Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Books for Boys

We just finished conferences (yeah!!!) and I was talking to one of the parents about good books for boys.  Specifically, books for accelerated first grade readers.  I told him a few of my favorites (Spy Guy, A-Z Mysteries, Nate the Great, Capital Mysteries, Bad Kitty, Stink, Magic Treehouse) and am compiling a list.  So, this linky party from Swimming into Second caught my eye:


My own boys have always been a good resource for me to find books that were interesting.  Now that they're getting older, I'm going to have to do more looking on my own!   As I was browsing, I saw that there are a lot of book series out for boys that I want to preview (Frankie Pickle, Dragonbreath, Ninjago).

I'm going to submit Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy as a good series for boys.  I like that they have some
history and geography built in and they have plenty of action.

Capital Mysteries #1: Who Cloned the President? (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Amazon link

I also found this great blog post at Funky First Grade Fun.  She talks about the book Best Books for Boys by Pam Allyn and gave some pointers on adding materials to your classroom library that will appeal to boys.  I found lots of great ideas like using baseball cards!  I'm also thinking I need to bring in my boy's subscription to the lego magazine.  It's free and I know that they also have a classroom version, but I found that one not as interesting.  I'll have to see if I can sign our class up for the regular version.  Anyway, click on the above link to read more of Kimberly's suggestions!

On the subject of books, I wanted to share a fun technology tool with you!  Your Next Read is a website that generates book recommendations.  You just type in a book title and it will give you several book suggestions in a graphic organizer format!  I love the visual aspect of the site!  When you click on a book cover, it becomes the focus book and other similar titles are shown.  The focus book is also linked to amazon reviews for that title which are shown on the side.  It makes it super easy to see a few reviews and decide if it's one you need to read.  It seems to do a better job at matching content than reading level.  A magic tree house book about pandas quickly linked me to some books for older readers that had a a similar panda theme.  Regardless, it's a fun way to browse for books!


Happy reading!


  1. Thanks so much for linking up! I haven't heard of the Capital Mysteries. Thanks for the tip!

    Swimming into Second

  2. I've never heard of Capital Mysteries either! And I love the idea of that website. Must pass it on to other teachers.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  3. Oh, yes! All of the Ron Roy mysteries! I'm waiting for some Jake Maddox books because so many other teacher librarians told me their kids loved them.
    They also really like the newer Flat Stanleys. And Babymouse (once they get over the pink ... and they often do!). And the Lunch Lady graphic novels (well, the high flyers, anyway).
    And anything with gross or disgusting in the title. Those are also sure winners. ;)



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