Favourite books for boys ...

Monday, June 17, 2013

We are passionate about reading here at Sunnyside.  From the oldest to the youngest we love the feel of a new (to us) book in our hands.  With 3 grandparents & 2 parents who were strong readers it comes as no surprise that our 4 children love to read as well!   A well composed story is always appreciated & one of our favourite times of the evening is when I curl up in the Boys room with all 4 children & read aloud a specially chosen story!  During winter we snuggle under thick, soft covers and in summer we bask under the air conditioner, but always we enjoy it.

Today I wanted to share with you some of our favourite reading books for boys. Our boys enjoy reading a huge selection of varying genre's, so I found it rather hard to limit this post to just a few books.  I decided to focus on the 'story' books rather than the large proportion of other non-fiction books they mentally consume to keep a balance to their reading 'diet'!

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Sugar Creek Gang #7 Mystery Cave
Sugar Creek Gang (affiliate link) by  Paul Hutchens:
 Zai has loved reading this series since we brought the first pack for his birthday years ago.   Slowly over Birthdays & Christmases he has collected almost the whole series ( one birthday to go until it's complete!!).  I was initially concerned with some of the names of the books, but when I read the actual book they were harmless.  These are Christian books & not only give a wonderful, fun adventure story, but also encouragement in living a Godly life as a boy!

The Barn Chronicles by Rosie Boom
This series of 3 books would have to be a favourite here at Sunnyside & we are eagerly anticipating the publication of the fourth!   These are true stories of the adventures of a homesteading, homeschooling family living in an old barn in beautiful New Zealand.  We initially read these aloud as a family, but quickly they are then reread & reread & reread!  I would be remiss if I didn't include these in any list of books we read!! 

Moody Reading Book Special
The Moody Family by Sarah Maxwell  
These are quaint stories of a sweet homeschooling family!  They will encourage your children in their faith in the Lord & maybe even help around the house as well. Loved by both the boys & girls as either a read aloud or during their personal reading time.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Shooting Star
Tintin  (affiliate link) by Herge 
We all enjoy reading these.  I once read that these comic books are a bridge between picture books & chapter books & I would have to agree.  Each of my children enjoy them at their various levels whether it is observing the carefully drawn illustrations or reading each book through from cover to cover.  There are a few issues such as alcoholism that come up in the stories, but they  are always presented in a negative light. 

Five Go Adventuring Again
Famous Five (affiliate link) by Enid Blyton  
These were one of my first chapter books when I was a child & my children are equally enamoured.  Both boys & girls enjoy these & we are so excited to see that they are being rereleased.  I know there are loads of 'newer' versions, but we all agree here that the original stories (by Enid Blyton) are the best.

Frightful First World War: AND Woeful Second World War
Horrible Histories  (affiliate link) by Terry Deary
These are so very entertaining & they add a historical element as well.  I'm not sure how accurate all the 'facts' are or how suitable all the books are.  You might want to have a quick read to check that they are suitable.  Our boys thoroughly enjoy the majority of these!

Open Fire
Battle Boy by Charlie Carter
 My boys are often borrowing these titles from our library.  These are an adventure book where the main character goes back in time to famous battles & meets key historical figures.

James and the Giant Peach
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory / James & the Giant Peach (affiliate links) by Roald Dahl 
We enjoy some of Roald Dahl's books, but be careful as not all are suitable for children.  Always be aware of what your children are reading ~ one of my friends was almost caught out with a couple of titles by this author .  These two books are classics & our children love them.  

Richard Hammond's Blast Lab
Richard's Hammonds Blast Lab (affiliate link) by Richard Hammond
Not necessarily a story, but all my boys agree that this is one of their favourites.  Although it holds numerous science experiments, it is read as a book by some of the occupants here.

This is by no means a full list of the many titles that are enjoyed here on a daily basis.  All those listed here have been reread numerous times & loved by more than one child!  

What do your boys enjoy reading? 
Have a lovely day

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