A few weeks ago, I had one of those amazing moments as a teacher when angels sing and the world is, for a few minutes, brighter and cleaner.
Let me give you some back story- the middle school where I teach has an independent reading component as a portion of the kids’ grades. I think this is a great program, since it rewards kids for finding books that are interesting and engaging. Sometimes, though, the students hit a road block and don’t know what to read. I’ve learned over the years to keep a mental list of books that kids tend to like.
One day in my seventh grade honors English class, a kid raised his hand and asked if I had any recommendations of books with male protagonists. (Cue angels singing). This isn’t an opportunity that comes up very often, so we collaborated as a class to develop a list of books that guys might tend to like.
So, here ya go! Remember- I teach twelve and thirteen year olds, so some of your kids might not be ready for them. And please don’t think that these are books that are ONLY for boys- I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of them.
My kids LOVE these books. They tell the story of Percy Jackson, a kid who doesn’t fit in anywhere until he finds out that he’s the son of a Greek god. They have a great story line, lots of action, and you wouldn’t believe how much they learn about Greek mythology from reading them.
This series follows Will, a young teen who knows nothing about his past until he begins training to become a Ranger. Think castles, swordfighting, medieval politics, and some serious bad guys.
If your son is into sports, Lupica is the author for him. He does a fantastic job of weaving together family, sports, and relatable kid experiences into a a really enjoyable book. He’s written quite a few books, and my kids have enjoyed every one of them.
I hope this list gives y’all some ideas to keep your kids reading through the school year- feel free to share below if you or your kids have any other suggestions!