50 Plus Read Aloud Childrens Books for Third Grade


When I was in fifth grade, I remember my teacher reading Charlie and Chocolate Factory to the class. Even though I had probably seen the movie a half a dozen times, I still loved to just sit and listen to her read the words of that delightful story.

When my kids were much younger, reading to them just before their bedtime was routine – just like with so many other families. Once they got beyond second grade, it seemed to stop. I guess it’s because at this stage, they could read to themselves and were required to do so every night.

My son Ryan likes the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the remake with Johnny Depp is his favorite. That’s where we part ways on that one. Anyway, on a trip to Barnes and Noble, he spotted that very book on the shelves and that was the one for him.

For the first time in a long time, I read to him. Reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory out loud was just as fun for me as it was for him – just a chapter or two each night. It reminded me of the days when it was our routine.

James popped his head in to listen to a page or two, but otherwise, he did his own thing.

The second book we selected was Charlotte’s Web. I just finished it last night. Ryan was all snuggled up in a blanket, a little under the weather, but still enjoyed hearing the end of this classic children’s book.

He does do his own reading (not willingly) and I want to keep reading, but realize, he could use the practice too. So we decided we will take turns reading the next book.

So now it’s time for a new book to read! I did a Google search for books to read aloud to third graders. Thanks to the teachers, home schooling parents and other great Good Reads members, I compiled this list of over fifty recommended children’s books to read aloud to third graders. Don’t think all of these are only limited to third graders, many of these classics are “ageless”.

50 Plus Read Aloud Children’s Books for Third Grade

Abel’s Island by William Steig

Adventures of King Midas by Lynne Reid Banks

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Be a Perfect Person in Just 3 Days! by  Stephen Manes

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich

Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe

Capyboppy by Bill Peet

The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Clementine by Pennypacker

Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep

Cricket in Time Square  by George Seldon

Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Dominic  by William Steig

Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth

Frosty by Clare Newberry

George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville

 The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

Gullivers Travel’s by Jonathan Swift

Holes by Louis Sachar

 How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Indian in the Cupboard Series by Lynne Reid Banks

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrew Edwards

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) Series by Rick Riordan

Kildee House (The Newbery Honor Roll) by Rutherford G. Montgomery and Barbara Cooney

Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mary Poppins by Dr. P. L. Travers and Mary Shepard

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

A Mouse Called Wolf by Dick King-Smith

Mr. Popper’s Penguins  by Florence and Richard Atwater

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

No Talking by Andrew Clements

Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech

Poppy by Avi

The Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary

Real Thief by William Steig

Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine by Evaline Ness

Say What? by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Scat  by Carl Haissen

The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell

Skippyjon Jones Series by Judy Schachner

The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly by Luis Sepulveda

Summer of the Monkeys by Wison Rawls

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Three Terrible Trins by Dick King Smith

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Twelfth Night, Or, What You Will by William Shakespeare

When the Sergeant Came Marching Home by Don Lemma

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountain by Laurel Snyder

So what was your favorite children’s chapter book that was read to you or that you read to your kids? I’ll add it to the list!

































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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 10 and 13. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging, you can find her working at her son’s school, or behind the wheel of her car in the roll of “taxi driver”. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.

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  1. Teresa Young says

    I still remember our teacher Mrs Cummings read us Swiss Family Robinson in 5th grade.

    Right now I am reading My Side of the Mountain to the grandkids at bedtime.

  2. kristi maloney says

    Hi Teresa, I added both of those selections to the list. Thanks for your comment.

  3. shelly peterson says

    Great list of books, thanks for sharing! I would like to read to my son the Indian in the cupboard. my oldest son loved that movie and now my younger one. he would enjoy the book

  4. says

    GREAT list of book. I think the only one on the list that my 3rd grader has read is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember reading it around his age, too. He’s more into reading what his friends read, which are the Big Nate Books or 39 Clues. But hey, as long as he reads, I really don’t care much what it is as long as it’s age appropriate.

  5. kristi maloney says

    Shelly, Thanks for that tip. We have never read nor seen the Indian in the Cupboard movie. This is one we will definitely check out!

    Robin, my son James got into the Big Nate Books, but I haven’t seen 39 Clues. I will have to check that one out. Thanks!

  6. says

    My oldest loved the Harry Potter books and let me read them out loud to him until 5th grade! He’s the only one (so far) who’s let me read to him that long.

    I remember The Cay was one of his favorites too and we read that more than once.

    I love that you have Shakespeare, Blume and Cleary on the list. I tried to get all of my kids interested in Cleary’s ‘Ralph and the Motorcycle’ (I LOVED that one when I was a kid) but not a one of them took an interest. To each his own, I suppose. I still love it. :)

  7. kristi maloney says

    Hi Rosey! Anhh….more great suggestions! I love it. Ralph and the Motorcycle sounds like a fun read. We HAVE to check out The Cay now too. Thanks!

  8. says

    My daughter has read several of those – she loves Clementine and the Roald Dahl books. I am saving the Chronicles of Narnia books for the summer :-) She recently read all Harry Potter books. When I was a kid, I loved Gulliver’s Travels and Mary Poppins.

  9. Debbie Welchert says

    What a great list of books to read. I wish I had a teacher that read books to us at school when I was little. It would have been so nice. I’ll have to pass this list onto my daughter for my grandchildren.

  10. duncan faber says

    My kids love bedtime stories. Actually, we have 5 of them, so that’s a lot of reading. LOL! So we started a new ritual. Bedtime audiobooks. There’s lots of sites to download them, but we use one site in particular because the stories are all original and free. Here’s the link, if anyone is interested. http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/moral-stories-for-kids

  11. Jill Ringlein says

    One of my favorite books to read aloud to my third grade class is “Into the Land of the Unicorns” by Bruce Coville. It is NOT a girly unicorn book but rather a great adventure with great descriptive language and many opportunities to predict and infer.

    Another favorite is “The Prince of the Pond” by Donna Jo Napoli . Another great book to teach inferring. There is a section that I skip that deals with the frogs mating by “hugging each other really hard”. It is VERY funny and always a favorite of the kids.

  12. Vickie Couturier says

    those are some really good choices,I have a grandson who will be in the third grade next year,so will get some of these from the Iibrary,so he can read during the summer

  13. Jeanine says

    Lots of my old favorites there! But I don’t see Mouse and the Motorcycle, did you miss it?

  14. Maryann D. says

    I also remember Charlie and Chocolate Factory as a child and reading it and going to the movie. My children love it also. I think this is a terrific selection of stories.

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