By: Jennifer Murray

65 Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Boys: Reader’s Choice

65 Read-Aloud Books for Boys

I asked for you to share your favorite read aloud books for boys and you delivered!  Do you know how excited I am to dig into these pages with my four little dudes? I knew I asked the right source!  Thank you, Friends!  I decided to compile a list with all 65 of our favorites!

1. Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

2. The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major

3. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

4. Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol

5. Sugar Creek Gang Series by Paul Hutchens

6. Jigsaw Jones Mystery Series by James Preller

7. Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson

8. Nate the Greatby Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

9. A to Z Mysteries Series by Ron Roy

10. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

11. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

12. Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

13. Stuart Little by E. B. White

14. Mr. Putter & Tabby Series by  Cynthia Rylant

15. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

16. The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis

17. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

18. The Adventures of Tintin by Alexander Irvine

19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

20. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

21. Little Menby Louisa May Alcott

22. The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin W. Dixon

23. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

24. Charlotte’s Web  by E. B. White

25. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

26. Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo

27. The Underland Chronicles Series by Suzanne Collins

28. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

29. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

30. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

31. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

32. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

33. Ribsy by Beverly Clearly

34. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

35. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

36. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

37. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

38. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

39. Holes by Louis Sachar

40. King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone

41. Emils Pranks Emil Lonnebergaby Astrid Lindgren (recommended from Sweden)

42. The Bunnicula Series by Deborah Howe

43. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

44. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

45. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

46. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

47. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

48. Superfudge by Judy Blume

49. Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

50. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

51. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

52. The Swiss Family Robinson (Classic Starts Series) Johann David Wyss

53. Frindle by Andrew Clements

54. A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle

55. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

56. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

57. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

58. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

59. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

60. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

61. The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproll

62. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

63. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

64. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

65. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

Did I miss any of YOUR favorite boy books?  Let’s keep the list growing!!!!


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234 Responses to “65 Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Boys: Reader’s Choice”

  1. Holly
    August 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    My husband teaches first grade and all of his kids, boys especially, loved reading the Hatchet and the others in that series. They also loved the Redwall series of books.

    • laurie
      August 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      Great list! I agree, Hatchet is a good one.

  2. Mary Josephine
    September 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    The Barn by Avi….they can’t get enough!

  3. deann
    September 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    My boys and I loved the book, The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow. Awesome, awesome!! Very suspenseful, and creatively written.

  4. Alison
    September 26, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    We are enjoying the Judy Moody series. We love her brother Stink’s series, too. They crack us up. Next we will try Junie B Jones. We tried Henry and Ribsy when my son was too young, but I know he would love it now.

  5. Jean
    October 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    My Father’s Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland are excellent books for boys that girls enjoy as well.
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  6. Kristen Huntington
    October 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Danny the Champion of the World
    By Roald Dahl

    wonderful book

    • Cate
      January 8, 2014 at 2:01 am #

      Yes! And “The Twits” by Roald Dahl. Excellent.

  7. Andrea
    October 14, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I teach sixth grade and the boys in my class love the Percy Jackson books.
    Enders Game is another great one!

  8. Alison
    October 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    The Great Brain Series! Loved those books!

  9. Heidi
    November 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    I second “The Great Brain” books.

  10. Amy
    November 4, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    My son, when in 3rd grade, and my former fifth grade students loved Peter and the Starcatchers series.

    • Janell
      November 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      My boys loved Ralph Moody’s Little Britches.

  11. Cindy Lund
    November 25, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    For your book list: (my absolute favorite) Owls in the Family by Farley Mowatt

    • Emily
      November 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      My kids love Owls in the Family too!

  12. Andrea
    November 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Any tips for reading to small boys. I have 4 under 5, so trying to read to them is like trying to brush your teeth while you are still eating.

    • amy
      January 4, 2013 at 1:30 am #

      That’s funny, Andrea! Have you tried audiobooks? My son loves to listen to books, and has from a young age. His dad is the same way. I, however, must have print in hand! Anyways, the library offers both audiobooks on CD as well as books accompanied by cassette tapes (& CDs, I believe).

    • Denise
      May 10, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

      My boys are 4 and 6. The few chapter books they have been able to make it through are The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Boxcar Children, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, A Grain of Rice, and a bit surprisingly, Little House in the Big Wood. Even then they more tolerated than loved it. It is fine to stick with shorter books when they are this young. Try subjects they are interested in – I have one that loves learning about animals and another that will sit and listen to me read short history books about wars. The both loved Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, and asked me to read it over and over and over again! Definitely try that one!

