Books for Boys in Elementary School


In a Mood

by Tameka Fryer Brown
Ages 4 up | Grades PreK up

What color is your mood?

On a really good day, Jamie feels purple
like the first bite of a juicy cold plum.



And with a crayon in his hand, Jamie eases into a green feeling
like a dragon dancing through a jungle
made of green jello.

But when his brothers push him around and make fun of his drawings, Jamie feels gray like a dark storm brewing.

What will it take to put Jamie back in a bright-feeling mood?

Through Jamie, young readers will learn to describe how they’re feeling in a unique way.

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Skippyjon Jones

by Judy Schachner
Ages 3-8 | Grades PreS-3

Make room for Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese kitten who is no ordinary kitten. Having a time-out in his room, he resorts to his imagination. Taking on the superhero persona of the great Spanish sword fighter El Skippito, he has the adventure of a lifetime, and readers are invited along.

For activities and discussion questions download the Skippyjon Jones Classroom Guide.



James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl
Ages 7 up | Grades 2 up

It's the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach! Come celebrate and join James Trotter and his friends - Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider - on an adventure inside a giant magical peach.

Have your boys help roll James’s giant peach around the world! To find out more visit www.followthatpeach.com.

For activities, discussion questions, ideas for celebrating Roald Dahl Month (September) and more download the Roald Dahl guide!



Dragonbreath

by Ursula Vernon
Ages 8-12 | Grades 4-7

It's not easy for Danny Dragonbreath to be the sole mythical creature in a school for reptiles and amphibians—especially because he can't breathe fire like other dragons (as the school bully loves to remind him).

Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters with a penchant for getting themselves into sticky situations.

For discussion questions, activity prompts, and information on the Dragonbreath series, download the series guide.

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George Brown, Class Clown #4: What's Black and White and Stinks All Over?

by Nancy Krulik
Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4

George Brown's super burps are causing serious trouble for poor George again. And this time the trouble really stinks! The super burp strikes on Field Day during an outdoor class scavenger hunt. George vows to keep out of any mischief, but he winds up getting skunked!

For discussion questions, activity prompts, and information on other teaching the George Brown series, download the Classroom Guide.

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Zombiekins

by Kevin Bolger
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

Fourth-grader Stanley Nudelman is cowardly, shy, and spends most of his time hiding from the school bully, Knuckles Bruzkowski. When Stanley buys a mysterious stuffed animal who's a little bit teddy, a little bit bunny, and a whole lotta ZOMBIE! Stanley brings Zombiekins to school and unleashes the worst zombie plague in fourth grade history! Can Stanley find the courage to save the day before his teachers notice the class is full of zombies? Or will he soon join the ranks of the snuggily UNDEAD?

Before reading the book, have a conversation with your group about sportsmanship and being a team member. Have each person write down or name some qualities they think are important to have when belonging to a team. After reading, have the group revisit the topic, discussing how Jake and Kevin exemplify those qualities and how Jake changes over the course of the book.

For an excerpt, activities, and information on this series, visit www.zombiekins.com!

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Shoot-Out: A Comeback Kids Novel

by Mike Lupica
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

What happens when a star player ends up on the worst team? He either learns to lose or he stops playing the game he loves. These are the choices facing Jake, who has gone from champion to last place, testing his sportsmanship every time his soccer team gets waxed. It is his teammate Kevin who shows Jake that being a good captain means scoring and assisting off the field as much as being the star player on it.

Before reading the book, have a conversation with your group about sportsmanship and being a team member. Have each person write down or name some qualities they think are important to have when belonging to a team. After reading, have the group revisit the topic, discussing how Jake and Kevin exemplify those qualities and how Jake changes over the course of the book.

For discussion questions, activity prompts, and information on other Mike Lupica titles, download this Official Playbook to the books by Mike Luipca.

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Monster Squad #1: The Slime That Would Not Die

by Laura Dower | Illustrated by Dave Schlaufman
Ages 7-10 | Grades 2-5

Jesse Ranger was just an average kid with an obsession for Oswald Leery's B-Monster movies until he discovered a dangerous secret. It turns out Leery's special filming process brought his movie monsters to life and now they've escaped the screen! Something must be done, so Leery recruits Jesse, Stella, Damon, and Lindsey to help. But how do you trap a B-Monster, especially one made up of slime?

Talk to your students about the importance of having a plan before embarking on an important activity. Before your students start each book, have them write down how they would catch each monster based on the title. Then when they have finished the book, have them go back and compare their methods to the methods the characters used in the book. Did anyone pick the same method as Jesse?

For discussion questions, activity prompts, and a reproducible sticker template, download this free printable Activity Sheet here. [link to sticker sheet]

To learn more about this series, visit the Monster Squad series page. For similar titles, visit the chapter book listing.



The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales

by Jon Scieszka
Ages 3 & up | Grades PreS & up

The entire book, with its fun page layout and mix of text and pictures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. In these irreverent variations on well-known stories, the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime.

Discussion: Fairy tale adaptations. Bring in examples of more traditionally told versions of the fairy tales in The Stinky Cheese Man. Ask your group which stories Jon Scieszka used to inspire the stories in his book and how they know that the stories are related. As an activity, have your group create a new twist on an old fairy tale (or a few!) with a story circle where everyone contributes a few sentences.



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