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Book List for Boys

Book List for Boys

Although the list has boys in mind, my daughter would also say these are pretty good reads. When choosing books to read to my children I like to find ones which are well written- no twaddle as Charlotte Mason would put it. I also like to choose books which encourage honour and noble character. A lot of modern fiction reflects the dishonour and lack of respect so common in society today. This list has many books we have read as family read alouds as well as books the children have read themselves.

A book list with boys in mind (that girls will love too)

  1. The Crown and Covenant trilogy by Douglas Bond
  2. The trilogy: Duncan’s War, Kings’s Arrow and Rebels’s Keep. These books follow the M’Kethe family through the period in Scotland’s history where Christian covenanters were persecuted mercilessly. The books are wonderfully written, with lots of adventure.
    The godly, devout family have to navigate commitment to Christ, and respecting authority- when that authority is wicked. Bond teaches through these books that the Christian life is not black and white, that following Christ can have a high price. I particularly enjoyed the characterisation, and the honour that the children had for their godly parents.
    Noah frequently would ask for “one more chapter”, and would be visibly excited by the action in the books.
    I would warn however, Bond is graphic in how he describes the torture and violence of these times. In the second of the books the main character has to save his “sister’s virtue” against raping pillaging highlanders. Noah did not understand what this meant, and I explained that the bad men were wanting to attacked the girl, and she couldn’t defend herself against them. The final book also has some bad language, I edited this as I read aloud. However, it is one of the best series we have read.
    We are just beginning a second trilogy by Bond, this time set in pre-revolutionary America.

  3. The Narnia Books by C.S. Lewis
  4. This is such an obvious choice. They really are so good. All the children love these stories. We have been reading through the series of them this year.

  5. Little House on the Prarie By Laura Inglis Wilder
  6. These stories may not at first glance be “boy” books, by the life of the Inglis’ family is not some pretty, easy happy-go-lucking one. Their life was hard. Pa is a great role model for boys. When I started to read these to the boys, at first they were not keen, thinking they were girl’s books. But very quickly they changed their minds, and have enjoyed them all.

  7. The Night Raid by Caroline Lawrence
  8. Caroline Lawrence’s books are great. The Night Raid has been written with dyslexic readers in mind. The chapters are short, the text larger, and the spacing between lines larger. The Night Raid is taken from Virgil’s story of Aeneas’s Trojan refugees and the disastrous night time raid by Euryalus and Nisus.
    Caroline Lawrence’s books of Roman historical fiction have become a favourite in our house, and her Roman Mystery series are also worth a look.

  9. Just William by Richmal Crompton
  10. These are just fun. The Just William books can been taken out, and the stand alone stories read just for the fun of them. Just William is, in my opinion, like a child’s version of Jevees and Wooster. My children laugh as the hear the ridiculous pickles William finds himself in. They are very well written, but are just complete fun and silliness.

  11. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  12. Again the works of Tolkien need no introduction. These are epic tales which inspire thoughts of honour, duty and nobility. We love these books in our house. We are a family of aspiring hobbits, who like a bit of adventure.

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