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Helping Reading Skills
If your child is in third grade, you can help to improve his reading skills by helping him learn to love reading. One way to foster this love of books is to find books on his reading level that he will enjoy. You can have a great deal of fun helping him discover what genre excites him!
If your child loves what he is reading about, he is going to be more likely to pick the book up on his own. Maybe you'll bring home the first Harry Potter book, for example, but he'll be the one at the library insisting on the next book in the series.
You can also try out a few books on tape to find out what he likes the best. Listen to the tapes as a family while taking a road trip or before bedtime, and the whole family can discuss the plot or characters of a story.
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Judy Blume Books
Judy Blume writes a large selection of books perfect for this age group. They are amazing for third grade reading books. She teaches great life lessons while telling a funny story at the same time for your kids to enjoy. Her books have been around for years, but are still ideal for children to read. Many of you will remember reading them yourself as a child. She has sold more than 80 million copies of her books over the years. A few good choices are:
- Freckle Juice
- The Pain and The Great One
- Are You There God? It's Me Margaret
- Super Fudge Series
- Tiger Eyes
- The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
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Judy Moody Series
The Judy Moody series of books is written by Megan McDonald. These books are about a little girl who is a tomboy and is in the 3rd grade. They are chapter books. They're really comical; you'll catch your children laughing out loud as she reads her stories. This series offers stories about the holidays, saving the world, and even becoming famous. You can buy these books in sets that come with several of the stories together. They make a perfect gift for the holidays. These are on the top of my list of books for 3rd grade level reading. They are the perfect books for kids just starting to read chapter books on their own.
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More Third Grade Level Books
- George and Martha by James Marshall
- Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy
- Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (There is a movie based on this book.)
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- How to Eat Fried Warms by Thomas Rockwell
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books (This was made into a movie this year.)
- Magic Tree House Series
- Never Blame the Umpire by Gene Fehler