I’ve had a couple of people message me for book recommendations for boys. I asked my eleven and thirteen year olds what some of their favorite books are or have been in recent years. These books have our approval but I’d still encourage you as the parent to make sure you are okay with them. Leave your favorites in the comments! (I’ve linked each book title to Amazon for your convenience. These are not affiliate links or anything, just wanted to make it easy for you to find them! They should also be available through your local library.)


Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. (This is a personal favorite of mine. I can’t say enough good things about this one. Read it!)

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

White Fang by Jack London

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Jim Kjelgaard books (I had so much trouble getting into them but one of my sons devoured them)


Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Five Kingdoms by Brandon Mull

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Steelheart Brandon Sanderson

Beyonders by Brandon Mull

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz (My 13 year old said it’s a little violent.)

39 Clues by Rick Riordan

The Last of the Breed Louis L’Amour (One son just discovered him and has been reading up a storm.)

Theodore Boone by John Grisham

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

Holes by Louis Sachar

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Far North by Will Hobbs

Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat

The Giver by Lois Lowry


A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

TinTin by Hergé

They are both fretting because they know they forgot some of their favorites. And you know how horrible it is to leave out a favorite book, it’s like leaving a friend out. If you ever need more suggestions let us know. Everyone in this house reads like crazy.

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6 thoughts on “Books for Boys (or girls) recommended by Boys

  1. I am reading the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and it is great. I think I will get a copy for each one of our married children, as it should be mandatory reading. I have heard you reference it before, Rachel, but it is the best.

      1. No, I agree, it really would not be appreciated before one is married. Guess I was not very clear about that. Sorry.

    1. I read it as a kid and bawled. Then when I was first married I found out my husband had never read it so we read it together. We both sobbed. And now I’ve sobbed reading it to my kids. The messages are so beautifully woven in though that it’s worth every tear!

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