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Our good friends welcomed their first child on Friday night, a baby boy. DH and I want to make sure we have a great gift to bring them when we go and visit the new addition.
I have always been a HUGE reader and lover of books, and I want to give them (him) something other than cute onesies or other things I know the new momma has gotten at baby showers. I want to do this “starter library” (pictured below), but this one is for a new baby girl. I’m having the hardest time coming up with good boy books to put in place of these. I know she’s already got the staples like that catepillar book, or “goodnight moon”, and I also want to put in some older child books (like the classic judy bloom ones in this basket) that are great, memorable reads for young kids.
What are some suggestions for good books for boys? Or, do you think this isn’t the best idea?
Here’s the basket I want to copy:
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Silly me thinking books were unisex..
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@angela85: well…um…okay, yeah they are. I was just hoping for advice, I guess I was thinking more along the lines of books like “nate the great” or something like that. I mean, yeah, obviously books are unisex, just thought maybe mom’s or aunts of boys could offer up a “my son/nephew/godson/whoever loved ____”.
Post # 5
Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
The Dahl and Paulson books are for middle to later elementary age kids.
ETA: my brother loved all of these books growing up, and Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (sp?) and I loved all of those books as well!
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@MrsDrRose612: Sorry for the snarky reply. It’s just that I have a 2 year old that loves Spiderman and I’m having a hard time convincing the people around us that she does not have to be limited to ‘girls’ toys just because she’s a girl. I tend to get a bit defensive about gender categorizing toys.
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As a teacher, here are some books that boys like to read. Boys are also much more into non-fiction books…books about space, dinosaurs, gross things, etc.
Captain Underpants Series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
ANY Roald Dahl books
Scardy Squirrel Books
How to Eat Fried Worms
And no starter library would be complete without Dr. Seuss!
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@angela85: Sounds like your daughter is ahead of her classmates- what woman doesn’t love spiderman?!
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Best. Idea. Ever.
I am totally stealing this next time someone I know has a baby. Thank you!
- The Little Engine That Could
- The Complete Adventures of Curious George
- Where the Wild Things Are
- The Giving Tree
- Harry Potter series (for when he is older)
Post # 10
I think any Dr. Seuss books would work too.
Post # 11
The Goosebump series-my bro loved that growing up 🙂
Post # 12
I have a 7 year old boy and he loves Dr. Seuss and Goosebumps and George, as previous posters have said. He liked Thomas the Train books when he was younger.
We received “On the day you were born” when he was born and it’s a great book to read. Here are a few others I thought of:
- Goodnight Moon
- Pierre: A Cautionary Tale & Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak (my son loves those books)
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
There are so many books but I can’t think of too many for some reason! 🙁
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@angela85: I think it’s awesome your daughter is into Spiderman, etc.. I LOVE superheroes and superhero movies, more so than my son!
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Books about trucks/tractors/fire trucks were a huge hit when my son was little; now he loves just about anything, but the construction/transportation books still reign supreme. He also loves anything that rhymes; we read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” all year long! The Little Critter series of books are great for kids of all ages and are super cheap, too.
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Why not books that YOU loved as a kid? For my taste? Here are a few books that are nevertheless classic and well-known, but a bit “off the beaten track” and thereby less likely to have been gifted (and unisex to boot):
“UNCLE SHELBY’S ABZ’s” by SHEL SILVERSTEIN
The snark of the book won’t really work until the kid is somewhere around 8-10, but it’s hilarious and not as likely to have been given as “The Giving Tree” or one of Silverstein’s other classics
“TWO BAD ANTS” by CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG
Kids LOVE the “ants’ eye view” of the world
“THE RAINBOW GOBLINS” by UL DE RICO
Another illustration book–gorgeous pictures that have an old world look. And the goblins drown in colors in the end, which most children are fascinated by.
“ROTTEN ISLAND” by William Steig
Unfortunately, the edits of Steig’s original text don’t have the same panache, but the story is unique and fun.
“SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL” by Louis Sachar
Who DIDN’T love this one around 3rd grade??
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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Story of Ferdinand
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
The Story about Ping