Third Grade Read Alouds

My favorite part of the day is read aloud time after lunch.  Most of my favorite memories of school were of my teachers sharing their love of a good book with us during this time.  Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I cannot remember any read alouds from third grade.  I don’t know if that’s because I didn’t connect with my teacher’s choices or if she just didn’t do it very often.  I like to read all kinds of books with my students, both old and new, but I always try to incorporate the ones that were a favorite for me at that age.  Perhaps I’m a little selfish in wanting to relive my own experiences, but I find those books are the ones my students have never heard of.  I’ve been browsing ProTeacher forums (love that site!) and found a lot of lists for third grade read alouds.  Most of them include Roald Dahl books (he’s my fav so I was already counting on those) and Kate DiCamillo’s stories.  I just purchased some based on the recommendations and I can’t wait to read them myself to see if they’ll be a read aloud for my class this upcoming year.  If not, they’ll still make great additions to my classroom library.

  • The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith (never read it)
  • The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards(never heard of it, let alone read it)
  • Poppy by Avi (never read it)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater (loved this as a kid, but I’m sure most of my kids will have seen the movie by now)
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brian (LOVED this movie as a kid, but have never read the book)
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (picture book)
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (never read)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (never read)
  • How to Be Cool in the Third Grade by Betsy Duffey (never read)

Anyone read these, either as a kid or as a read aloud?  I’m interested to hear what you thought of them!  If you have any other titles you consider to be “MUST READ” for third graders, please let me know!