Great Authors & Series for Boys

In my last post, I shared a list of specific books that were highly recommended for boys, but if you are like me, sometimes knowing the name of the authors is as important as the titles of books when you are shopping! Generally, if I like an author’s work, I am pretty sure that I will like others they wrote. Of course, that is not always true. There are those rare occasions when I dislike their other works…but I digress!

The following list is gathered from many places and lists, but I must give most of the credit to Jan Bloom (see booksbloom.com).  I attended her class at the St. Louis Homeschool Expo and really liked the idea of having a master list of authors or series…for both boy and girl audiences. Many of these authors are equally appealing to girls so don’t rule them out without looking at them first!  So here goes the list!

Great Authors-Series for Boys

Early Reading Levels:

Frontier/Animals/Outdoors

  • Dan Frontier
  • Jim Forest
  • PeeWee Scouts
  • The Buttons
  • Thornton W. Burgess (we love his stories!)
  • Author Scott Bailey
  • C. W. Anderson
  • James Herriot’s Stories for Children (we liked this one very much, too!)

History/Biographies Readers

  •  Step into Reading
  • I Can Read
  • Childhood of Famous Americans
  • We Were There
  • Frontiers of America
  • Garrard biographies
  • Walter Buehr
  • Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Ronald Syme

Technology/Space/Future

  • Leonard
  • Peter
  • Moonbeam

Humor/Family

  • Frog and Toad (my hubby loves reading these to the kids!)
  • Commander Toad
  • Mole and Troll

Fantasy/Other Worlds/Talking Animals

  • Thorton W. Burgess
  • Beatrix Potter

Mysteries/Thrillers

  • Helen Fuller Orton
  • Bobbsey Twins

Sports

  • Marion Renich

For Intermediate Reading Levels:

Frontier/Animals/Outdoors

  • Merritt Parmalee Allen
  • Sonia Bleeker
  • James Daugherty
  • Walter Edmonds
  • Walter Farley
  • Shannon Garst
  • Walt Morey
  • Jack O’Brien
  • Gary Paulson
  • Willard Price
  • Ernest Thompson Seton

History/Biographies

  • American Adventure
  • Winston Adventure
  • Trailblazer Biographies
  • YWAM Biographies (esp. Heroes of History series)
  • American Heritage
  • Dave Dawson
  • Alfred Duggan
  • Landmark Books
  • Jean Lantham
  • Stephen Meader
  • Northstar
  • James Otis
  • Howard Pyle
  • Red Reeder
  • Signature
  • Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Geoffrey Trease

Technology/Space/Future

  • Rick Brant
  • Eleanor Cameron
  • Tom Corbett
  • Tom Swift Jr.

Humor/Family

  • Carol Ryrie Brink
  • Marguerite DeAngeli
  • Meindert DeJong
  • Carolyn Haywood
  • Eleanor Frances Lattimore
  • Lois Lenski
  • Arthur Ransome

Fantasy/Other Worlds

  • Lloyd Alexander
  • L. M. Boston
  • Walter Brooks
  • John Christopher
  • Edward Eager
  • Nicholas Stuart Gray
  • Brian Jacques
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • C. S. Lewis

Mysteries/Thrillers

  • Hardy Boys
  • Happy Hollisters
  • Three Investigators
  • Howard Pease

Sports

  • Joe Archibald
  • C. Paul Jackson
  • Jackson Scholz
  • Matt Christopher (pre 1990)
  • William Gault
  • Chip Hilton

High School and Grown Up Levels

Frontier/Animals/Outdoors

  • R. M. Ballantyne
  • C. S. Forester
  • James Oliver Curwood
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Brock Thoene
  • Louis L’Amour (we really enjoy his books)
  • Zane Grey
  • James Herriott
  • Richard Halliburton
  • Patrick O’Brian
  • Rafael Sabatini
  • Ralph Conner

