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I love Mildred Taylor's books. She wrote "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" which I read in middle school and fell in love with. That book is much too high for 3rd graders, but she has many books that are great for that age group.

I read "Mississippi Bridge" aloud to the kids this year during Black History Month. I thought it was a great choice because it got the kids talking about segregation and slavery and the ways in which white people treated african-americans and minorities in general. The story is told from the perspective of a ten year-old white boy, and he doesn't understand the segregation because he has black friends. The only thing I caution you about is that it does have the N-word in there once or twice. I just left it out because I don't fell comfortable saying it. However, we did have a class discussion about the word and why it's bad and wrong to say it. After reading the book, the kids understood why there was such a negative conotation with the word. We live in a very rural area and unfortunately that word is still used occassionally. It was good to see children understanding why it is so wrong to use that word. I can't tell you how much I loved seeing the kids get into this book and also the discussions it started. I highly recommend it!

The other books she has that are also great for the age level are "Gold Cadalliac," "The Friendship," "The Well," and "Song of the Trees."

Hope this helps!

~Amber

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3rdteacher 07-19-2007 10:31 AM

Last year I found that my students were fascinated with history. This year I was hoping to get the students into history through books whether read aloud or guided reading. I'll have to start my search!!

Amber 07-19-2007 08:08 AM

I love Mildred Taylor's books. She wrote "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" which I read in middle school and fell in love with. That book is much too high for 3rd graders, but she has many books that are great for that age group.

I read "Mississippi Bridge" aloud to the kids this year during Black History Month. I thought it was a great choice because it got the kids talking about segregation and slavery and the ways in which white people treated african-americans and minorities in general. The story is told from the perspective of a ten year-old white boy, and he doesn't understand the segregation because he has black friends. The only thing I caution you about is that it does have the N-word in there once or twice. I just left it out because I don't fell comfortable saying it. However, we did have a class discussion about the word and why it's bad and wrong to say it. After reading the book, the kids understood why there was such a negative conotation with the word. We live in a very rural area and unfortunately that word is still used occassionally. It was good to see children understanding why it is so wrong to use that word. I can't tell you how much I loved seeing the kids get into this book and also the discussions it started. I highly recommend it!

The other books she has that are also great for the age level are "Gold Cadalliac," "The Friendship," "The Well," and "Song of the Trees."

Hope this helps!

~Amber

ConnieWI 07-18-2007 06:01 PM

There is a reference book called Historical Fiction for Children: Capturing the Past (Collins). The lists are by topic, title, and author. You would probably have to go to a public or college library to find this book.

Train to Somewhere (Bunting)
Cora Frear (Goodman)
Prairie School (Avi)
First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers (Shea)
Dinosaur Hunter (Alphin)
The Battle for St. Michaels (McCully)
Dandelions (Bunting)
Nine for California (Levitin)
Boom Town (Levitin)
Leah's Pony (Friedrich)
Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression (Lied)
The Josefina Story Quilt (Coerr)
Wagon Wheels (Brenner)
Sam the Minuteman (Benchley)
George the Drummer Boy (Benchley)
Birdie's Lighthouse (Hopkinson)
Prairie Train (Chall)
Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (Wetterer)
Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express (Brill)
The Snow Walker (Wetterer)
Rescue on the Outer Banks (Ransom)
The Schoolchildren's Blizzard (Figley)
The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (Moore)
Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad (Brill)
Fire at the Triangle Factory (Littlefield)
Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride (Amstel)
Cloud of Terror (Welch)
The Flight of the Union (White)
The Road to Seneca Falls (Swain)
The Copper Lady (Ross)
The Memory Coat (Woodruff)
Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America (Bierman)
An Ellis Island Christmas (Leighton)
Annushka's Voyage (Tarbescu)
When Jessie Came Across the Ocean (Hest)
Follow the Drinking Gourd (Winter)
The Keeping Quilt (Polacco)
The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh)

Don't forget the Laura Ingall Wilder books.

nbcteacher 07-18-2007 05:36 PM

The American Girls series!

Illinois Packer Fan 07-18-2007 05:35 PM

Caddie Woodlawn and its sequel, Magical Melons. Based on facts and oral history told to the author by her grandmother.

mary3rd 07-18-2007 03:47 PM

Sarah, Plain and Tall comes to mind. Are you looking for read-alouds or guided reading books?

3rdteacher 07-18-2007 03:23 PM

This year I would like to read some historical fiction with my class. I have a few titles (appropriate for third grade) and am looking for so more.

Any suggestions?




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