Books for Boys- First Grade Reading List

First Grade Reading List

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.

Content Matters

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.

Need More Suggestions?

I also have lists published for Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Third Grade.

Here it is!

Just click the image below to download the list.

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First Grade Reading List


    • says

      No Problem! And yes, I agree! I’m so glad our book list can be a resource for you. I also love the lists you’ve put together over at stackingbooks. Very nice : )

  1. Megan says

    I would love this list for my son! I am having trouble finding it on your Facebook page though…where is it located at? Thank you!!

    • says

      Just click on the image at the bottom of the post and it will take you to my facebook page where you can download the list for free from the tab with the “apple picture,” I realize that sometimes this tab on my fb page does not show up on mobile devices. I apologize for this but, it is a fb issue… it’s not something that I can fix. If this happens, I think the best solution would be to pin this post for later. Then, you can download the lists from a computer. Or, if you’d like, I can also email the list directly to you. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!! If there’s anything else I can do to help, just let me know.

    • says

      You can also subscribe by email if you are having problems with facebook. Sometimes facebook tabs do not show up on mobile devices. Thanks for coming by!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for making your book list available! I would love to have a copy of the list but for some reason I can’t download it from Facebook. Is it still available?

  3. Becky says

    Thank you for this list!! My husband and I were just talking about the types of books available and popular for young readers and how terrible so many are. We appreciate the effort you put in to this.


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