Homeschoolers are supposed to all be voracious readers, right?
All homeschooled children walk around with their nose in a book – at least that is the stereotype. Somehow my teenage boy missed that memo!
I haven’t given up hope that someday my son will enjoy reading, maybe even love it? Until then I will continue to put great books in his path, require books to be read and see what happens. I also don’t have a problem with audio books. My main goal is to get good words and good stories in his head.
I asked around to a couple of (very!) reliable sources for great books for teenage boys. Especially boys who are reluctant readers. Here is a list of over 40 books that should keep you and your teenager from saying “what should I read next?”.
We have not read all of these books so please use your own judgement and discretion. You know your child best!
By the way, girls can read these books too, this list is in no particular order and the categories can be subjective.
Classic Books for Teenage Boys
The ChosenÂ – I’ve read this book twice. So good!
To Kill A Mockingbird – A classic not to be missed. We also watched the movie when we finished reading the book – excellent material for discussion.
Of Mice and MenÂ – Another classic that contains much to discuss. Plus this book is very short for those reluctant readers!
Animal FarmÂ – This book is fantastic for discussion! Plus it’s short which is very appealing for a reluctant reader.
Huck FinnÂ – We have not read any Mark Twain yet, but have heard that this is a good story for an audio book due to the dialect.
The Jungle Book
A Separate PeaceÂ – I read this and enjoyed it. Great read for boys, particularly high school age.
Adventure Books for Teenage Boys
HatchetÂ – Jonah and I are currently reading through this book together. Action, adventure, and ingenuity.
The Call of the Wild – Jonah and I read this book together. Great adventure story!
Captain’s CourageousÂ – I’ve heard this is best as an audio book.
My Side of the MountainÂ – Adventure and nature all rolled into this classic.
Treasure IslandÂ – I read this with my oldest and while we liked the story, I believe this would be better as an audio book.
Carry on Mr. Bowditch
Fantasy/Sci Fi Books for Teenage Boys
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of DarknessÂ – We are anxious to start this series, saving it for our road trip in June.
Ender’s Game – I’m not big into Sci/Fi, but my husband is reading this to our oldest (yep, I’m fine with that too!) and they are both enjoying it.
Inspirational Books for Teenage Boys
Little Britches SeriesÂ – Such a great series, particularly for boys!
FrecklesÂ – This book is by one of my very favorite authors.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Medieval Books for Teenage Boys
The Chronicles of Pyrdain
Eagle of the Ninth
Mystery Books for Teenage Boys
Sherlock HolmesÂ – This is on my own TBR list for 2016
War/History Books for Teenage Boys
The Bronze BowÂ – We read this during our ancient studies this year. Made the time of Jesus’s ministry even more vivid.
A Bridge Too FarÂ – World War II story
A Higher CallÂ – True story during World War II
What are some of your favorite recommendations for teenage boys?