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What are some good read aloud books for 3rd grade?

Asked by Supergirl (1686points) January 3rd, 2007
I want to challenege the kids a bit but, they are a very active class and need something that is going to keep them entertained.
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nomtastic's avatar
a cricket in times square! (with voices), from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler (though it is pretty advanced), mrs. piggle wiggle
occ's avatar
"How to Be A Perfect Person In Just 3 Days"
occ's avatar
also, I definitely second "A Cricket in Times Square"
occ's avatar
And any of the E.B. White books, like Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little
Abby's avatar
Hate to say the obvious, but Harry Potter is a crowd pleaser. Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz.
sdeutsch's avatar
*Anything* by Roald Dahl, but James and the Giant Peach is an especially good read-aloud book. So is The BFG, if you like crazy nonsense words. =)
nomtastic's avatar
oooh, roald dahl. matilda.
nomtastic's avatar
also, "the last of the really great whangdoodles." amazing.
bob's avatar
William Styron, "Sophie's Choice." It's like Harry Potter + Narnia + Roald Dahl + E.B. White rolled into one.
bob's avatar
Just kidding about that.
irishdevil99's avatar
The Roald Dahls are great for that age, if you avoid his short stories. I also remember being about that age and thoroughly enjoying the book that remains my favorite of all time, "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster.
sarahsugs's avatar
I'm reading George's Marvelous Medicine (Dahl) to my 3rd graders right now and we're having a great time with it. Also Beverly Cleary is great (Runaway Ralph, etc).
sarahsugs's avatar
If your kids are ready for it and/or you want to get some good politics/race discussions, Mildred D. Taylor's shorter books are also amazing. They are a stretch for third graders as far as blunt racism - she doesn't try to cover up the realities of racism at ALL, which is part of why her books are so amazing - but with appropriate teacher-led discussions I've seen them be incredible read-alouds. Song of the Trees is one, The Friendship, The Gold Cadillac. I'd stay away from Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry until more like 5th grade.
LauratheRockStar's avatar
The Witches, I second the Roald Dahl. The Princess Bride is Hilarious but maybe for 4th or 5th grade. Bridge to Tarabithia. The Little Prince. Where the Wild Things Are.
LauratheRockStar's avatar
babysitters club. hahaha
LauratheRockStar's avatar
my side of the mountain?
LauratheRockStar's avatar
swiss family robinson
sarahsugs's avatar

Now I’m reading My Father’s Dragon (to 2nd graders) and it’s really fun. Great math concepts throughout, as a bonus.

christybird's avatar

The Egypt Game – Zilpha Keatley Snyder
the Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander (his whole Prydain Chronicles are fantastic)
Holes – Louis Sacher
I thought Criss Cross by Lynn Rae Perkins was almost scary-good and beautiful but probably 3rd grade is too young.

kfingerman's avatar

Hatchet. Where the Red Fern Grows (more than a bit sad…but amazing)

rowenaz's avatar

Dear Dumb Diary, The Dragon that ate Summer, The Care and Feeding of Dragons, Catwings, and Franny K. Stein

VMOS's avatar

Any roald dahl stuff, except maybe his short story collections (rather adult some of them) and the iron man

Swair's avatar

Dr. Suess’s harder books.. they’re have fun with the rhyming and pics..

ashii1502's avatar

Hey there I think Chronicles of Narnia is one of the best series I have ever read. It’s simply awesome. The best thing is that they are being made into movies. I have seen the lion, the witch and the wardrobe which is the first movie in Chronicles’ series. Prince Caspian, the fourth book is the next thing to be made into a movie. It’s releasing on the 16th of May, 2008!
The trailers look promising! I thought I’d share it with you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqzYukVDqy4

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