Books for Boys

From the fantastical to the heroic to the not-so-ordinary!

Zac Power by H.I. Larry

Zac PowerReading level: early readers

Zac Power is a spy. His mission is to stop the evil spy agency, BIG, using all sorts of cool spy gear.

These books are very easy to read with nice big print and self-contained plots so they can be read out of order. 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.

Sea Quest by Adam Blade

Sea QuestReading level: independent readers

This is a great series by the author of the Beast Quest books. In Sea Quest, Max sets out on a new quest every four books, with a new and deadly robotic sea beast to battle. This series is great for boys who love sea creatures, robots, pirates, and magic all rolled into one.

The Thirteen-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Illustrated by Terry Denton

The 52 Storey TreehouseReading level: independent readers and reluctant readers

I recommend this one for reluctant readers because there is no dense prose (but the text is neither basic nor boring).

The 13-Storey Treehouse is filled with unusual things, 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.

There is also a 26-Storey, 39 Storey, and 52 Storey Treehouse.

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Captain UnderpantsReading level: independent readers and reluctant readers

George and Harold are two (supposed) trouble-makers who get into a lot of sticky situations, not always of their own making. 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!

With lots of illustrations and light-hearted humor, this series is excellent for reluctant readers.