100 Books Every Boy Should Read

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For more than 100 years, Boys’ Life has featured thousands of great books for boys. Here are the 100 titles we think every boy should read.

Keep in mind that we will be constantly updating this list as new titles release. So, you may see some new books from time to time. Also, some books may require parental guidance. As always, before choosing a book to read, check with your parent(s) first. Click here to download the full list.

 

Here’s the full list:

  • The 39 Clues
  • Across Five Aprils
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventure of Tintin
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Babe the Gallant Pig
  • Billy Budd
  • Black Like Me
  • The Book Thief
  • Brian’s Winter
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Bud, Not Buddy
  • The Butter Battle Book
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Chosen
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (series)
  • Crossing the Wire
  • David Copperfield
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)
  • Defeat of the Ghost Riders
  • Discworld (series)
  • Doctor Dolittle (series)
  • Dune
  • Encyclopedia Brown (series)
  • Everybody’s Revolution
  • Falling Up
  • Far North
  • Football Genius
  • The Friendship
  • The Giving Tree
  • The Graveyard Book
  • Great Expectations
  • The Great Quarterback Switch
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • The Hardy Boys (series)
  • Harry Potter (series)
  • Hatchet
  • The Hobbit
  • Holes
  • Honus & Me
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • The Hunger Games
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Joey Pigza (series)
  • Johnny Tremain
  • A Light in the Attic
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Lord of the Rings (series)
  • Magic Treehouse (series)
  • Maniac Magee
  • Maximum Ride (series)
  • The Maze Runner
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM
  • My Father’s Dragon (series)
  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • Old Yeller
  • On My Honor
  • The Outsiders
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians (series)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • The River
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • The Sea Wolf
  • A Separate Peace
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (series)
  • The Shadow Children (series)
  • Shane
  • Shiloh
  • Siddhartha
  • Sounder
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairy Stupid Tales
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Stuart Little
  • Sunrise Over Fallujah
  • The Tale of Despereaux
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • The Time Machine
  • To Build a Fire
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Travel Team
  • Treasure Island
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • The War of the Worlds
  •  Watership Down
  • Wayside School (series)
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • White Fang
  • The Wind in the Willows
  •  A Wrinkle in Time

 Think we missed a book? Let us know in the comments section.

 

382 thoughts on “100 Books Every Boy Should Read

  1. Tim

    Great article! I’d lke to recommend the Hockey Rivals books, Face-Off and Offsides by Stacy Juba, for boys who are into sports, especially ice hockey.

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  2. Pumukinbutter

    I Think Put Mortal Engines By Philip Reeve For Tween Scouts Hollywood Is Making A Reboot Of
    Dune And Starship Troopers (Academy Award Denis V Making Dune And Friday The 13 From 2009 They Are
    Making A Starship Troopers Reboot This Two Reboots Are Making To Be Very Similar To The Book)

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  3. FirstComment

    Heroes Of Olympus- Rick Riordan
    39 Clues Unstoppable- 4 different
    The Strange Case Of origami yoda- Tom Angleberger

    #Needtoberead

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  4. ClaktheShak

    Definitely need Wonder,plus now it’s a movie,I funny series is really good.Just being friendly,anyone else here 10?

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  5. Hank

    Brian’s Winter, Hatchet, and The River are all books in the same series. They should be listed as a series instead of separately.

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  6. Young but Talented

    A good author is Rick Riordan he has created my favorites! Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson, Hero’s of Olympus, Trials of Apollo, and Magnus Chase. Also let me not forget Erin Hunter for her outstanding series of Warriors…..it was wonderful. I’m a young reader yet i have read over 90+ new books this year and I’m running out of Ideas…… hopefully i will find this list helpful.

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  7. Balthazar C.

    Ranger’s Apprentice! Come on, people, it’s only like the best series ever… Also, the Dresden Files (or anything else by Jim Butcher). And go Harry Potter!

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  8. #1StarWarsFan

    I’ve only read 21 of these books (Maybe, it’s been a while since I’ve read the Magic Treehouse series, but I think I’ve read about 10).

