Importance of good early reading skills for boys:
- Reading is the conrnerstone of learning as it is the most common form of instruction, and stepping stone to math, science, social studies etc.
- Being good at reading is often what sets the tone for a child–particularly a boy’s –interest in ongoing learning.
- Boys linguistic skills are naturally cognitively about a year behind girls on average. Getting started on reading earlier for boys can often help their self esteem. The trick is to find the right reading material that gets and keeps your boy’s interest.
- Boys that learn the joy of reading as a lifetime way of learning and enjoyment will often become a person who enriches both themselves and others as they become parents and teachers later in life.
Some books for boys to help get them interested in reading, from youngest audience to oldest:
We eat dinner in the Bathtub by Angela Shelf Medearis. A young boy visits a friend who lives in a topsy-turvy house. The exact kind of ridiculousness and absurdity young boys always thrive on.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. More boyish absurdity!
How much is a Million? David M. Schwartz. Lovers of gradiosity and all things enormous, few young boys aren’t fascinated by the number one million.
Swish! by Bill Martin. I like this book for boys because it is about basketball, but that it is about a girl’s basketball team, which is horizon-broadening for them.
Mudball by Matt Tavares. An excellent illustrated baseball book for ages 6-9.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Beautiful classic about a voiceless swan overcoming his struggle.
Storms by Seymour Simon. Most young boys love the power and awe of storms, this book by Simon is loaded with gorgeous photos as well.
Gary Paulson books in general
Gary Paulson has numerous books featuring coming of age protagonists in wilderness settings. I read many growing up myself and highly recommend them. Hatchet is a great start.
Adventures of Huckkleberry Finn by Mark Twain
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque . Classic about a young man who enlists in the German army during World War 1.
Please do free to suggest your books for boys in the comments !