How do you inspire a ten year old boy to read more? A colleague raised this question at work today, he very generously wanted to buy a book for a friend’s son who was having difficulty getting into reading.
This prompted everyone sitting around the office to chip in with an number of examples based on the books they loved as a child right through to up to date examples that their kids were reading and enjoying right now.
If you are having a problem picking out a book for a 10 year old boy, then I hope we can help! Here I list out the best suggestions that came out of our chat including
The much loved children’s author has written some of the best known kids books ever. These often dark tales continue to delight and amuse children years after they were originally published.
I was lucky enough to enjoy these myself as a youngster and particularly remember enjoying tales such as Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and of course the world famous Charlie and the Chocolate factory.
Young James Bond
One of the things I look forward to when my son is a little older is watching the James Bond films for the first time and no doubt I’ll be reading him this series too. The young James Bond books follows the adventures of the world’s favourite super spy during his early life.
Charlie Higson’s series of five books aimed at younger readers centre’s around Bond’s Eton school days.
Rick Riordan’s Camp Half-Blood book series focuses on the leading character Percy Jackson. The five books, set in the United States, are predominantly based on Greek mythology.
The books have been international best sellers and turned into hit movies.
Terry is perhaps best known for his more adult series of Discworld books. However he has written several books for children too (which I read and enjoyed as an adult!).
The books Truckers, Diggers and Wings form the The Bromeliad trilogy, an intelligent and occasionally totally ludicrous three-in-one fantasy combo that follows the adventures of the nomes. This series will appeal to a 10 year old’s sense of fun.
The Just William series follows the adventures of school boy William Brown. The first book in the series is a collection of 12 short stories that have since formed the basis of many popular TV shows over the years. Each story follows William and his three friends as they invariably get into trouble!
Michael Hardcastle’s books are best known for their sporty theme and will appeal to more active children and those that prefer to sit and read! I personally enjoyed his series of footballing books as a child but he has also written successful series on horse racing, cricket and speedway. Michael was awarded an MBE for his services to children’s literature.
Which books have your children enjoyed? Any that you would recommend for a tenth birthday present?