Wilder Library Reading Lists for Boys


The Wilder Library at the Prep would like to recommend a list of titles for your son's leisure reading. In most cases one title by a particular author has been listed, but many others are suitable.  A pdf version of the entire reading list is available here.

Form 4

Tom Angleberger The strange case of Origami Yoda
Katherine Applegate The one and only Ivan
Judy Blume Tales of a fourth grade nothing
Andrew Clements Frindle
Bruce Coville Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher
Cressida Cowell How to train your dragon
Roald Dahl Charlie and the chocolate factory
Tony DiTerlizzi The field guide
Andy Griffiths Just Wacky!
Dan Gutman Babe & me: a baseball card adventure
James Howe Howliday Inn
Jeff Kinney Diary of a wimpy kid
Gordon Korman The titanic
Kathryn Lasky The capture
C.S. Lewis The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Roy MacGregor The night they stole the Stanley Cup
Jenny Nimmo Midnight for Charlie Bone
Lincoln Peirce Big Nate: in a class by himself
Mordecai Richler Jacob Two-Two's first spy case
J.K.Rowling Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
Alan Silberberg Milo: sticky notes and brain freeze
Lemony Snicket Who could that be at this hour?
Paul Stewart Corby Flood
Janet Tashijan My life as a book
Wendelin Van Draanen Shredderman: secret identity
Trina Wiebe Max the magnificent
Jane Yolen Wizard’s Hall

Forms 5 & 6

Lloyd Alexander The book of three
Avi Crispin
T.A. Barron The lost years of Merlin
Chris Bradford Young samurai: the way of the warrior
John Christopher The white mountains
Gennifer Choldenko Al Capone does my shirts
Emma Clayton The Roar
Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl
Suzanne Collins Gregor the overlander
Leslie Connor Crunch
Caroline Cooney The face on the milk carton
Mark Cooper Fledgling: Jason Steed
Christopher Curtis Bud, not Buddy
Terry Deary The fire thief
Chris D’Lacey The fire within
Jim Eldridge Flying ace
Deborah Ellis I am a taxi
Nancy Farmer The sea of trolls
John Flanagan The ruins of Gorlan
Michael Ford The fire of Ares
Cornelia Funke The thief lord
Margaret Haddix Among the hidden
Carl Hiaasen Scat
Charlie Higson SilverFin
Anthony Horowitz Stormbreaker
Eva Ibbotson Which witch?
Brian Jacques Redwall
Philip Kerr The Akhenaten adventures
Derek Landy Skulduggery Pleasant
D.J. MacHale The merchant of death
Jean Merrill The pushcart war
Gerald Morris The squire’s tale
Michael Morpurgo War horse
Brandon Mull Fablehaven
Matt Myklusch The accidental hero
O.T. Nelson The girl who owned a city
Susan Nielson Word nerd
Kenneth Oppel Darkwing
Uri Orlev The island on Bird Street
R.J. Palacio Wonder
Christopher Paolini Eragon
James Patterson Maximum ride: the angel experiment
Shane Peacock Eye of the crow
Ellen Raskin The Westing game
Wilson Rawls Where the red fern grows
Rick Riordan The lightning thief
Chris Ryan Rat-Catcher
Angie Sage Magyk
Brian Selznick Wonderstruck
Trenton Lee Stewart The mysterious Benedict Society
Kevin Sylvester Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo murders
J.R.R. Tolkien The hobbit
Eleanor Updale Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman?
Michael Wade And then it happened
Mark Walden H.I.V.E
Eric Walters We all fall down
Robert Westall The machine gunners
Jane Yolen Dragon's blood

