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Books for Boys: Appealing Stories for Active Little Guys

by Karen Gallagher
Experts suggest that children should read at least 10 minutes a day, though striving for a solid 20 minutes is even better.  Reading is the single most important cornerstone for learning, so establishing good habits early on will set your child up for success in school and in life.


But it can be challenging sometimes to get little boys to sit still long enough for a single book.  They seem to have a limitless supply of energy that works against them during story time.  For this reason, it is important to seek out books for boys that are appealing, entertaining, and interesting.  When you do find the right books, you will be pleasantly surprised at how engaged they become and how quickly reading time passes.


Here are some book categories to consider when looking for good books for boys:


  • Books about Superheroes:  Many little boys love superheroes and the awesome powers they possess. They watch movies, collect action figures, and demonstrate their own superhero abilities when playing.  Some books for boys about superheroes include: Dex: The Heart of a Hero, Superhero ABC and Traction Man is Here.


  • Books about Sports:  All of the excitement and action that takes place in the field, court, or rink can be captured in great books about sports.  And the lessons learned through these stories are invaluable.  A few suggested books for boys about sports include: The Magic Hockey Stick, Roasted Peanuts, and Game Day.


  • Books about Pirates:  Young boys are drawn to the mystery and intrigue of pirates.  The lifestyle of a pirate is fascinating and dangerous, appealing to the active minds of little boys.  A few good books for boys about pirates include: How I Became a Pirate, Do Pirates Take Baths?, and The Night Pirates.


  • Books about Adventure:  A little boy’s imagination can take him to far away places without ever leaving his bedroom.  Good books for boys about imaginary adventures will have him begging to read more.  Some suggested titles include: Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon-Pie Adventure, Zathura, and The Secret Shortcut.


By surrounding boys with books they enjoy, reading will become a fun activity that they choose to do voluntarily.  This love for reading should be cultivated at an early age by choosing books for boys that are entertaining and appealing.  In doing so, you will cultivate a love for reading, the fundamental building block for learning and growth. 
So send a gift of Books for Boys from The Lollipop Book Club!

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