Books for Young Men

Books for Young Men

This is a list of books that would be of particular interest to young men.  While some children with advanced reading skills will be able to tackle some of these books during their upper elementary grades, the list is meant for students in junior high and high school.  I’ve marked a few that are more advanced.  I worked with the kids (who’ve read most of these) and Chris (who was an English major with me) to list some basic categories for the books.  Although the books are mostly fiction, we’ve tried to break it down further by stating whether the books are historical fiction, about animals, adventure books, etc.  At the end of the list is another short list of authors who typically write things that would be of interest to boys or men.  Sonya  : )

Title Author Category
God’s Smuggler Brother Andrew Christian
Sounder William Armstrong Animal
Walk the World’s Rim Betty Baker Christian
Peter Pan J.M. Barrie Classic
A String in the Harp Nancy Bond Adventure
The Golden Pharaoh Karl Bruckner Historical
Back to Treasure Island Harold Calahan Adventure
Minutemen of the Sea Tom Cluff Adventure
Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi Classic
The Golden Fleece Padraci Colum Classic
The Golden Days of Greece Olivia Coolidge Historical
The Last of the Mohicans James Fennimore Cooper Classic
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane Classic
The House of Sixty Fathers Meindert DeJong Historical
Great Expectations (advanced) Charles Dickens Classic
Bleak House (advanced) Charles Dickens Classic
Pickwick Papers (advanced) Charles Dickens Classic
Incident at Hawk’s Hill Allan Eckert Based on true story
Ginger Pye Eleanor Estes General fiction
Early Thunder Jean Fritz Historical
Brady Jean Fritz General fiction
The Locked Crowns Marion Garthwaite Historical
The Youngest General Fruma Gottschalk Historical
I Will Adventure Elizabeth Janet Gray Historical
Adventures of Robin Hood Roger Green Classic
The Fantastic Brother Rene Guillot Historical
The House of Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne Classic
Green Peace Marjorie Hayes Classic
Drummer Boy for Montcalm Wilma Hays Historical
Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving Classic
Big John’s Secret Eleanor Jewett Historical
They Came From France: Pierre’s Lucky Pouch Clara Ingram Judson Historical
They Came From Sweden: Sod-House Winter Clara Ingram Judson Historical
They Came From Bohemia: The Lost Violin Clara Ingram Judson Historical
They Came From Ireland: Michael’s Victory Clara Ingram Judson Historical
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Fiction
The Great Turkey Walk Kathleen Karr General fiction
Jonathan Margaret Lovett Historical
Captains Courageous (advanced) Rudyard Kipling Classic
Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling Classic
Swamp Cat Jim Kjelgaard Animal
Trailing Trouble Jim Kjelgaard Animal
Big Red Jim Kjelgaard Animal
Onion John Joseph Krumgold Classic
Endurance Alfred Lansing Classic
Carry on Mr. Bowditch Jean Latham Classic
The Fabulous Flight Robert Lawson General fiction
Doctor Dolittle Hugh Lofting General fiction
The Pushcart War Jean Merrill General fiction
Kildee House Rutherford Montgomery Classic
Rascal Sterling North Animal
Story of King Arthur and His Knights Howard Pyle Historical
Otto of Silver Hand Howard Pyle Historical
The Yearling (advanced) Marjorie Rawlings Classic / animal
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls Classic / animal
The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice Allen Say Historical
The Silver Sword Ian Serraillier Historical
Escape From Warsaw (advanced) Ian Serraillier Historical / classic
The Spartan Caroline Snedeker Classic
The Bronze Bow Elizabeth Speare Classic
Treasure Island Robert L. Stevenson Classic
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift Classic
Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Classic
Treegate’s Raiders Leonard Wibberley Historical
Son of Charlemagne Barbara Willard Classic
Hittite Warrior Joanne Williamson Historical / classic
Amos Fortune Elizabeth Yates General fiction
Odysseus in the Serpent Maze Jane Yolen General fiction


For younger boys (age 9 to 12), I’d also recommend the Hardy Boys series (original books only, not the newer books in the series) and ANY of the Random House Landmark books.

For young men approximately age 14 and over, I’d include reading books by the following authors as part of a well-rounded high school reading plan.

–  Jules Verne

–  H. G. Wells

–  Arthur Conan Doyle

–  Canterbury Tales

–  Augustine (as in Confessions of St. Augustine)

–  R. M. Ballantyne

–  Lloyd Alexander

–  Ralph Moody

–  Orson Scott Card

–  Charles Dickens

–  Shakespeare

–  C. S. Lewis

–  J. R. R. Tolkien

–  Edgar Allan Poe


You should be able to find books by most of these authors.  They have some that could be read by younger readers, but primarily I would recommend these authors for the older students.


If you look for some of the books on the book list, there may be a few that are difficult to find.  Some are out of print and rare.  Others are quite easily obtainable.


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