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Ramona empieza el curso by Beverly Clearly is one of my favorites from being a third grader. The book title in English is Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Sometimes I read this to my second graders at the end of the school year to get them excited about third grade, but this is the perfect book for the beginning of third! Your third graders will definitely relate to Ramona and all the situations that she gets into!
Judy Moody está de mal humor, de muy mal humor by Megan McDonald is another great chapter book about the beginning of third grade. This book is funny and has the kids laughing throughout. Judy Moody's little brother, Stink, also adds to the comic relief and you will find that many kids want to read other Judy Moody and Stink books after you finish this book!
La maestra del pantano negro by Mike Thaler is a favorite from my second grade list, but it is great for third also. Many of your students are ready for chapter books, but not all will be. You want to introduce your strugglers to books that they can handle, but are not baby-ish. Other titles in this series that are in Spanish are La directora del pantano negro and La bibliotecaria del pantano negro. When the kids are ready there are even Black Lagoon chapter books (in English)!
¡La señorita Nelson ha desaparecido! by Harry Allard is a great picture book that kids don't seem to 'get' until they are older. Señorita Nelson has had enough with the kids' behavior she decides to leave... in her place is Viola Swamp. The kids hate her and promise to be good if only Señorita Nelson comes back! The book is great for talking about good behaviors and good choices for third grade!
Un caso grave de rayas by David Shannon is another one I had on my second grade list, but it is perfect for third grade. The students have made the big jump to third grade and they are worried about where they fit in. This book is great for talking about being your true self (#beyou) and not worrying about what others think about your decision. As a teacher, you can use Camilla as an example and see what the students would do in her position (and in her classmates' positions).
La mariposa by Francisco Jiménez is another great book about being yourself, accepting others, and helping friends. Francisco is a son of an immigrant campesino and La mariposa goes through his first year at school, not knowing how to speak English, and all that he goes through. The situation that he goes through on the playground with the bully is such a great discussion points with the students. I am amazed when I hear some of my students who take the bully's side! I let them be heard though and it leads to a really good conversation in the classroom.
Gracias, Sr. Falker by Patricia Polacco is another great book for talking about bullying and how we are all different. It is a tear jerker (in fact, I just reread it for this post and I was bawling my eyes out), but it is great to open this dialogue with the students. Maybe you will have students who talk about their struggles or maybe you will have the opportunity to talk about equal doesn't always mean the same. The main idea with these last three books is allowing students a safe place to talk.
¡Oh, cuán lejos llegarás! by Dr. Seuss is a great book to talk about goals in third grade. People usually think of Dr. Seuss for beginning readers, but this book is given to people at their college graduations! This book is perfect to talk about all that is going to happen in third grade and how it is going to help them reach their goals in school and in life!
I hope you have enjoyed this three part series. If you missed the past posts, you can click below to go back to them. I have loved all of the suggestions that you have left here on the blog and on Facebook. I would love to know if I left any of your favorites out!