March 02, 2010

Books You Will Secretly Want to Steal from Your Kids: Part II

Book Recommendations for Boys

by Martha Brockenbrough

We all want our kids to read more, for a few reasons:

They’re quiet when they read (except when they’re on the flip-flip pages of Captain Underpants); they’re less likely to break things (same Captain Underpants issue); and it’s good for their brains, not only building vocabulary but also making them less gullible.

So what books are we loving lately around our house? That is, loving enough to steal from our kids? Here’s a list—and come back for more, as I’ll add to it as time goes by:

Kids' Book Recommendations:

Four books for the Harry Potter set. When kids get comfortable reading on their own, here are some books they’ll love.

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. This one just won the Newbery Award, which can sometimes feel like the kiss of death to kids, but this book won’t. It involves time travel, mysterious messages and the complications of friendship.


Gone, by Michael Grant. What would happen if everyone over the age of 14 disappeared in a California town, leaving just the kids, a McDonald’s, a nuclear power plant and an unpredictable array of super powers? Kids love finding out. (And there’s a sequel, with more in the works.)

Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. A group of peculiarly gifted students must pass all sorts of tests to save the world from an evil genius. It’s funny, scary and touching at times—and there are two sequels.


Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy. A 12-year-old girl teams up with a magical skeleton detective to save the world from unspeakable evil. It’s hilarious and action packed, and yes...there are sequels!

For more great kids' books, check out Part I of Martha's book recommendations.

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--Martha Brockenbrough


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