As part of our Practical Parenting series, I’m thrilled to have my good friend Rebekah Hallberg here this week sharing a stellar reading list for tween boys. Books for tween boys is something I regularly get asked about and Rebekah did a super job compiling this list. But first, I’ll share my personal picks~
Arabah’s Top Picks:
The Knights of Arrethtrae – series by Chuck Black
Jack Staples and the Ring of Time – by Mark Batterson
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes – by Jonathan Auxier
The Room – by James L. Rubart
TJ and the Time Stumblers – series by Bill Myers
Now here’s Rebekah: Have you ever tried to find new reading material for your tween boy(s)? It can be difficult to know what is safe, what’s appropriate, what holds their interest, and what is family-friendly.
I am a mom to two boys and then a girl, so I’m currently navigating the waters of appropriate books with my boys, one of whom is a tween, the other in his mid-teen years. Between reading levels, interests and what we deem appropriate, finding a good book for them to read is often a struggle for us. I’m going to share a book list for tween boys, gathered from a post on social media. It’s certainly not comprehensive, and those of us with boys at this age and stage would gladly welcome your help by adding some of your favorites in the comments, please!
Note: This list was compiled from a call out on social media. I have not personally read every book on this list. Please, please check the books ahead of time
to be sure they fit with your family’s criteria.
While a lot of the books below are fiction, we like to encourage our kids to read some non-fiction as well. We’ve found that the Heroes of the Faith Series has a little something for everyone. Various biographies are included in this series of men and women who made a difference for the kingdom of God.
The Kane Chronicles – by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson Series – by Rick Riordan
Left Behind: The Kids Collection – by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
The Kingdom Series – by Chuck Black
The Space Trilogy – by CS Lewis (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength)
The Wilderking Trilogy – by Jonathan Rogers
The Berinfell Prophecies Series – by Wayne Thomas Batson and Chrisotpher Hopper
Inheritance Cycle – by Christoher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance)
The Chronicles of Prydain – by Lloyd Alexander
The Tripods Collection – by John Christopher
100 Cupboards – by N.D. Wilson
The 39 Clues – a collaboration of authors
The Peleg Chronicles – by Matthew Christian Harding
Books by author Gary Paulsen
The Underland Chronicles – by Suzanne Collins (Gregor the Overlander Collection)
Michael Vey Series – by Richard Paul Evans
Adventures In Odyssey Passages Series – by Paul McCusker
Rangers Apprentice Series – by John Flanagan
The Dragonriders of Pern Series – by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonback Series – by Timothy Zahn
The American Adventure Series – by Colleen L. Reece and others
The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz Series – by Jenny L. Cote (looks like there are other books by this author, too)
Terrestria Chronicles – by Ed Dunlop
Redwall Series – by Brian Jacques
Artemis Fowl – by Eoin Colfer
Science Fair – by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
The Dark Is Rising Series – by Susan Cooper
The Wingfeather Saga – by Andrew Peterson
The Dangerous Book for Boys – by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden
Cooper Kids Adventures Series – by Frank Peretti
Viking Quest Series – by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Red Rock Mysteries – by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry
The Children of Hurin – by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien
My Side of the Mountain – by Jean Craighead George
The G.A. Henty Megapack – by G.A. Henty
The Hardy Boys Starter Set – by Franklin W. Dixon
Nancy Drew Starter Set – by Carolyn Keene
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia – by C.S. Lewis (my boys ended up reading these on their own in their tween years)
Authors who were recommended:
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Websites that were recommended:
Lexile.com – click on “Don’t know your Lexile measure?” by the Search button and then fill in the information in the “I don’t know my Lexile measure” area. This will take you through prompts for various interests and will populate a book list for you.
I hope you find some good books within this list.
If you have other favorites, please be sure to leave them in the comments so we can all benefit! I know I’ll be checking back to find some of your favorites as I still need good books for my kids!