100 Books Every Boy Should Read


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.


380 Comments on 100 Books Every Boy Should Read

  1. He who must not be named // October 8, 2018 at 3:57 pm // Reply

    I would advise Ahsoka, a star wars book

  2. He who must not be named // October 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm // Reply

    They need the Crystal Keys on here.

  3. I like summer of the woods by steven k smith. I think you should add it

  4. Pumukinbutter // June 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm // Reply

    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)

  5. book lover // May 30, 2018 at 1:49 pm // Reply

    lord of the flies,all rick riordan books,and the inheritance cycle

  6. Wonder, Hoot, Insignificant events in the life of a cactus, Goosebumps: Slappy world (new series)

  7. FirstComment // March 6, 2018 at 4:59 pm // Reply

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


  8. STORY THIEVES!!!!!!!!!!! (series)

  9. BadgerKnight307 // December 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm // Reply

    The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

  10. star wars

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

  12. My son and I are listening to Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.

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

  14. Wonder by R.J Palacio
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Michael Morpurgo books
    The box car children series

  15. The Sandlot, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and Yeager; an autobiography.

  16. Lol, I read all 50. 39 Clues is really good, but Artemis Fowl is better.

  17. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, for older scouts.

  18. A Long Way From Chicago, A Year Down Yonder, and A Season of Gifts all by Richard Peck.

  19. Mr Bubbles // July 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm // Reply

    Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

  20. Young but Talented // June 10, 2017 at 7:16 pm // Reply

    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… 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.

  21. The pokemon master // May 28, 2017 at 6:54 am // Reply

    You forgot Marmgas chase (siries)

  22. Balthazar C. // May 24, 2017 at 11:44 pm // Reply

    Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan!

  23. Balthazar C. // May 24, 2017 at 11:43 pm // Reply

    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!

  24. #1StarWarsFan // May 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm // Reply

    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).

  25. pumukinbutter // April 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm // Reply

    The Bible , I Am Number Four ,Ender’s Game Been On the list please

  26. Shadow Dragon // March 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm // Reply

    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.

  27. The Sea Wolf // March 11, 2017 at 7:13 pm // Reply

    I would add; The Barefoot Fisherman; a fishing book for kids by Paul Amdahl to this list.

  28. Gandalf the gray // March 8, 2017 at 7:15 am // Reply

    You shall read the lord of the rings, the hobbit, and the silmarillion

  29. Reading is habit forming. Isaac Asimov, “The Foundation” series, very thought provoking.

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

  31. I had read 2 out of 100 which are Magic Treehouse and Maximum Ride.

  32. baseball boy // January 29, 2017 at 7:07 pm // Reply

    Sign of the Beaver

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

  34. 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 🙂

  35. 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.

  36. The Guinness World Records Book too.

  37. Silver Beaver, Cub scout leader for 23 years. // December 3, 2016 at 10:42 am // Reply

    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.

  38. I would like to add Captain Underpants.

  39. I want to get a good book for a girl, any suggestions?

  40. I love kingdom Keepers

    • Anonymous // May 9, 2018 at 7:13 pm // Reply

      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.

  41. Banana Manny // November 10, 2016 at 9:22 am // Reply

    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!

  42. I’ve only read 25 of these.

  43. #1StarWarsFan // October 16, 2016 at 10:03 pm // Reply

    I’ve read 16. My favorite is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

  44. Banana Manny // October 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm // Reply

    I think this list is pretty good. I would definitely add the redwall series.

  45. Teacher & Mom of Boys // October 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    Brave New World

  46. Teacher & Mom of Boys // October 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm // Reply

    The Outsiders, The Odyssey, and The Middle School series by James Patterson

  47. you missed Kidnapped novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

  48. i think you missed Kidnapped novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

  49. Farmer Boy – Laura Ingalls Wilder!

  50. The Three Musketeers is a good read, as well as King Arthur and the knights of the round table.

  51. Coloradian // June 20, 2016 at 11:11 am // Reply

    I love River and Hatchet! I’ve read some of Brian’s Winter.

  52. SnipaXKiller // May 19, 2016 at 10:24 am // Reply

    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.

