Most boys will tell you that they hate to read because ‘Books are boring!’ or ‘Reading is for girls!’ Have you heard similar sentiments from your boys? I’m sure you have. This problem is easily solved by giving them books that they would want to read. Use a reading interest survey to find out what they like. Each child is different but I’ve found that most boys love superhero themed books, books about cars, biographies about sporting heroes, and books about science fiction.
Also, these books need to be filled with illustrations and humor. Comic books are really easy to read because the art work really engages the reader attention and they make great use of alliteration. Joke books are another favorite. There are joke books which are based on a specific theme e.g. sports, school, animals, etc.
Here are a few of my suggestions below, click on each one to see excerpts from each book. My students love them all… well, just the boys.
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Ordinary Boy – The Hero Revealed
Ordinary Boy-The Return of Meteor Boy
Batman – Batman’s Friends and Foes
As we are on the topic of books for your classroom library, you can see my 10 Classroom Library Tips for helpful and creative ways to have the best library for your class.