11 Absolutely Amazing Ways to Find the Best Books Young Boys Will Love

Where are all the books for young boys? Seriously, where are they? As the mother of a young boy, I have been shocked at the lack of books, especially diverse books, for young boys. It gives me the same feelings I have whenever I try to shop for my son’s clothing. Enter the kids section and there are endless rows and aisles for girls, carrying everything from tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories and more, but step over into the boy section and you see one or two aisles, maybe a shelf. The options are usually not that exciting and are very limited. With this reality, it is no wonder that we have so many boys who don’t see reading as something for them. There simply aren’t enough books for young boys.

This problem with books for young books is not new. I have been an educator for 16 years and for the majority of that time I have worked, designed and participated in literacy and reading initiatives. The schools where I have worked serve students who receive free and reduced meals and who typically do not have great exposure to books and reading before coming to school. Knowing this, I am especially determined to provide these students with high quality books. It is just a much greater challenge when locating books for young boys.