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Books for Little Boys

Updated on August 3, 2013

Yes, Books Make Great Presents for Little Boys!

This year, consider giving the children in your life a meaningful, lasting gift that will have an impact on their minds. Toys are fun and wonderful, often sparking the imagination. Games can teach critical thinking and skills. Both are educational. Books are all of those things combined, but are also capable of informing, teaching morals, and encouraging a love for learning.

Start them young.

Day one is not too soon!

When my son was a tiny newborn baby, I started reading to him. I had a tough recovery from complications when he was born. Therefore, I was unable to go back to work right away, and we did not go out very much. We spent a lot of time rocking in the glider in his room and reading book after book. A few hours later, we would do it again. Again, at bedtime, we would read a stack of books together.

Now, I chose to do this because I loved it. It was absolutely my favorite thing to do as we were housebound. Some people might not be able to sit still for this long, and that’s okay. But I urge you to find some time to read to your young child each day. It doesn’t have to be hours on end. Just 15 minutes at bedtime can make a huge impact on your child’s mind and can foster a better parent-child relationship, too.

I knew before my son grew into toddlerhood that I would not always be able to read to him for hours each day! I started a routine. At bedtime, we read three books. That’s still the rule, although it isn’t hard and fast. If we have more time and we are enjoying it, I will read more than three. But on the other hand, if we come in late from a school football game or a cookout and my son needs to get to bed right away, I will tell him that I’m sorry, but we only have time for one short one.

Board Books

As a reading mom and an author, I have experience with hundreds of kids' books. In fact, sometimes I am pretty sure we have TOO many books in the house . . . but then, is that possible?

Boynton's Greatest Hits: Volume II (The Going to Bed Book, Horns to Toes, Opposites, But Not the Hippopotamus)
Boynton's Greatest Hits: Volume II (The Going to Bed Book, Horns to Toes, Opposites, But Not the Hippopotamus)

Sandra Boynton's books are so wonderful with their rhymes, cute animals, and funny expressions. We have been reading them from day one, and still enjoy them now. My son will be five soon.

 
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book

This book was a hit with my son when he was very young. He listened and watched carefully as a baby. As an older baby, he loved pulling up the flaps as I read. After he began speaking, he would pull the flaps open and exclaim the location of baby's hands, feet, etc.

 

Classics

Your home is not complete without these books! Please take time to read my comments on each.

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon

Great for bedtime, obviously. I started reading this one to my little guy before he was even born! The colors are vivid, yet give the feel of the darkening room in prep for bedtime. Every other page being in black and white seems to keep it from being overstimulating. Definitely a favorite.

 
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are

Almost every mother of a boy can relate to Max's behavior at the beginning, having to put him in his room, then bringing hot supper to him anyway. Every little boy can relate to the adventure of sailing in a boat, becoming king of a monster community, but returning to safety of home after it all.

 
The Complete Adventures of Curious George, Anniversary Edition
The Complete Adventures of Curious George, Anniversary Edition

Curious George reminds me of my son. He just HAS to know how everything works and why it works! He's a good little monkey whose curiosity can get him into sticky situations!

 
The Runaway Bunny
The Runaway Bunny

Another sweet bedtime selection. I think this really appeals to boys' sense of independence and adventure. The bunny wants to run away, but it's comforting to him at the end to know that he's home, and the mother bunny will always take care of him. It's very reassuring.

 
The Little Engine That Could
The Little Engine That Could

Encouragement, encouragement, encouragement! Keep trying, and you will make it up that hill!! This is what every little boy's heart needs to hear: "You can do it!"

 

Loved by generations - Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

This one was published right before the Baby Boomers came along, so it has been enjoyed by several generations now. My son had been exposed to it at school, but we only recently acquired our own copy for home. It quickly became one of his favorites for bedtime. Over the last month or two, we have read it more nights than we haven't read it!

When appealing to a boy, you almost can't go wrong with heavy equipment. This touching story of a man and his outdated steam shovel will warm your heart and stay with you. The story also carries a theme of repurposing old things and allowing them to remain useful instead of just sending them to the garbage. That was something practiced during the Great Depression and WWII out of necessity, and is now a smart, popular theme. What's old is new.

Dr. Seuss: A good choice at any age.

