Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Books for Boys
I have on occasion asked the folk out there in the blogosphere their opinions on good books for boys. I feel blessed to have two boys who devour books, all kinds of books. Over the holidays Mr Eight-Year-Old has become addicted to Enid Blyton's Famous Five books. Mr Ten-Year old can't get his hands on enough Star Wars books.
A friend who understands these things (ie she's blessed with two boys who love books as well) sent a link to this excellent selection of best books for boys and young men as expressed by The Art of Manliness. There are lots of titles in there I have read, and a number that have made me curious enough to want to track them down.
There are a few I would add to that list, that were favourites of mine as a kid - I had a liking for adventure novels and anything to do with Medieval times and the Romans.
The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch.
Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe.
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart.
The Sword in the Stone by TH White.
I'd also have to chuck in some great New Zealand boys books mine have loved
Under the Mountain, by Maurice Gee
My Life of Crime, by Fleur Beale
Space Gum, by Tania Roxborogh
Recycled, by Sandy McKay
Sting, by Raymond Huber,
Castaway, by Bill O'Brien
To name a few.
The hardest thing is deciding what fab boys book to read to them or introduce to them next. Our next bedtime reading book is to be The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkein.
It's great having boys!