Thursday, February 5, 2015

9 Easy Reader Series Starring Boys

Here is the boyish companion to my recent list of 9 Easy Reader Series Starring Girls.


by David A. Adler, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
Book 1: Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery
Jeffrey Bones is a young detective who solves mysteries in his everyday life, often involving his friend, Sally and/or his grandfather.

Nate the Great 

by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illustrated by Marc Simont 
Book 1: Nate the Great
Young detective Nate the Great solves cases for his neighborhood friends and narrates them in his distinct, wry voice. 


by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Susanna Natti
Book 1: Lionel at Large
In books divided into short episodes, this series tells of a young boy's daily adventures. Kids will see themselves in Lionel, who is very much like a real boy.

Life of Max

by Adria F. Klein, illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole
Book 1: Max and the Adoption Day Party
A boy named Max introduces the reader to a variety of childhood experiences, including visiting the doctor, going to the grocery store, attending an adoption day party, taking the dog to the vet and celebrating Chinese New Year. Some titles in the series are available as bilingual (English/Spanish) books.

Best in Second Grade

by Katherine Kenah
Book 1: The Best Seat in Second Grade
Sam, Luna, and Ollie are students in Mr. Hopper's second grade class. These three books tell their individual experiences trying to be the best at something in second grade.

Andy Shane

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, illustrated by Abby Carter
Book 1: Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle
Shy Andy Shane must find a way to cope in school where bossy Dolores Starbuckle is constantly monitoring his activities and telling on him.

Little Bear

by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Book 1: Little Bear
An imaginative little bear spends lots of time with his mother and other animal friends while his father is away at sea. Adventures include making birthday soup, pretending to visit space, and befriending a human girl named Emily.

Oliver Pig

by Jean van Leeuwen, illustrated by Arnold Lobel (and Ann Schweninger)
Book 1: Tales of Oliver Pig
Oliver is a big brother who loves to play outside, listen to stories, work in the garden, show off his tricks, and spend time with his grandmother. Books in this series focus on the little moments in the day-to-day life of a realistic, loving family. Early titles are illustrated by Arnold Lobel; Ann Schweninger took over beginning with book 3, Amanda Pig and Her Big Brother Oliver.


by Frank Remkiewicz
Book 1: Gus Gets Scared
This series about a small rhino is very easy to read. Stories relate humorous episodes from Gus's life, including his attempt to sleep outside all night, his disagreements with other kids in the playground sandbox, and building a snowman on a snow day. 


  1. No Henry and Mudge?

    1. Henry and Mudge was featured on a previous easy reader list:

  2. Thanks for the list! There are several I didn't know about.


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