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  9. Shadow Dragon

    I’ve read a lot of those books, but I still think Wings of Fire (a dragon series I read) should be up there. I’ve shown it to a lot of people and they’ve read it, and they loved it.

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  10. MR

    Robert Heinlein: ‘Starship Troopers’, ‘Have Space Suit Will Travel’, ‘Citizen of the Galaxy’, ‘Space Cadet’…
    Richard Dawkins: ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ & ‘The Selfish Gene’

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  11. sir reader

    TRY THE WARRIORS SERIES its about four groups of cats , riverclan, shadowclan,thunderclan, and windclan. useally set in thunder clan

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  12. learntofly

    Well I’ve read over half of them but some of this ain’t quality lit so sorry won’t be finishing Diary of a Wimpy Kid or anything like that. Though Maze Runner is a DEFINITE must read, the Kill Order(a prequel) is awful but don’t take me for my word- read the books, see the movie, and enjoy it all 🙂

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  13. Louis

    A couple series, older, that I enjoyed as a child and that I have enjoyed rereading to my children: Walter Brooks Freddy the Pig series for 4th grade, Baum’s Wizard of Oz series is actually pretty good, and the books of Joseph Altsheler, that are wonderful for boys fifth or sixth grade, of which I have read The Texas Ranger series and The Young Trailers series. I would especially highlight Altsheler’s works, which I rarely see mentioned. The vocabulary and grammar are very good and the plots are gripping. They highlight young men doing manly things in manly ways.

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  14. Silver Beaver, Cub scout leader for 23 years.

    BFG by Roald Dahl. Great read-aloud book.
    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi About a 13 year old girl who ends up as the only passenger on an Atlantic voyage in 1832. She is caught between a ruthless captain and the rage of a mutinous crew. Which side can she trust? Friendship, loyalty, and telling the truth puts her in danger but from which side? She is accused of murder, brought to trial and found guilty…You can’t predict the ending.

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    1. Anonymous

      To be honest this list is for everyone not just boys. Anyway I recommend Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. It’s a great series and I am obsessed with it. I have read it seven times.

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  15. Banana Manny

    I have read 25 stories from this list. A couple books I would recommend are The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk and Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace. Great reads for kids and adults!

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  16. SnipaXKiller

    Another awesome book series to have on here is Fablehaven. I realize this series came out after this list was made, but it is still an amazing series. The author’s name is Brandon Mull, and he has made a lot of other cool series, like Beyonders.

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    1. PDXmama

      I would have to add Nick of Time by Ted Bell and it’s sequel, The Time Pirate, both full of action and fun historical fiction. Also, Beverly Cleary’s classic Henry Higgins series, and Runaway Ralph/ Mouse on a Motorcycle.

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  17. kng73

    I can’t believe they left out some of the Boy Scouts fiction from the 1910s and 20s. Some of it is low-quality, but on the other hand you have Tom Slade, Roy Blakeley, Westy Martin, and, of course, Pee-Wee Harris books.

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  18. Redhead#1

    If I could add any books to the list, I would add the Peter Pan series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.

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  19. Dreux's mom

    THere is a book I think that all boys should read and own. It is called The Boys Book – how to be the best at everything.

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  20. Wild Waldo

    Good list, but it has to include Little Britches by Ralph Moody, The Great Brain Series by John D. Fitzgerald, Good Night Mr. Tom, The Avion My Uncle Flew, and The Shadow Of A Bull. It seems like I could list many more, but I’d better quit here. remember, they need to be added; every boy needs to read them.

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    1. kng73

      As for Little Britches, the reason I think it wasn’t added was because of the language used in the book. I’ve never read any of the others you mentioned.

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  21. mom of a fifth grader

    Books by author Andrew Clements ( Frindle, The Map Trap, No Talking) are excellent for boys age 9 to 11.

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  22. Ben

    I see that the list is in alphabetic order (by title). Any chance you could reorder the list by publication date?

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  23. Academy252

    Definitely Redwall…. 22 books in the series just completed by my 11 year old boy. He loved every single one of them!

