100 Books for Boys

Boys’ Life has provided more than 100 years of great reading. Here are 100 other titles that every guy should read. Some suggestions will require parental guidance.

158 Responses to “100 Books for Boys”

  1. GAMEMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    April 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Cool! Add 1 next year!

    • b.o. slogbottom
      April 7, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      The reason they made 1 this year is only because it’s the 100 year anniversary of BL

    • W.H.
      June 23, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      I would definitely add “Dynamo” by Zach Lichtmann. Really an amazing book with themes of identity, risk-taking, courage, taking a stand, etc. And it’s really relatable and fun. It reminds me of The Outsiders in a way.

  2. Mom O.
    April 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Not too bad of a list with a few exceptions (Harry Potter). I would like to see more Christian authors.

    • The Indian
      April 7, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      Harry Potter rules and just because it’s about wizards doesn’t mean it teaches witchcraft!

    • player 1
      April 9, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      In response to “The Indian”, I think Harry Potter should be on there. I know a lot of people object to books that contain references to magic, but I don’t really think that you should worry about that with Harry Potter. It is rather dark though.
      I think that Inheritance series-Eragon,Eldest,Brisingr should be on there as well. Speaking of which, I wonder when Christopher will finish the series.

      • butters
        October 19, 2013 at 8:08 am #

        totally agree! 100%

        #inheritancecycle

    • frodo lives!
      September 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      harry potter rules!

      • yuiop
        June 1, 2012 at 10:34 am #

        right on!

  3. Mom of 2
    April 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Great reference list. My oldest has read at least 25 of these, including lots of the series.

  4. scout-dad
    April 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    The later diskworld series have gotten darker and less fun to read. Also my favorites missing from the list were Tripods, Day of the triffids, and Harlon Ellison’s Memos from Pergatory. Overall, a good list.

  5. Staurolite
    April 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Harry Potter is fine too. I understand your thoughts, myself having a Christian background. Have you read them? Very fun fantasy. Classics are wonderful. Parents need to read or re-read too. I am.

    • b.o. slogbottom
      April 7, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      Harry Potter is good and probably will become a classic eventually but right now it’s not old enough.

  6. Th1Alchemyst
    April 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Ive read most of these already… :)

    • advanced reader 99
      September 22, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      yeah

  7. bob
    April 4, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    I have allready read most of these

  8. Hurricane1973
    April 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    My Mom gave me most of these books to read before this list ever came out :) . Great reference. Buut, they should put what ages probably would like them.

    • b.o. slogbottom
      April 7, 2011 at 10:28 am #

      yeah.

  9. Eragonguy
    April 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Wish there were Eragon(series) Books:Eragon,Eldest,Brisingr,Coming in 2011 (It has a green cover) Author:Christopher Paolini

  10. Cool Dude Brown
    April 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    read 36

  11. literary a genius
    April 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Good list, read about a quarter of them. Just one thing……
    WHERE IS REDWALL????

    • White Night
      July 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      I agree they should really add some of the Redwall books by Brian Jacques.

  12. Wackodude
    April 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Hooray for all these… It’s awesome… I used one of these for my school assignments.

  13. KTB
    April 7, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    No PENDRAGON??? That really surprises me!

    • John
      April 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      Yeah, wheres Pendragon? Some more good books:
      Hoot
      Flipped

  14. Kota
    April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    I LOVE redwall!

  15. b.o. slogbottom
    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    the book is okay but DO NOT watch the movie of where the wild things are! It’s incredibly gloomy.

  16. Chum
    April 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Missing Eragon and Redwall

    • Mr. Smiley
      April 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      TRUE?

  17. boook worm
    April 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    where’s the Fablehaven series?

    • Carbison
      July 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

      They’re missing The Adventures of TinTin

      • Roo
        September 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

        Tin Tin is on there

    • Magic User
      October 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      yay!! i totally agree! <3 i love that series

  18. jonbuddy1
    April 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    I’ve read 13. Would be 14 but I can never finish Bridge to Terabithia after seeing the movie. Sad, I know.

    • wertys761
      April 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

      I have seen 36 of them. I just recently finished Tuck Everlasting and I am reading the Phantom Tollbooth. :D

      P.S. Hi, Jonbuddy!