Form 7

Douglas Adams The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
Isabel Allende City of the beasts
Sherman Alexie The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Paolo Bacigalupi Ship breaker
Clive Barker Abarat
Susan Bartoletti The boy who dared
Martyn Bedford Flip
Clare Bell Ratha’s creature
William Bell Forbidden city
John Boyne The boy in the striped pajamas
Orson Scott Card Ender’s game
Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express
Suzanne Collins The hunger games
Joe Craig Jimmy Coates
James Dasher The maze runner
Carl Deuker Night hoops
Paul Dowsell Auslander
Laura Elliot Under a war-torn sky
Deborah Ellis No safe place
Nancy Farmer The house of the scorpion
Catherine Fisher Incarceron
Neil Gaiman The graveyard book
Jack Gantos Dead end in Norvelt
Maurice Gee Salt
Mark Haddon The curious incident of the dog in the night time
James Hart Capt. Hook: the adventures of a notorious youth
Jack Heath The Lab
Charles Higson The enemy
S.E. Hinton The outsiders
Anne Holm I am David
Anthony Horowitz Raven’s gate
E. L. Konigsburg Silent to the bone
Gordon Korman The juvie three
Pittacus Lore I am number four
Mike Lupica Hero
Graham McNamee Bonechiller
John Marsden Tomorrow, when the war began
Robert Muchamore The recruit
Andy Mulligan Trash
Walter Dean Myers Fallen angels
Garth Nix Sabriel
Kenneth Oppel Half brother
Philip Pullman The golden compass
Veronica Roth Divergent
Chris Rylander The fourth stall
Michael Scott The alchemyst: the secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel
Robert Sharenow The Berlin boxing club
Arthur Slade The hunchback assignments
Caroline Stevermer River rats
Jonathan Stroud The amulet of Samarkand
Mark Twain The adventures of Tom Sawyer
Anne Ursu The shadow thieves
Eric Walters Shattered
Scott Westerfeld Leviathan
John Wilson Four steps to death
Markus Zusak The book thief

Non fiction - Form 5 and up

Nic Bishop Nic Bishop frogs
Rhoda Blumberg Shipwrecked: the true adventures of a Japanese boy
Georgia Bragg How they croaked: the awful end of the awfully famous
Scott Chantler Two Generals
Roald Dahl Boy
Ingri D’Aulaires D’Aulaire’s book of Greek myths
Anne Frank The diary of a young girl
Steve Jenkins Life on earth: the story of evolution
Tom Laliki Spellbinder: the life of Harry Houdini
Joseph Lekuton Facing the lion: growing up Maasai on the African savanna
Karen Levine Hana’s suitcase: a true story
Cunxin Li Mao’s last dancer
David Macauley Building big
Mark Pfetzer Within reach: my Everest story
Joshua Piven The worst-case scenario survival handbook
Al Seckel Optical Illusions: the science of visual perception
Eric Williams The wooden horse
Chris Woodword Cool stuff and how it works

Graphic novels

Frank Cammuso The dodgeball chronicles
Rene Goscinny Asterix
Emmanuel Guibert Sardine
Herge Tintin
Kazu Kibuishi The amulet
Susan Schade Travels of Thelonious
Jason Shiga Meanwhile
Jeff Smith Bone
Doug TenNapel Ghostopolis
Primary Reading List: (SK-3)
The Wilder Library would like to suggest a list of book titles and series that Prep boys will enjoy reading. Other titles by these authors may also be suitable.

Primary Picture Books: Some favourites

William Brownridge The final game
Eve Bunting Ducky
Jannell Cannon Verdi
Eric Carle Does a kangaroo have a mother too?
Chih-Yuan Chen Guji Guji
Rod Clement Counting on Frank
Barbara Cooney Miss Rumphius
Doreen Cronin Giggle, giggle, quack
David Elliott Finn throws a fit
Emily Jenkins Skunkdog
Ian Falconer Olivia
Jules Feiffer Bark George
Mem Fox Tough Boris
Phoebe Gilman The balloon tree
Emily Gravett Spells
Kevin Hawkes The wicked big toddlah
Simon James Baby brains
Oliver Jeffers How to catch a star
Jonathon London What newt could do for turtle
Susan Meddaugh Martha speaks
Alan Morgan The magic hockey skates
Bill Peet Cowardly Clyde
Patricia Polacco Thank you, Mr. Falker
Barbara Reid Two by two
Maurice Sendak Where the wild things are
David Shannon No, David!
Dr. Seuss The Lorax
William Steig The amazing bone
Mark Teague The secret shortcut
Judith Viorst Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Melanie Watt Scaredy squirrel
Mo Willems Knuffle Bunny
Mo Willems The pigeon finds a hotdog!

