Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children’s books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young men and boys in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order: 

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  2. The Song of Roland by Unknown, translated by Dorothy L Sayers
  3. The American Adventure Series by Various, Published by Barbour Publishing
  4. Carry on Mr Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  5. The Rush Revere Series by Rush Limbaugh
  6. Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  7. The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee Latham
  8. Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
  9. Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins
  10. The Story Of Thomas Alva Edison by Margaret Davidson
  11. The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds
  12. Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere,Esq. as Revealed by his Horse by Robert Lawson
  13. The Charlie Bone Series (aka The Children of the Red King) by Jenny Nimmo
  14. Redwall by Brian Jacques
  15. Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
  16. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  17. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  18. The Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne
  19. A Wrinkle in Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle
  20. The Arabian Nights by Richard Francis Burton
  21. The Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar
  22. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  23. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  24. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  25. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  26. Just So Stories: For Little Children by Rudyard Kipling
  27. Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  28. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  29. Brian’s Saga by Gary Paulsen
  30. Adventures in Odyssey: Passages by Paul McCusker
  31. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  32. The Pilgrim’s Progress For the Little Ones by John Bunyan
  33. The Marquis de Lafayette: Bright Sword for Freedom by W. Hodding Carter II
  34. Alexander the Great by John Gunther
  35. Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo by Richard J Walsh
  36. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  37. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  38. Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
  39. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
  40. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Richard L. Neuberger
  41. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  42. Flying Aces of World War I by Gene Gurney
  43. Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
  44. The Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum
  45. Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
  46. The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  47. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  48. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  49. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  50. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  51. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  52. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  53. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  54. King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian by Marguerite Henry
  55. Wait For Me, Watch For Me Eula Bee by Patricia Beatty
  56. Moonshiner’s Son by Carolyn Reeder
  57. The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt by G.H. Henty
  58. Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
  59. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemery Sutcliff
  60. Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
  61. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
  62. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
  63. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  64. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  65. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  66. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J Sobol
  67. The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
  68. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  69. Frontier Wolf by Rosemary Sutcliff
  70. Outcast by Rosemary Sutcliff
  71. The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff
  72. The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliff
  73. The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff
  74. The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
  75. The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff
  76. Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman
  77. John Newton by Anne Sandberg
  78. Heroes of the Faith: Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Michael Van Dyke
  79. Charles Spurgeon by J.C. Carlile
  80. Samuel Morris: The Apostle of Simple Faith by W. Terry Whalin
  81. Martin Luther: The Great Reformer by Edwin Prince Booth
  82. The Life of Dwight L Moody by William Revell Moody
  83. John Bunyan by Sam Wellman
  84. John Wesley by Sam Wellman
  85. Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Gillem Robinet
  86. When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne Cheney
  87. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  88. Squanto and the Pilgrims by AM Anderson
  89. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  90. Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Norton
  91. Thomas Edison: Young Inventor by Sue Guthridge
  92. Henry Ford: Young Man with Ideas by Hazel B. Aird and Catherine Ruddiman
  93. Wilbur and Orville Wright: Young Fliers by Augusta Stevenson
  94. Davy Crockett: Young Rifleman by Aileen Wells Parks
  95. Ben Franklin: Young Printer by Augusta Stevenson
  96. Albert Einstein: Young Thinker by Marie Hammontree
  97. Spy for the Night Riders by Dave Jackson
  98. Bold Journey: West with Lewis and Clark by Charles H. Bohner
  99. The Iron Scouts of the Confederacy by Lee McGiffin
  100. The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates
  101. Duel in the Wilderness by Karin Clafford Farley
  102. The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum
  103. The Trojan War by Olivia E Coolidge
  104. Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green
  105. Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
  106. Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
  107. Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  108. The Ides of April by Mary Ray
  109. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne
  110. Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune
  111. Man O’War by Walter Farley
  112. Smoky the Cow Horse by Will James
  113. The White Stag by Kate Seredy
  114. Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
  115. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  116. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  117. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  118. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  119. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  120. The Treasure of Pelican Cove by Milly Howard
  121. The Mystery of Pelican Cove by Milly Howard
  122. The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
  123. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  124. White Fang by Jack London
  125. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  126. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  127. Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  128. Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs
  129. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
  130. Only One Woof by James Herriot
  131. The 101 Dalmatians by Dodi Smith
  132. Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
  133. Bambi by Felix Salten
  134. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  135. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  136. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  137. The Apple and the Arrow by Mary Buff & Conrad Buff
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