My son is learning to read. He's not very impressed with the books that he's sent home from school with. And to be honest I don't blame him! They really are quite dull. I'm sure they're well constructed from an educational viewpoint, but I'm more concerned with making sure my son develops a love of reading.
A lot of the reading books I see are more geared to girls interests so it took a bit of digging to find good books that a boy would enjoy. Of course lots of girls will enjoy these books too.
Now I've found some excellent reading books that he really enjoys and which I'm sure will appeal to lots of boys. These are the books he rushes through his bath to get to and is disappointed if he doesn't get to read if we're out of our normal routine and get home late.
Like many boys my son is fascinated with animals and nature, science and space and Lego, especially the Lego Ninjago theme with Ninjas. He likes to be learning facts about the real world as he reads, or about the imaginary worlds that he loves.
Luckily there are some excellent early reading books that fit with his interests.