Books for Baby Boy

We read a lot to my 1-year-old boy, and I’m looking to stock up on books with valuable messages…especially as society increasingly tells men they’re the problem with everything and should be docile. I want to raise a man who is good and strong.

Recommendations appreciated!

The Art of War. Never too young to start.


I admit I was underwhelmed when reading this book… I thought there was going to be WAY more violence. Still, good philosophy throughout.

@bkb333 Your son is still very young to be learning lessons from books… My daughter is 5 and I’ll read her a book with valuable lessons in hopes for them to stick.
SPOILER ALERT: When I ask her what the book was about, the answer 95% of the time is “I dunno”.

Give it time, your son won’t turn into a limp-wristed soyboy because you read him a book that told him all white boys are white supremacist oppressors.

While he gets older, he will learn more from watching YOU than he ever will by reading books.
Be the man you want your son to be.
For fathers of little girls: Be the example you’d want your daughter to marry.


:joy: lmao


For sure man, I don’t expect him to really understand it (unlike my example, which I know he’s watching), but figure it can’t hurt to start early :relaxed:

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I have a 4 yr old son … kid loves the how do dinosaurs… Series … also loves the Greek mythology book I read to him every once in a while … also loves where the wild things are

But like was previously said he does but pick up on deep philosophical themes even from Aesop… kid just loves dinosaurs and monsters…

In the flip side he likes to do science experiments with me and wants me to take him fishing

“Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” and “Snug House Bug House” were two of my son’s nightly demands.

My son is almost a year and a half. Right now we just read the typical (classic?) kids books. Good Night Moon, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc. I haven’t come across very many kids book encouraging boys to be…unmanly. I also like reading stories from different cultures - Native folklore, Greek and Norse mythology, stuff like that. I think as long as you’re demonstrating how you want your son to act, he’ll likely not be influenced much by whatever books he’s read as a child.


Dude, thank you so much for reminding me of Mike Mulligan while mine are young enough to enjoy it.


Jump Frog Jump Only book my dude liked when he was little.

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Read Krampus legends to your children so they are too frightened to misbehave.

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Little Blue Truck.

I really liked Ping the Little Yellow Duck growing up. It is something different I guess.

In a few years, I think the great illustrated classics are pretty good for a kids attention span, and have a picture for every page of text.

Anything by Mo Willems is great (Famous for the “Don’t let the Pigeon…” series")
My daughters have always enjoyed curious george too, but he doesn’t set a great behavior example.

Book of Five Rings is much better IMO.

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A list of books for baby boy, including Goodnight Moon, Hop on Pop, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Giving Tree, and more.

myth legends or parables of whatever your region is, or where you are from. props to you for reading to your kid it helps so much. i greatly appreciate that my parents did that for me so i didn’t have to learn how to read in school.