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Books for Boys Grades 1-3

Jennifer Knickerbocker "Jennifer K"
The list author says: "Boys between the ages of 6 and 10 have unique needs. They begin to show a genuine interest in others, whether it is within their local community or in a more global sense of awareness. It is also the time in their lives when their imaginations are growing!! More than any other time in thier lives.

Young boys in the 1st through 3rd grade lose their desire for physical order and develop a strong moral sense of order (you will notice their rooms are messy and yet they are concerned about the "rules" of the home and world). Boys have a very strong sense of justice and perceived fairness and following the rules becomes very important. They need good role models as they learn about values.

In is important to respect that boys will reason about what has become part of their lives through the power of imagination and intelligence. They need to hear stories of greatness and goodness and moral values. The mind of the elementary boy concerns itself with building a conscience, that inner sense of what is right and wrong. During this period of growth, they need to know that the adults in their lives love, respect, and understand them.

Choose your literature wisely and read to them at least 45 minutes per day. They need this time to be close to you and to hear what the world has to say about right and wrong... and they will make up their own minds where they fit in."
Stone Fox
Stone Fox
"My 1st grade son really liked this book and it made him think about the great sacrifices that are made in life."
The Ralph Mouse Collection (The Mouse and the Motorcycle / Runaway Ralph /  Ralph S. Mouse)
The Ralph Mouse Collection (The Mouse and the Motorcycle / Runaway Ralph / Ralph S. Mouse)
"This little mouse hero will keep you on the edge of your seat!"
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
"This is a wonderful story of learning to love.  A must for every young boy who wants to understand why life is important and love is important to us all."
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Indian in the Cupboard
"This classic tale illistrates how we are all responsble for our actions.  A boy's journey through the discovery of his sense of responsibility and morals."
Rabbit Hill (Puffin Modern Classics)
Rabbit Hill (Puffin Modern Classics)
"About a family of rabbits and the meaning of community.  Read this and challenge your vocabulary!"
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Wolves Chronicles)
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Wolves Chronicles)
"This book will transport your son to another time and place.  It has some disturbing things happen so be prepared to explain!"
The Castle Corona
The Castle Corona
"This is a clever, fun fairytale with positive messages. There is mild fairytale violence and of course, budding romance. A storyteller tells a story in which parents and siblings die and thieves are killed; the killings are shown as unjust."
The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio)
The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio)
"This first book in the Time Warp Trio Series is an imaginative and humorous read. The book begins with three boys celebrating a birthday. One of the presents happens to be a book with a card that states, "Be careful what you wish for." Once the book is opened, the boys are transported back to the time of knights, giants and dragons."
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
"Three books in one.  The tale of a boy who learns about his father's adventures.  A favorite fantasy where good vs evil is challenged!"
Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys
Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys
"Jane Yolen, a prolific, award-winning children's author, selected and reworked these stories from China, Germany, Ireland, Afghanistan, Finland, Angola and more. This anthology for boys serves to remind us of the virtue of strength without force."
My Curious Uncle Dudley
My Curious Uncle Dudley
"When 11-year-old Duncan Peckle's parents take an unexpected vacation, he is left in the temporary care of his curious, definitely eccentric Uncle Dudley. There are adventures ahead that include enchantments, elixirs, and a few amusing goblins"
Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting
"In many ways, the story is a fairy tale, with a magical spring, a kidnapped heroine, an enchanted handsome prince and even a bittersweet ending"
The Trumpet of the Swan (full color)
The Trumpet of the Swan (full color)
"My 7 year old son's favorite book!"
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
"An early classic in children's science fiction, the story concerns two young boys who take off to a "nearby" planet in their homemade spaceship. The tiny planet is in dire trouble, and the boys are recruited to save it from certain galactic extinction."
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
"The hero of the story has a sad life. Orphaned, alone and homeless, he lives by stealing and scavenging, and no one is kind to him until late in the book."
Danny the Champion of the World
Danny the Champion of the World
"Danny is a boy who has a great life with his father. Danny thinks he knows everything there is to know about his dad, until one day he learns about his father's secret life. Danny's dad is a poacher. Very funny!"
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
"Samuel Eaton's Day, one of the author's trilogy of books about the Pilgrims, transports the reader back to life during Pilgrim times. Samuel shares the excitement and the hard work that is involved with his first harvest."
The Enormous Crocodile
The Enormous Crocodile
"Another winner from Roald Dahl.  This simple book is extra fun and funny when you read aloud using funny voices."
The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
"This is nothing like the movie! The Iron Giant is a book about fear and courage and in the end, intelligence wins over might."
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