Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only a famous composer and a musical genius; his father turned Encourages the reader, through practical advice, to support his or her buffalo's desire to play A group of young men from Liverpool changed the world of music and they enjoyed a good laugh — New poems, many rhyming, describe the animals introduced in Saint-Saens' orchestral music that An inspector seeks to solve a murder mystery at the symphony by questioning each of the musical When a name is given to an adult, it is often given based on the life that person has lived.
Pete Seeger was a musician, an activist, an environmentalist and more. An overview of his life Purchase audio version. A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Includes an afterword about A young girl's love for music leads her to a job in the home of an older woman who teaches her While walking through the woods on his way to his tuba lesson, a boy becomes sidetracked by all Hayley has finally found her talent: playing ukelele like her great-aunt Ruby, who traveled all Belle goes with her talented grandmother on a singing tour during a time of racial segregation From his early childhood in Jamaica, Clive loved all types of music.
When he was 13 years old, When this book begins, the trombone is playing all by itself. But soon a trumpet makes a duet, a Nate Foster has big dreams. But how is Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, Rich paintings in limited colors convey the power of a people and a piece of their history.
Clayton Byrd adores his grandfather, loves the jazz Cool Papa plays with the other bluesmen in Two very different high school students discover a mutual appreciation for writing songs for the Experience the explosion of color and movement of jazz as you pulsate with its beat in a vibrant Part memoir, part tribute, and all great storytelling. Music industry veterans Robbie Robertson For kids into music, this title cant be beat! From inspiring profiles of key Maker musicians, to Describes the orchestra and includes information on composers, instruments, and the conductor Her parents swept away by a catastrophic flood, Chandra finds solace in her mother's magic flute Hansen is a year-old piano prodigy living in Rusty Nail, Minnesota.
She's long exhausted the Ten-year-old Cadence Mariah Jolley is surrounded by music. She inherited a beautiful voice from Build on what you're learning together through books with these family-friendly activities, experiments, and crafts. Give kids a chance to flex their writing muscles all summer long. Try one of these prompts, selected from our writing contest archives and other literacy organizations.
Simple activities for parents and kids to do together to build reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Read online or print the PDF. Spoken word. Julie Andrews says that "everything about singing is about spoken word" and that it's all about the meaning of the lyrics for her. Andrews' daughter and co-author Emma Walton Hamilton agrees, saying that music is "all about story.
Bringing Celia Cruz to life on paper. Illustrator Rafael Lopez talks about how he used a poetic approach to express the vibrant personality of Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz. Skip to main content. Children's books and activities Music and Musicians Many kids love to sing, write songs, play music, and even create their own homemade instruments.
Age Level: years old Print List. Bats in the Band By: Brian Lies Age Level: years old When the bats awaken from winter hibernation, not only do their stomachs grumble, they are Ben's Trumpet By: Rachel Isadora Age Level: years old Ben wants to be a trumpeter, but he plays only an imaginary instrument until one of the Drum City By: Thea Guidone Age Level: years old A young boy begins banging on pots and pans in his front yard, enticing other children to join She and her father attend a Let's Play! My 12 year old grandson loves them as much as his grandpa and grandma do.
Very exciting!! Any non-fiction suggestions? My 12 yr old is not a big reader but he gets sucked into non fiction. It was the one time that a feminist side came bursting forth. Why just for boys!
Am I not supposed to read it because I am a girl!! Definitely recommend! One of my eight yr olds loves Tom Gates series — he has finished 4 in the series. The other loves Big Nate. Thank you for this list. Help parents identify books for their young readers that are sufficiently challenging from a Lexile score perspective yet age-appropriate — that I would love to see! Two are sequels and one is a prequel. Fantastic books! I cried my eyes out while reading it to my son and he had to finish reading it out loud! Love your list!!! I would add The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
My children loved reading these as did I.
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And the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia—all seven. Thank you for sharing your list!!! For the younger ones, the Borrowers series by Mary Norton is outstanding. This is a great list! Thanks, John! My guys somehow completely missed out on that one! It may not have the book sales of these other great books for boys, but it certainly has the same draw. Thanks for your suggestion, Adam! Gosh there are so many good books out there that my boys missed out on.
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I love hearing about the ones you guys read and loved! Thanks for starting a nice conversation with these. I have to say that the caption as it gets shared online came off as less subjective and more authoritative, which makes me want to challenge these. But the important thing is that you and your kids read and do it together Saying that, probably a bit more diversity could be a good thing. Hi, I really enjoyed reading your list. My daughter 9 also liked it and did a book review for school on it. We have that book, Rachael! My son got it for Christmas.