  53. DribbleBot // May 12, 2016 at 9:29 pm // Reply

    The Book of Mormon is my favorite!

  54. WilliamCync // May 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm // Reply

    I appreciate you sharing this forum. Fantastic. Wax

  55. Storyteller // May 9, 2016 at 12:43 am // Reply

    Book for Boy & Girl Scouts
    The Storyteller: My Years with Ernest Thompson Seton

  56. Your mom // May 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm // Reply

    I have read 44 of these books

  57. 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.

  58. The Canterbury Tales. Most of them…

  59. 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.

  60. Dreux's mom // March 16, 2016 at 2:36 pm // Reply

    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.

  61. Wild Waldo // March 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm // Reply

    I have read 22 of them, all very interesting, worth it 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Wild Waldo // March 7, 2016 at 9:58 pm // Reply

    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.

  63. I have read 26 of these books, and I am counting the whole series as one!

    • 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.

  64. The book thief is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is long and kind of hard, but worth it 100%

  65. mom of a fifth grader // January 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm // Reply

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

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

  67. I would definitely add the Anne of Green Gables series (8 books).

  68. Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury); Animal Farm (Orwell); The Giver (Lowrey)

  69. I think house of secrets section of two books should be included

  70. I love the list, but there are 101 books listed.

  71. Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls!

  72. The Owls of GaHoole

  73. dinocraftman0009 // November 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    thy bible is best thy ever

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

  75. 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

  76. can you put the gameknight999 series by mark cheverton in there?

  77. Love the list, but Horton Hatches the Egg is even better than Who, and Ferdinand the Bull belongs on the list, too.

  78. scout boy 2000 // October 2, 2015 at 8:36 am // Reply


  79. scout boy 2000 // October 2, 2015 at 8:34 am // Reply

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

  80. i have read 23 of these

  81. i have ead 23 of these

  82. TwilightTree // August 12, 2015 at 9:56 am // Reply

    The Jungle Book by By Rudyard Kipling

    Books specific to each individuals faith

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

  84. Carolina_Mom // August 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm // Reply

    My Side of the Mountain great book!

  85. The Cay by Theodore Taylor

    • Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas // August 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm // Reply

      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.

  86. Morally Straight // August 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm // Reply

    The Bible? Pretty sure BP would put that at number 1.

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

  88. DeathScouter // August 9, 2015 at 10:55 am // Reply

    Follow My Leader…Mad Scientists Club…

  89. What about Septimus Heap?

  90. What about Tom Sawyer and also Huckleberry Finn.

  91. what about ranger’s apprentice series

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

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

  93. yetizombie2 // June 22, 2015 at 11:53 am // Reply

    i’ve read 31 of these books #i’m only a webelo

  94. SLAKE’S LIMBO…the best.
    Children’s librarian 38 years.

  95. read 14 and working on fifteen

  96. The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore. It teaches kids humility, courage and honor as a whole.

  97. 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.

  98. Napoleondynamite // April 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm // Reply

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

    read a series of unfortunate events!

    • Jersey Jack // April 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm // Reply

      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.)

  99. The Rule of Three is a must.

  100. i have read 24

  101. what about puppy place or secrets of state parks.

  102. Sir Readsalot // January 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm // Reply

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

  103. 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.

  104. This totally needs the Ender’s Game series, with Ender’s Shadow

    • js sterling // August 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm // Reply

      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.

  105. Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry.

    • RoyalRanger // January 3, 2016 at 1:50 am // Reply

      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.)


    You can check them off and see how many you’ve read.

  107. The Bible

  108. middletownscouter // January 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm // Reply

    I think The Boy Scout Handbook is missing from this list.

  109. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    Self Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  110. What about “The Giver”? A must read for boys. It teaches them to defend the innocent!

  111. 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.

    • I should have mentioned the author’s name: John D Fitzgerald

      • LXVIbooks // January 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm //

        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!

  112. the count of monte cristo, sirs!!

  113. Kavik the Wolf Dog

  114. 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.

  115. Ender’s Game is a must

  116. Jeff Moulton // January 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm // Reply

    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.