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  24. Dan Gutman

    Hey Guys,
    It’s so wonderful to see all these readers here!
    Enjoy some of my books: The Genius Files, The Kid Who Ran For President, The Kid Who Became President, and many more!
    -Dan Gutman

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  25. scout boy 2000

    I LOVE WAR OF THE WORLDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Zack

    For outdoor adventure, similar to Paulsen … and highly recommended for reluctant readers, “Cheechako” by Jonathan Thomas Stratman. An Alaska dogsled adventure.

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    1. Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas

      A book that is a must for either kids and teens (and adults) is The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende. A book that was destroyed by the movies, so don’t even bother watching them. The book is amazing, give it a try.

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  27. old scout

    The only one that I would add is Wind in the Willows, probably have read it 100 times and get something new each time.

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  28. KCScouter

    i would add the book “Have Space Suit Will Travel” by Ray Bradbury. This book then “Great Expectations” got me reading forever.

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    1. Anonymous

      “Have Spacesuit” is by Robert Heinlein. I’d add “Starship Troopers” in place of “Dune” too.

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  29. ERAGON!

    Great list but definitely need to add the ERAGON books (Inheritance Series), which is a great series for early teens.It has alot of action and I would highly suggest it.Only down side is that all of them are over 700 pages.

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  30. Napoleondynamite

    Count Olaf is an eye of a guy! want to find out about it?
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    read a series of unfortunate events!

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    1. Jersey Jack

      DYNAMO by Zach Lichtmann! Awesome book for boys. About friendship, loyalty, courage… secret missions… Plus, it was inspired by true events! (It’s the kind of realistic fiction that I wish I read when I was in high school.)

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  31. Sir Readsalot

    Call It Courage, by Armstrong Sperry, The Count of Monte Cristo, by Dumas, and Kim, by Rudyard Kipling, are must-reads.

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  32. Kat

    A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck. As an English teacher, I read it aloud to high schoolers. It’s a wonderful coming of age story set in Quaker Vermont in the1920s. Truly moving story of a father/son relationship and how it changes as the son grows into his own man. My students loved it.

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    1. js sterling

      Yes, Ender’s Game.
      Others have mentioned some excellent non-fiction books; Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and the New testament / Holy Bible. For non-fiction I, when younger, liked The Great Escape.

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    1. RoyalRanger

      Where the Red Fern Grows.
      Fractured Fairytales!
      Irish Red (series)
      Ribsy (Beverly Cleary, Author)
      The Boy Scouts ______. (series, by Herbert Carter–old books, sadly I cannot find more than the 3 I was gifted by an old neighbor. i have “Through the Big Timber”, “Afoot in France”, and.”First Camp Fire”. Truly, top-notch reading.)

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    1. js sterling

      Every boy should read the New Testament and selections from the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). Reading the entire Holy Bible is a bit daunting for young readers.

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  33. Mainemom

    My oldest LOVED the Great Brain books when he was 8-9 years old. He had the 1st three of the series and read them until they fell apart.

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      1. LXVIbooks

        YES, the entire Great Brain series is likely the all time best young boys books of all time and clearly the best kept secret simply because for some reason they have not had the acclaim that they should. If Tom had anything to do with it he would scheme up a way to make sure these books topped the list and he would make a few dollars finding a way to get someone else hornswaggled into doing the grunt work for him!

  34. Eagle1990

    City Boy by Herman Wouk
    My favorite book of all time. The perfect book for a 12 year old boy. Tells you everything you need to know about parents, girls, bullies and summer camp.

    The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
    Just amazing.

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  35. Jeff Moulton

    I’m trying really hard not to be critical of this list, because there isn’t a single book on the list I would remove. Even the books on that list that I don’t like, I can’t argue that they shouldn’t be on the list.

    But I really question the effort put into making the list. I rather think they simply found a list somewhere on the internet and said “this would make a good list to publish on our site” and did nothing but cut and paste. This clearly is for boys in general, and not specific to Scouting.

    Frankly I can’t believe there isn’t a single entry for Robert Heinlein on the list. Here are just three examples.

    “Tenderfoot in Space” – tells the story of a boy and his dog who emigrate to Venus and learn, through SCOUTING how to survive in the Venusian wilderness. Serialized in Boy’s Life May, June and July 1958.

