Books for Boys: Series

It’s the beginning of summer. If you’re like most parents, you’re probably trying to figure out how to keep your son reading this summer, especially given the fact that a lof of boys are less-than-enthusiastic readers.

Luckily for me (and you!), I’m a member of a fabulous group of writers who also happen to be parents. When one parent recently asked for book suggestions for her elementary school-aged son, the suggestions were fast and furious — and so good that I’m passing them on to you. So good, in fact, that I’m only going to share their series recommendations with you today. We’ll talk authors another time.

Here, then, a list of boy-approved book series:

Lemony Snicket and a Series of Unfortunate Events

A to Z Mysteries

Little House on the Prairie (start with Farmer Boy if you think your boys will object to the female protagonists)

The 39 Clues

Star Wars

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Alex Rider

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Hardy Boys

Captain Underpants

Harry Potter

Secrets of Droon

If You Lived… historical series

Zac Power

Time Warp Trio

The Mysterious Benedict Society


Keys to the Kingdom

Peter and the Starcatchers

Hank Zipzer


Have any series you’d like to add to the list?

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8 Responses

  1. I keep a little ongoing list on my blog’s sidebar, and the few I have that aren’t here are: Guardians of Ga’Houle (owls rather than cats like Warriors), Spiderwick Chronicles (if Harry Potter was tolerated as not too scary, than this is fine), Capital Mysteries (by same author as A to Z Mysteries), Ranger’s Apprentice (good enough for parents to read as well), and Deltora Quest. My homeschooled boys didn’t care for Diary of a Wimpy Kid and didn’t want to see the movie. Thanks for the list, there are a few I hadn’t heard of before, and will certainly check out! We can never get enough good series around here! Ranger’s Apprentice #8 is being read right now, as well as the Mysterious Benedict Society.

  2. gavin didn;t really read (past those Kindergarten easy beginner things) until 5th grade. He found the Animorphs series and just devoured them He’s in 10th grade and still goes back and reads them.

    Warriors series (you mentioned)was the series that Connor really interested in reading.

    Lemony Snicket(mentioned here4) is what finally got Ki reading this year (7th grade- he was a bit slower to get reading than even Gavin)

  3. Skulduggary Pleasant series by Derek Landy. My son (9-and-a-half and a good reader) declares them the best books he’s ever read.

  4. My boys have enjoyed many of the series already mentioned, but here are a few more:
    The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
    The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima
    Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
    Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell
    Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale
    Thanks for the ideas!

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