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Planning for next year when dd will be in 3rd grade.  Besides all of her books she chooses to read (she LOVES reading), I want to pick some for her to read during school (and have her journal some about them, ect).  She's into all her American Girl books right now, but I'm looking for recommendations on some good books for me to add in for her. Her reading is very good, so I would say 3rd-4th grade reading level for her to read independently.  We tried Boxcar Children for this year and she just wasn't into them.  Since she loves reading so much, I don't want to turn it into a negative thing for her.  I just bought from Costco today a  15 pack of Beverly Cleary books (only $24.99:) to possibly use next year....Most were the Ramona books and several were the Ralph books.  I'm hoping they'll be the correct reading level for her.

Any recommendations of some good books to introduce her too? 

I remember when I was in elementary school loving all the Beverly Cleary books and also Judy Blume.  I know there's so much out there that I'm probably missing though! 

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Lists of Suggestions for Classical Lit. for this Age:

AO Y3 List

AO Y4 List


Scroll down or CTRL+F "Literature" and/or "Additional Books for For Free Reading"


My girl likes Pony Pals, Puppy Place, Kitty Corner and Tales from Pixie Hollow series. Not really good for school, more like free reading.


Some more serious and school appropriate books for this age group would be along the lines of:

  • "Little House on the Prairie" series
  • "The Chronicles of Narnia" series
  • "Matilda"
  • "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • "The Secret Garden"
  • "A Little Princess"
  • "Peter Pan"
  • "Heidi"
  • "Tom's Midnight Garden"
  • "Black Beauty"
  • "The Little White Horse"
  • "The Indian in the Cupboard"
  • "The Bridge to Teribithia"
  • "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years"
  • "Roller Skates"
  • "The 13 Clocks"
  • "The Castle in the Attic"


Those are my considerations for my older kids next year. Some of these we have read before, or listened to the audio versions. I'm hoping that they will start reading more on their own instead of fiddling about during silent reading time, lol. One can dream...

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My dd, also in 3rd, LOVES The Little House series!! I basically stopped her schooling for several weeks while she read through the series, she could not put them down. Now she's having me read them aloud to her before bed. Maybe get the first one from the library & see if she's interested before investing in them.

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"Farmer Boy" is the best book of the "Little House" series. We did that as a read aloud last year. I don't plan on doing the rest of them, honestly. I don't care much for them.


"Sarah, Plain and Tall" is a good book, I suppose. I am saving it for when my DD is a bit older and can appreciate the nuances of the relationships though. Also hoping to read it when we cover pioneer times.


I would definitely go to the library before ordering them unless you do not have access to a library.

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Thanks!! I forgot about the "Sarah Plain and Tall series!" Now I'm wondering if I should order those.....or I'm also thinking of the "Little House on the Prairie" books...any input??


My third grader loved Sarah Plain and Tall and love love loves the Little House Books.

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My 3rd grade dd read these this year:


King of the Wind and several other Marguerite Henry books

The Secret Garden

Mr. Revere and I

Poppi by Avi

The Incredible Journey

The Little White Horse

Anne of Green Gables

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain)

The Hobbit

Freddy and the Perilous Adventure

A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia

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