    “Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon” – tells the story of an Eagle Scout from Colorado who is attempting to become the first “Triple Eagle”, earning his Eagle on Earth, the Moon, and Venus. It was serialized by Boy’s life in April and May 1949, and the copyright is jointly owned by the Heinlein Estate and THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. Yes, the owner of this book did not even list their own book on the list.

    The one that I’m simply amazed is not on the list is “Farmer in the Sky”. The other two could be excused because they’re technically short stories. This one is a full novel. It tells the story of a boy who is a scout emigrating to Ganymede which is being terraformed for farming. On the way, he helps form a scout troop on the spaceship (and saves the ship too), and when they arrive they find a thriving scout community already in place, which plays a recurring role through the rest of the book. It was SERIALIZED in Boys Life in August, September, October, and November of 1950.

    While this is a good list, it clearly was made without any thought to the history of Scouting, but rather just a good general list. Otherwise it would not have neglected a book authored by one of the Grandmasters of Science Fiction, which had already been printed in Boy’s Life, where Scouting plays a large and frequent role in the book.

    Heinlein isn’t the only omission. What about Arthur C. Clarke? What about Donald and Keith Monroe (writing under the name Donald Keith)?

    While I applaud your effort to encourage reading, I have to give this particular list in this particular context a failing grade. You’re Boy’s Life. You have a great history of publishing serialized books for boys. To ignore that history when making a list like this is absolutely terrible.

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    1. Mycroft

      And at the same time, I think the book Billy Budd should be removed. Having studied this book in High School as part of a college level course, I can state – it isn’t a story geared towards the scout age group.

      As for other books – what about the Percy Keese Fitzhugh – Peewee Harris series (60 book series)? Approved by the BSA, many of the books serialized in Boys Life itself. A whole series of books about Boy Scouts enjoying being Boy Scouts and even learning as they go. The source for Boys Life’s own Peewee Harris cartoon character?
      How could this have possibly been left off?

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  36. bungy boy

    Christine by Steven King, Steaming to Bamboola by Christopher somebody,I was a teenage baboon.Hobgoblin.books by Jimmy Buffet.Hemingway. Steven Crane. 1853 by C.M.Loftin

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  37. DenMom684

    The Michael Vey Series. You even had a contest give away of the first book. You can’t get a more boy friendly book than a teenage boy with electric superpowers.

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  38. Eric Andrew

    Swiss Family Robinson, Robin Hood (Pyle), Mysterious Island (RLS), Ender’s Game
    I prefer the Three Investigators (Arthur) to the Hardy Boys, but Hardy is much better known.
    Maybe a bit too heavy, but Dante’s Inferno.

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  39. harry potter rocks

    All of the harry potter books should be up there. Furthermore, the giver, epic, and the hobbit should be on the list.

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  40. Alan

    Wonder. If the Scout Oath was a book, this would be it.

    My favorite line is something like when picking between right and wrong, choose kind.

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  41. Anonymous

    Its interesting there are so many fans of Percy Jackson. Though well written – they seem to be the perfect ripoff of Harry Potter. There are so many parallels that I won’t begin to list them.

    BUT – the book series that is a MUST read for young readers is the Ranger’s Apprentice Series. After you get through the first two books – there are no supernatural beasts nor supernatural powers. The protagonists must use skill and their wits to solve their problems, as opposed to magic and intervention of wizards and gods like so many other fantasy series for youth.

    And Enders Game and Enders Shadow. These two books are another pair that every boy should read before 8th grade. These two books get discussed on scout campouts, where as no one ever discusses Watership Down nor Tuesday with Morrie.

    There are SO MANY great Roald Dahl books that are not listed here. “Danny, the Champion of the World” is my favorite, but I think BFG was my son’s when he was 9 or 10

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  42. brickboy2x2

    Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series was a very interesting collection of books. I absolutely loved the way he took some of the most famous greek myths and twisted them into modern life. Harry Potter, The Hardy Boys, Hatchet, The Hobbit, all good books. I would recommend books like Swiss Family Robinson and Eragon. Also some more classics would be nice.

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  43. Long tooth

    Since the list contains works such as The Lord of The Flies, it should also contain Atlas Shrugged. Critical thinking is a skill best developed early. This book fosters a lot of thought.

