100 Books that Shaped Their Boyhood Part 2


Here is the second half of our list! Some of your asked for Top 3 Favorites for these chapter books. The boys thought I was cruel to restrict them to 3 but they did not hesitate to name them and I was amazed that the three eldest all agreed on at least one book and it was The Green Ember by SD Smith. (Robin Hood, Swallows and Amazons, Wizard of Oz, Penderwicks, Wingfeather Saga, The Good Master, The Magician’s Nephew, The Hobbit and Treasure Island were all mentioned too!)

50 Favorite Middle Stories

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
Five Children and It by E Nesbit
The Green Ember Series by SD Smith
The Book of Beasts by E Nesbit
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Good Master by Kate Seredy
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Copper-Toed Boots by Marguerite de Angeli
Prairie School by Lois Lenski
The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Katie de Camillo
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
100 Cupboards by ND Wilson
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Weiss
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet
In Freedom’s Cause by G.A. Henry
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Under Drake’s Flag by G.A. Henty
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Steveson
Homer Price by Robert Mccluskey
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
5 Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Hank the Cowdog
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
The Adventures of Tin Tin by Hevre
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

8 thoughts on “100 Books that Shaped Their Boyhood Part 2

  1. Thank you for sharing these lists! I have 3 boys and it’s always helpful to hear what other boy families are enjoying to read.


  2. I’m LOVING all these book titles. It’s possible that I might have purchased 15 of the titles immediately from Amazon after reading the first 50…possibly. Ok so I’m currently reading “Mountain Born” by Elizabeth Yates to my kids right now. And I can’t stop telling people about it. It’s about a boy and his lamb and growing up. 😭 so so good.


  3. Do you know if there’s a difference between the abridged Heidi version you linked and the unabridged? Thank you so much!!


  4. Hi, I just have to ask, where did you get your bookshelves? They are so lovely, I need to purchase something similar. Thank you in advance, Nubia

    Sent from my iPad



  5. Thank you! a huge job collating. What I find fascinating is how many ‘girl books’ and I say that tongue in cheek, your boys have included. A valuable lesson to us all


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