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#1 My3Munchkins

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:56 AM

I want to put together a reading list for my 3rd grader. We'll do activities with some of the books, while other books we'll just discuss briefly. I know there are some great list out there but many of them are long. What are your favorites for independent reading for this age/grade?

ETA: He's a strong reader so I'm looking for books on a 3rd or 4th grade reading level. He still reads Magic Treehouse books (along with many other books) but they're definitely easy reads for him and provide little challenge. Part of the reason I want a reading list for him is to steer him towards books closer to his reading level. I would like a variety of levels though.

Edited by My3Munchkins, 12 July 2012 - 09:16 AM.


#2 Aurelia

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:33 AM

It depends on reading ability and interest here. E.B. White is generally recommended for this age group, but if the child's reading level is at a point where Magic Treehouse is a stretch, Charlotte's Web would be nearly impossible. My recommendations:

Sarah, Plain and Tall
The Boxcar Children
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Charlotte's Web
Little House in the Big Woods (Farmer Boy is also good if your son doesn't like "girl" books)

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:52 AM

You may also look at the Songlight reading list this gave me great ideas for my dd.
Dd has read a few of the Robert Clyde Bulla books she loved these
Secret Valley, Riding the Pony Express and Viking Adventures.
Dd is an animal lover so many of these are animal related
Bunnicula
Emiliy's Runaway Imagination
Ralph S. Mouse
The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Charlotte's Web
The Littles
Black Beauty-- it was abridged version I didn't realize it when we checked it out
B is for Betsy
Along Came a dog

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 08:09 AM

I made a list of 36 books with thumbnail pictures of the covers. I'll post it on our school board and my ds will get to pick which book to read. I expect we'll do 2 a month. These books we will discuss and do fun activities. And then we are doing MCT's APM literature series, which will hopefully takes us on an in depth journey.

#5 My3Munchkins

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 09:17 AM

Thanks! I'll look into those suggestions. :)

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 09:27 AM

Here's what my 3rd gr. will be reading this fall:
Charlotte's Web
American Tall Tales
Stuart Little
Homer Price
Misty of the Chincoteague
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prairie
Alice in Wonderland
Christian Liberty Nature Reader #3.

Some of these, like Alice in Wonderland we will "buddy read", and will be a challenge. I also like Bevery Cleary books for this age.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:11 AM

Here is our list, but it's not finalized yet. I have to get my hands on the books to figure out how many chapters/pages are in each to decide how many we can read this year.

We will do in-depth literature studies with these books:

Charlotte's Web
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Whipping Boy
The Big Wave

These will be our other books that my dd will read to me, usually one chapter a day:

A Mouse Called Wolf
Owls in the Family
The Year of Miss Agnes
Toliver's Secret
Sarah, Plain and Tall
The Moffats
Homer Price
McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm
In Grandma's Attic
Emily's Runaway Imagination
Encyclopedia Brown
Frindle
Ginger Pye
Henry and Ribsy

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:08 PM

I also try to check out the Sonlight lists..

A few that my dd has read that are more "boyish" that he might enjoy are

How to Eat Fried Worms
The Indian in the Cupboard
Treasure Island
The Sign of the Beaver
Homer Price
The Sugar Creek Gang (series) (Christian)
The American Adventure books
Time Warp Trio

On the easier reading side

Third Grade Detectives (series)
Hank the Cowdog (some name calling? you should probably read them first)
Encyclopedia Brown (series)

On the list for next year
The Littles
The Borrowers
Walk the World's Rim
AND... an old but great series they just re-released but I LOVED as a kid all the Adventures by Willard Price http://www.amazon.co...lard pr,aps,374

HTH Have fun!

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#9 My3Munchkins

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:35 PM

I made a list of 36 books with thumbnail pictures of the covers. I'll post it on our school board and my ds will get to pick which book to read. I expect we'll do 2 a month. These books we will discuss and do fun activities. And then we are doing MCT's APM literature series, which will hopefully takes us on an in depth journey.


I like the idea of making a list with the book covers! I plan to have a book basket with the books we own but a book cover list would be great for books I plan to get at the library. I could have him pick 1 or 2 books from that list each library visit.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:07 PM

I love talking about reading lists! :D

Here is my list for ds (3rd grade in the fall):

Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Abel's Island
No Talking
Ben and Me
James and the Giant Peach
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Dear Mr. Henshaw
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frakweiler
The Iron Giant
The Family Under the Bridge

(Note: Some of these are 4th or 5th grade level)

He recently read Mr. Popper's Penguins and enjoyed it. He also like Frindle and Tornado.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:04 PM

I find my son has a good eye and will read more with books he has picked out himself. He is going into 3rd grade but some books he has read this year are:
The Penderwick Series by Jeanne Birdsall
working on 2nd book
even though this is about an all girl family he still is very interested in the story.
Lawn Boy 1-2 by Gary Paulsen
this author has some great books but others like The River have more mature content.
Sammy Keyes series by Wendiln Vann Draanen
These are some books from earlier in the year that I started to keep track of. This year I am def. keeping track because I am just amazed at how many books he has read.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:05 PM

Someone else mentioned Sign of the Beaver that was one of his favorites too and the library has the movie on vhs also:001_smile:

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:36 PM

I find my son has a good eye and will read more with books he has picked out himself. He is going into 3rd grade but some books he has read this year are:
The Penderwick Series by Jeanne Birdsall
working on 2nd book
even though this is about an all girl family he still is very interested in the story.
Lawn Boy 1-2 by Gary Paulsen
this author has some great books but others like The River have more mature content.
Sammy Keyes series by Wendiln Vann Draanen
These are some books from earlier in the year that I started to keep track of. This year I am def. keeping track because I am just amazed at how many books he has read.


I'm hoping to help ds with this so he'll be able to make better choices in the future. Right now, he likes to read books in a series - Magic Treehouse, A to Z Mysteries, Arthur, etc. While I'm glad he's reading, these books are below his reading level. I've explained to him that it's ok to get some "easy reads" when we go to the library but he needs to balance that with some more challenging books. I'm hoping that having him choose from preselected books in a book basket or on a book list will help.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:20 AM

I love reading lists!

Here's our lists for read alouds and read alones that aren't related to our history, for my 2nd and 4th graders.

Read Alouds
The Door in the Wall (2 weeks)
The Whipping Boy (3 weeks)
The Wish Giver (4 weeks)
The Borrowers (3 weeks)
Misty of Chincoteague (6 weeks)
The Wind in the Willows (4 weeks)
My Father's Dragon (4 weeks)
Adam of the Road (3 weeks)
Peter Pan (4 weeks)

Read-Alones
Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Apprentice
Because of Winn-Dixie
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Ralph S. Mouse
Superfudge
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
(or: The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler)
Stuart Little
How to Eat Fried Worms



Do check out the Newbery Medal and Honor book lists! That's where I started piecing our lists together, based on what I own at home. Someone linked me to Scholastic>teachers>some kind of 'wizard' app thing, that tells me not only the *reading* level but also the *interest* level. Fantastic, and helped me decide which books to have them read alone vs which books to read TO them. (High reading level, low interest level = read aloud.)

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