4 Tips to Encourage Boys to Read

Boys can be naturally active and silly, but they love their quiet time too. Some of the best ways to fill in time before bed or riding in a car is to grab a good book and relax with a story. Not all boys are eager readers though and that’s okay. Here are a few of our tips to encourage boys to read, it might be easier than you think!

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4 Tips to Encourage Boys to Read


Read With Your Son

It’s best to start early, right from infancy, but it’s never too late to start reading with your boy.  Reading aloud together can enhance vocabulary and comprehension skills but it’s also just a really nice time to bond. We started with picture books and eventually moved on to chapter books as they got older. Before bed is the perfect time to cuddle up with a book, especially post bathtime when they smell really good! We start bedtime one hour earlier than we want them asleep to allow reading together in our routine. Follow your son’s lead each day, if he is eager to read, let him do a lot of the reading. If he’s not feeling it, you can do more of the reading. We often like to take turns and have him read one page and me the next, especially when the book is particularly hard.

Reading is Reading

Sometimes we have an idea in our head that reading only counts when it’s a story book, but reading is reading no matter what it is. Boys might be more interested in reading sports stats, quiz books, joke books, or comics. For my guys, graphic novels are where it’s at!

Model the Behaviour

Make sure the boys see you reading too, for pleasure! You might be like me and tend to save reading for when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet, but it’s good for kids to see you reading for fun. Often kids see reading as a chore, instead of a great pastime. Make sure the boys see adult male role models reading as well. Dad’s, grandparents and uncles can show boys that reading is enjoyable for all genders.

Get Boy Approved Books

The problem might not be with your boy, but your books. Bring your boys to the library or bookstore and let them choose their own favourites. My boys are really into the Big Nate books and just recently discovered the Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior series. 

tips to encourage boys to read

Disclosure:This post includes affiliate links, Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior books were provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

If your boys are Minecraft fans, and most of them are, they will just love this Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior series. There are now 5 books in the series as the fifth book 8-Bit Warrior: Quest Mode has just been released. 

Here’s More:

Minecraft meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in book 5 of the very popular 8-Bit Warrior series of the journal of a young Minecraft villager who dares to dream of becoming a Minecraft warrior!

In the fifth in this series of five unofficial Minecraft adventure books, everyone’s favorite 12-year-old villager-turned-warrior is back this time to use his warrior training on a new quest.

There’s no time to enjoy his newfound stardom.To save Villagetown, Runt embarks on a perilous quest far beyond the safety of the wall. Between bizarre towns, terrifying dungeons, and epic boss battles, Runt must summon the hero within and say “so long” to the noob!

Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior Series

Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior books are geared for kids aged 8-12 which fits exactly the range of my three boys and it’s definitely a hit with all three of them. I’ve been reading the first book in series with my 8 year old and I have to admit I actually like the book as well! Finally, Minecraft makes sense to me when you put it into a story format! My oldest has been bringing these books everywhere with him and is spending hours pouring through the series. We definitely have a new favourite on our hands! 

To help encourage your boy to read, enter for a chance to win the whole Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior series (Books 1-5) below! Open to Canada and the USA, 18 yrs and over, ends April 29, 2018



  1. Amy Heffernan says:

    Right now my son is reading a minecraft series something like these.

  2. Andrea Amy says:

    My son likes the minecraft books. Unfortunately we lost everything in November including all of his toys/books and I know he would love this series just as much. Thanks for the chance.

  3. My son likes books about hockey and bugs. I’d like for him to start getting into a book series.

  4. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    At the moment Captain Underpants series.

  5. My tween loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

  6. the Pokemon books are being read right now.

  7. My child’s favourite book right now is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

  8. Dianne G. says:

    My oldest grandson enjoys a series with some big headed characters that are being pursued by space creatures. I cannot remember the name of the books but they are almost like a comic book. He also enjoys books about computers and dinosaurs.

  9. Elva Roberts says:

    My girls are adults now and they love Jane Austen’s novels as does my youngest granddaughter. I loved them first.

  10. My kids are into the Warriors series by Erin Hunter

  11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  12. Sarah alexis says:

    My 9 year old son is not a HUGE lover of reading – but he really enjoyed the series “Amulet”

  13. HEIDI CA. says:

    My boys are fans of The Good Guys’ Club.

