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Boys and Summer Reading

Best Books for Boys

I met Jen Robinson at KidLitCon 2010 which was a great thrill for me because I am a HUGE fan of her excellent blog, Jen Robinson’s Book Page. My work friend, Nat, sent me this link off the PBS Kids site so I am excited to share her words of wisdom on Boys and Summer Reading.

p.s. All my posts on Reluctant Readers are here in a subcategory off Education and then Literacy called “Reluctant Readers.”


Jen Robinson reviews and writes about children books. She blogs at Jen Robinson’s Book Page. The post including her tips and book recommendations are  here at the PBS site.

A few of her book recs include these. For the complete list, please go to the PBS site.

– Bearport Publishing’s various nonfiction series (Fast Rides, Animals with Super Powers, etc.)

– The Secrets series by Pseudonymous Bosch

– The Skeleton Creek and Trackers series by Patrick Carman (these are multi-platform series that involve websites in the reading experience)

To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I’m a fan of Jen Robinson and you as well. Finding good books for boys is so important. My seven year old son is hard to get hooked on books. He loses interest quickly. His ten year old brother has been reading Animorphs. After a little encouragement and non-stop talking about how good the books are, my youngest son read the first book on his own. I wrote a post about these books if you are interested.
    You’ve shared some great books and resources here. I’m tweeting this post and sharing a link on a Facebook community I started.

  2. Jacquie F.

    Wonderful tips! And I want to echo #2 above – make sure to ask your kids what they like, and then find reading material to match. We found that one of the reasons our son did not like to read was due to the types of books being offered to him at school. He loved nature, space, animals – and all the school books for early readers were fiction. So, we started to check-out more non-fiction books from our library and what do you know, sparked interest!

    One other tip I would offer for all kids – find great places to read – treehouses, tents, during a rest on a trail hike, or in the car (if they can). You can find/bring reading materials everywhere.

    • To Jacquie,
      I love your ideas of fun places to read and you are dead on about matching a child’s interest with their book selections! Thank you so much for your insightful comment!

  3. As an author of children’s books, I am biased. I would certainly recommend my series of children’s books: Finance for Kidz. You can entertain and educate your children on a very important, life skill.

  4. Thanks for your kind words, Pragmatic Mom. I really enjoyed writing the post. And I definitely agree with Jacquie’s suggestion about reading in cool places. I always liked to read up in trees when I was a kid.

    • To Jen,
      Your post for PBS Parents is really great. Sorry about the hijacking again. I erroneously thought the PBS content was public domain. My bad.

      I do love the idea of kids reading in unusual places. I try to capture that in my Caught in the Act … Of READING feature though I was a boring reading-in-bed reader myself both as a kid and even now.

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