3rd Grade Read Alouds

I was moved to third grade this year, so I needed a fresh batch of read alouds.  After all, I have some former students in my class, and I didn't want to reread any chapter books to them!

After thinking back on books I loved as a kid and asking other teachers for recommendations, I purchased the following books for my classroom:

How to Be Cool in the Third Grade

Judy Moody is in a Mood

The One and Only Ivan

Because of Winn Dixie

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Witches

Those may last me through this semester, but I already have some great options lined up for the spring semester! The following books were recommended to me by other 3rd grade teachers that I totally trust. (A * denotes books I have read and completely approve of!)

How to Eat Fried Worms*

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Lemonade Wars

Lone Bean

The Wild Robot

Third Grade Angels

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing*

Did I leave any of your favorites off of my list?! Let me know in a comment below!


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  1. I love Third Grade Angels! I'd add Matilda and the wayside school books. I'm switching from third to second this year. Any second grade recommendations?

    1. Hi! Thanks! To my second graders, I always read the Wayside School series, LuLu Walks the Dog, Holes, Skinnybones, and Fudge-a-Mania. I also enjoyed reading Junie B books around the holidays. They are quick (and hilarious) reads for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day!


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