Wonderful Books for Boys

During the summers This is the first book in the Magic Tree House series.when I was in grade school, I would take a blanket and a book out to our windbreak on our farm and read, and read, and read.

I loved to read then. I love to read now.

And, I want to do my best to inspire a love of reading in our grandchildren. I think I’ve found one thing that will help.

Our oldest grandson’s birthday was back in March. So, as part of his gift, I gave him two books — the first two in the Magic Tree House series.

This beginning chapter book series is a favorite with kids — especially boys. It involves time-travel and fantasy. Two things that really hooks boys into reading!

Here’s the basic plot of the series. Morgan le Fay, a powerful enchantress from the tales about King Arthur, sends Jack and his little sister, Annie, on numerous adventures in an attempt to free her from a spell.

In the first book Dinosaurs Before Dark, Jack discovers a tree house filled with books. One has lots of pictures of dinosaurs. When he wishes that he could see a Pteranodon, he and Annie are magically transported back to the Cretaceous period. They are threatened by a Tyrannosaurus Rex and have to figure out how to escape it and how to get back home. Will they make it?

Well, since this is a series, they obviously escape the dinosaur perils and make it back home.

This is the first book in the Magic Tree House series. Great books -- especially for boys and reluctant readers.

The Knight at Dawn is the second book in the series. In this book, Jack and Annie are whisked back to a castle during the Middle Ages where a feast is being held — and they are NOT welcomed!

The Knight at Dawn is a book that elementary-aged kids love!

Today, I bought the third book in the series and popped it into the mail for our grandson. Shhhhh! Let’s keep it a secret so that he won’t know that a book is on its way to him!

I like the title of the third book –– Mummies in the Morning. (With a slight stretch of the imagination, it could be Grand-Mummies in the MorningThis grand-mummy is certainly OLD enough to fit the time frame of ancient Egypt.) Jack and Annie meet a long-dead queen who needs their help. Can they solve her puzzle or will they end up mummies themselves?

Middle-grade readers love the Magic Tree House series. Great books for boys and reluctant readers.

If you have a grandchild that is a reluctant reader, these books will captivate his interest and suck him right into the plot. After finishing one book, he’ll beg to read the next one in the series so he can see what Jack and Annie are up to.

You can do a Book of the Month club with a grandchild and give him one or two books a month to read. Then, you can talk about the books with your grandchild. If he lives far away, use Skype or Google Hangouts for your discussion.

Or, you could give a book or two as a birthday present, Christmas present, or just because it happens to be the 13th day of April.

You could do a round-robin where one grandchild reads the book and then passes it to the next grandchild. When all of the grandkiddos have read the book, have a party with your grandchildren with the party’s theme based around the book.

(You realize, don’t you, that you’ll need to read the book before you give it to your grandchild! You’ll be able to zip through it really fast. Reading it will help your discussion with your grandchild.)

I give the Magic Tree House series two thumbs up! I think your grandchildren will, too!

(Disclaimer: I was not paid to endorse these books nor did I make any money writing about them.)

18 thoughts on “Wonderful Books for Boys

  • Jann Olson

    I loved reading as a child and I too think it’s so important for a child to develop reading skills. Finding books that are so fun really helps! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • Nina Lewis Post author


    I positive you are a WAY cool aunt!!!! Thanks for your sweet words. And thank you for dropping by and commenting.

    Have a great weekend,

  • Nina Lewis Post author


    Wahoo!! I’m so glad to hear it. I’ve mailed my grandson the third book in the series. They are coming down tonight and I can’t wait to talk to him about the books! Thanks for your comment!


  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Hi Minnie,

    I popped over to your blog and checked out those dinosaur books. Thanks for telling me about them! I’ll check them out. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Erika, I feel the same way about books. And I love that I can learn so much from what I read. Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate it!


  • Erika

    Books are always a great gift. You can never feel alone when you have a book with you. 🙂 Thanks for joining the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!


  • Minnie L Douglas

    hi there, Yes those are wonderful books for boys. I recently created a post similar to this one, but i shared all the dinosaurs series that was my son’s favorite and now my grandchildren, I also include related puzzles and related toys to help bring the story alive.

  • CoCo

    I’m a lover of books too so I can’t wait to pass these along to the littles. I have 3 nephews that will be over the moon for these. Thanks for making me look like a super cool aunt 🙂 I hope you’ve had a happy week. Thanks so much for linking this up to our Something to Talk About Link Party. You have fantastic ideas! Coco

  • Jessica White

    We just started this series with our oldest daughter {5.5 years old} this past winter and she loved them! They are great books, and I love that they’re not just a story, but also lots of information too.

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    What is your grandchild’s attention span? If you feel that s/he can sit through possibly one chapter, then you might want to give it a try. Otherwise, I would recommend waiting possibly until your grandchild is a little older.

    Good luck!

  • Marianna

    My oldest grandchild will soon be five. Would these be appropriate books to read TO them for awhile, or best to wait until they’re old enough to read for themselves? They already love books, but I haven’t really attempted ‘chapter books’ with them yet. (Well, other than the Jesus Storybook Bible…)

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Thanks for sharing the link to the list of other book ideas! I’m going to keep track of those books so I can share them with my grandsons.

    (Your comment got captured by my spam filter and I just noticed it today. So sorry!!!)

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Hi Michelle, I wish I could get the great bargains that you get as a teacher! My pocketbook would really appreciate it. I applaud your giving books to your grandkiddos — but then, I’m not surprised since you are a teacher. I’ll bet you are a spectacular one!

    Thanks for your sweet comment about my ideas. That means a lot to me!

  • Michelle

    These are great finds. I give my grandchildren a book for “everything.” They are still little but their collection grows weekly. As a teacher I get some great bargains through book clubs, etc. They both have a love for books and love going to the library with my daughter for storytime. I enjoyed reading your ideas. From one grammie to another!!!

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