So glad to hear you loved it. Any recommendations for younger boys? We have not ventured into fantasy and suck like you say your boys really enjoyed other than The Magic Tree House books. My son is 5. Of course there are plenty more of those to read but looking for other ideas too. We have read some of the Flat Stanley ones too which he also liked. And started a series about a young boy with shark in it some how which was pretty funny and had a hidden word puzzle on each page which he really liked. Though any ideas of any classic books he might be able to read himself would be awesome too.
He is a beginning reader and I want engaging things to draw him in to reading for himself also. We have not ventured into Star Wars, partially because I liked the original movies but never was a Star Wars junkie like some are. Barbara Brooks Wallace is a wonderful writer who my 12 year old son just loves.
Sparrows in the Scullery is perhaps his favorite, but he has read ten or so of her books and devoured them all. Mostly mystery stories, although the Claudia series about a girl called Claudia my son also loved. Another fabulous author is Morris Gleitzman. Bumface is hilarious, and the Once, Now, Then, After series is insightful and gripping. My 9 year old daughter likes many of these books, especially Diary of a Wimpy kid. My son read it when he was 10 and loved it so much that I decided to read it too.
It was fantastic, I laughed, I cried. Every single kid needs to read that book!
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Also Fablehaven, I read that to my daughters last summer and we adored it. If your child loves magic and fairies, this series will be devoured! Lastly, someone recommended Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for my reluctant reader that loves video games. I started reading it and could not put it down.
I would say this one is more appropriate for Middle or High School age. He hated reading until he read this one! I am wondering, are the age ranges you have recommended based in reading level or content? I am wondering, are the age ranges you have recommended based on reading level or content? An amazing read for even adults! Both on the damaging effects of bullying. So great for boys, all boys.
Everything a young boy needs to know to become a great man. Thank you for such a fantastic list! We read aloud every day. He reads, I listen.
Thank you again! I have been looking for a list like this! I was amazed to see that apparently you did not include any sports books in your list. As a boy growing up, when the library would have book reading contests during the summers, I would always load up on lots of sports books that were available. At age 75 I have to admit that those books back then might be considered very juvenile today when you look at the content of books these days.
I would have been around My 9 year- old has the whole collection of Wimpy Kid and Nate books, that he read last year. That he should be reading Harry Potter or something else, but the one that he likes are totally inappropriate. He has a 11 year old, advanced reader, super smart boy. Made me feel like a bad mother. I am a teacher and read Ummer of the Monkeys to my students every spring and they love it! Thank you for creating this list! I have two little boys and want to continue encourage their love of reading! We listened to all of these on audiobook in the car as we drove around town.
Sometimes a great book is just a great book, whether you are a boy or a girl. Absolutely, Jennifer! If I could go back, I would choose even more novels with strong female leading characters. Thank you so much for compiling this list! I am always on the hunt for books that my son can enjoy. I would have to say the age group for these are years old and they are definitely more tailored to little boys!
These books are not scary at all and the monsters in the tales do all the gross, funny, and lovable things you would expect a sock-eating monster to do! The books also teach really great lessons and I have been recommending them to all of my friends. I hope Mr. Cosmo will make it on a future list of yours. Thanks for the list… that is great…There is a great surf fiction that appeals to all ages but several schools here have recently put it on their study plan for 14 plus boys and girls. My 9 year old has all the Roald Dahl books and is currently crazy about Wimpy Kid books too.
But thanks for all the ideas of other books to try. Lots of our favorites are there and a few new ones too! The only part that made me sad is that you said you stopped reading out loud to your kids! I know… it breaks my heart too, Christy. On the upside, my 14 year old studied Lord Of The Flies this year in Grade 9 English, and yep… I read it to him — about an hour or so every night because it really is a rather difficult read.
It actually has me looking forward to Shakespeare egads!! Littlefield is a young adult adventure novel written especially for teen boys. However people of all ages have enjoyed this great read. Nebulous is available now on Amazon. The above list is really good. I have read some of these books to find out the best books for my must read book list for kids. I have published a new list and included the must read books by grade and age. Greatest list EVER! Speaking as a almost 14 yo boy himself who has already read half of the books on it.
My kids boy and girl, 8 and 11 years old really loved it. They posted a comment on Amazon and the author relied, which gave them a special thrill! Yes, it really was cool. My mom gave my daughter the series of Anne of Green Gables. She loved them. I cannot remember who the author is but she really loved all of the books!!! I actually remember the series being on TV a couple of times. Great books!!! This list is great! Did we get to the nub of what boys like to read? Did we get to the heart of what draws them into a book in the first place?