  117. Bible

    • 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?

  118. 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

  119. USA Rover Scout // January 4, 2015 at 10:57 am // Reply

    don’t forget the books written by Baden Powell himself .

  120. Mom to a reader // January 4, 2015 at 10:56 am // Reply

    Rangers apprentice series!

  121. Let’s not forgot about Brander, by J. D. Edwards. It was written by a BSA Scout Leader and the Boy Scouts were used as a test audience.

  122. What About the Most Important book of them all..” THE BIBLE”

  123. 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.

  124. 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.

  125. Anonymous Platypus // December 29, 2014 at 10:07 am // Reply

    I know one you forgot! But it wasn’t out when you made this list. “Counted Worthy” by Leah Good.

  126. harry potter rocks // December 29, 2014 at 9:51 am // Reply

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

  127. “Sky Raiders” by Brandon Mull!!!

  128. Frankenstein and Pilgrim’s Progress

  129. 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.

  130. Banner in the sky

  131. 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

  132. catcher in the rye

  133. Artemis Fowl books ROCK!

  134. 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.

  135. Hatchet

  136. Laura hillenbrand’s Unbroken has to be on that list. it is a must read

  137. 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.

  138. The Old Man and the Sea. A short tale of indomitable spirit. Definitely a manly story that can inspire.

  139. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s _Farmer Boy_ should be on this list.

  140. Where’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

  141. TFC Coordinator // September 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm // Reply

    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.

  142. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder and On to Oregon (the true story of the Sager children on the Oregon Trail)

  143. I always loved The Outsiders by S E Hinton.

  144. mom of 2 boys // September 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm // Reply

    My sons loved the diary of a wimpy kid series, would like to see Hatchet added to the list though

  145. English Teacher // September 14, 2014 at 9:18 am // Reply

    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.

  146. 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.

  147. Love and have read most of the list. Would love to see The swiss family Robinson and more SciFi Heinlein and I Robot.

  148. The Professor // September 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm // Reply

    No argument from this school librarian.

  149. The slight edge by Jeff Olson and Think and grow rich by Napolian Hill

  150. “South” by Shackelton

  151. scout mom to 3 boys // September 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm // Reply

    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.

  152. 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!

  153. Where is The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

  154. 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!

  155. No love for Kipling, author of “The Jungle Book”and other adventure tales?

  156. 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.

  157. Missing Enders Game

  158. “What If?” by Randall Munroe is a great book. READ IT.

  159. What’s going on down there?

  160. They forgot the Frog and Toad series

  161. 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.

  162. I really think Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card should be in here. A very good Young Adult, Science-Fiction novel

  163. Every boy and girl should read the KJV of the Bible.

    • 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.

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

  165. I would add The Door in the Wall and EVERY young man should read The Count of Monte Cristo.

  166. I am happy to say my oldest son has read many of these already.

  167. retired scout/scouter // September 10, 2014 at 11:03 am // Reply

    The Bible? The Torah? The Koran?

  168. 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.

  169. “Two Little Savages” by BSA founder Ernest Thompson Seton

  170. can you make a printable list?

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

  172. Mom of four boys // September 10, 2014 at 9:23 am // Reply

    I would add Robin Hood, the Howard Pyle version.

  173. Is there a single non-fiction book on the list?

  174. Rogue Jedi // June 11, 2014 at 1:42 am // Reply

    I’ve read 35.

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

  176. JonchaTexas // June 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm // Reply

    “Men of Iron” by Howard Pyle

  177. 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

  178. 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.

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

  180. I think the hatchet series is the best

  181. Ranger's Apprentice // January 5, 2014 at 11:35 am // Reply

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

  182. #THEHUNGERGAMES!!!!!!!!

  183. websamurai99 // October 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm // Reply

    where is The Hobbit, Redwall, and Peanuts?!

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

  185. 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.

  186. wimpy kid series rules

  187. The Hardy boys books ROCK!!!!!!!

  188. 59+ of these, counting the following books in series’.

