline, and others by Chris Crutcher
  22. The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
  23. Warhammer novels by Ian Watson
  24. The First Stone, Running on Empty, and other books by Don Aker
    • Walking Dead
    • Maus
    • Watchmen
    • A Dozen Demons
    • V for Vendetta
    • American Born Chinese
    • Chew 
    • Naruto
    • Pride
    • Persepolis
    • Burma Chronicles
    • My Friend Dahmer
    • Stitches
    • The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan With Doctors Without Borders
  26. Ice Time by Jay Atkinson
  27. Everything by Walter Dean Myers
  28. An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff
  29. Crank, Rumble, and more by Ellen Hopkins
  30. 4021A by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son)

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6 thoughts on “#FridayReads: Books Boys Love

  1. […] learning this summer at the UNH Literacy Institute. Check out the post of their takeaways and recommended titles for boys, then read Jackie’s explanation of why humor–even fart jokes–is so important in […]

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  2. awelleducatedwoman August 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Thank you for this list!! I’m working on adding more boy friendly reads for my classroom library, and this is exactly what I need!

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  3. susansverdi August 8, 2015 at 7:26 am Reply

    This is a great list! The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John is very popular with elementary school boys. Also- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a must-have in classroom libraries for our middle grade boys!

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  4. Erika B. August 7, 2015 at 11:30 pm Reply

    A few, of many, to add:

    The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur
    (The visual is stunning – one side is his notebook musings and the other is the formalized [typed] piece. This always lends itself to thought-provoking prose AND the importance of the Writer’s Notebook.)

    Convicted in the Womb by Carl Upchurch
    (Only available on Amazon, yet many come autographed!)

    Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by Dr. John Gray
    (This tends to be read with deep concentration filtered with out loud ‘aha’s!)

    Letters to a Young Brother & Letters to an Incarcerated Brother by Hill Harper

    Inside: Life Behind Bars in America by Michael C. Santos

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  5. Curtis Rasmussen August 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Okay, throw back to an earlier time here are a couple of beloved books for boys:

    My Side of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George
    Any book by Jim Kjielgaard (wrote about Dogs)
    Big Red (1945)
    Snow Dog (1948)
    A Nose for Trouble (1949)
    Irish Red, Son of Big Red (1951)
    Outlaw Red, Son of Big Red (1953)
    Haunt Fox (1954)
    Lion Hound (1955)
    Desert Dog (1956)
    Wolf Brother (1957)
    Swamp Cat (1957)
    Any book by Willard Price who wrote about high-adventures for boys:
    South Sea Adventure (my favorite)

    And who could forget Wilson Rawls:
    Where The Red Fern Grows
    Old Yeller

    And, whodathunk that Stephen King would write a fantasy book?
    Eyes Of The Dragon

    And then there’s… Pet Sematary

    Jack London
    The Call of The Wild
    Sea Wolf
    White Fang

    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
    Treasure Island

    Jules Vern
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
    A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

    H.G. Wells
    The Time Machine
    The Invisible Man
    The War of the Worlds

    All the above books are very readable, and most of them have been made into movies over and over so you could encourage them to read and then watch the movies.

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  6. msethna2012 August 7, 2015 at 7:28 am Reply

    The boys at my high school love I Hunt Killers (it is a trilogy).

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