Help your son get lost in a book with these titles.
Learning to read is a thrilling achievement, but not every kid blossoms into a bibliophile. Boys are often reluctant readers, and I’m often asked by their parents to suggest books that are especially appealing to guys. In general, boys gravitate toward male themes, especially stories that feature a hero or historical character whose exploits were "really true." Humor (especially the kind that makes Mom cringe) is always a hit with boys — even some adult boys I know — and, of course, books that cater to a particular sport or hobby or music genre can do the trick. Below are some of my favorites, along with titles that my friends at the Scholastic Book Fairs tell me are especially popular. Even if your son is reading on his own, make a point of reading together or reading to him; Nick and I spent a wonderful August reading Phillip Pullman’s "His Dark Materials" series. We still talk about those wonderful books.