As a mom of two budding readers (soon to be 5th grade and 2nd grade) and a 3rd grade teacher, I have some summer reading to do. Sure, I love to read adult books but I like to be able to make recommendations for my parents and students in my class but also so I can help my own children make good reading choices. I like to know what they are reading so we can have conversations about the books. And let’s admit it, children’s books and chapter books are fun to read!
Here are a few books that I have on my summer reading list for teaching 3rd grade next year:
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes – A Newberry Honor and a book that helps children learn to have empathy and understand bullying is not okay.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin – A fantasy book that with magical creators and a timeless tale of happiness, family and friendship.
School, Drool, and other Daily Disasters by Justin Case – A book about a little boy and his daily adventures in 3rd grade and his friendships and relationship with his little sister, Elizabeth!
Word after Word after Word by Patricia MacLachlan – A story about what is real and what is unreal with adorable 4th grade characters who explore magical words and a new way of seeing and understanding!
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter – A story about a little girl living in an unstable family who has a knack for hiding and the book is closely based on the book, The Secret Garden.
Waiting for Magic by Patricia MacLachlan and Amy June Bates – A book that keeps the imagination alive and is magical in every way possible! A story that involves a cat, dogs, a boy and his sister, his family and magic!
Diamond Willow by Helen Frost – A story about a 12 year old girl who wants to be seen for who she is and to be liked.
These are just a few of the books I plan to read this summer when we go to the public library. I’m hoping to read some aloud at bedtime to my children and can’t wait to share my reviews on the Good Reads. I highly recommend using the Scholastic book wizard for find books that are similar to books your children have liked in the past and books that are based on reading level (guided reading, DRA, grade level and Lexile Measure). This is a resource I’ve used with my own children and recommend to my 3rd grade families.
What are a few of your favorite children’s chapter books?