My son now has a whole collection of books that he loves to read over and over. I thought I’d share some of them and what he (and I) like about them.
In no particular order:
Zac Power is a spy kid whose mission is (always) to stop the bad guys. The Zac power books are very easy to read with nice big print and self-contained plots that mean you can pick up any one of them and not really miss anything in the series. A really great first set of books for boys that they can read on their own once they’re comfortable with the basics of reading. Not to mention, lots of sports and exciting spy gear.
The Captain Underpants series is hilarious. George and Harold are two supposed trouble-makers who get into a lot of pickles (of the trouble variety) and actually have quite strong ideas about right and wrong (particularly about things like bullying). They somehow manage to travel through time, beat talking toilets, acquire a pet pterodactyl, and are responsible for creating the world’s best superhero, Captain Underpants himself. Tra la laa!
The 13-Storey Treehouse has all sorts of things in it that you’d never expect to find in a treehouse, like a marshmallow machine, a bowling alley, and a swimming pool. Andy and Terry (the main characters) are writers who live in the treehouse and are supposed to be writing a book, but end up having all sorts of whacky adventures instead. It’s funny and imaginative and has lots of fabulous illustrations that are just as funny as the text.
This series is particularly good for reluctant readers who don’t like a lot of dense prose.
There is also a 26-Storey, 39 Storey, and 52 Storey Treehouse with even more batty “rooms” in them.
These books follow the adventures and challenges faced by Tom, who goes in search of his missing father and ends up battling all sorts of magical beasts–a new beast in each book. These books are easy to read, full of action, and contain nicely subtle character development through the series. It’s classic good vs. evil stuff with the next adventure just around the corner.
There’s also an associated Sea Quest series, with robotic sea beasts to battle, great for boys (and girls) who love sea creatures, pirates, and magic all rolled into one.
Charlie wakes up to find he’s a ghost and, much to his dislike, he finds out that he still has to go to school. These books are easy to read and great for kids who like age-appropriate spooky ghost stories. They’re fun, simple, and ghostly and can be devoured by a ravenous reader in an afternoon.
Ewan Hughes Doesn’t Eat Salad by… me…
Okay, so you can’t find this one on bookshelves–yet. When Ewan Hughes’ army dad is stationed overseas, Ewan ends up stationed at Granny’s beachside home, but eating greens is the last of his problems once he discovers there’s mixed-up magic lurking in the ocean. My son is mad about this book and its sequel Ewan Hughes Doesn’t Talk to Elephants, but that might have something to do with him having lots of input into both. Hopefully some day, you’ll get to read them too.
I’m always on the look-out for books for my book-hungry boy that are age-appropriate for under 10 year-olds and readable (as in, not printed in fine print), so if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment. Thanks!