Saturday, December 07, 2019
Great summer reads for boys, books suggestions right off of an 11 year old's summer reading stack!
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Great Summer Books for Boys

Hey! Are you enjoying your summer so far!?!?! I feel like ours has been a whirlwind, and is rushing away from us. I’m already starting to buy school supplies and pick the curriculum for next year.  We won’t be starting until after Labor Day, so we still have plenty of time left, but I bet it’ll pass too fast. Before summer completely gets away from us I wanted to show you what is on my Son’s summer reading stack! Some of these are new releases that we chose to review (they were sent to us free in exchange) some are just things my son has picked up here and there, but they’re all great books for boys! (Probably girls too, but I only have a son, so …)

Great summer reads for boys, books suggestions right off of an 11 year old's summer reading stack!
Great summer reads for boys, books suggestions right off of an 11 year old's summer reading stack! With Giveaway!!!

Worth noting is that I don’t preread my son’s books. These reviews are based solely on his input and my quick flip-through. He’s not much of a reader, so if it lingers on his stack it’s probably pretty good. Most books get shelved and barely touched again until I force him. 🙂

Scroll down for a giveaway of one of these great summer reads!!   Thanks to those that participated!

[ReviewDisclaimer]Each book links to various sources where you can buy it. Just click your preferred website and it should take you right to that book on that website.

One book my son will ALWAYS have on his stack is some version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. These are honestly the main books he reads, and rereads, and rereads. Right now he’s keeping on theme by reading Greg’s summer adventures in Dog Days, during the summer. If you’re not familiar with the adventures of Greg Heffley, you should familiarize yourself. Greg brings quite a bit of interesting situations upon himself, and they’re always hilarious. The books feature a journal styling with both “handwritten” font and funny pictures drawn throughout. If you want to jump into Wimpy Kid, my son suggests you read the first book first and then the rest can be out of order. You can find Dogs Days at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Walmart.

Book recommendations for summer reads for boys! Straight from my son's reading stack. -- My Workbasket

Another one my son tends to have in progress is Big Nate. He has a few of them but right now on his stack is “Say Goodbye to Dork City.” This particular one is a comic book style, but my son says that not all of them are. You can find this book Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Walmart.

Book recommendations for summer reads for boys! Straight from my son's reading stack. -- My Workbasket

These Bubba Jones books were offered to us to review and we were excited to try them. I admit I’m sure how much my son has read them. I know they are in his stack, and I know I have seen them in his hands, and that’s as far as my knowledge goes. The books look awesome. I skimmed just a few pages. A great combo of education and fun. I promised my son a trip to Shenandoah National Park if he lets me know when he’s finished it. The books featuring fun things like codes, camping, history, and more.  Scroll down for your chance to win your own set of Bubba Jones!! You can also find these two plus the other Bubba Jones at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Walmart.

Book recommendations for summer reads for boys! Straight from my son's reading stack. -- My Workbasket

The Case of the Pinched Stradivarius is a fun and colorful book. It’s aimed at much younger readers than my son, but he enjoyed it. I always encourage reading a variety of levels and styles. This one is written in a fun way he enjoyed, using a combo of comic style and play style using photo icons to show who is talking. The book follows two turtles who witness a crime from their aquarium and then have to solve it without leaving home. My son likes the quote writing style and really recommends the book. He didn’t dislike anything, which is high praise from an 11-year-old. (This is recently released and was sent to us free to review.) You can find it at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Book recommendations for summer reads for boys! Straight from my son's reading stack. -- My Workbasket

Sir Kaye was a fun sounding book that was offered to us to review. It’s about a 12 year old boy who becomes a knight. The author, Don Winn, is dyslexic and writes to encourage the love of reading in kids, especially struggling readers. Since that sums up my son pretty well we were extra excited for this book. Last I asked this book hadn’t really been started yet. He says he’s excited to read it, and it looks great, but he just hasn’t delved in yet. I thought the font size seems small, but my son (who despises small font) said it was fine. If your child has any vision tracking issues they may struggle with it. We ended up with book four in the series, I may need to hit up the library for the first 3. You can find it at Amazon, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble. There is also a lesson plan/study guide for the Sir Kaye series!

Book recommendations for summer reads for boys! Straight from my son's reading stack. -- My Workbasket

Another great new release that was sent to us was Spartan & The Green Egg, The Poachers of Tiger Mountain. This is a very well made graphic novel. I was super impressed with the solid hard backed binding. When last asked my son had read about 1/8 of it so far, he said “I think it’s cool because it’s a fantasy. They go to this place and then back to their tree house. The graphic novel style is nice.” This one is book 4 in the series and he said he wishes he had the others, so I may have to order them for him. He tends to take a series more seriously if he has them all and reads them in order, even if the order doesn’t matter (I’m not sure if it does on these or not.) You can find it at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Book recommendations for summer reads for boys! Straight from my son's reading stack. -- My Workbasket

 

So there you have it! Some great summer books. Want to win your own fun summer books?? Use this rafflecopter to enter for your chance to win TWO Bubba Jones Books! You’ll receive the same two books as the picture shows, plus a few other fun surprises! USA only, please. Winner will be chosen on July 31st and contacted. If they do not respond within one week then I will draw another winner.

These books are still great but the giveaway is over. Thanks to everyone that participated! The winner has been contacted and has one week to reply.  Congrats Shelby!!

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3 thoughts on “Great Summer Books for Boys

  1. I’m glad your son is reading (that’s me, the librarian, speaking). But I have to say I have despised the Wimpy Kid books ever since I read a sneeringly condescending remark by the author about classic books. Considering how vulgar and crude his books are, in my opinion, he has a heck of a lot of nerve insulting marvelously well-written books just because he personally, or maybe he and his own family, don’t like them. There are a lot of children who actually enjoy older books, when they’re introduced to them. I’ve read aloud older books like Gone-Away Lake and Knight’s Castle and Five Children and It and the children have loved them, and checked them out afterward to re-read.

    Alicia, you would have loved the estate sale I went to today. The woman must have done just about every craft in the world; there were frames, and canvases, and books about doing all kinds of art, stencils, beads, sequins, fabric (much of which I bought, what can I say, I’m a fabric fondler), paint, sewing stuff, embroidery things, woodworking stuff… It was amazing. Not to mention that she was an Avon lady in the early ’70’s and had a whole bunch of those darling decorative bottles still in boxes. Old Christmas ornaments. About a gazillion Snowbabies (which i don’t like; I call them little frozen corpses), lots of Department 56… The prices were higher than on a normal yard sale, and in some cases I think the things were overpriced, but I got some neat things for not all that much. Spent more than I intended, and I’ve just e-mailed them to find out whether prices will be lowered tomorrow; I might go back and pick up a few more things.

    1. That is terrible for him to take such a stance against the classics! Any chance it was out of context? I like to think he was saying “Some kids love the classics and they’re great, but not all kinds are going too. Some kids will simply hate them, think they’re garbage, and need alternatives.”
      We definitely read the classics too. Even though my son is 11 I still read to him at bedtime and that’s when we tend to do the more classic books. Right now we’re reading “Henry Reed, Inc” for the 3rd time this year! We’ve read Homer Price about 6 times total, and about 3 times this year. “42 pounds of edible fungus in the wilderness growing, saved the settlers from starvation aided the founding of the nation”

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