      • jonbuddy1
        July 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

        Hi, wertys! :)

        Anyway, I think the “Space Odyssey” series should be on here. I just finished the first book, 2001, and just got out 2010 from my library. The series should be on the “100 Movies” list as well.

    • m
      April 19, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      YOU WATCHED THE MOVIE WHILE READING THE BOOK?!

      • jonbuddy1
        July 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

        No, I saw the movie and then read the book.

  19. Moonman.
    April 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I’ve read only 3% of them, but like I said in “100 Movies” I’ve heard about a couple of them.

  20. Kapital
    April 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Diskworld is the BEST and so are all of Tolkiens books. but there are definately a few more I would add

  21. The Appropriater
    April 23, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    There can only be 1 best.

  22. Soccerstar7
    May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Where is Redwall, Fablehaven, Eragon, and the new Beyonders

    • someone
      May 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      Redwall is a good series.

    • awesome guy
      August 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      you have great taste in books

  23. yuiop
    May 16, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    ok, WHERE is the mysterious benedict society?

  24. Joe-Jack-Billy-Bob
    May 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    I’ve read 45!

  25. dude101
    May 18, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    ive read40

  26. dude101
    May 18, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    i mean 46

  27. nateman
    May 23, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    I’v read Where the Red Fern Grows 15 times and I still cry at the end and I’m not afraid to admit it.

    • appropriater
      May 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      Best. Book. Ever!

    • Roo
      September 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Dude, I totally agree. It such a good book though!

  28. redfred
    May 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    wheres the kingdom series its like the best series ever!

    • nobody
      August 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      r u talking about the christen 1s? if so i agree

  29. Alpha Rex
    May 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Every 22 Redwall books should be on here because each are as awesome as anyone of these books.

    • frodo lives!
      September 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      i got sick at the 18 one

    • yuiop
      July 18, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      i agree

    • Roo
      September 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Agreed, except Lord of the RIngs which rules them all.

  30. MovieFreak
    June 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    35 so far, I’m in the middle of Great Expectations and Of Mice and Men at the moment.

  31. silver lily
    June 13, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    I have read 42. and I loved the hunger games! it should be number two! next to the giver, it was the best book ever! I’m surprised giver isn’t on the list. :(

    • jonbuddy1
      July 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      I thought The Giver had THE worst cliffhanger ever created.

  32. ??????
    June 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    I’ve read all of them.

  33. Fan of Super Mario Bros. 3
    June 22, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    This list is epic.

  34. My name isnt evan
    June 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Pendragon??? And the keys to the kingdom series

  35. woyo13
    July 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,Lord Of The Ring,and The Hardy Boys, are the best!

  36. Rabbid
    July 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    I’d advise The Mysterious Benedict Society Series. They are great books.

    • nobody
      August 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      i agree

    • yuiop
      June 1, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      i concur

  37. bagelwoof
    July 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    i have read all the adventures of tintin and they are GREAT! the phantom tollbooth is great to but they are missing the hank the cowdog series. i have read about 20 on here

  38. A kid
    July 25, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    I love the lord of the rings! I love artemis Fowl! I love the Hobbit! I love Narnia! I love the Phantom Tollbooth! I love Treasure Island! I LOVE TINTIN!!!!!!!!!!

    • Scouting 101
      July 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      I love the Lord of the Rings too. (The Hobbit is the first book in the series actually) I’ve read the Chronicles of Narnia Series about 5 times in the past 2 years. (I’ve pretty much memorized them with the audio series/movies to go with it!) All great books!

    • Roo
      September 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      You mu friend, have great taste.

  39. party
    July 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I read Shilo and Hatchet and it was fun

  40. basketball hero
    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    i read almost all the books on the list

  41. T-Bone
    August 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    i love hardy boys, artemis fowl, hunger games, 39 clues, the giving tree, and EVERYBODY should read PERCY JACKSON series,and rick riordans other series called the heros of olympus and an egyptian one.

  42. Bobby
    August 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Hay, they forgot Orson Scott Card’s books like The Tales of Alvin Maker and Ender’s Game.(:-()

  43. woyo13
    August 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I’m not realy a big Narnia(though I admit that it’s not so bad).The best are probably Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,Lord Of The Rings and the Hardy Boys, then again they’re all pretty good. Well all-in-all this is an awsome list.
    P.S. Were’s The Dangerous Book For Boys?

