In my library these books are hot! They fly off the shelves. But finding other great books for boys can be a bit of a challenge. The next most popular series would be Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series which has just finished with its last book Scorpia Rising which came out March 22, 2011. What I will recommend to boys after this one, I'm not sure. Horowitz has other series, but they haven't been nearly as popular.
Boys are sometimes a hard lot to please. Of course there are exceptions, but the number of boys I see who need help finding a book that is right for them far outweighs the number of girls. Most of the guys I see are coming in looking for books that are on their school's Accelerated Reader list. Most of them are dragged to the reference desk by a distraught parent who is attempting to help their son find something so they can fulfill the school's required reading. These boys are rarely excited to be in the library let alone attempting to find books that they will have to read. Which makes finding books for these boys even more difficult.
Over the years I have had some successes with books like Riordan's Percy Jackson series and Horowitz's Alex Rider. Many boys are fans of the Gary Paulsen books like Hatchet. To them I usually recommend Will Hobbs as an alternative. Many of his books have the survival aspect that the boys enjoy.
Another great resource for boys who don't like to read are graphic novels. Some people will argue that graphic novels aren't reading, but I feel differently. Reading graphic novels requires a different type of literacy for lack of a better term. You can't just read the words, you have to look at the pictures to truly follow what is happening in the story. There are even biographies and other types of nonfiction available in graphic novel format, so before you say it isn't reading, I say tell that to Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi who wrote her biography in that format.
What I am saying is that with the glut of material out there for girls these days, there are still books out there for the guys too. We don't want to forget to find books for them and to make note of what they like.
Here is a list of a few of my favorite books to recommend to the guys who need books to read:
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
- Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
- Hatchet and the other Brian books by Gary Paulsen
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (I'll admit, it isn't one of my favorites, but that doesn't mean it won't strike a cord with one of my guy readers.)
- The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
- Hoot or Flush by Carl Hiassen
- Artemis Fowl series or Airman by Eoin Colfer
- Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Graphic Novels