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100 Books That Every Kid Should Read

Boys’ Life has provided 100 years of great reading. Here are 100 other titles that every kid should read. Some suggestions will require parental guidance.

77 Comments on 100 Books That Every Kid Should Read

  1. 39 clues and diary of a wimpy kid are awesome but where is bone and amulet?

  2. bannana boy // October 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm // Reply


  3. The Appropriater // September 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm // Reply

    I am embarrased to say that I love to read but I have only read 31

  4. I have either read, been read, or am reading 18 books.


  6. when I saw “100 Books For Boys” I’d think how to train your dragon series would be in there plus dangerous book for boys … oh well. I am looking forward to reading the lord of the rings books, Percy Jackson, the Hobbit and the hardy boys, it seems you never see to many hardy boys books floating around here in this world. I was never interested in reading 39 clues, harry potter and alot more of those old ones listed on here. I definitely think the eragon series should be in this list.

  7. I have read 57 books.I did not see the art of war or the prisoner of zenda on the list.

  8. I’m not realy a big Narnia(though I admit that it’s not so bad).The best are probably Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,Lord Of The Rings and the Hardy Boys, then again they’re all pretty good. Well all-in-all this is an awsome list.
    P.S. Were’s The Dangerous Book For Boys?

  9. Hay, they forgot Orson Scott Card’s books like The Tales of Alvin Maker and Ender’s Game.(:-()

  10. i love hardy boys, artemis fowl, hunger games, 39 clues, the giving tree, and EVERYBODY should read PERCY JACKSON series,and rick riordans other series called the heros of olympus and an egyptian one.

  11. basketball hero // July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm // Reply

    i read almost all the books on the list

  12. I read Shilo and Hatchet and it was fun

  13. I love the lord of the rings! I love artemis Fowl! I love the Hobbit! I love Narnia! I love the Phantom Tollbooth! I love Treasure Island! I LOVE TINTIN!!!!!!!!!!

    • Scouting 101 // July 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm // Reply

      I love the Lord of the Rings too. (The Hobbit is the first book in the series actually) I’ve read the Chronicles of Narnia Series about 5 times in the past 2 years. (I’ve pretty much memorized them with the audio series/movies to go with it!) All great books!

  14. i have read all the adventures of tintin and they are GREAT! the phantom tollbooth is great to but they are missing the hank the cowdog series. i have read about 20 on here

  15. I’d advise The Mysterious Benedict Society Series. They are great books.

  16. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,Lord Of The Ring,and The Hardy Boys, are the best!

  17. My name isnt evan // June 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm // Reply

    Pendragon??? And the keys to the kingdom series

  18. Fan of Super Mario Bros. 3 // June 22, 2011 at 6:45 am // Reply

    This list is epic.

  19. I’ve read all of them.

  20. silver lily // June 13, 2011 at 9:56 am // Reply

    I have read 42. and I loved the hunger games! it should be number two! next to the giver, it was the best book ever! I’m surprised giver isn’t on the list. 🙁

  21. MovieFreak // June 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    35 so far, I’m in the middle of Great Expectations and Of Mice and Men at the moment.

  22. Alpha Rex // May 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm // Reply

    Every 22 Redwall books should be on here because each are as awesome as anyone of these books.

  23. wheres the kingdom series its like the best series ever!

  24. I’v read Where the Red Fern Grows 15 times and I still cry at the end and I’m not afraid to admit it.

  25. i mean 46

  26. ive read40

  27. Joe-Jack-Billy-Bob // May 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm // Reply

    I’ve read 45!

  28. ok, WHERE is the mysterious benedict society?

  29. Soccerstar7 // May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm // Reply

    Where is Redwall, Fablehaven, Eragon, and the new Beyonders

  30. The Appropriater // April 23, 2011 at 10:12 am // Reply

    There can only be 1 best.

  31. Diskworld is the BEST and so are all of Tolkiens books. but there are definately a few more I would add

  32. I’ve read only 3% of them, but like I said in “100 Movies” I’ve heard about a couple of them.

  33. I’ve read 13. Would be 14 but I can never finish Bridge to Terabithia after seeing the movie. Sad, I know.

    • I have seen 36 of them. I just recently finished Tuck Everlasting and I am reading the Phantom Tollbooth. 😀

      P.S. Hi, Jonbuddy!

      • jonbuddy1 // July 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm //

        Hi, wertys! 🙂

        Anyway, I think the “Space Odyssey” series should be on here. I just finished the first book, 2001, and just got out 2010 from my library. The series should be on the “100 Movies” list as well.


  34. boook worm // April 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm // Reply

    where’s the Fablehaven series?

  35. Missing Eragon and Redwall

  36. b.o. slogbottom // April 7, 2011 at 10:43 am // Reply

    the book is okay but DO NOT watch the movie of where the wild things are! It’s incredibly gloomy.

  37. I LOVE redwall!

  38. No PENDRAGON??? That really surprises me!

  39. Hooray for all these… It’s awesome… I used one of these for my school assignments.

  40. literary a genius // April 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    Good list, read about a quarter of them. Just one thing……

  41. Cool Dude Brown // April 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm // Reply

    read 36

  42. Wish there were Eragon(series) Books:Eragon,Eldest,Brisingr,Coming in 2011 (It has a green cover) Author:Christopher Paolini

  43. Hurricane1973 // April 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm // Reply

    My Mom gave me most of these books to read before this list ever came out 🙂 . Great reference. Buut, they should put what ages probably would like them.

  44. I have allready read most of these

  45. Th1Alchemyst // April 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm // Reply

    Ive read most of these already… 🙂

  46. Staurolite // April 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm // Reply

    Harry Potter is fine too. I understand your thoughts, myself having a Christian background. Have you read them? Very fun fantasy. Classics are wonderful. Parents need to read or re-read too. I am.

    • b.o. slogbottom // April 7, 2011 at 10:32 am // Reply

      Harry Potter is good and probably will become a classic eventually but right now it’s not old enough.

  47. The later diskworld series have gotten darker and less fun to read. Also my favorites missing from the list were Tripods, Day of the triffids, and Harlon Ellison’s Memos from Pergatory. Overall, a good list.

  48. Great reference list. My oldest has read at least 25 of these, including lots of the series.

  49. Not too bad of a list with a few exceptions (Harry Potter). I would like to see more Christian authors.

    • The Indian // April 7, 2011 at 11:08 am // Reply

      Harry Potter rules and just because it’s about wizards doesn’t mean it teaches witchcraft!

    • In response to “The Indian”, I think Harry Potter should be on there. I know a lot of people object to books that contain references to magic, but I don’t really think that you should worry about that with Harry Potter. It is rather dark though.
      I think that Inheritance series-Eragon,Eldest,Brisingr should be on there as well. Speaking of which, I wonder when Christopher will finish the series.

    • harry potter rules!

  50. GAMEMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! // April 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm // Reply

    Cool! Add 1 next year!

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