Books for Boys

Early Years books chosen with boys in mind

Here is a just a small selection of great books for children aged from two to five years. These titles have been chosen primarily with boys in mind to encourage an early love of books as the first step on the road to reading.

All the titles will be available from your local Hampshire public library. If you can’t find the title that you want, ask the staff to request it for you from another library.

The staff will also be able to advise you about obtaining a library card for your early years provision.

On The Move

  • To the beach - Thomas Docherty
    An imaginative journey around the world using many kinds of transport.

  • This is the way - Charles Fuge  
    A small boy imitates animals in this entertaining, energetic romp.

  • Tip tip dig dig - Emma Garcia
    Big machines encourage big actions and lots of opportunity to join in.

  • Farmer Joe and the music show - Tony Mitton
    A rollicking, toe-tapping farmyard rhyme.

  • Roadworks - Sally Sutton
    A book that manages to combine story and information with rich imaginative language.

Big and Fearless

  • A dragon on the doorstep  - Stella Blackstone
    Find the animals by following the clues in this hide and seek adventure.

  • Tyson the Terrible -  Diane and Christyan Fox
    A zany dinosaur tale with a surprise ending.

  • Smiley shark  - Ruth Galloway
    Friendship and help comes from an unexpected source.

  • Thesaurus Rex -  Laya Steinberg
    Explore language and movement in an action packed read.

  • Harry and the dinosaurs have a very busy day - Ian Whybrow
    Discover shapes with Harry and his dinosaurs.


  • Super Duck - Jez Alborough
    Duck is back in superhero guise helping out his friends in this jaunty rhyming story.

  • Nat Fantastic - Giles Andreae
    A bedtime sneeze transforms Nat into a superhero, ready to tackle anything.

  • Oliver who was small but mighty - Mara Bergman
    Oliver may be small but his adventures are truly mighty.

  • Who is it? It’s a spaceman!  - Helen Jackson
    Interactive flap book for all ages.

  • Yo ho ho! – A-pirating we’ll go - Kate Umansky
    Short snappy rhymes complemented by Nick Sharratt’s bright and bold illustrations.

Families and Friends

  • Grandpa’s surprise  - Rosalind Beardshaw
    Heart-warming story about friendship and sharing.

  • The mysterious parcel -  Francesca Chessa
    Imagination runs wild in a story about playing together.

  • Say hello - Jack and Michael Foreman
    Simple but thought provoking look at loneliness and belonging.

  • I very really miss you - Jane Kemp and Clare Walters
    A sensitive approach to brotherly love.

  • Bertie: just like Daddy - Marcus Pfister
    A warm exploration of the relationship between father and son.

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