Summer break is fast approaching, and keeping reading skills sharp is always a challenge, especially for boys.

Author and children's book advocate Bridget Heos has a few ideas to keep boys reading and engaged.

Boy Books Stats:

According to the 2010 Kid and Family Reading Report, only 39 percent of boys rated reading outside of class as important, while 62 percent of girls said it was "extremely or very important."

A 2010 study by the Center on Education Policy found on state reading tests, girls scored seven to eight percent higher than girls. The gap increases after fourth grade and into high school.

Boys and girls tend to like reading different type books. Let boys read what they want to read. Comic books, magazines, nonfiction, genre fiction.

Here are some types of books boys tend to enjoy:


  • Shark vs. Train, Chris Barton, ill. by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Dinotrux, Chris Gall
  • Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker, ill. by Tom Lichtenheld


  • Baseball Books
  • All Star! Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever, Jane Yolen, ill. by Jim Burke
  • Henry Aaron’s Dream, Matt Tavares
  • You Mean You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax? Jonah Winter, ill. by Andre Carrilho

Chapter Books:

  • Satchell & Me, Dan Gutman
  • We’ll Never Forget You, Roberto Clemente, Trudie Engel
  • Whatever topic interests them: war, current events, killer animals—let them be obsessed with a topic.


Gr. K-1:

  • Ogg and Bob, Ian Fraser, Mary Ann Fraser