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Best Boy Books: The Dangerous Book for Boys

Boys love to do all things crazy and big. The book, The Dangerous Book for Boys, is a droll collection of ideas for boys. From building tree houses to building drag racers.  This fun and funny collection of instructions for boys is full of fun things, weird things, silly things, and important things. Think of it as a satirical how-to for boys of all ages.

It even carries etiquette ideas, history factoids, anything that a little boy might be interested in can be found in this collection. Boys of all ages will enjoy reading it and learning everything they need to know about themselves and the world about them.

The dangerous book for boys

The dangerous book for boys is almost like a scout handbook, bringing knowledge to all who read it. Check it out and discover the answer to just about anything a little boy could ever question.

Holiday Traditions: An Italian Christmas Book

When I was a little girl my mother would read us a book about holiday traditions. It told us about all of the ways that other cultures and countries celebrated. My mother’s grandfather came to America when he was a teenager. He came all the way from Italy at the age of 13, without his parents, and without his siblings. He came to work in America and eventually start a family of his own and create his own traditions. My great-grandfather was so passionate about America that he let many of his Italian traditions stay in Italy. Except for his Christmas traditions. Those he kept close.

So it made sense that every year all of us grandchildren learned just as much about Old Befana as we did Santa Claus. My mother read us the Legend of Old Befana every Christmas, of an old italian woman searching for the Christ Child. I remember the book very plainly. But had not seen it in years. So I was surprised to see it in the bookstores this holiday season. Originally published in 1980 it has been reissued this year. Now I can bring it home and share it with my own children and renew the tradition that has lasted for so many generations in my family.

olf befana

Just like Santa, Old Befana delivers presents to the little girls and boys that have been good, and lumps of coal to those that have been bad. She uses her broom to sweep away the bad things of the year and usher in good things for the new year. The Legend of Old Befana is a great traditional story for any Italian family, or any family looking to learn about other cultures.

Best Books: Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha)

Does your young reader love a good suspenseful story? Does your young reader love space? They will not want to miss Spaced out (Moon Base Alpha) by Stuart Gibbs then.

Spaced Out

Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha) is the story of the first community based on the moon. They live their entire lives within this small community. Everyone knows everyone. SO not much can go wrong — right? That is until the Moon Base Commander goes missing. Moon Base Commander Nina Stack has disappeared — completely off the face of the moon. There aren’t many places to hide, and yet no one knows where she is. Enter Dash Gibson. Dash is a 12-year-old boy that loves a good mystery, and nothing is more mysterious than this case.

Follow Dash as he discovers things about the Moon Base and his fellow settlers that he did not expect. What can readers expect? Aliens, friends, mystery, and a possible sequel.

Stuart Gibbs has created an incredible world in this and his other Moon Base Alpha books. Be sure to check him and his series out if your young readers fall in love with this story.