Keep reading for must-read books for 9 year old boys!
My husband loves to read so it wasn’t until I became a mom and, eventually, a homeschooler that I learned that boys don’t always love reading.
What makes boys into veracious readers? Books that are filled with adventure, characters that have the IT quality, and let’s face it, books that aren’t boring!
I don’t have sons of my own but I was huge tomboy growing up, and because my Dad was a basketball coach I was around guys a lot. So I like to think I have a good handle on what boys would like to read.
The book list is divided into two sections: beginner chapter books and regular chapter books. I believe in underestimating reading levels because all kids are different and my kids were late readers. But no matter what their reading level is, boys will love these books!
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Descriptions come from Amazon; some are edited for length
Books for 9 year old boys
Beginner Chapter Books
“By popular demand, Judy Moody’s brother, Stink, gets his chance to star! Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it’s always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads (can it be?) three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? He tries everything to look like he’s growing, but wearing up-and-down stripes and spiking his hair aren’t fooling anyone into thinking he’s taller. If only he could ask his hero James Madison, the shortest person ever to serve as president of the United States.”
“Join the world’s greatest detective, Nate the Great, as he solves the mystery of the lost picture. Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the list of suspects so he can solve the mystery. This long-running chapter book series will encourage children to problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!”
“Hank is a kid who doesn’t try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He’s pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are math and reading!) In the first book of this series, Hank’s class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the lead part: Aqua Fly. But he freezes in his audition and can only buzz like a fly. His teacher creates a special part for Hank, a silent bookmark. This may seem like an insignificant role, but when his enemy, Nick McKelty, freezes during the performance, it’s up to Hank to save the play!”
“Dragon Masters has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland’s soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons–and they must also uncover their dragons’ special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon’s special power?”
“The first adventure of Jack and Annie! Jack and his younger sister find a tree house filled with books. Where did the tree house come from? Before they can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?”
“Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, Stone Fox tells the story of Little Willy, who lives with his grandfather in Wyoming. When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race which would save the farm and his grandfather. But he isn’t the only one who desperately wants to win. Willy and his brave dog Searchlight must face off against experienced racers, including a Native American man named Stone Fox, who has never lost a race.”
Chapter Books for Boys
“Ruth Stiles Gannett’s classic children’s story, My Father’s Dragon about Elmer Elevator and the plight of an overworked and under appreciated baby flying dragon. Upon hearing about the dragon, Elmer stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon. The perfect bedtime story.”
Farley Drexel Hatcher, otherwise known as Fudge, thinks he’s a superhero, but his older brother, Peter, knows Fudge is nothing but a big pain! Dealing with Fudge is hard enough, but now Peter’s parents have decided to move to New Jersey for an entire year! Even worse, Peter’s mom is going to have a new baby. And if this baby is anything like Fudge, how will Peter ever survive?
“Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That’s what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells’ Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Then things get even better when something curious comes floating down the creek and Popeye and Elvis set out on a small adventure. Who could possibly be sending the notes and what do they mean?”
“Ribsy’s ever-curious mind has always gotten him into trouble, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children! Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there’s plenty of excitement to be had along the way!
We put so much pressure on ourselves as parents, even the books they read make us question our parenting. But have no fear, with any of these books you can be confident you child is well on his way to becoming a proficient reader!