Walking on the Wild Side
I’ll never forget the lost feeling I had the first time I walked into the library looking for books for my budding reader. He was in first grade and eager to read, but a typical boy who liked to walk on the wild side. I didn’t know where to start. So, I asked the librarian to help me find some “first chapter books” that a boy would like. She lead me over to the shelf where the latest and most popular reading materials for boys his age were located. The shelf was filled with series after series of what looked like silly, gross, funny, and weird stories. ”Perfect,” I thought, ”He’ll love reading this!” So, after checking out a handful of books from the latest series, I went home to proof read. Yes, I proof read everything my children read before they read it. And I’m sure glad that I did that day.
These books, that were so popular with boys his age, were filled with protagonists with deplorable behavior. The behavior ranged from making fun of teachers, talking back to parents, and making fun of kids in class, to using language I would never approve of and laughing about socially inappropriate and awkward moments. I thought to myself, “This is what boys are reading these day! No wonder we’ve got problems. This is garbage!” So, then began my exploration for Books for Boys.
Books that were full of adventure, courage, fun, mystery, exploration, silly, funny, and gross stuff. Books that were not disrespectful of authority, unkind to peers, modeling rude or socially inappropriate behavior, and disobedience to parents. So, here on the blog I want to share with you the results of my labor, Book for Boys. I’ve found some really great ones from classics to current authors. We’ve loved every book, and it has fostered my sons love of story. I know it’s a resource to you and your budding reader will enjoy as well.
Here it is!
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