There is no family secret on how we all love a good read. There are many benefits to reading quality literature and I am thankful that all of my children (no matter the age) always have a book close at hand. From historical fiction to how-to books, the book basket is always overflowing at our house.
When Caleb was little, we were told to be prepared for him to be delayed in learning to read; that it was common in cleft patients. Thankfully, I didn’t base his day off of statistics but on him. By far, Caleb was the easiest child to teach to read. Reading clicked for him quickly and my quest for great literature for boys began.
I was recently chatting with a friend who needed a few book suggestions for her son over the summer. While I was compiling a list for her, I decided to share here as well. Some of these may be old favorites in your family and perhaps you will find new friends here. Enjoy! (Girls will enjoy these as well.)
- Old Yeller – Fred Gipson – Classic tale of a boy and his dog.
- The Great Turkey Walk – Kathleen Karr – Travel to 1860 and join Simon Green as he walks a flock of turkeys from Missouri to Denver. Funny, witty and full of adventures.
- Shadows and Secrets (and others in the Wynnewood series) – Chautona Havig – Villagers fear the creature that lives in the woods but Phillip befriends the creature and the adventures begins. Dragons, castles, treasures and the creature…..
- Ned: Barnardo Boy – Babara Coyle – Ned, he belongs to no one. He survives by wit on the streets of London in 1870. That is until he joins a Ragged School and becomes a Barnardo Boy. This has been read over and over in our home. Beautifully written; you will love Ned.
- The Story of the Treasure Seekers and other books – E. Nesbit – in Treasure Seekers, the Bastable children decide to help their father after financial misfortune. Their well-thought plans don’t always quite work out. *Free on Kindle*
- Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell – While the main character is a 12 year old girl, even boys can appreciate her story of survival and solitude as she lives alone on the island.
- Detective in Togas – Henry Winterfield – Ancient Rome, seven boys, and strange crimes. Your son will enjoy reading and trying to use a bit of logic to solve the crimes.
- Gone Away Lake – Elizabeth Enright – Two children are on vacation for the summer and discovery a ghostly lakeside resort that holds a few surprises. You will love your time at Gone Away.
- Farm Mystery Series – Stephen and Susan Castleberry- Jason and Andy are two young boys that live on a farm…and are detectives in the making. Living on a farm in Tennesee provides many opportunities of adventure.
- Kingdom’s Dawn – Chuck Black – Travel to Medieval times where good and evil will clash. Leinad and Cedric are fighting for the king, but what happens when the forget the king…will evil reign forever? Biblical allegory that your son will enjoy (and daughters). This is Book 1 of The Kingdom Series and this is followed by The Knight’s Series.
- Smoky the Cowhorse – Will James – Smoky only knows life on the open range until he meets an enemy that walks on two legs..Or is it an enemy? I remember reading this to my children by candlelight. If you love horses, you will love this book. If you love a good story, you will love this book. Notice a theme? Much remembered book in our home.
I hope that you find one or two books that you can add to your summer reading list; whether independent reading or as a read aloud. I am still working on my list so I’m sure I’ll be back to post more.
What are you reading this summer? What books are family favorites?