Studio 5: Books Every Boy Should Read

Today, books for the boys. Those rare books that change your life, that teach important lessons – that make a difference time and time again. The list is below. To see the Studio 5 segment, CLICK HERE.


Ages 0-8


1. “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew may be just a page boy, but he is the one who sets the king right, who makes him apologize and fix his big mistake. No matter who you are, you can affect change  and help others do what is right.

The Dark

2. “The Dark” by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

For little ones who are afraid of the dark or anything else, this is a wonderful book about facing fears.

Ages 9-14

charlie chocolate

1. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl

Being humble, being kind, being grateful. Those are the big themes of this children’s classic. A great one to teach boys that even the little guy can win big by being a good person.

dandelion wine

2. “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury

Summer and growing up. Ray Bradbury’s classic exploration of these themes is a memorable book for boys, one to help them know that what they are feeling and thinking is how all kids their age feel and think.

Ages 14-21

Ender's game

1. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

At times in our lives, we all feel like we are weighed down by impossible expectations. Ender has the weight of the world on his shoulders and his journey explores the themes of rising to expectations while staying true to yourself.


the cay

2. “The Cay” by Theodore Taylor

This book beautifully explores breaking down prejudices and accepting help from others when we need it. This book has made many boys readers.



Ages 21+

rock and hard place

1. “Between A Rock and A Hard Place” by Aron Ralston

Unexpectedly beautiful, this nonfiction survival account looks at what is important in life. How important it is to grow and change, to act, not just think. It is also deeply spiritual  and truly unforgettable.

man listens to horses

2. “The Man Who Listens to Horses” by Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts takes what he’s learned working with horses and elegantly applies it to human communication. Truly inspirational, there’s so much to learn about how to interact with those around us no matter what the circumstances may be.

Men – What books have helped teach you something important?


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