History/Biographies

  • Ron Carter (EXCELLENT American Revolution series)
  • Alfred Church (we’ve really enjoyed his books)
  • Charles Dickens
  • Alexander Dumas
  • G. A. Henty (we’ve really enjoyed his books, too)
  • Robert Leckie
  • Baroness Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel series)
  • Brock and Brodie Thoene (their Zion Covenant series on WWII is fabulous)
  • Stanley Wyman

Technology/Space/Future

  • Jules Verne

Humor/Family

  • Gordon Korman
  • Raplh Moody
  • Booth Tarkington
  • P.G. Wodehouse

Fantasy/Other Worlds

  • Ted Dekker
  • Orson Scott
  • Stephen Lawhead
  • Calvin Miller
  • Bill Myers
  • Frank Peretti
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • John White

Mysteries/Thillers

  • T. Davis Bunn
  • John Grisham
  • Rex Stout
  • Robb Whitlow

Sports

  • John Tunis

LDS Author Series 

  • Ron Carter (Prelude to Glory)
  • Gerald Lund  (The Work and the Glory, Fishers of Men, and others)
  • Brandon Mull (Fablehaven, Beyonder)
  • Dean Hughes (Children of the Promise)
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7 thoughts on “Great Authors & Series for Boys

  1. Connie

    As I read through both of your posts, I was saddened to see that Will Hobbs was not on the lists. He is an author that caught a very reluctant reader’s attention! Some of his books: Kokopelli’s Flute, Bearstone, Beardance, Yukon Gold, Down River.
    I worked in the school library for a while and volunteered in the public library and this author was loved ! I would put his books age group from 5th grade and up. They are usually about boys, but girls enjoyed them also. I KNOW you would love them. I believe of one his books was a Newberry Award winner too. We were introduced to Kokopelli’s Flute when Lindsay was in elementary school. It is easy to read, but pulls you into the story. Will puts a lot of history and facts into his stories in a way that is fascinating and educated without being in your face or boring. A few of the books left me wanting to learn more about the historical background and content. (Part of that is because he lives close to our neck of the woods!) When I find his books at second stores, I buy them they are that good.

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  2. sheraz2011 Post author

    This list is obviously not exhaustive and generally from the Golden Age of Children’s Literature. Will Dobbs wrote his books later. I actually have one of his books, but have not had time to read it yet. Now I will have to move it up closer to the top of the list!

    Of course we can and should add other authors that we know of to this list!

    I will make sure that our sister knows to add him to her list for her son! Thanks! =)

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  3. Connie

    I know it isn’t an exhaustive list and probably will never be! There are too many authors and too many up and coming ones!
    I just want people to know about his books!

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  4. WhereLearningAbounds

    Could you please tell me more about the Louis L’Amour books? I have never read any before. Are they very violent? Do they inspire good and worthy thoughts for young men? Are they really a living book? What age is good to start reading and what do you recommend? I was looking at the Short Story Westerns vol. 1. My interest for these came when a speaker mentioned his autobiography, Education of a Wandering Man, as a good example of a lifelong learner, outside of school. Have you read this and would it be good for young men to read? What age would you recommend? Thanks!

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    1. sheraz2011 Post author

      I really like the Louis L’Amour books. They are living books. Some of them contain some cowboy language, but the heroes treat people with respect and all are hardworking. They enjoy building with their skills and exemplify the values and virtues that we try to teach our kids – to be kind, to not give up, to do what is right even when it is hard, to work hard – and to find satisfaction in that work, and to care about the world around them. There is violence in that there are gun battles and fights, but they are not gratuitous in their descriptions. My whole family grew up on these and we still talk about the survival skills we read and learned about in those books. Louis L’Amour actually lived many of the types of events in the books so the places are described as he saw them and the situations are realistic. He even talked with real gunfighters of the Old West before they died when he was younger.

      I have read Education of a Wandering Man and was impressed with his education. I was inspired to want to educate myself further as well. His books have created an interest in the Old West that has not gone away as I get older.

      As for ages – well, it depends on your child. I think that you could give an 11 or 12 year one and be okay.

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