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donnadavis
07-02-2004, 10:29 AM
I am looking for suggestions for boys books for a second, early third grader. Can any one help with this?

Johnna
07-02-2004, 02:37 PM
My son was in the third grade this year . Here are a few of the books he enjoyed reading

Flat Stanley
How to Be Cool in the Third Grade
Marvin Redpost series
The Cul-de-sac Kids series
The Bailey School Kids series
The Magic Tree House series

He checked them out of our local library or purchased them at garage sales or thrift stores. You can email me for more suggestions.

JMB

TinaTx
07-02-2004, 10:51 PM
Hi Donna

Here are some that my sons enjoy reading......

Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant (about a boy and his dog)
They both read just about all the books in Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.(about the adventures of a boy detective..this is their favorite series at this age I believe)
EVERYTHING by Arnold Lobel is an absolute must! :D some specifics are Mouse Tales, Owl at Home, of course the Frog and Toad series..
They also enjoyed several of the *An I can read books*, more specifically Red Fox and his canoe,The great snake escape and Good Hunting Blue Sky
If the Dinosaurs came back by Bernard Most
Two Bear Cubs by Ann Jonas
Miffy's Bicycle by Dick Bruna
Johnny Lions Book by Edith Hurd (boys really loved this one)
Tell me some More by Crosby Bonsall (about a boy who can go anywhere he wants when he visits the library...sooo cute)
Sam Who never forgets by Eve Rice
Fix-It by David McPhail (my boys like David McPhail...he wrote some others one about pirates....and a jungle I think....adventure..real good)
Goodnight, Horsey by Frank Asch...(real sweet about daddy)
Polka Street Series
Encyclopedia Brown Series
It looked like Split Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Aesops Fables by Michael Hague
Eddie Couldn't Find the Elephants by Edith Battles (real cute about a boy who doesn't have time to read)

Ok......thats all I could think of off the top of my head..As usual when the :idea: comes on, I will post them again.. :D

Hope some of these help!

TinaTx

Brooke
07-03-2004, 01:18 PM
My son is that age. When reading for his own purposes, he enjoys reference type books. He has a Snake Dictionary that rivals most field guides! I think it is by Scholastic since we got it at that book fair. He also reads a Scholastic Dictionary and Kingfisher books. He used to read parts of the newspaper and magazines, like the captions and the weather. Now he just asks for the weather :lol: He likes the readers about history like Abe Lincoln't hat, D'Aulaire books, and The Titanic. If he chooses fiction, it is usually something quirky like What Are You So Grumpy About (Little, Brown and Co. is the publisher....I'll check on the author). Really cool book, BTW!

He enjoys reading Frog and Toad books to his little sissy as well as Berenstein Bears, Dr. Suess, and any other book that she brings for him to read.

He likes to be read to. We finished The Hobbit not too long ago and he is ready for us to begin The Lord of the Rings series next.

I'll post more as I think of it.

Leah
07-03-2004, 08:42 PM
My 2nd, almost 3 LOVES Roald Dahl. He writes in all different age groups--"The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me" is a good choice for that age. The BFG is a great Read Aloud.
Leah E.

cowpokemary
07-05-2004, 10:24 AM
This if my all time favorite book written by the wife of one of the boys. These little boys ride (horses)from Cache, Oklahoma to New York City in 1905, it is a great story, lots of history involved, they have a web page for it budandme.com It is very good.

dalynnrmc
06-06-2007, 06:10 AM
*BUMP*

Okay, I'll admit it - once I got through junior high, I didn't do much reading. I've never read most of the books considered classics and "must reads". As a homeschooling mother of three now, who has recently decided to take a more classical approach to education, I plan to read these now out loud to my children... as is appropriate.

One series I personally have interest in is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Does anyone know FOR CERTAIN, if these *BOOKS* not movies would be appropriate to read to my third grader??
For all of them right now I'm reading Charlotte's Web, but I thought my oldest might enjoy something with a little more meat now and then. Thanks for any opinions! And thanks for all of the book suggestions on this old thread!! hehehe

Jackie
06-06-2007, 06:56 AM
HANK THE COWDOG!!! The Boxcar Children.

Are you alking read-aloud, or ones they can read for themelves, or both? A great read-aloud is "By the Great Horn Spoon!", about a British-type butler from Boston following his young "master" to the gold fields of California. It's one of the Sonlight books. Other great "guy" read-alouds include "Old Yeller". Depending on how well your kids listen, you can do "Treasure Island" and "Tom Sawyer".

the sneaky mama
06-06-2007, 07:16 AM
My son loves the Redwall series (that would definitely be a read allowed). Boxcar Children, etc.

Regarding Lord of the Rings. . .my opinion is that it is not an appropriate read aloud until late elementary and/or middle school. . .maybe even 9th grade. (And although I'm generally confused. . .I mean read aloud in 9th grade, yes. ;-)


The Hobbit on the other hand would be great as a 3rd or 4th grade read aloud.

