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My personal favorite books of all-time for preteen boys

Updated on October 21, 2014

A list of my favorite books that I enjoyed reading when young. I am using timeless classics that I read in elementary school and that I strongly recommend.

I have always loved to read and one of the biggest influences was when in 3rd grade my grandfather gave me Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson as a gift. I loved that book and am also trying to get my oldest son who is 9 to experience some of the great books that mesmerized me. I encourage reading whether it is classics or newer genres like Harry Potter, Twilight or Percy Jackson types of books. I tried to choose books that have been around for awhile that I enjoyed and are considered wholesome. Most of the books cater to young boys but many of them would interest girls as well. They may be considered old books but a classic book withstands the test of time and stays relevant.

My photo of one of my treasure island books.

I am trying to instill passion for reading in my children and concluding thoughts

Just remember that my list is just that, my own personal opinion and you may not agree with them. I could also leave some off but if I think of others I will add them later on. Reading is important and the best way to get our children and grandchildren to read is to find wholesome reading material that can make them use their imagination. Cutting down on their TV and video games is important as I am now finding out and am going full force into emphasizing books. So please encourage reading and the library is a wonderful place to find books to read. Books can be great gifts as well. So without further ado I will list my favorite books that I read before the age of 13 that I loved.

Classic Books on Amazon - I own all of these titles but maybe not the exact book by the featured publisher.

Classic Starts®: Treasure Island (Classic Starts® Series)
Classic Starts®: Treasure Island (Classic Starts® Series)

Follow along as Jim and Long John Silver go to Treasure Island.

The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics)
The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics)

Another London classic and follow Buck and his journey. This is my favorite Jack London book.


List of books that I considered a must read and I enjoyed in no particular order except for Treasure Island as being number 1

  1. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Call of the Wild by Jack London

    Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

    White Fang by Jack London

    Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

    Chronicles of Narnia Books by CS Lewis

    Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean George

    Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Banks

    Hardy Boy Series by Franklin Dixon

    Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell

    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

    Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

Kidnapped (Enriched Classics)
Kidnapped (Enriched Classics)

Another classic by Robert Louis Stevenson and follow the character of David Balfour and his adventures.

White Fang
White Fang

Jack London classic of a wolf-hybrid including an animal point of view which makes this story great.


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Holt McDougal Library, Middle School with Connections: Individual Reader Where the Red Fern Grows
Holt McDougal Library, Middle School with Connections: Individual Reader Where the Red Fern Grows

Besides Treasure Island this may be one of my favorite books of all time. Read about how a boy named Billy saves up for two redbone coonhounds named Little Ann and Old Dan and their adventures.

The Indian in the Cupboard
The Indian in the Cupboard

Very unique book and I loved it when I first read it. An old cupboard turns a plastic Indian toy to life.


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    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great list! Good choices to encourage reading too.

    • TwistedWiseman profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm from Serbia and the only book I read from your list was Robinson Crusoe. The rest was Serbian titles, crap mostly.

    • Dakeas profile image


      6 years ago

      Great books. I read more than half of them.

    • Rangoon House profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      If children read wonderful books like this, they should develop an early passion for reading that will last a lifetime.

    • SquidooPower profile image


      7 years ago

      LOVE adventure books and we can not be reminded of them too much. See my pages on Typee and adventure-books

    • desa999 lm profile image

      desa999 lm 

      7 years ago

      Some lovely selection of books on a very interesting topic. Nice effort.

    • lemonsqueezy lm profile image

      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      These are great adventure books. Boys and girls will like them. Nice compilation of some fabulous classics!


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