Thursday, June 6, 2013

Third Grade Read-Aloud Chapter Books

Every year I post a list of the books Tim and I have read aloud to N.  Here's the list of what we read over the course of his third grade year, from June 2012 through May 2013.  (You can click on previous years' lists in the sidebar at right).  This list is a bit shorter than in past years, in part because the books we read aloud have gotten much longer and in part because N. has been reading more on his own in the evenings or in the car, which is when I generally read aloud to him.  As a family, we really love reading aloud, however, and are committed to continuing it for years to come.

Reading aloud is the central method and principle of our homeschooling approach.  Tim reads autobiographies, history, and science to N. (and N. takes his turn reading paragraphs aloud) daily.  I read fiction to N. daily.  The books we experience together through reading aloud become part of the texture of our days.  

As you can see, this year was dominated by the Swallows and Amazons series.  I read 9 books in the series to N. this year, including rereading the first book (which we'd read last year) and reading Coot Club twice.  N. also read half of another, Missee Lee, himself, and I've recently begun the final book, Great Northern?  Tim's and my favorite was probably We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea.  N. and I also really liked Winter Holiday, Coot Club, The Big Six, and Pigeon Post.

Among the books we read that were not written by Arthur Ransome, N. really loved My Side of the Mountain, Cheaper By the Dozen, The Gammage Cup, and The Enchanted Castle.  He also really liked Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Captains Courageous (notice the sea theme here?).

A Third-Grade Year in Read-Alouds
  • Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Coot Club by Arthur Ransome
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (did not finish)
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Winona's Pony Cart by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Never Leave Well Enough Alone by Raymond Loewy (read by T.)
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome
  • We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome
  • Cheaper By The Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Secret Water by Arthur Ransome
  • Coot Club (again!) by Arthur Ransome 
  • The  Chronologers' Quest by Patrick Wyse Jackson (read by T.)
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (read by T.)
  • The Great Railroad Revolution by Christian Wolmar (read by T.)
  • The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
  • The Big Six by Arthur Ransome
  • The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
  • The Whisper of Glocken by Carol Kendall
  • The Picts and the Martyrs by Arthur Ransome
  • The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (read by T.)
  • Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
I learned of the Swallows and Amazons and The Gammage Cup from other homeschool parents' blogs and I cannot be grateful enough; these books were such fun.  Tell me what you've read to your kids recently that you really loved!

Lists and Links:
My Listography
My LibraryThing
Kindergarten Read-Alouds
First Grade Read-Alouds
Second Grade Read-Alouds
Second Grade Independent Reading List
Third Grade Independent Reading List
Nice-Boy Heroes in Chapter Books
Architecture in Children's Fiction


Erica MomandKiddo said...

Both my boys loved Ragweed by Avi. We are starting the rest of the series now, too.

Fanny Harville said...

Thanks for this suggestion!