I have a very low class this year and need to beef up my chapter books around the 2nd grade reading level for boys. I have a ton of Junie B for the girls, but I need something to appeal to boys. Any ideas?
Nate the Great is a good one for low readers, but ventures into third grade level in some of the books. For really low kids, The Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold seems to tickle their funny bones. Also popular, but more challenging are the Magic Treehouse, My Weird School, The Zack Files, Horrible Harry, and Roscoe Riley Rules series. Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter & Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant seem to cross gender lines pretty well. Our school library had a new series of graphic novels for low readers that my boys loved, the only one I remember the title of is Tiger Moth, Insect Ninja, by Aaron Reynolds. There actually is a lot more out there for boys than there used to be!
I had a first grader who loved the Black Lagoon books and would ask the librarian every week if she'd gotten new ones! I made sure I picked some up for him. He also really loved Scooby Doo, which I could get through Scholastic.
As I look at my classroom library in my living room....
Magic Tree House
Magic School Bus Chapter Books (there are two levels-one more "geared" for 1st grade readers and one for higher. Can get them both through Scholastic)
Black Lagoon Chapter Books
Captain Underpants-(anything by Dav Pilkey)
The Zack Files
The Miss Daisy is Crazy Series (I don't know what it is off the top of my head)
These have already been said but I just want to say them again for emphasis on gow much my boys really got into these:
Stink - Judy Moody's sister
Roscoe Riley's Rules
and a ;ittle higher but Diary ofa wimpy Kid-- My boys even fought over these and a lot of them just went out and bought them ALL! Even my lower boys read them and did well on the a.r. test-I figured why not let them try this once they are such long books to not let them try to take a test!