Booklist: The Life of Boys

We continue today with booklists I have put together over the years. Today’s topic is the life of boys, those books which depict a boy’s life and/or in which boys are the main characters. I also have a couple of older posts on books for boys: Book Series for Tween and Teen Boys and Classics for Boys.

To keep things as simple as possible, I divide the books into four ages ranges: preschool to early elementary; elementary; middle years (roughly 5th-8th grades); and teens. Keep in mind that many harder books can be read aloud to younger children and that older ones can still enjoy and get a lot out of easier books.

Boy’s Life Books

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Men. A book about boys from the author of the most famous girl book. Middle years +.

Blume, Judy. Fudge (series). Okay, these are probably not living but they are a lot of silly fun. Elementary-middle years.

Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley. The first in the series isn’t bad. Elementary-middle.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. Little Lord Fauntleroy. Another girly writer turns her subject to a boy’s life. Middle years.

Butterworth, Oliver. Enormous Egg. A wonderful story about a boy who finds, wait for it, an enormous egg. Elementary-middle.

Dickens, Charles. David CopperfieldOliver Twist and Great Expectations. I love Dickens. Middle-Teens.

Dodge, Mary. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. A classic. Elementary-middle.

Fitzgerald, John D. The Great Brain (series). A boy in Utah in settler times. Elementary-middle.

Fleischman, Sid. Whipping Boy. The prince doesn’t get punished, his whipping boy does. Elementary-middle.

Kipling, Rudyard. Kim. Classic. Middle years.

McCloskey, Robert. Homer PriceCenterburg Tales and Lentil.  All his books are wonderful. Centerburg Tales is the sequel to Homer Price. They are elementary-middle years. Lentil is a picture book.

Milne, A.A. Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robin, need I say more? Elementary.

O’Dell, Scott. The Black Pearl. All his books are good. Middle years.

Paterson, Katherine. Jip, His Story. Another author who usually writes more girly books. Historical fiction re the mid 1800s. Middle years.

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The boys’ life books par excellence. Middle years but read loud earlier.

Umansky, Kate. Solomon Snow (series). We loved this silly mystery/adventure series. Middle years.

What would you add to this list?

2 responses to this post.

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  2. […] writing them up for you. We have had adventure stories and animals stories, girls’ books and boys’ books (you can find all my lists of living books here). But there is one important category we are […]


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