Once the groundwork for a love of reading has been laid, it’s solid – like a foundation. Build on your love of reading with books that make you think! Challenge yourself with books that you think might be just out of your reach, and look up any words you don’t yet know. One of the greatest ways to build your vocabulary is through reading!
Boys, Ages 8-12 ( Recommended books for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders )
- Books by Jonathan Auxier, like Sweep, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, and its sequel.
The best chimney sweeps in Victorian London are an 11-year-old girl and her golem; a blind orphan boy is the best thief around! Auxier has mastered the art of descriptive storytelling; you’ll love these books.
- Andrew Clements’ books, like Frindle, Lost and Found, and Lunch Money.
A young boy invents a new word for a simple object: the pen. Challenge what you know about the English language, and how trends spread. Andrew Clements is a master at building relationships between characters; you might even get attached to one or two yourself!
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe series by C.S. Lewis
A classic, allegorical series by the famous C.S.. Take your imagination on an adventure to a land not-so far away – just inside the wardrobe. Strange creatures and magical forests await you.
● The series Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.
Interested in Mythology, Zeus, gods and goddesses? This series is perfect for you! Percy struggles with his identity in this series as he discovers how different he is from the rest of humanity… Make sure you pick up a copy of D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths to go along with this read!
● The Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series by Kathryn Lasky.
A thrilling adventure tale involving owls and all your other favorite woodland creatures! Read your way through this legendary tale over the course of fifteen books, then branch out and read some of the lore books associated with the fantastic world of Hoole!
● The series Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
The classic story about the perils and losses of growing up has a prequel! Treasure, action, adventure, a giant crocodile… this story has it all. Pick this one up, but read at your own risk!