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Books That Boys Like (And Girls Do, Too)

Tuesday, March 15, 2005; Page A12


"Cars and Trucks and Things That Go,"

by Richard Scarry

Kevin Green, 10., left, and his brother Karl, 8, do some reading at Arlington Central Library's children's room. (Preston Keres -- The Washington Post)

"The Carrot Seed,"

by Ruth Krauss

Frog and Toad books,

by Arnold Lobel

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,"

by Mo Willems

"Go, Dog, Go!"

by P.D. Eastman

"George and Martha" books,by James Marshall

"The Stupids,"

by Harry G. Allard,

illustrated by James Marshall

"Caps for Sale,"

by Esphyr Slobodkina

"I Spy" books,

by Jean Marzollo,

photographs by Walter Wick

Dr. Seuss books

"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!"by Jon Scieszka


"A Series of Unfortunate Events,"by Lemony Snicket

Artemis Fowl series, by Eoin Colfer

"A Week in the Woods,"

by Andrew Clements

"The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,"by Jon Scieszka

"Al Capone Does My Shirts,"by Gennifer Choldenko

The "Baseball Card Adventure" series,

by Dan Gutman

"Bud, Not Buddy,"

by Christopher Paul Curtis

"Sideways Stories From Wayside School," "Holes,"by Louis Sachar

The Joey Pigza books,

by Jack Gantos

"The Day My Butt Went Psycho,"by Andy Griffiths

Captain Underpants books,by Dav Pilkey


The Dark Materials trilogy,by Philip Pullman

Redwall series,

by Brian Jacques


by Christopher Paolini

"Hole in My Life,"

by Jack Gantos

"The Book of Three,"

by Lloyd Alexander

"Jake, Reinvented,"

by Gordon Korman

"Ironman," by Chris Crutcher

"Extreme Elvin," "Slot Machine,"by Chris Lynch

"Starship Troopers,"

by Robert Heinlein

"The Outsiders,"

by S.E. Hinton

"White Fang," "Sea Wolf,"by Jack London

*From www.guysread.com.

**Compiled from the www.guysread.com Web site and interviews with Arlington librarian Sharon Grover, Columbia University Teachers College reading specialist Lucy Calkins, University of Minnesota Professor Lee Galda and Arizona State University Professor James Blasingame.

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