My son is a big reader, which is fabulous. Finding book series for boys that are 1. not gross out books, 2. not fantasy/magic books 3. not books for "your reluctant reader!" is not so fabulous. My son loves true stories, facts, and ideas, and there doesn't seem to be a huge market for that geared toward our sons (book publishers - pay attention! Our boys are smart. They like reading. GIVE THEM SOMETHING GOOD TO READ.)
However, we are determined readers and have found these five fantastic series:
1.I Survived, Lauren Tarshis. This series of books takes some of histories disasters and events, such as the Battle of Gettysburg and Hurricane Katrina, and tells the story through the eyes of a boy. The details are both age appropriate and accurate and the stories are thrilling for kids. This is my son's favorite series currently. 2. Alvin Ho, Lenore Look. The main character in these books, Alvin, is scared of everything, making him shy at school and any other public place. But at home, with his family his true colors shine. I love that this character is Asian American-a rarity in kids books in general. The books are both funny and touching. 3. Who Are/Was/Is...?, various authors This are simple biographies about famous people ranging from Albert Einstein to Jesus to Derek Jeter. Current favorite is: The Wright Brothers. 4. The Magic School Bus, Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan. Both my kids love all these books. MS. Frizzle and her class are classics and the books are chock full of facts and humor. 5. Eyewitness Books, various authors. Dylan loves these books, they are what he always checks out from the library.
What are your favorite books for boys?