The Best Books for Boys | Summer Reading List

by Gigi Ross on June 6, 2013

I had such a response to my Great Books for Girls post that I thought it was only fair that I do a Best Books for Boys post, too!

This is a really big list of great books for boys. Whether you have a reluctant reader or an avid reader between the ages of 6 and 12, t his list will be sure to have something interesting. Most of these are chapter book series; however, there are a few that are stand-alone books that my son particularly loved.

Make sure to add all of these boy books to your son’s summer reading list! And if you find this useful, I would definitely love a pin!

best books for boys

Magic Tree House

Fart Powder

Flat Stanley

The 39 Clues

My Life As A Book

The Genius Files

How To Train Your Dragon

Dragonslayer’s Academy

Black Lagoon Adventures

Hardy Boys

Sir Fartsalot



Big Nate

A Wrinkle In Time

Brotherband Chronicles

Underland Chronicles

Artemis Fowl

Harry Potter

Percy Jackson

Weird School

Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Anything By Roald Dahl

Origami Yoda

Attack of the Vampire Weenies

Honus & Me

Stink Moody

Lemonade War

Secrets of Droon

George Brown, Class Clown

Ranger’s Apprentice

The Dangerous Book for Boys

101 Things To Do Before You Grow Up

The Big Book of Boy Stuff

Captain Underpants

Encyclopedia Brown

Geronimo Stilton

Beast Quest

The Time Warp Trio

Mysterious Benedict Society

Hugo Cabret

The Emerald Atlas

The Kingdom Keepers

100 Cupboards

Children of the Lamp

Note: none of the links are affiliate links. Just trying to make it easy for you to find the books!


Alison June 6, 2013 at 5:28 am

Thank you for this, great list!

Christine @ Love, Life, Surf June 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

Thank you for this Gigi! My oldest has just been tearing through books and we’ve been trying to figure out what else he should read! This is perfect.

Shell June 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Pinning this!

I’d add Frindle. I love that book.

Elaine A. June 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Good list! I am going to look into getting some of these for B, stat! He’s ALL about Percy Jackson right now for sure.

Adrienne June 7, 2013 at 4:30 am

Great list! I would add Holes, by Louis Sachar too. Such a great one for boys! 😉

Kerry June 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

When I saw your list for girls a few weeks ago, I was hoping you’d share one for boys as well. Thanks!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} June 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

LOVE this! My son needs some new reading material. Second grade was useless and we are going to work on reading this summer.

Kathy at kissing the frog June 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I agree with Shell – we’re reading Frindle now.

Oh, and I’m pinning this, too. 😉

Eli@coachdaddy June 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Great stuff. I loved to read as a boy. I have three daughters, so the read list doesn’t match up the same, except for Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Those rock.

Ever read the Geronimo Stilton series?

When I was a boy, if it was about dinosaurs, the NFL or Star Wars, I was in it.

Gigi Ross June 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

I thought I had Stilton on the list!! Maybe i left it off…was on my first post which was great girl books!

Discoverbees October 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I would like to add to your list of great books for boys….

The Vampirates series
The Heck series
and Nightmare Academy

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