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Hello fellow teachers,

I'm looking for some great suggestions for potential 'book clubs' or literature circle type activities for my third graders. It's time for us to put in some orders for the upcoming school year and I would like to order some 'sets' of books for my class. We've used a basal in the past, so I haven't done much with chapter books, but I'd like to do at least one book unit next year.

Which books would you recommend that would be great for most (or the average) third grade reader? What about the lower third grader? Or the higher third grader?

I'd like to have a few groups running in my class at a time...

Someone suggested Muggie Maggie to me so far.

What suggestions do you all have?


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Freckle Juice and Chocolate Fever are both short and fun! - Everyone should be able to do it.

Mouse and the Motorcycle is longer but awesome as well. Higher kids will do better with this book.
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We love doing chapter books! Here are some favorites:

For average reader: Judy Moody, Boxcar Children

For lower reader: Horrible Harry, Amber Brown

For higher reader: Pippi Longstocking, Trumpet of a Swan
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George's Marvelous Medicine, Gooney Bird Greene, Frindle, School Story, anything by Dick King-Smith, the Timewarp Trio, Amber Brown, Tiger Rising, The Littles, and many more Have fun!!!
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With my group of higher girls this year, we read Pippi Longstocking. It was long and needed a lot of explaining, but they loved it!

With my group of average boys, we read Fantastic Mr. Fox. They loved it!! It was perfect, because they tend to be reluctant readers, but the book was fast-paced and really kept their interest.

Also, A to Z Mysteries are a big hit, and Magic Treehouse books!


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Dear Mr. Henshaw, The Hundred Dresses, Chocolate Touch, Judy Moody, George's Marvelous Medicine and Boxcar Children are some of the ones I use.
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Check out the post "Novel ideas" which is 2 or 3 posts below this one for some other suggestions. Judy Blume is also a good series. I love everything that Barbara Park has written. She has her Geek series and Skinnybones series. She also wrote MY MOTHER GOT MARRIED (AND OTHER DISASTERS).


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My class loves this story. It is sort of a right of passage in my classroom. It is a level 38/40 so of course not everyone is ready to start the year reading it but I always start my highest reading group with this book then as the other groups reading levels increase they get to read it as well. By the end of the year almost every group has gotten to read the story and they just absolutely love it! The characters are easy to relate to and there are good opportunities for lots of reading discussions. Most of the my students then went on to read the sequels to this story and loved those too.

I would also recommend Frindle as well but it definitely has a lot more difficult vocabulary than Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
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My Father's Dragon ( gets some to continue reading the trilogy)
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I have so many favorites:

Because of Winn Dixie
Hank the Cowdog
Bud Not Buddy
Chocolate Fever
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Horrible Harry Cracks the Code
JigSaw Jones
Magic Treehouse
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
The Magic Finger
Holes
Hatchet

There are probably more but can't think of them all. I hope this helps!
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