GREAT BOOKS FOR BOYS
More Than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14
by Kathleen Odean
A Ballantine Trade Paperback
In our culture, boys are raised to achieve, to hide feelings of uncertainty and fear, to compete rather than cooperate. Boys also trail girls in reading and a love of books. What parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians need is a tool that will guide them to the books that will inspire boys of all different personalities and keep them coming back for more. Now Kathleen Odean, a former member of the esteemed Caldecott and Newbery Award committees and author of the groundbreaking bestseller Great Books for Girls, has compiled and annotated a unique and invaluable collection of more than six hundred bookspicture books, novels, mysteries, biographies, folktales, sports books, and morethat will fascinate and educate boys from toddlers to age fourteen. Here are classic characters such as Frog and Toad, Bilbo Baggins, and Encyclopedia Brown; new favorites such as Bingo Brown, Martin the Warrior, and Henry & Mudge; and real-life inspirations such as the Wright brothers, Jackie Robinson, and Jacques Cousteau.
In this outstanding volume, Odean has assembled books for boys that offer a wide range of role models, that spark an interest in even the most reluctant readers, and that provide strong, positive portrayals of girls and women. These stories feature characters who have deep friendships with other boys, who are caring, and who have the respect of their peers, as well as those who rebel against peer pressure and go their own way.
More than just a pastime, literature is the key to the unexplored. And the boys who discover reading from the books in Great Books for Boys will embark on an adventure that will fuel their dreams for the rest of their lives.