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December 01, 2009


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Great list! One of my favorite recent books is The Library Lion, which nephew likes quite a bit.


My little guy is all about the Tonka truck books.


Thanks so much for the list. I have a little boy and am always interested in good books to buy for him.

Max Elliot Anderson

It's so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it,especially boys. In fact, I've recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, "Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers."

I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

My blog, Books for Boys is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading.

Keep up your good work.

Max Elliot Anderson


Great list. I would add The Stinky Cheese Man.


Oh, and the A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. They are filled with both humor and scary moments and loaded with plays on words that are great teaching moments.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity

Excellent posting! These were some of my favorites (even though I'm a chick). David Shannon's books are also always a hit.


Every single one of the books on the list I read to my son. My favorite picture book was Snowy Day. These books make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.


They're dated, but oh, for the love of Danny Dunn!

Meg Waite Clayton

Wonderful list! My sons (now 19 and 17) would add Brian Jaques's Redwall series, which they liked even better than the Harry Potters.

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