best books for young boys

Inside: The best books for little boys can be difficult to find. We love helping other parents by sharing the books our little boys (ages 4-7) love best.

Ever have a child request the same book over and over again? And you just can’t figure out what makes that book that book?

It happens around here all the time, but finding those books for boys is difficult, at least for me. Call it luck, but I happened upon quite a few unexpected favorites.

Some of my five-year-old son’s favorite books are ones that I would never in a million years have guessed would be hits. But something about these books appealed to his little, five year old boy self: he asks for them over and over again.

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Maybe it’s just that five-year-old boys are interesting creatures in general, and I’m not one (obviously). Maybe I’ll never understand my boys fully, but with three sons, I’m working hard to figure them out. Sometimes, these books have me scratching my head, wondering what makes them so special.

Having boys at our poetry teatimes, for instance, has forced me to search high and low for funny poetry that boys will enjoy. We sip water from dainty tea cups while reading Roald Dahl’s rather funny, and sometimes grotesque poetry.

My boys LOVE it: it instantly inspires them to write poetry! Come to think of it, my seven-year-old daughter giggles right along with them, so these books are probably great for girls, too. Or perhaps that’s just what having lots of brothers will do to a girl!

As a side note, if your child is asking to read the same books over and over again, it’s a pretty good indication that they are hovering on the brink of reading readiness. Keep up the repetition, even it bores you to tears. They are making critical connections while you read.

I’m sharing with you all the best books for boys from this past year, just in case you’re also a mama to little boys who is struggling to pick out good books, too.

New to my book lists? Find the rest of the “Books for Boys” book lists HERE.

Fun Books for Boys, Ages 6-8

The Best Books for Little Boys

Moo! by David LaRochelle

Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea

It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones!

It's Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! by [Hanson, Warren]

Warning! Do Not Open This Book

The Bear Who Wasn’t There

Green Pants

The Power of Henry’s Imagination

We Forgot Brock!

Library Lion

Dirty Beasts

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

The Wolf Who Cried Boy

The Super Hungry Dinosaur

The Little House

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Helpful Hint!

If you are looking for more great books, be sure to check out The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. A few of these titles came from this reading treasury, and I would never have found them on my own. Happy reading!

Want more great books? You’ll love this book list! Check it out HERE.

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Best Books for Young Boys: I have such a hard time finding good books for my son, ones he loves. This list is so helpful - actual favorite books from a five year old boy. Perfect! Off to the library!

Looking for books your young boys will love? These are all favorites of my boys (ages 4-8)!

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  1. My grandson has not yet became interested in books. He just turned three. I did,however, see a couple of books in your book list that may get his attention! Thank you!! I have loved this site!!!

  2. It’s really lucky for me to find this awesome book list for boys. My son is a five-year-old bookworm. I will add these books to my bookshelf and read with my kids. Thank you so much.

  3. I do storytime at my B&N so I love finding lists of recommended books especially for boys. David LaRochelle is a fave of mine, too. When I first heard that Moo consisted of only that word, I was a little hesitant, but when I saw all the crazy stuff happening, I realized it was all in the delivery, and the kids loved it! Have you read his It’s a Tiger? I try to read it every year because it’s just so fun.

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      I’ll have to check that one out. We love good book recommendations – thanks so much!

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