    • sarah
      May 31, 2016 at 12:22 am #

      Try tumblebooks

      (online site that brings books to life, some librarys give free access online)

  13. LuAnn Braley
    January 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Pinned the pic so I could refer back to this great list!
    LuAnn Braley recently posted.. Learning My Own Strength

  14. Samantha
    January 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    You forgot I Am David by Anne Holm :) Awesome novel any child would love.

  15. alison
    January 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Peter pan! Also the precious memories collection.

  16. Marianne
    February 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    My son loves the Geronimo Stilton series

  17. Marianne
    February 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Ooooh. I remembered another favorite: Bud not Buddy! Make sure to put an inflection in your voice when reading it. It really makes it fun and brings it to life. Bud is looking for his father, whom he thinks might be the leader of a popular jazz band.

  18. Corey Z.
    February 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    The Wingfeather Series by Christian author/singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson. I read these books to my 3rd grade class and they loved it! The 4th and final book in the series is due later this year, I hope! The first book is called On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.

  19. Carolyn P
    March 20, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    The ‘Little Tim’ series by Edward Ardizzone – my brother loved these books about a little boy who goes to sea, then my daughters, and now I’m reading them to my grandson.

  20. Bobette Stanbridge
    April 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Check out the Bunky books @ and
    Great positive affirming books with fun adventures and beautiful illustrations.

  21. Laura
    April 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Charlie and the chocolate factory!

  22. Wendi
    May 11, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    My son liked”Alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day!” It made him feel like we all have bad days but there’s always tomorrow.

  23. Heather
    May 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    I cant believe The Boxcar Children didnt make the list!

  24. Carol
    May 24, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    My older son loved
    the Narnia Chronicles. The other son’s absolute favorites were The Diggingest Dog form ages 3 to 6 and How To Eat Fried Worms at about 8. Both loved the
    Harry Potter series and wanted to know what was happening so badly that they each began reading them independently. My first grader boys always liked Captain Underpants. There are so many good books and so many different
    interests for each child that the library should be your best friend. Then when you find special one you can buy it.

  25. Brandi K
    June 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I just read Inkheart to my boys (5 & 7) and they were hanging on every word!

  26. Seann
    August 3, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I saw two Dahl entries, but I would also like to add Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Magic Finger to the list. Any Dahl is a hit with children! I teach third grade, and my students last year loved those books.

  27. Penny
    December 2, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    How is My Side of the Mountain not on the list?
    Owls in the Family
    Where the Red Fern Grows.
    Old Yeller.
    The Incredible Journey.
    Gentle Ben

  28. Emilyanne
    December 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

  29. Christina
    February 21, 2014 at 5:15 am #

    My husband insists that the Boxcar children series must be on the lis and we hope to read to our son someday

  30. Stephanie
    May 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Books not mentioned that I have read with my 9 year old son in the last year – The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander (this reads more upper grade school to me), Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Du Bois and we just finished 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Great Illustrated Classics edition). The last one he finished under the covers with a flashlight because he couldn’t wait to find out how it ended =)

  31. sl
    June 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    The Box Car Kids were a favorite of my kids around 2nd grade. So many adventures!

  32. Lorna
    June 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Where the Red Fern Grows – I read this book aloud to my 13 year old girl, 10 year old boy, and 6 year old girl. They were so in love with the story that we ended up with a rescue dog shortly after we finished the book!

  33. Jennifer
    June 22, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Hank Zippzer series written by Henry Winkler akaThe Fonz!

  34. Laverne Baldwin
    October 2, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    The Dragon Keepers series: Dragon in the sock Drawer, dragon in the driveway, dragon in the library.

  35. sharon
    January 17, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    The Julian Chapter
    Little House series
    James and the Giant Peach
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    The Year of Billy Miller

  36. kerby parish
    February 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    My all time favorite is “Because of Winn Dixie”

  37. Shonda
    August 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    My Father’s Dragon (3 book series)

  38. ChrisJ
    August 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    For older boys, some older books:
    Anything by Joseph Altsheler (many can be downloaded free at
    Historical novels by Stephen W. Meader (being reprinted now; Google him, you’ll find the site)
    “Chingo Smith of the Erie Canal,” Samuel Hopkins Adams

  39. mreeanne
    March 29, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Here are some books my 11 year old son either loves or are on my list for him to read:

    Malcolm at Midnight (and sequel), Henry Huggins (series), Rabbit Hill (and sequel), The Door in the Wall, The Green Ember, The Blackstar of Kingston, Henry Reed (series), Bambi a Life in the Woods, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Lassie Come Home, My Side of the Mountain (series).

    He also loved the Caddie Woodlawn and Nim’s Island books, even though they are mostly about girls.
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