Some say he was weird. Some say he was brilliant. I say he was both, and in the best ways! His whimsical illustrations attract all children, and his rhymes and repetition are great for any little developing, young brain. But boys are adventurous and these books always keep moving from one place to the next, from one made-up creature to the next. These elements will keep a young boy engaged in the story, and will undoubtedly contribute to the development of a love of reading.

Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)
Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)

We practically know Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham all by heart in our house!

 
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

Oh, the wonderful sounds Mr. Brown can do . . . and we do them, too, at our house!! This one is so much fun, especially for smaller boys.

 

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BOYS are SPECIAL!

They like action - in life, and in books!

We all know that girls seem to have the gift of gab more than boys. That's a generalization, though, and my son seems to be an exception to that rule! He's very verbal. I think part of it is genetic, in his case, but I also think this is at least partially due to the amount of reading he and I have done together over the years.

Boys are generally more of the "less talk, more action" school, though. In order to get their attention, you must start reading to them as early as possible. As they get older, it's important to read things that interest them. Superheroes, trucks, dinosaurs, monsters, sports, and outer space are a few popular topics that appeal to boys.

Trucktown!

My son loves these books. Now that he is learning to read, the simple plots and colorful vehicles really inspire him. The author, Jon Scieszka, is also the author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He has a background in teaching elementary school students, so he knows exactly how boys learn and what makes them tick. He gets them to read!

Smash! Crash! (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown)
Smash! Crash! (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown)

My son's favorite! We like to listen to the author read this one online while we look along.

 

Touch and Feel - Sports - Bound to Hit a Home Run

We received these as hand-me-downs from my son's cousin. As a baby and toddler, he loved the different textures and talking about baseball and football.

Touch and Feel: NFL
Touch and Feel: NFL

We started reading this one when my son was a baby. It held his interest longer than some of the other touch-and-feel books he had as a baby, because it was related to football!

 
Major League Baseball Touch & Feel
Major League Baseball Touch & Feel

We started reading this one when my son was a baby. It held his interest longer than some of the other touch-and-feel books he had as a baby, because it was related to baseball!

 

Usborne Books are this mommy's favorite!

I usually buy my Usborne books from a local lady who sells them at homeshows. These books are truly amazing, whether you are homeschooling your child or just have a passion for educating him. My son has several Usborne books, and he loves all of them due to the superior illustrations, flaps and gadgets, and one other thing . . . This is my observation: while Usborne books are age-appropriate for the ages they suggest, they assume the child's intelligence level is above average. I have observed that children tend to deliver what you expect of them. If you assume they can handle something, they will handle it. While things in these books are explained in a way that the child can understand, they truly give more information than you would expect.

At just 2-3 years of age, my son began asking where the food goes when we swallow it. I bought him the Inside Your Body book, and I was shocked (pleasantly) at how much information was in it. My son really and truly STUDIES this book, and asks me to read it with him over and over! All of their books are like this. I highly, highly recommend Usborne.

Usborne Big Book of Big Ships (Big Books)
Usborne Big Book of Big Ships (Big Books)

One of our favorites! We read this one all the time. The pages fold out so kids can get a sense of how big the ships are. It describes different kinds of boats and their functions.

 
Wind-up Pirate Ship (Usborne Wind-up Books)
Wind-up Pirate Ship (Usborne Wind-up Books)

The wind-up books are so much fun. They come with a little wind-up toy that travels a path on each page. In addition to the pirate ship, they also have one with a tractor.

 
Look Inside: Your Body (Usborne Look Inside)
Look Inside: Your Body (Usborne Look Inside)

My son was constantly asking me what happened to his food when he swallowed it, or where his heart was, etc. I finally bought him one of these Usborne body-related books so he could see illustrations and read descriptions geared to his age group.

 

Does your little boy have a military daddy?

This is a sweet e-book written by a fellow graduate of my alma mater. She has a military husband and small children, so she wrote this book to help children deal with deployment. It's a great little book to download onto your Kindle and read together as you snuggle. Very sweet.

What are your favorite books for little boys?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      These look like great books for boys! My son always liked anything about trains :)

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @ItayaLightbourne: I agree! Thanks for commenting on my lens!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      My little grandson already has a fairly big collection of books and I'm hoping he always does. Books are just so wonderful for their imaginations. :)

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      One of my grandson has a favorite "SARGENT MURPHY'S BUSY DAY". I THINK WE BOTH KNOW IT BY HEART.