Picture Books and Easy Readers for Boys
Author Title Summary
Birney Tyrannosuarus Tex A dinosaur cowboy helps scare off some cattle rustlers.
Buehner Superdog: Heart of a Hero Overlooked because he’s small, a dog changes into superhero.
Nolan Shadow of the Dinosaurs A dog digs up a dinosaur bone and the dinosaurs come alive.
Pinkney The Adventures of Sparrowboy A boy realizes he can fly just like his comic book hero.
Sadler Alistair in Outer Space Alistair is kidnapped by a spaceship full of Goots
Schnetzler Widdermaker Cowpoke Pete tries to tame the meanest bull in the west.
Van Allsburg Jumanji Two children play a board game that changes their world.
Animals and Insects
Cornette The Purple Coyote A boy pays a tough price to learn why a coyote is purple.
French Diary of a Wombat A wombat describes his daily life and meeting his new neighbors.
Donaldson The Gruffalo A mouse uses the fear of the gruffalo to keep from being eaten.
Cronin The Diary of a Worm A worm finds some good and bad things about life.
Kellogg The Mysterious Tadpole Louis’ tadpole is not turning into an ordinary frog.
MacDonald Snarlyhissopus The news about a hippopotamus becomes distorted.
Vaughan Wombat Stew Dingo is intent on eating wombat, but his friends help him out.
Vyner Swim for Cover An adventure on the coral reef.
Family and Friends
Carrick Patrick’s Dinosaurs Patrick is afraid of dinosaurs until he realizes they’re extinct.
Krauss The Carrot Seed Everyone tells a boy his carrot won’t grow, but he has faith.
Monsell Underwear Friends show a grumpy buffalo how to have fun.
Wood Sweet Dream Pie The whole neighborhood is affected when Ma makes her pie.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Carroll Jabberwocky Illustrations add to this classic Lewis Carroll poem.
Fleischman Weslandia Wesley creates his own world by growing strange new plants.
Steig Sylvester and the Magic Pebble In a moment of panic, Sylvester wishes he was a rock.
Stevens Jackalope A jackrabbit asks his fairy godrabbit to make him scary.
Wiesner Sector 7 On a field trip, a boy is taken to Sector 7 and learns about clouds.
Wiesner Tuesday Frogs explore while the people are sleeping.
Allard The Stupids Die The Stupid family think they are dead when the lights go out.
Frank The Toughest Cowboy A tough cowboy finds companionship with a miniature poodle.
Kaska My Lucky Day When a pig knocks on the door, fox thinks it’s his lucky day.
Noble The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash A boa wreaks havoc on a class trip to the farm.
Palatini Bad Boys Two wolves disguise themselves to raid a sheep farm.
Pilkey Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis The family dog has bad breath.
Slobodkina Caps for Sale Monkeys steal all of a peddler’s hats while he is napping.
Timberlake The Dirty Cowboy A cowboy’s dog doesn’t recognize him after his bath.
Familiar Stories with a Twist
Harris The Three Little Dinosaurs A humorous retelling of the three little pigs.
Palatini Mount Olympus Basketball A gods versus mortals basketball game.
Pilkey Kat Kong A spoof of King Kong with cats and mice.
Pilkey Dogzilla A monstrous mutt terrorizes a city of mice.
Scieszka The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Retelling of some familiar fairytales.
Scieszka The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf The story told from the wolf’s side.
Wiesner The Three Pigs The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world.
ER Adler Young Cam Jansen (series)
ER Byars My Brother, Ant
ER Eastman Go, Dog, Go
ER Fowler Rookie Read-About Science Series
ER Gantos Rotten Ralph (series)
ER Lobel Frog and Toad (series)
ER McPhail A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy (series)
ER Palmer A Fish Out of Water
ER Rylant Henry and Mudge (series)
ER Thomas Good Night, Good Knight
ER Yolen Commander Toad (series)
ER Scooby Doo
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