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Books For Boys...Who Don't Like to Read

Leah Courtney
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Every summer we sign up for our library's summer reading program. And without fail my older daughter completes several reading records and my younger girls- who still have me reading aloud quite a bit- fill up one easily and sometimes get a second. And then there is Charles. He really doesn't like to read. At all.

But to give him credit, he does attempt to fill up a reading record. And most of the time he succeeds by the skin of his teeth.

There haven't been too many books he has just loved. He does still like being read to, and occasionally he likes a good audio book. Sometimes he just has to find the right book or series. There have been a few that we've found that he did like.

Book suggestions for boys who don't like reading

As read alouds:

Redwall (and the other Redwall books)- This series is a very delightful series with a Medieval setting. The characters are all animals, and the books are very interesting.

  The Hobbit- This is the prequel to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. I read this one aloud when he was pretty young, but he was interested enough to follow it.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- This is a very interesting book and much better than the movie.

  To read on his own:

Harry Potter series- I will admit to some bribery here. I wouldn't let him watch any of the movies until he had read at least some of the books. I know there is quite the buzz about the appropriateness of Harry Potter. After much review, I was okay with them. But this is open for discussion- and your own discretion.

Percy Jackson books- Amazingly he picked these up and started reading them on his own. He's always been a big Greek mythology fan, so these were great. These have quite a bit of Greek mythology- gods and goddesses. There is a minor love story.

Time Warp Trio books- He picked these up several years ago and read them. He was about 9-10. It is a series of books in which the main characters travel to different time periods and learn about them with some adventure. There are also videos on the Discovery Education site that go with each book.

 Finding books for Charles to read is still a struggle. I think it will always be. But reading is of great value, so I'll continue to be on the lookout for fitting books.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


  1. Would he be interested in comic books...erm...graphic novels? They are my 7th grader's choice when he has to choose a book for himself. He will read other books since he *has* to (I'm hoping doing lapbooks this summer will help make them less boring), but he always has the option one waiting for him as a "reward" for getting through the ones he likes less.

  2. My reluctant reader has enjoyed Redwall and the Hobbit too. I second Meg's suggestion: Asterix and Tintin have also been popular.

  3. He has read a few graphic novels. I've heard of Tintin. He might like that. Isn't there a movie based off of it?

  4. My 11 year old loves reading.... but only books that have pictures in them. Things like Geronimo Stilton, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid kind of books, etc. I've challenged him to try a small novel to see if he could enjoy it. He just likes to "see" things about the story while he reads it.

    I'll look into Redwall - I've heard a bunch of great things about it!

    1. Oh yes. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been a favorite here.


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