    • coolman555
      August 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      you forgot the 39 clues but yes you are right

  44. coolman555
    August 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    I have read 57 books.I did not see the art of war or the prisoner of zenda on the list.

  45. Iamcheif
    September 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    when I saw “100 Books For Boys” I’d think how to train your dragon series would be in there plus dangerous book for boys … oh well. I am looking forward to reading the lord of the rings books, Percy Jackson, the Hobbit and the hardy boys, it seems you never see to many hardy boys books floating around here in this world. I was never interested in reading 39 clues, harry potter and alot more of those old ones listed on here. I definitely think the eragon series should be in this list.

    • The Appropriater
      September 21, 2011 at 9:59 am #

      the hobbit and lord of the rings are older than both the 39 clues and harry potter(which, by the way, is very good).

    • frodo lives!
      September 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      i love the return of the king its the best of the lord of the rings series

  46. BIGD
    September 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    WHERES BEAST QUEST?!?!

  47. RICHAAARGH
    September 18, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I have either read, been read, or am reading 18 books.

  48. The Appropriater
    September 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I am embarrased to say that I love to read but I have only read 31

  49. bannana boy
    October 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    WHERE IS THE MERRY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD????????!!!!!!!!
    THEY HAD DR. SEUSS BOOKS UP THERE FOR PETE’S SAKE!!!!

  50. random kid
    October 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    39 clues and diary of a wimpy kid are awesome but where is bone and amulet?

  51. Darth Bob
    October 31, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    I’ve only read 3 of them.

    • Anonymous
      November 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      I’ve read 22. 78 to go!!!!

  52. Someone
    November 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Everybody needs to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Its High School reading, but an amazing book with great morals.

  53. Scouting 101
    November 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I’ve read 16…but I want to read a lot of them if I can get my hands on them. :)

  54. Big Nate
    November 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I’ve Read 21.

  55. Buddy
    December 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    I’ve read 15 of the books (Not including the full series).

  56. wow gamer
    December 20, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    I’m a girl scout and I’ve read a lot of these! I loved them all though!

  57. shark tooth
    January 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    i have read 12 and 8 of them were series(The 39 Clues Percy Jackson & the Olympians and so on)

    • shark tooth
      January 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      yes you can

  58. Bones
    January 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I’ve read 12 and I am working on my 13th

  59. Boyscout138
    January 5, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    If it was written by Rick Riordan, or Gary Paulsen, you better BELIEVE I have read it.

  60. legokid007
    January 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    i read 37..more or less

  61. Percy Jackson
    January 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    34

  62. jery
    January 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I have read 100. None to go

  63. amazing person
    February 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    read maybe half

  64. nikiki01
    February 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    ive read a couple

  65. thedude
    March 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    ive read 38 of them
    the missing seires should be on there

    • purple bird
      June 12, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      agreed
      PEECHTIVAL!

  66. Anonymous
    April 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Gotta read em all!
    Teehee

  67. Slomojo
    June 1, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    15

  68. coolman360
    June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    8

  69. eel
    June 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    49

  70. pedro on a tuesday
    June 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    HUNGER GAMES ROCKS 10/10 stars!!!!!

  71. anonymous*gal
    June 11, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    57. we did 4 as literiture books.

  72. Hotrod
    June 18, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Read “Knightley Academy”! It’s an awesome book! I was surprised that the Charlie Bone Series wasn’t on this list. They are awesome books!

  73. Hotrod
    June 18, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    I’ve read 44 of these.

  74. Christopher
    June 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I think that The nick of time series should be there and the rangers apprentice series

  75. jackaroo
    June 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    STINKY CHEEZ MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. Harry Potter
    June 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Harry potter series rocks!!!

    • 8-point buck
      August 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Lord of the Rings is way better, bro!!!!!!!

      • Superdude
        March 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

        Percy Jackson is better than both of those!

