Is there any sight more delightful than a child’s nose buried in a book? When my boys are curled up on the couch reading, it reminds me of getting lost in books as a little girl, of the places I went in my mind and the characters that captivated me. It also brings me great joy because it means they aren’t hitting each other with foam swords or moaning “I’m booooooored!”
So many of you read and commented on my post 10 Books I Couldn’t Put Down This Year that I decided to do one for kids’ books–and just in time for summer vacation!
(Please note that I have two boys, ages just-turned-8 and almost-12, so plenty of battles and male protagonists made the list.)
I am always looking for new suggestions, so I would love to hear what books YOUR kids couldn’t put down. Please tell me in the comments!
|Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: This is a series of six graphic novels about historical events like the Alamo, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War–told in a lively way (and with a bit of humor). My boys have read all six of these over and over and over and over and over and over again.|
|Redwall: This series, about a peace-loving group of mice defending themselves against an evil army of rats, was all the rage among my second grader’s group of friends.|
|Great Children’s Illustrated Classics: I first read about these in a post called “How I Turned My Kid Into A Reader” on Dinner: A Love Story, but they’ve been around for years. Each page has an illustration, and my kids have been captivated by the stories like Robinson Crusoe and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. There are upwards of 70 titles in this series, including Moby Dick, Little Women, and Pride and Prejudice.|
|Swindle: My sixth grader tore through this 7-book, action-packed series last year about a boy named Griffin, his friends, and their exciting adventures–like reclaiming a stolen Babe Ruth baseball card and rescuing mistreated animals.|
|Ranger In Time: This is a series of four books about a dog named Ranger who travels through time to help people in trouble. He helps slaves in the South escape through the Underground Railroad and a gladiator avoid danger in ancient Rome. This is more suited for younger kids, though my 11 year old happily reads them too.|
|Hatchet: This book, about a 13-year-old boy who has to survive by himself after a plane crash, is one my sixth grader read in school last year and a recipient of the Newbery Honor. It’s the first in a four-part series. My sixth grader calls is “exciting and always really suspenseful.”|
|Thunder From The Sea: Written in a comic-book style, this book tells the exciting adventures of a young boy onboard a British naval ship in 1805, during the Napoleonic War. Along with the story are sidebars that give historical tidbits and tons of facts about ships, sailors, and naval lingo.|
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Say what you will about these books–they get kids reading, mine included! My boys read this series again and again and whenever I’ve glanced over their shoulders to skim a page here and there, I usually catch myself laughing too.|
|The Martian: Yes, the first line of this book contains the f-word and CommonSenseMedia.org says it’s best for ages 14-plus. But my sixth grader loved this story of survival on Mars. And it even inspired him to start writing his own science-fiction novel–so I call that a win!|
|Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone The Illustrated Edition: I should say that I hope this is one my kids can’t put down because I just got this for my second grader. The illustrations are beautiful, and the format seems easier for younger readers to handle than a dense hardback book.|
Please tell me what books YOUR kids love in the comments below!