My son is just 9-years-old and in third grade and I’m trying to keep track of the books that he’s read as a third grader. This is his list so far, as of November 2013. I’ve included his rising 3rd-grade summer reading as well.
During my parent-teacher conference, his teacher told me that my son was reading well and had a good vocabulary. I had a confession for her. (This is a little embarrassing!.) Every night, my son insists on bedtime reading and it works like this: I read aloud to him while he plays on his DSi or a (noneducational) video game on the iPad.
I do find this irritating, so periodically I ask him what a word means as I come across it in the story or ask him what has just happened in the chapter book. If he can’t give me a reasonable answer, I shut down his game. If he answers my question reasonably well, he keeps on playing. Perhaps this is giving him multi-tasking skills? I’m not sure. We do take turns reading though I do the bulk of the reading at home. He gets reading time at school and takes his book back and forth each day which helps us move through the book.
We’ve made our way through every word that Rick Riordan has ever written in this manner. Now, we are working through Harry Potter and after that, we’ll finish the last four books of the Half Magic series. I hope we will read some Roald Dahl this year as well.
Here’s my son’s book list with his reviews. He highly recommends all of these books!
p.s. His sister’s favorite books in 3rd grade: Top 10: Best Books For 3rd Graders By Me (A 3rd Grade Girl Who Is Very Picky)
Graphic Novels and Graphic Novel Hybrids for 3rd Grade Boys
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis*
I think it’s very funny and it’s a very good book because he kept failing at life and being a detective but he thought he was the greatest detective in the world.
Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Peirce
I think that it’s very funny also.
Otis Dooda: Strange But True by Ellen Potter
It is a very silly and funny book and I like all the characters in the book.
Action Adventure Chapter Books for Third Grade
Samurai Kids: White Crane by Sandy Fussell
It’s a very cool book about samurai kids in training.
Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan
I think it’s very cool how the Percy Jackson series and the Kane Chronicle series collide together.
House of Hades by Rick Riordan
By far, it’s the best book I’ve read this year. I love all the scenes of Tartarus and all the adventures they have.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
It is probably one of the coolest books I’ve read. It’s so good, me and mom read past two books in one and a half weeks.
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
It is a very good book and my favorite scene is the epic battle between Harry Potter and Tom Riddle/Voldemort.
Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager
Like all the other Half Magic series books, it is very good and cool how they can use magic with the magic turtle to go on adventures.
Knight’s Castle by Edward Eager
It’s a very cool book on how in the characters’ dreams, they go to a new world out of another book with knights and lots of other medieval features.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
It’s very good. My favorite part is when they were fighting the Zombie Apocalypse with baseball bats. Another good part was when Sammy the bully was desperate to get on the only place that was safe from the Zombie Apocalypse and promised that he would be nice to them.
3rd Grade Read Aloud Chapter Books
My son’s third-grade teacher is reading these books aloud to the class. So far, the kids have all raved about them. (I eavesdrop during the morning drop off at the lockers.)
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
It is a very funny book and my mom’s all-time favorite. I’m reading it in school as a read-aloud and I absolutely love it.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
It is a very good story about a girl named Fern, her pig Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte who helped Wilbur to become famous.
Non-Fiction Books for 3rd Grade Boys
My son doesn’t seem to gravitate towards much non-fiction lately so I make a special note when one comes home from the school library.
The Big Book of How by Editors of Time for Kids Magazine
It is a really cool book that tells you how to do a lot of awesome stuff. Example: make blubber, find the sweet spot on a baseball bat, and how to grow a plant in a glass jar.
The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God by Lise Lunge-Larsen
It’s a very awesome book about Thor and what he did to protect his family/city.
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