If you are looking for books for boys, here are some my sons have enjoyed (in no particular order!) ... I read to the boys a lot as they are not keen readers. One of my sons particularly likes graphic novels, so I am on the lookout for more of these. I believe there are many titles now presented in this format. They also love audio books, and will often listen to story CDs when they go to bed. "The Hobbit" is a current favourite with our older two, and second son has moved into his big brother's room temporarily, so as not to miss any of the story!! Lots of books are available now on audio. Many of Barefoot Books' titles come with an audio CD of great stories - also useful for long car journeys! If you have other titles to recommend, please leave a comment below!
C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia
The Barefoot Book of Pirates
(Barefoot Books do some lovely story compilations for both boys and girls. They draw tales from many cultures and often the books come with audio CDs. Check out this website for more inspiration and enter code TWENTY13 at checkout to enjoy a 20% discount.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
My third son, familiar with Kipling's original stories, has also enjoyed a series of early readers by Shoo Rayner which we found in our local library based on The Just So Stories.
The Jungle Book, also by Rudyard Kipling
Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Books by Holling C Holling
Little Pilgrim's Progress (Helen L. Taylor)
My eldest son has enjoyed John Bunyan's original work, but this simplified version is easier going!
The Doctor Dolittle Stories by Hugh Lofting
Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon" books (These books were the series which really got my eldest son reading!)
The Asterix books
The Adventures of Tin Tin (Herge)
The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Dangerous Books for Boys
The Berenstain Bears
J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater
The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
The Captain Underpants Books by Dav Pilkey
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs ... Ian Whybrow has also produced a series of chapter books for slightly older Harry fans!
The Kitty Stories by Bel Mooney
The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
Just William by Richmal Crompton
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Anything by Roald Dahl
The Arthur Stories by Marc Brown
I looked for these because the boys so love the television programme, and the books have also proved a hit!
Some of Dick King Smith's books - particularly the Sophie stories on audio ....