    • SR107
      December 19, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HARRY POTTER IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. CubmasterJake
    June 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Must add: “If I Built a Car” by Chris van Dusen; “Ox Cart Man” by Donald Hall; “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton; “Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe” by Vera B. Williams; “The Berenstain Bears go to Camp” by Stan and Jan Berenstain; and most shockingly absent Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”!

  78. EJB
    June 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    What about Ender’s Game?

  79. coolman360
    June 28, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    10

  80. Diamond Chopper
    June 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    27. Sad to see so little Sci-Fi on the list. Almost anything from Robert Heinlein could pass the muster.

  81. Chuck Norris
    June 29, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    the Kane series by Rick Riordan should also be on there.
    21

  82. harry potter man
    August 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    harry potter ROCKS!!!!!! best series ever, it should totaly be on the list!!!!

    • hog1051
      September 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      it is

  83. pedro on a tuesday
    August 26, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    They should have put Hunger Games (series) because there are 3 books in the series. I prefer the third, Mockingjay.

    • lolcats
      September 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      I think the 1st book in the hunger games series is the best written.

  84. 8-point buck
    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    27! boom!

  85. someone random
    September 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Go Artemis Fowl! Although they all are amazing, my favorite is the Opal Deception.

    • Me
      February 28, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      I prefer The Time Paradox

  86. October 27, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    I’ve read 52, and a few more on are on my list. (And I should confess I’m a children’s librarian in a public library, a relatively rare guy among that breed.) This is a good list for recommendations, though a little light on picture books and shorter books for younger and beginning readers.

    http://boysbookblog.wordpress.com/

  87. Wild thing
    November 14, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    This is a great list! Thanks for the ideas for my four boys! :)

  88. Nickname
    November 22, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    I’ve read so many of them, both the classics and the new popular ones

  89. Mimi
    December 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    I have read 83…..wow what a list. I was looking for some books to share with my grandson, I have found the list I was looking for. Many of these classics , I had forgotten about but the stories came back to me from the cover pages and can’t wait to share them with him. Thank you Boys Life

  90. Mr.Man
    December 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I love Maniac Magee.

  91. THE BOSS
    January 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I have read 41, 59 to go

  92. The Breakfast Machine
    February 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Holes is probaly the best on this list

  93. super munk 5
    February 24, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    I like its raning pigs and noodles

  94. king dedede
    February 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Wow, I’ve only read 14 of these. By they way, thumbs up if you love Percy Jackson!

  95. Karate Kid
    March 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    The Chronicles of Narnia AWESOME!!!!!

  96. fox
    March 10, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    the hunger games are cool

  97. EnderBob
    March 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    59+ of these, counting the following books in series’.

  98. E-Man
    June 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    64

  99. legowiz
    June 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    The Hardy boys books ROCK!!!!!!!

  100. wolf
    August 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    wimpy kid series rules

  101. Roo
    September 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Have read twenty-five. AND LORD OF THE RINGS SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They don’t have red wall, or the Swipe series which both are amazing.

  102. Peanut
    October 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    They should add In The Reign Of Terror. great books!

  103. websamurai99
    October 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    where is The Hobbit, Redwall, and Peanuts?!

  104. Dana
    November 23, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    #THEHUNGERGAMES!!!!!!!!

  105. Ranger's Apprentice
    January 5, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Is Ranger’s Apprentice there? If not, it should be!

  106. meow
    January 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    I think the hatchet series is the best

  107. Writer8)
    February 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    I started Tuck Everlasting and I didn’t think it was very good but then I continued and it got so much better!

  108. Gary
    April 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I just read a good e-book called The Boogeyman From Planet Lackawanna. It was very cool and a little scary. It’s a little R. L. Stein like, but I liked it better because it had a good ending.

  109. YoLo=^)
    May 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Read : I Survived series, Magic tree house series,and Bud, Not Buddy

    These books should be on here, preferrably 1,2,and3.ud, Not Buddy is pretty good so far

    • YoLo=^)
      May 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

      I made typo: BUD not buddy, NOT ud not buddy!!!!!!!!!!

  110. JonchaTexas
    June 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    “Men of Iron” by Howard Pyle

  111. Matthias
    June 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Try the Codex Alera series (book one is called Furies of Calderon)

  112. Rogue Jedi
    June 11, 2014 at 1:42 am #

    I’ve read 35.

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