Check Out This Book List for Boys at Pragmatic

I recently discovered a nice site on parenting called Pragmatic The author is a mom of three who lives outside Boston, and she writes about books, schooling, cooking and other issues. I really like her list of books for reluctant boy readers. It’s pretty extensive, and while I’ve read a lot of the books on the list, there are some new ones for me to discover too. I’m especially excited to check out The Trouble with Lemons by David Hayes and the EarthSea series by Ursula Le Guin.

3 Responses to Check Out This Book List for Boys at Pragmatic

  1. JJ Martin says:


    Libraries and organizations around country are doing the NEA’s Big Read program and offer book classics for free. For example The Foundery Arts Center in St. Charles is doing Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. Thru the end of Jan. till the end of Feb. they give copies of the book away and do many activities around the book.

    Go to NEA web site and look for locations across the country.

    I wish you enough.

  2. pragmaticmom says:

    Thank you! I LOVE LOVE LOVE children’s literature and nothing makes me happier than getting a child excited to read. I, myself, have generally read most of what I post on, but I have NOT read The Trouble With Lemons (that came from our flute teacher whose son, now 23, was a reluctant reader) and the EarthSea series came from a reader. I am also excited to read both. The EarthSea looks, perhaps, like a simpler version of Hobbit??

    I just ordered the Percy Jackson series for my, ahem, daughter to read…but really I loved The Lightening Thief so much I stayed up until 2 am to finish. She wants to take a break from Harry Potter to start on these. We both want to finish before the movie comes out Feb holiday!

    Nothing makes me happier than when my child says how much better the book was than the movie! 🙂

    ps I love If I had known about it sooner, I would have been too intimidated to start my blog!

    • Cindy Hudson says:

      Thanks for the kudos Pragmatic Mom! No need to be intimidated though as I know there’s lots of room for voices to sing the praises of children’s literature. Anything that helps get kids read is a good thing, right? I too love hearing that my kids liked the book better than the movie. Harry Potter seems to be in a league of its own, with my daughters appreciating them each for the entertainment value. And yes, it’s my daughter, too, who really loves the Percy Jackson series. It’s just a testament to literature that transcends age and gender. A book like that is such a gem!

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