Boys' Books & Book Bloggers

I welcome additions to this list of websites promoting books for boys and additional recommendations for books for reluctant readers. 

Boys Read
This site is owned by John Martin of Authors may submit for review books traditionally or independently published. Along with book reviews, this site publishes articles on a variety of topics concerning children’s literature and education with a focus on boys.
Librarians' blog site suggesting books for teenaged boys, along with articles and interviews.

Boys Rock, Boys Read!!!
Ninja Librarian Bill and Iron Guy Carl’s blog site featuring in-depth book reviews. A search window helps readers to quickly find specific book reviews.

Boys Rule Boys Read!
“A place for boys to find terrific books and tell other boys about great reading.” This site is a service of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC, and managed by Iron Guy Carl of Boys Rock, Boys Read!!!

Getting Boys to Read
“Community-based blog for parents, librarians, and teachers.” Mike McQueen’s site is about encouraging boys to read and features articles, videos, interviews, and a forum. It’s not clear if authors can submit their own books for review. The site has an online contact form.

Guys Lit Wire
This site "exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them.” 
Authors’ suggestions for book reviews are accepted via an online form.

Guys Read
This is Jon Scieszka’s blog site featuring books recommended for boys, helpfully listed under categories with brief information about each book. Also featured are reading lists recommended by reviewers who include famous authors. There is an alphabetical list of authors, a page listing top-20 recommended books, and an online form for suggesting a
book suitable for boys. Authors should note that the site doesn’t offer to review a book submitted by an individual author.

Literature for Lads
Blog site of Duncan James Wright (in Edinburgh, Scotland), who reviews books that are not self-published. He also interviews authors. Reviewed books are alphabetically listed by book title.

Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books
Vincent Ripley is a contributor to this blog site, which reviews many books that would appeal to boys.

Ms. Yingling Reads
“Books for middle-school students, especially boys.”
On her blog site, Karen Yingling (a Cybils award judge) reviews books categorized by various genres. Because her blog is “aimed at librarians and patrons of school libraries” she does not review books published solely in e-book formats or self-published books.

Scary, Gross and Enlightening: Books for Boys
“An Internet hotlist for boys and books.”
This site features a range of resources for those seeking boys’ literature suggestions, including a list of authors’ websites, links to lists of fiction, nonfiction, comics, graphic novels, etc., links to teachers' resources, and more..

SMS Guys Read
This blog site is owned by a teacher and middle-school students. Books they are reading or plan to read are mentioned; book reviews are brief.

The Book Zone (for Boys)
Darren Hartwell’s UK blog site features author interviews and accepts books for review from authors published by major publishers only.

The Boy Reader
This site, owned by a Cybils book-award judge, features in-depth book reviews. It is not clear if he accepts books submitted by authors, but the site provides his contact information.

TMC Guys Read

Books for Boys
Annick Press Middle-Grade Nonfiction
Bones Never Lie by Elizabeth MacLeod
How modern science has helped solve the mystery of the demise of seven historical figures, including King Tutankhamen and Napoleon among others.

Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science by Claire Eamer
Eight stories of scientists ahead of their time, including Ignaz Semmelweis who believed washing hands can prevent the spread of disease, among others.

Bodyguards! From Gladiators to the Secret Service by Ed Butts
Meet the heroes, villains, and bunglers hired to protect others, including the bodyguard who saved the life of Alexander the Great and the jujutsu-trained female bodyguards who protected suffragettes.

It's a Feudal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History by Stephen Shapiro.
Infographics and humor tell the facts of life a thousand years ago in Europe, and the Middle East, including what life was like for kids.

Duped! and Robbers! in the It Actually Happened series by Andreas Schroeder
True stories of the most daring scams and heists in history including the story of D. B. Cooper, who hijacked a plane, demanded $200,000 and parachuted to safety.

Crazy About Basketball by Loris Lesynski
Forty poems about basketball techniques, training, and teamwork.

Annick Press Middle-Grade Fiction
Horrendo's Curse by Anna Fienberg
What happens when horrible, nasty pirates kidnap a twelve-year-old boy who was born to be polite, kind, and gracious?

Kenta and the Big Wave by Ruth Ohi
Based on events during the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Kenta's prized soccer ball is swept away by the waves and washes up on a beach on the other side of the world.

Random House - New Audio Books for Fall 2013
Middle-grade fiction
Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone series) by Gennifer Choldenko (originally published by Dial Books)
In 1935 a twelve-year-old boy moves to Alcatraz where his father has taken a job at the prison. This is a coming-of-age story with historical appeal.

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody (originally published by Knopf Books for Young Readers)
A retelling of the Robin Hood story.

The City of Death by Sarwat Chadda (originally published by Arthur A. Levine)
A fantasy quest novel in the spirit of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy called Eel  by Deborah Hopkinson (originally published by Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Historical fiction with adventure and mystery, the boy hero of this story helps a British doctor (John Snow) discover the cause of cholera during the London cholera outbreak of 1854.

Paperboy by Vince Vawter (originally published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Story about the coming of age of an eleven-year-old boy who is great at baseball but who has a stutter he struggles to overcome.

Egmont USA Chapter Books—Fiction
Guinea Dog and Guinea Dog 2 by Patrick Jennings
Rufus wants a dog but his parents give him a guinea pig instead, a guinea pig that acts like a dog.

Egmont USA middle-grade fiction
Dognap, Lucky Cap, My Homework Ate My Homework by Patrick Jennings
Three more humorous stories from Patrick Jennings.

The Jaguar Stones, Book Three: The River of No Return (The Jaguar Stones series) by J & P Voelkel
Max and Lola's adventures mixed with life lessons, archaeology, and Mayan culture.

What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays
Story about a boy coming to terms with the loss of his mother.

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Time Travel Trouble (Vordak series) by Scott Seegent
Spoof on superheroes with evil mastermind and quite unsuccessful villain Vordak.

The Code Busters Club, Case #3: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner
The adventures of four kids who love playing with codes and solving puzzles in The Code Busters Club interactive mystery series.

More books for boys and reluctant readers listed in the following articles on this blog site:


  1. Since you are interested in learning about good teen reads, you might enjoy following this Tarzana, California teen's blog:

  2. Hi TarazanaKid, my blog focuses on middle-grade literature, so teens may be too old. I tried to follow the link you gave, but it doesn't seem to work.