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  44. TFC Coordinator

    I’m in charge of the Trail to First program in my troop and I encourage all my scouts to look at the reading and scholarship merit badges. As a counselor for the reading merit badge, I absolutely love this list. Personally I”m a big fan of having The Hobbit on this list, it’s a great book for all ages and it introduces young men to adventures and to reading.

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  45. English Teacher

    A Separate Peace should be cut – it had it’s run, others are similar in theme, and it is approaching “unrelatable” to boys today.

    Also, how many Shel Silverstein does one need? If a boy reads one and likes it, he will find the others on is own.

    Laura Ingalls Wilder isn’t just for boys – Farmer Boy might be a good choice.

    Lovely list though – very complete.

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  46. Tsisqan253

    I was hoping for some Dragonlance Chronicles (series) by Tracey Hickman and Margaret Weis, Neuromancer by William Gibson, Dream Quest of the Unknown Kadath by Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft. Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories and Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian stories are classics too. I also highly recommend Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Slaughter House Five.

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  47. scout mom to 3 boys

    I may not be a boy but I’ve read at least 63 of these. I also agree that Redwall should be included in the list.

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  48. TeacherTime

    I’d add Bill Wallace books like “Beauty”, “A Dog Called Kitty”, and “Trapped in Death Cave” among others that he’s written. All in all, a fantastic list!

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  49. MrOnedoller

    I’ve read 24 of them, lot’s of them being series that contain many books! I think this list is great and I wish I had time to get to more or the books on that list!

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  50. Chosen

    Kind of curious “The Chosen” is on here. I had to read it for a conparitive religious studies class in college. It’s a drama coming of age memoir type book about a boy growing up in a super strict Jewish sect and another in a mainstream sect of Judaism. And them how they relate to each other and thier fathers. Lots of inside baseball, and if you don’t know anything about the Jewish faith the book will go right over your head. I don’t know that I’d recommend this for a preteen boy. It wouldn’t hold their interest or speak at their level.

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  51. Jay

    A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. There is a 3rd book in the series, A Season of Gifts but we are not familiar with it.

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    1. AceJ8

      Umm the KJV is soo bland and wordy, have them read The Message version of the Bible, clear and understandable. Also have them read other religious books, encourage diversity, and cultural understanding.

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  52. redfrecklemom

    Redwall as others have mentioned gets a vote from me too… as a mom! Also consider “All’S quiet on the western front”… ?

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  53. Skadoo

    The main thing wrong with this list is there is not a text list of each book and author. It would be great just to print the list and not just a picture of the cover. Book covers change and trying to view this on a mobile phone (computer broken) is frustrating.

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  54. JolliCrew3

    The thumbnail versions of these books are great for visual interest, but how can I get a printable list of these books?

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  55. YoLo=^)

    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

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  56. Gary

    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.

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  57. Writer8)

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

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  58. Roo

    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.

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  59. Mimi

    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

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  60. John

    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/

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  61. pedro on a tuesday

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

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      1. SnipaXKiller

        I think he meant it deserves to be on the list. He already knows it is, he is merely saying that he thinks it belongs there.

  62. Diamond Chopper

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

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  63. CubmasterJake

    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”!

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  64. Hotrod

    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!

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  65. Someone

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

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  66. bannana boy

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

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  67. Iamcheif

    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.

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    1. The Appropriater

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

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  68. woyo13

    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?

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  69. T-Bone

    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.

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  70. A kid

    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!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Scouting 101

      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!

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  71. bagelwoof

    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

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  72. silver lily

    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. 🙁

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  73. Alpha Rex

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

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  74. nateman

    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.

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  75. jonbuddy1

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

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    1. wertys761

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

      P.S. Hi, Jonbuddy!

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      1. jonbuddy1

        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.

  76. b.o. slogbottom

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

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  77. Eragonguy

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

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  78. Hurricane1973

    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.

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  79. Staurolite

    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.

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    1. b.o. slogbottom

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

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  80. scout-dad

    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.

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  81. Mom O.

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

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    1. player 1

      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.

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    1. W.H.

      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.

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