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Any great novels you've used?
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Any great newish (at least not terribly dated) novels you've used with your students? I'm a reading specialist in grades K-2 so don't have too much Grade 3 exposure. A daughter of a dear friend has just obtained a new teaching position and is looking for some titles. I wish I could help her out - so I'm turning to you guys. Any help would be so appreciated! Thanks in advance!


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7 X 9 = Trouble is a great one because it is about multiplication which is so important in third grade math.

The other ones I use are pretty dated.
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Another word for "dated" is classic. Many older novels (classics) have been around for years for valid reasons.
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but she asked for newish. My guess is she already has a list of the oldies but goodies.

I have only stopped using one book in the ten years I have taught third grade because it was dated. The previous teachers had used it for years. I think Hundred Dresses is wonderful, but it no longer appealed to my students, especially boys. It is too bad because it is well written and teaches a valuable lesson.
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The One and Only Ivan
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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is an excellent newish read that won the newberry in 2013.
It is told from Ivan's (a gorilla) point of view.
Both of my children (and two of my fourth grade classes) have LOVED this book.- it was voted into our chapter book hall of fame as best book 2 years in a row!

I have also heard the Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is great (from my DD), but haven't had the chance to read it personally.

Oldies but goodies that could be used: anything by E.B. White, Because of Winn Dixie, The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby Age 8 was my eldest DD's favorite book in 3rd grade), and The Cricket in Times Square.

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Thank you all for the suggestions! Sounds like some great titles to check out! Being a Reading Specialist for many years I completely appreciate classic literature - however I feel it limits both us as teachers as well as our students if we don't try out new titles by fabulous new authors that are relevant and every bit as much quality literature as the oldies.
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My students in Third grade have liked to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Boxcar children series, Junie B. Jones. Anything written by Beverly Clearly is good. Nate the Great is also a good series. Miss Nelson is Missing. A lot of my students like the how to draw books as well. Hope this helps!
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Books I've used
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Are Bunnicula, The Best Christmas Pageant (older books but always favorites) and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (love this one). This year I read A Dog's Life, an Autobiography of a Stray for the first time and my class would beg for me to keep reading!
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Frindle, by Andrew Clements is always a fun novel-it's a quick read too!
Stone Fox in the winter is a good choice. I just finished Lulu walks the dogs by Judith Vorst (sp?) and will probably start this year with this novel. It teaches community and reinforces the fact that we may not like everyone but need to be respectful, see their virtues and try to get along with everyone.
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Awesome! Are there any resources for Lulu Walks the Dog?


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I read the book titled "The 100 Year Old Secret" that my students really liked this past year. I don't remember who the author was but it was a Sherlock Holmes mystery but his grandkids were the ones trying to solve it. It was pretty cute. Two oldies but goodies that my students loved were Charlotte's Web and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Can't go wrong with those two!!
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Many of my third graders coming in are hesitant to read chapter books. Picture books are always a quicker read. I like to read The Inventions of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It is a thick book and students think we could never read that. Then they realize half the story is told in pictures. "Never judge a book by its cover." It is also a great tool for inferencing and discussing imagery. The students love it.
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