Our son has always loved books. He still loves being read to every night, even at 8. He started reading chapter books when he was 4. Of course now he is interested in more specific types of books–nonfiction, technical manuals, and chapter books that have to deal with robotics or space. Over the years, we have come across some good series. Thus, I thought it was time to share some of our favorite reads because we know that sometimes it is hard to find book series that capture a boy’s attention.
Right now his current hits include:
- Lucy & Stephen Hawking series
- Nick and Tesla series
- Journal of a Cardboard Genius series
- Horrible Science series
- Murderous Math series
- Frank Einstein series
Lucy & Stephen Hawking’s Series is a 4 book series (5th one comes out next year). The first is in the series is George’s Secret Key to the Universe (http://lucyhawking.com/ Lucy Hawking has her own website). This has been our son’s favorite series by far. And, this book as lead to the request to watch Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Cosmos in full.
The next favorite is Nick and Tesla 5 book series by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith. They also have their own website (http://nickandtesla.com/) with videos of some of the projects. Each book is loaded with projects & step-by-step directions for building various creations. And, of course, he has copied some of their projects.
Journal of a Cardboard Genius is a 3 book series by Frank Asch. DS enjoyed this series because the lead character has his name and builds rocket ships out of cardboard that are much more sophisticated than the one he still plays with.
Horrible Science (20 books) and Murderous Math (12 books) are series by Nick Arnold and Tony DeSaulles we have just started. They each are box sets combining British humor to factual information on various math and science topics. The authors also have a Horrible Geography (15 books) and Horrible Histories (20 books) series too. They have some others books too. We will be trying these once we finish the math and science ones.
Frank Einstein is a 2 book series by Jon Scieszka with additional books in the works. DS enjoyed this series because the lead character is a boy genius who loves building robots. The book doesn’t come with the amount of factoids or robot directions like other series but were still completely enjoyable.
Here are some other great chapter book series my son also enjoyed starting at a very young age:
- Magic Tree House series
- Pippi Longstocking series (the pure silliness of them is why he enjoyed them)
- Little House series (our son loved them because of the adventures of Pa, so don’t shy away from them for your son)
- Cam Jansen series
- Encyclopedia Brown series
- Nate the Great series
- Roscoe Riley’s Rules series
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
- Ready Freddy Series
- Flat Stanley Series
- Magic School Bus Series
- Stuart Little Series
- Horrible Harry series
- Cat and the Hat Learning Library series
- How to Train Your Dragon series
- The World According to Humphrey series
There really are lots of other great books that we have read and enjoyed. I focussed this blog solely on chapter book series. In addition, many of the books mentioned can be used for AR quizzes for those in the public school. As homeschoolers, we don’t care if a book is AR or not. In addition, I am including some really helpful suggested reading lists I have used in the past. And, these list of books may also work great for girls too.
Mensa for Kids has a reading program which our son participated in when he was in first grade. Here is their list of Kindergarten to 3rd-grade books: http://www.mensaforkids.org/MFK2/assets/File/Achieve/Excellence_in_Reading_k-3.pdf We were able to secure all of them at our public library and he received a tee shirt & certificate when he completed it. Here is their list of 4th to 6th-grade books: http://www.mensaforkids.org/MFK2/assets/File/Achieve/Excellence_in_Reading_4-6.pdf (due to our son’s interest in other books and more nonfiction, we’ve not finished this list)
The Texas Library Association creates yearly book lists by age/grade level http://www.txla.org/reading-lists (in years past we would ready every 2X2 and Bluebonnet Book suggestion).
The Caldecott Medal & Honors book lists can be found here: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecotthonors/caldecottmedal (we have read all of the Caldecott winners up through 2013).