Books that will keep your son up reading at night

The Hobbit and Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves. He finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent. Lord of the Rings tells of the great and dangerous quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring.

MTHThe Magic Tree House series
King Arthur’s sister Morgan le Fay sends Jack and Annie, two normal children from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house in order to help free Morgan from a spell, solve four ancient riddles to become Master Librarians, and save four ancient stories from being lost forever.

odMary Pope Osborne’s The Odyssey
In this exciting series, best-selling Magic Tree House author Mary Pope Osborne retells Homer’s Odyssey, one of the most thrilling adventure stories of all time.

dragonHow to Train Your Dragon (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III)
Young Hiccup may be the son of Stoick the Vast, chief of the Hairy Hooligans, but he isn’t exactly heroic Viking material. When he and the other boys of his tribe are sent on a mission to fetch dragons to train, Hiccup comes back with the scrawniest creature ever seen. Toothless, as Hiccup names him, is also rude, lazy, and greedy, but when the tribe is faced with horrible danger, Hiccup’s unorthodox dragon-training techniques prove successful and he and his unique beast become true heroes.

trioThe Time Warp Trio series
Chronicles the adventures of three boys – Joe, Sam, and Fred – who travel through time and space with the aid of a mysterious blue book (known only as The Book). Using an often unpredictable number of voice and print cues, The Book transports the boys to a variety of different times and places, from Camelot’s medieval court of knights and dragons to the year 2095, where they meet their own great-granddaughters. The only way they are able to return to present-day Brooklyn, New York is to find The Book again within whatever time period they are in.

narniaThe Chronicles of Narnia
Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world.

wotWright on Time
The first series about a homeschooling family! The Wrights travel the USA in an RV. Each month brings them to a new state with a new educational theme to explore and play with. They prove that learning can happen all the time, anywhere, and that being with family is fun!

robotRobot Wars
Set in an experimental community on Mars in the year 2039, The Robot Wars series features 14-year-old virtual reality specialist Tyce Sanders. Life on the red planet is not always easy, but it is definitely exciting. Tyce finds that the mysteries of the planet point to his greatest discovery—a new relationship with God.

hpHarry Potter
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter and his friendsRonald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

advChoose your own Adventure Series
A series of children’s gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character’s actions and the plot’s outcome.

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  1. Great list. Never heard of the Wright on Time series. Wish I knew about the a few years ago when my kids were younger. But I will be sure to remember them now for future use. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Books for boys… I’m always looking for more! I always find it funny when I realize that there is a book that preceded a favorite movie. I usually make my kids read the book before they see the movie, looks like this time we will have to read “How to Train Your Dragon” AFTER we’ve seen the movie!

  3. My son enjoyed many of the books you listed. He also liked The Great Brain series. I often recommend it to moms of boys. I tell moms that my son liked any book with water – Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. felicia

    Great list!! My son is a voracious reader and goes through books so quickly! We’ll be adding some of these to his Nook. He has also enjoyed the Magic Thief and The Phantom Tollbooth.

  5. I appreciate you sharing this list as it seems to be so much harder to get boys to develop that love of reading. Somehow, thanks to good books such as the ones listed, my older boys LOVE reading, but that hasn’t happened yet for my younger ones. I’d never heard of the Wright on Time series. I’ll have to look that up.

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