What to Read During Holiday Weekends

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What to Read

Finding out what to read or recommend to our Cub Scouts to read, can be a task that stops us in our tracks. We’ve written about reading and recommendations before (see here), but it’s always a good question to revisit. When you’re used to the schedule of the school day, having your Cub Scout home for a day or two might tempt the best of us to just let them play video games for 20 hours straight. But a good balance of activity and entertainment is naturally a better fit. Moreover, there’s never a better time to dive into the pages of a good book than over a holiday. With that in mind, we’ve got some great reads here for you to enjoy and share with your Cub Scout and the whole family straight from the geniuses over at the Book Zone blog from Boys’ Life. Here’s what to read!

Top 5 Adventure Books for Guys

Adventure Stories for Scouts That’s right, if you want a heart-pounding adventure and inspiration for some of the most beloved survival tales of our time, dive right into this list. Download them to your eReader, check them out from your local library, or dive into the shelves of your neighborhood thrift store. However you get your books, these are ones you’ll want to read and read again, especially if you have the spirit of adventure and a house full of Cub Scouts. Might be a good idea to start a ‘Pack Library’ as well! See the list here. 

What We Recommend

Now, for a few recommendations where well-known writers write a short story for Boys’ Life magazine. These stories are truly wonderful, and the perfect 10-15 minute reading activity for your Cub Scout. Or for family fun, read these together! Since they’re so short, we won’t include any spoilers. Just have fun with them!

‘Punch Buggy Blue’ by Megan McDonald

About the author: Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular award-winning Stink and Judy Moody series, as well as many other books for young readers. Read the Story

‘Kori and the Troll’ by Lou Anders

About the author: Lou Anders is the author of Frostborn, the first book in the Thrones & Bones series, and its sequel, Nightborn. Read the Story.

‘Home of the Brave’ by Eric A. Kimmel

home of the brave excerpt from Boys' Life About the author: Eric A. Kimmel is the author of more than 50 children’s books, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Read the Story.

100 Books Every Boy Should Read

This list has been shared far and wide, but that’s because it’s a great list. 100 books every boy should read. Take a look! You might be surprised how many you’ve already read. If you need some ideas on finding a new book (or an old/classic book new to you and your Cub Scout) take a look at these tried-and-true stories. Which one will you get lost in over the holidays? See the List