  14. Kristi R. says:

    Judy Moody is my son’s newest favourite series.

  15. Rosanne Robinson says:

    Right now he’s reading the Captain Underpants books.

  16. my kids like the fudge books (tales of a fourth grade nothing).

  17. ivy pluchinsky says:

    The Captain Underpants series is a favorite here

  18. Right now it’s anything Minecraft.

  19. Kate Hearn says:

    My kiddo likes Dogman, Captain underpants, diary of a Wimpy kid, and Geronimo Stilton.
    He plays Minecraft and watches videos of people playing…these might be a good idea

  20. Carol Denny says:

    The boys like Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

  21. The one that was my favorite and now my daughter enjoys because of the kitty, Tabby is Mr. Putter and Tabby. They go on all adventures together, an old man and his pet cat Tabby.

  22. Juliee Fitze says:

    They l8ke The Dairy of a Wimpy kid.

  23. SweetPanda says:

    My kids like The Dairy of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants

  24. Florence Cochrane says:

    My grandchildren love Diary of a Wimpy Kids

  25. Maryanne says:

    So much Captain Underpants!

  26. tammy ta says:

    The I Survived books are one of my son’s favourites

  27. My one son loved the Eragon series and my other guy love the Stink books

  28. My daughter currently loves Shopkins books and the Pinkalicious series. These would be great. Thanks!

  29. I found a series of hockey books about the WHL that my son enjoyed. Hard to find subject matter that is interesting for boys – these look good.

  30. laurel Keating says:

    My sons favorite book and mine is the giving tree

  31. TJ Turnbull says:

    at the moment she has started the Harry Potter series

  32. Kamerine says:

    I think Amulet tops the list.

  33. Jeannie Lam says:

    My son loves the Master Dragon series right now.

  34. Ginger Gervais says:

    My son’s fav is captain underpants

  35. Janet Meisner says:

    She loves the Narnia series.

  36. My Grandson loves Dogman

  37. Son’s favorite book is Ready Player One

  38. My little man likes Curious George!

  39. My kids like the Harry Potter series.

  40. Mallory Bailey says:

    My nephew loves the Captain Underpants series.

  41. My daughter loves graphic novels like SMILE and SISTERS. My son is reading Harry Potter just now.

  42. Audrey Skinner says:

    My nephew loves Harry Potter.

  43. Deanna P says:

    Right now my son is into reading his dad’s old Marvel comic books!

  44. Diary of a Wimpy Kid & Captain Underpants!

  45. I know a youngster who’s mother passed away and is now being raised by his senior grandparents so, I would be thrilled if I could win books for him to bring a smile to his face.

  46. Kimmy Ripley says:

    My daughter loves Wayside School and Goosebumps. She sure would love these as well~!

  47. Alex rdyer series

  48. My kids love minecraft

  49. My youngest daughter (7) loves Ninjago so anything related to that, and my eldest daughter (9) just got started on Nancy Drew (the ones that I grew up reading!). Both LOVE Minecraft though so these books would be an awesome surprise for them!

  50. Anne Derkat says:

    Right now it’s the Captain Underpants books.

  51. Silvia D says:

    my daughter is reading some classics right now.. Anne of Green Gables and Little house on the Prairie

  52. My son likes anything Star Wars.

  53. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    My son likes books about hockey

  54. My son is reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books

  55. Victoria K says:

    My daughter love The Land of Stioreis

  56. Laura Barnes-Schrillo says:

    Bailey School kids books

  57. Nicole Martin says:

    My son love Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  58. Marlene V. says:

    My son loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  59. My son loves to read the Judy Moody series.

  60. Alena Svetelska says:

    My daughter likes seus books.

  61. hannasmom says:

    My daughter really liked the Canadian Diary Series

  62. My kids love the Geronimo Stilton series!

  63. Wow those books look amazing. My daughter is losing interest in reading she use to love to read i think she wouuld love those liked and shared

  64. Theresa C. says:

    Our youngest still loves the Lemony Snicket series

  65. Maegan Morin says:

    Im not entering because we already have these books but I just want to say that my son LOVED the Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior books! He devoured the first four in less then a month and when he got the latest one, it was gone in a week. He’s 8 and finding books that he likes is so hard. These were definitely a winner.

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