I am so glad that all my kids are big readers, too. They always loved to read and be read to as they were growing up so we had tons of children's books in our house. Plus, I am an elementary school teacher, so I am always on the lookout for good books for kids.
I teach third grade right now, so I thought I would share some of my favorite books for that age!
One of the books that my class has loved this year is Pippi Longstocking! I used it as a read-aloud every afternoon and my kids couldn't wait until it was time to read every day!
Beverly Cleary is definitely one of my very favorite children's authors and I read all her books when I was little like Henry and Ribsy, Ramona the Pest, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. She is the best! When I visited Portland, OR this summer with Steve on a business trip, I really wanted to go see her house on Klickitat Street but we didn't have enough time. That is on my bucket list, though! :)
I also have to include all the Little House On The Prairie books.
I don't read those with my class because I think they mostly appeal to girls, but they are classics to me and I'm pretty sure I read every single one of them when I was growing up. And then the TV show came out and I was addicted to that!
My very favorite children's book ever in the whole world is Charlotte's Web. Enough said, right?
For boys, I would recommend the Encyclopedia Brown series or the Matt Christopher sports books. And for girls, the Clementine books are a big hit in my class. Lots of my boys and girls also like the Humphrey series.
And, I know some parents don't love Harry Potter, but for my kids it was probably the one book that turned them on to reading more than any other. It was such a big part of their childhood that they even re-read them over and over today!
Even though third graders are very into chapter books, but they still love a good picture book and being read aloud to! So every year I read tons of books aloud to my class to teach them reading and writing strategies. Here are a few of my very favorite read-alouds...
When I Was Young In The Mountains by Cynthia Rylant.
Honestly, anything by Cynthia Rylant is amazing. But I think I can relate to this one especially since I spent lots of time when I was young with my grandparents in the mountains of North Carolina.
Patricia Polacco is another wonderful author. We just did an author study on her, in fact! My two favorite books by her are Thank You, Mr. Falker and The Art of Miss Chew. But my kids loved My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother.
And I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff is THE perfect book to teach persuasive writing.
Goodness...I could probably sit here and name book after book that I love! I just love books! I can't wait to see everyone else's list because I know I will get some new good ideas!