  189. the hunger games are cool

  190. Karate Kid // March 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    The Chronicles of Narnia AWESOME!!!!!

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

  192. I like its raning pigs and noodles

  193. The Breakfast Machine // February 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm // Reply

    Holes is probaly the best on this list

  194. I have read 41, 59 to go

  195. I love Maniac Magee.

  196. I have read 83… 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

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

  198. This is a great list! Thanks for the ideas for my four boys! 🙂

  199. 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.

  200. someone random // September 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm // Reply

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

  201. 8-point buck // August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm // Reply

    27! boom!

  202. pedro on a tuesday // August 26, 2012 at 9:28 am // Reply

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

  203. harry potter man // August 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm // Reply

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

  204. Chuck Norris // June 29, 2012 at 1:14 am // Reply

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

  205. Diamond Chopper // June 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm // Reply

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

  206. coolman360 // June 28, 2012 at 11:02 am // Reply


  207. What about Ender’s Game?

  208. CubmasterJake // June 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    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”!

  209. Harry Potter // June 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm // Reply

    Harry potter series rocks!!!

  210. STINKY CHEEZ MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  211. Christopher // June 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm // Reply

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

  212. I’ve read 44 of these.

  213. 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!

  214. anonymous*gal // June 11, 2012 at 5:50 am // Reply

    57. we did 4 as literiture books.

  215. pedro on a tuesday // June 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm // Reply

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

  216. coolman360 // June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm // Reply


  217. 15

  218. Gotta read em all!

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

  220. ive read a couple

  221. amazing person // February 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm // Reply

    read maybe half

  222. I have read 100. None to go

  223. Percy Jackson // January 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm // Reply


  224. i read 37..more or less

  225. Boyscout138 // January 5, 2012 at 4:54 am // Reply

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

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

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

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

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

  230. I’ve Read 21.

  231. Scouting 101 // November 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm // Reply

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

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

  233. I’ve only read 3 of them.

  234. 39 clues and diary of a wimpy kid are awesome but where is bone and amulet?

  235. bannana boy // October 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm // Reply


  236. The Appropriater // September 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm // Reply

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

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


  239. 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.

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

  241. 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?

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

  243. 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.

  244. basketball hero // July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm // Reply

    i read almost all the books on the list

  245. I read Shilo and Hatchet and it was fun

  246. 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 // Reply

      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!

    • You mu friend, have great taste.

  247. 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

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

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

  250. My name isnt evan // June 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm // Reply

    Pendragon??? And the keys to the kingdom series

  251. Fan of Super Mario Bros. 3 // June 22, 2011 at 6:45 am // Reply

    This list is epic.

  252. I’ve read all of them.

  253. silver lily // June 13, 2011 at 9:56 am // Reply

    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. 🙁

  254. MovieFreak // June 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm // Reply

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

  255. Alpha Rex // May 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm // Reply

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

  256. wheres the kingdom series its like the best series ever!

  257. 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.

  258. i mean 46

  259. ive read40

  260. Joe-Jack-Billy-Bob // May 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm // Reply

    I’ve read 45!

  261. ok, WHERE is the mysterious benedict society?

  262. Soccerstar7 // May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm // Reply

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

  263. The Appropriater // April 23, 2011 at 10:12 am // Reply

    There can only be 1 best.

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

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

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

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

      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.


  267. boook worm // April 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm // Reply

    where’s the Fablehaven series?

  268. Missing Eragon and Redwall

  269. b.o. slogbottom // April 7, 2011 at 10:43 am // Reply

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

  270. I LOVE redwall!

  271. No PENDRAGON??? That really surprises me!

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

  273. literary a genius // April 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    Good list, read about a quarter of them. Just one thing……

  274. Cool Dude Brown // April 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm // Reply

    read 36

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

  276. Hurricane1973 // April 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm // Reply

    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.

  277. I have allready read most of these

  278. Th1Alchemyst // April 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm // Reply

    Ive read most of these already… 🙂

  279. Staurolite // April 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm // Reply

    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 // Reply

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

  280. 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.

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

  282. 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 // Reply

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

    • 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.

    • harry potter rules!

  283. GAMEMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! // April 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm // Reply

    Cool! Add 1 next year!

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