There is a vast array of genres awaiting boys out there — but which one to choose?
I have been with the Australian Scouts for more than 40 years and found pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults all want books they can relate to. Books that seem real through good writing yet, they know they are fiction. I wrote three adventure fiction books directly aimed at boys in an effort to encourage them to enjoy the great outdoors. In Only The Brave Dare, my character Scott Morrow must escape from a convict jail with a lighthouse built on top here he and his friends have been interred after a group of drug-smuggling Russians locked them up.
He then turns the lighthouse into a weapon against the Russians. In Canyon, Scott and his friends prepare extensively to go canyoning in the Australian wilds. When rescuers are sent in to rescue Scott and his friends, fate deals a double hand as to who must be rescued. In book three, A Rite Of Passage, two motorcycle gangs vie to take over a Sydney nightclub strip and take protection money from shop owners.
The bikers, Venturer Explorer Scouts, and Girl Guides come face to face with the bikers when the two groups of motorcycle gangs have shoot-out at a remote beach. The girls become trapped in a burning building and its up to Scott and his Venturers to try and save them. A hero rises, once again. My books are grandma-proof ie, no bad language or descriptions — just pure fun and adventure, with a hidden set of safety measures. I loved a series of Alfred Hitchcock mysteries. I forget the name! It was about a group of boys with a secret clubhouse. My all time favorite when I was a kid was The Call of the Wild, and I just shared it with my sixth grade students.
I see you listed Zoobreak by Gordon Korman but I would also recommend another by him. I would say kids 8 and up. Thank you for the wonderful boys reading list! Your comment just made my day, Rae. I hope they enjoy their new books! We used to camp every summer when my guys were younger.
We always took a stack of books along too! Have a great time! My son, who was 7 at the time we read it, loved Raccoon Rampage, and we simply had to get the second book, by Ian Whybrow, I personally loved it too. Your email address will not be published. Recipe Rating. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Learn how your comment data is processed. Jackie Currie. Comments Love hearing from more experienced moms what books their kids enjoyed! Shirley Parenteau, Dolls of Hope , Candlewick, Ages 8 — 12 historical novel in which teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick organizes American children to send dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war. Robert Andrew Parker, Louise W. Julie K. Lisa Miranda Sarzin, Stories for Simon , Random House Australia, Ages 5 — 7 a new friendship gains Simon a deep appreciation of the past and a positive view for the future.
Charles M. Brian Selznick, The Marvels , Scholastic Press, Ages 8 — 12 2 intersecting stories — illustrated story begins , charting five generations: prose story begins London. Phillip W. Ronald L. Jane Petrlik Smolik, Currents , Charlesbridge, Ages 9 — 12 middle grade novel set in following three young girls whose lives are connected by a bottle which makes two journeys across the ocean. Mark Twain, C. Susan Wojciechowski, P. Scott K. Last in series. John A. Sam A. Fougasse Cyril Kenneth Bird , J. Alison Hart, Michael G. BYR , Ages 4 — 8 young readers discover the world of the child Beatrix and her animals.
Walter Dean Myers, Juba! Or is it? Mark S. Anne M. Stewart Ross, Beware the King! This series really puts the story back into hi-story. Dina L. Sherri L. Patricia St. Renee Collins, Until We Meet Again, Sourcebooks Fire, Ages 14 — 17 when a dreamy stranger shows up claiming that it is , Cassandra is swept into a year-old mystery.
Pat Croce, Plunder , Turner, Ages 11 — 15 England, — year-old Charlie Drake embarks on epic adventure filled with unusual characters, to learn the truth of who he really is. Carol Masciola, The Yearbook , Merit Press, Ages 14 — 18 contemporary Lola Lundy discovers a yearbook in the school library and whilst reading, falls asleep and wakes up in Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gregory R. Greg Leitich Smith, Borrowed Time , Clarion Books, Ages 9 — 12 fast-paced time-travel dinosaur adventure survival story with a touch of humor.
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Yana Toboso, Black Butler, Vol. England s. Geraldine F. Steampunk adventure series. David Miles, Facing the Blazing Furnace , Zonderkidz, Ages 4 — 8 when Nebuchadnezzar orders everyone to worship a golden statue, three young men refuse to obey. Kaoru Mori, Emma, Vol. Jordan Sonnenblick, Are You Experienced? Rosemary Wells, P. Jane Yolen, A Plague of Unicorns , Zonderkidz, Ages 8 — 12, coming-of-age medieval fantasy about James, heir to the Earldom, sent to be educated at a crumbling abbey.
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