Primary Novels

Novels: for reading aloud, reading together or reading independently

Richard Atwater Mr. Popper’s penguins
Adam Blade Beast quest
Judy Blume Tales of a fourth grade nothing
Beverly Cleary Ralph S. Mouse
Roald Dahl Fantastic Mr. Fox
Paul Fleischman The Half-a-Moon Inn
Stephanie Greene Owen Foote, super spy
James Howe Bunnicula
Dick King-Smith Dragon Boy
Ursula Leguin Catwings
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh
Sara Pennypacker Stuart’s cape
Jon Scieszka The Knights of the kitchen table
Francesca Simon Horrid Henry
Donald Sobol Encyclopedia Brown, boy detective
E.B. White Charlotte’s web
Stuart Little
Ian Whybrow Little Wolf’s book of badness


Beginning Independent Reading

Each of these series has multiple titles.

David Adler Cam Jansen
Mary Amato Snarf AttackTedd Arnold Fly Guy
Helaine Becker Looney Bay all stars
Jim Benton Lunch walks among us
Kevin Bolger Zombiekins
Jeff Brown Flat Stanley
Denys Cazet Minnie and Moo
Tony Davis Roland Wright, future knight
Dan Greenburg The Zach files
Dan Gutman My weird school
James Howe Pinky and Rex
Elizabeth S. Hunt Secret agent Jack Stalwart
H.I. Larry Zac Power
Arnold Lobel Frog and toad
Megan McDonald Stink: the incredible shrinking kid
Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia
Kenneth Oppel A strange case of magic
Mary Pope Osborne Magic tree house
Lissa Rovetch Hot dog and Bob
Cynthia Rylant Poppleton
Louis Sachar Marvin Redpost
Dr. Seuss The cat in the hat
Marjorie W. Sharmat Nate the great
Francesca Simon Horrid Henry
Geronimo Stilton Lost treasure of the emerald eye
Rex Stone Dinosaur cove
Mo Willems Elephant and Piggy

Other Recommended Classics

Jean de Brunhoff Babar
Virginia Lee Burton Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel
Rudyard Kipling Just so stories
Munroe Leaf The story of Ferdinand
A.A.Milne Winnie-the-Pooh
The world of Christopher Robin
Michael Morpurgo The McElderry book of Aesop’s fables
Beatrix Potter The tale of Peter rabbit
H.A.Rey Curious George
Dr. Seuss The cat in the hat
Van Dyke Parks Jump!: the adventures of Brer Rabbit
Helen Ward Unwitting wisdom: an anthology

Poetry Collections

David Booth ed. Til all the stars have fallen - Canadian poems for children
Kenyon Cox Mixed beasts
John Foster ed. My first Oxford book of poems
Sherri Fitch Sleeping dragons all around
Douglas Florian Poem runs
Mary Ann Hoberman ed. Forget-me-nots: poems to learn by heart
Bill Martin Jr. ed. The Bill Martin Jr. big book of poetry
Jack Prelutsky ed. The beauty of the beast
The 20th Century children’s poetry treasury
Shel Silverstein The light in the attic
Where the sidewalk ends

Primary- Non-fiction:

Deb Lucke The book of time-outs: a mostly true history of the world’s biggest troublemakers
Jason Chin Island: a story of the Galapagos
Gail Herman Who was Jackie Robinson? (and others in the “Who was..?” series)
Ben Hillman How strong is it? : a mighty book about strength
Ben Hillman How big is it? :a big book all about bigness
Steve Jenkins Actual size
Steve Jenkins Down, down, down: a journey to the bottom of the sea
Steve Jenkins Move!
Kathryn Lasky One beetle too many: the extraordinary adventures of Charles Darwin
Mary Pope Osborne The one-eyed giant
Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela: long walk to freedom
Simon Mugford Dinosaur ABC
David Smith If the world were a village

Primary-Graphic novels: (many of these are series)

Emmanuel Guibert Sardine
Jarrett Krosoczk Lunch lady
Jeff Limke King Arthur
David Orme Billy Blaster
Aaron Reynolds Joey fly, private eye
Kean Soo Jellaby
Ashley Spires Binky the space cat
James Sturm Adventures in cartooning
Louis Trondheim A.L.I.E.E.E.N