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Top 10 Read Alouds for Boys

I know boys.

And I know read alouds.

And I know which read alouds my boys have enjoyed.

So, here are ten of our top picks in alphabetical order.

books for boys

1. The Apple and the Arrow

mountains, secrets, and freedom


2. The Chronicles of Narnia

imagination, adventure, truth


3. The Lion's Paw

sailing, seeking, surviving


4. Little Pear

mischief, candies, kites


5. My Father's Dragon

a boy, a backpack, a dragon


6. My Side of the Mountain

a tree house, a pet falcon, a brave boy


7. Pippi Longstocking

zany, witty, hilarious


8. The Sign of the Beaver

Native Americans, forest animals, becoming a man


9. Story of Doctor Doolittle

a veterinarian, talking animals, exciting episodes


10. Yonie Wondernose

Amish boy, curiosity, courage

What books are tried and true favorites of your boys?

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21 Responses to Top 10 Read Alouds for Boys

  • lydia says:

    I am just starting to find quality books for read aloud with my 3 year old boy. Can you guide me with a list?
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  • Ami says:


    Would you like a list of picture books or longer (chapter) books? I would be happy to type up a blog post on this topic. :) Ami
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  • Devon says:

    I have 3 boys and we are just starting to get into chapter books. My boys are (almost) 5, 2 and 10 months.

    Do you have a suggested age for all of the books you listed??

    Thanks!! :)

  • Ginny says:

    Great list, Ami. I’ve raised 2 boys and we have read several of your favorites which my boys enjoyed as well. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marci says:

    Several of these would have made my list too! My oldest son loved many of these and I am looking forward to sharing them with my youngest son. I would love to see a list of longer picture books, too, Ami as my youngest still likes pictures to keep his interest. I am also looking forward to checking out some of the suggestions I haven’t seen before particularly The Lion’s Paw. Thanks for the great list!

  • My daughter chose Pippi Longstocking and Dr. Doolittle for her list, too! These are great books. I have three girls, so it’s interesting to see what boys are reading. =0)
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  • Laurie Duffy says:

    (The boys ages matter of course:) but here are some our boys have enjoyed: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (5-up:), Sugar Creek Gang Books (7-up) Indian in the Cupboard (series) (8-up), The Mushroom Planet books (8-up), Homer Price (8-up), The Great Brain (8-up~~warning~~they do dangerous things in this one!:), 21 Balloons (8-up), The Phantom Tollbooth (8-up), The Enormous Egg (8-up), and The Cricket in Time’s Square (8-up)!
    For younger fellas check out Bill Peet (such as “How Doofus the Dragon Lost His Head” and Kermit the Hermit), The Billy and Blaze series, Encyclopedia Brown, Nate the Great and the Magic School Bus. For Read Alouds for Youngers: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, James and the Giant Peach, The Littles, and Charlottes Web.

  • Great list! I have two boys (and a girl) and we’ve enjoyed some of these. Many are new to us though so I’ll have to add them to our TBR list. Thanks!

  • Tiffany says:

    I will check these out, thanks.
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  • Jennifer says:

    My boys liked many of those as well and there were a few we haven’t tried, so I’ll have to look into them, too for my youngest!
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  • Oh yeah. Thanks for the post. I’m pinning this. Another year, and I bet we’ll be ready for these. Although we have already read some of the Narnia tales.
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  • lydia says:

    I would like to have a list of picture books (simple books with short sentences). Thank you very much!
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  • Amy says:


    Your blog is fabulous. Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas with all of us. My question isn’t about this post–sorry, I just didn’t know if you’d see it on the right post since it’s old.

    I love your BOB books printables and wondered if you’d be making anymore–even for purchase. I have the other BOB books sets and my daughter LOVES your printables. THANKS!!

  • Ami says:

    Yes, set #2 is in the works, but I don’t know how quickly I’ll be able to finish it. Many irons in the fire right now! :) Once we get our dossier submitted (for adoption), life will settle down again for awhile. :) Ami

  • Ami says:

    P.S. The second set will be free!

  • Amy says:

    You are so sweet! Thanks so much! And best of luck with the adoption process.

  • Shanna Clark says:

    Great minds think alike! ;). I just posted about boys and books too! Thanks for the list! Great suggestions!
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  • Brandi says:

    What age did you start reading the chapter books to your boys? My son is 4. I am not sure if he would go along with a book without pictures. But, I also wonder if I am just holding him back :)

  • Michele says:

    Well we just devoured this list, and went on to read:
    On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful’s Mountain the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy starting with the first book My Side of the Mountain. Please, please, please post more lists like this, and thank you, thank you, thank you for pointing us in the direction of some great family time. :)

    My jaw hit the keyboard when I read you were expecting. I literally cannot wait, I am so excited for you. Praying and fasting for your childrens’ homecoming.

    PS Please tell hubby that not everyone subscribes, and lurkers never leave.

  • Ami says:

    Hi Michele,

    I have a HUGE post coming out in August about reading to boys. Stay tuned. . . :)

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