Thursday, June 7, 2012

Books for Boys


I thought I'd share with you some books that my son, Hugh enjoys.  Hugh will be 9 years old next week.  We have been reading books to Hugh since he was 3 days old.  He was kind of a later reader himself, but this past year he has become a reading machine - and there's no stopping him!  Here are some of his favorites...


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The Fantastic Flying Bicycle (Freddie Fernortner Fearless First Grader)               

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Johnathan Rand books are at the top of his list.  He has read all the books in the Michigan Chiller's series and some of the books from the American Chillers series.  While all are fiction, each story takes place in a different part of Michigan for the Michigan Chiller's books and a different place in America for the American Chiller's books.  He is currently reading a book from Rand's Freddy Fernortner series.  Hugh was delighted last year to meet author, Johnathan Rand.


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Hugh loves animals and any non-fiction animal books get his attention.  He has this book, Amazing Horse Facts & Trivia.  It is packed with horse facts and he has read and re-read the book numerous times.  His little brother, Oliver (21 months old) also loves looking at this book.  When I read it to Oliver, I just read a fact or two from each page rather than all the text.

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Hugh has always been a dog lover and this book, Dogs, Dog Breeds, and Dog Care is a book he has had since he was about three years old.  He often studies it and then gives us specific breed facts.  He is a dog expert!

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Hugh's dad has read to him some books by author, Gary Paulsen.  Most of Paulsen's books have an outdoor theme to them and Hatchet is one of his favorites.

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Predator Showdown: 30 Unbelievably Awesome Predator Vs. Predator Face-Offs was a book that caught his eye at the bookfair this past winter.  He came home and read the entire thing, front to back.  Again, any animal facts books are a winner!


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Jeff Kiney's Diary of  Wimpy Kid books have become popular with lots of kids in the past year or so.  There are several in this series and then this book became a movie making them even more popular!  Hugh got this book in his Easter basket this year and read it front to back, barely putting it down until he was finished. 


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Hugh hasn't read the Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce but one of my friends who is a 3rd grade teacher says her students love these books the way they love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.  I got this book for my nephew, Jake.  Hugh will have to read it next!

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This book, River Monsters published by Animal Planet, was also a bookfair find.  He loves the picture in it too, I'm sure you can see why by the cover!  Totally boyish!
I Can't Wait Until I'm Old Enough to Hunt With Dad
I Can't Wait Until I'm Old Enough to Hunt With Dad by Scott K. Johnson is a book that Hugh has had for several years.  Hugh is really into hunting and fishing so even at a young age, this book was important to him.

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A Good Day's Fishing by James Prosek is another good book that Hugh has enjoyed for a long time now.  It is a storybook about all the essentials you need for a good day's fishing - bait, a hook, etc. and then at the end of the book he finds his lucky fishing hat which is really the most important thing you need for a good day's fishing!

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The Boy Who Wouldn't Swim by Deb Lucke is a great book.  I saw this storybook in a parenting magazine several years ago.  The article was recommending good books for summer.  I ordered it for Hugh not knowing anything about it.  It is quite humorous and has become a family favorite for us.  I have also read it to my students and they all love it.  When Hugh was in kindergarten I was a guest reader for his class during March is Reading Month.  He knew this was the he wanted me to read to his classmates.  Even at almost 9 years old, it is still one of his favorites.


 

This book, The Legend of the Ghost Buck by Lane Walker is a recently published book written by an elementary principal, father, and hunter.  This book is perfect for a young hunter/outdoorsman who loves adventure.  While, not truly a ghost, the elusiveness of the buck in this story gives the impression of an unseen specter and keeps readers on the edge of their seats! Hugh absolutely loved this book and finished it in less than 24 hours.  He is anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in the series.


And, guess what??  Sister-Dipity is giving away an autographed copy of The Legend of the Ghost Buck.  Click HERE to enter!

You can click on the picture of any of the books to be directed to Amazon.com or the Hometown Hunter's website to purchase.


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