While definitley the battles are not as detailed in the book as they are on screen, the struggle betwen good and evil, IMO, is an important discussion to have when you're reading these. And so much of those struggles would go right over a 3rd grader's head.

I hope to read Tolkein as well as C. S. Lewis with my kids in high school. The Oxford Christians have many parallels in their works and I thought it would be fun to compare them. Also, if you ever do a study on Tolkein I highly recommend getting the History of Middle Earth as well as the Scimirillion and using them w/ the Lord of the Rings.

Okay. . .that's my literature lesson for the day. (LOL Can you tell I've now had my coffee?)

dalynnrmc
06-06-2007, 07:17 AM
Thanks!

I was thinking read-alouds. Tom Sawyer, Old Yeller, Treasure Island are all great suggestions! It's those "obvious" ones that are slipping my mind and that I"VE NEVER READ even for myself! Thanks!!

Jackie
06-06-2007, 07:18 AM
I think Redwall would be difficult to read aloud, but Phillip loves to listen to them on tape or CD. Robin Hood and King Arhtur stories, or "The Jungle Book" (especially Rikki Tikki Tavi!!!)

dalynnrmc
06-06-2007, 07:21 AM
hehehe yeah I guess so sneaky mama! ;)

I was thinking that The Hobbit WAS one of the trilogy... a friend in IM right now has told me otherwise. ;) I've never read it, either.
And I've put your suggestions about Tolkein in the same doc as I'm saving the rest of this list. Thanks for that! Got more? ;)

dalynnrmc
06-06-2007, 07:22 AM
I think Redwall would be difficult to read aloud, but Phillip loves to listen to them on tape or CD. Robin Hood and King Arhtur stories, or "The Jungle Book" (especially Rikki Tikki Tavi!!!)
These are great!

I think I'll stop posting for a while because every time I do, the screen refreshes with a new comment!! Wahoo thanks ladies!

Marylyn_TX
06-06-2007, 09:46 AM
C.S. Lewis' Narnia books ("The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", etc) would be good for that age, too. They are also good read-alouds. If he likes fantasy kinds of books, John White has (or had.. may be hard to find now) a fun series starting with "The Sword Bearer."

the sneaky mama
06-06-2007, 09:51 AM
oooooooo yes--we love those books! ;-)

the sneaky mama
06-06-2007, 09:55 AM
hehehe yeah I guess so sneaky mama! ;)

I was thinking that The Hobbit WAS one of the trilogy... a friend in IM right now has told me otherwise. ;) I've never read it, either.
And I've put your suggestions about Tolkein in the same doc as I'm saving the rest of this list. Thanks for that! Got more? ;)


Actually Tolkein created this whole little world of Middle Earth. Lord of the Rings trilogy is just one story from Middle Earth. There are tons more. My husband is the lit geek and has read everything. The Hobbit is much more 'lighter' than the trilogy and would be a good 'intro' the the trilogy later.

TeacherMom
06-06-2007, 10:05 AM
This if my all time favorite book written by the wife of one of the boys. These little boys ride (horses)from Cache, Oklahoma to New York City in 1905, it is a great story, lots of history involved, they have a web page for it budandme.com It is very good.
WOW , Iwant these books!
I am going to look up the web site thanks!

allisonjoys
06-06-2007, 11:21 AM
The Magic Treehouse series was my son's favorite until last week I picked up #1-7 of a new Jack Sparrow series and my son LOVES that one. It's about the pirate when he was a child.

Last month I read the book "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" to him and he enjoyed the story so much he begged me to keep reading and we finished it in one night.

Jackie
06-06-2007, 11:58 AM
Marylyn, John White's books are still available! Rachael's reading them now. He's also added to them from when you and I read them! (For the rest of you, Marylyn was reading them and had them in my car. They were picked up by a 4th grade boy I drove to Sunday School. He was one of those "challenge" kids who had a good heart, but little discipline at home. I would not have pegged him as a reader. But he borrowed Marylyn's book, and then the next two in the series, and finished them in no time!!!)

That's a nice picture of Charles, btw. Which of the bunnies is he holding?

Earthy
06-06-2007, 01:45 PM
Maybe, the Dangerous Book for Boys, for a little later:) It's a cute book.

The All American Boys Adveture Catalog: http://www.visionforum.com/boysadventure/
The American Boys Handy Book
Kiplings Story for Boys

For reading lists:
http://www.generationsofvirtue.org/
http://www.thelatinschool.org/summer-reading.html
http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html
http://www.welltrainedmind.com/99reading.html
http://www.welltrainedmind.com/greatbooks.html
http://oldfashionededucation.com/1-12%20book%20list.pdf

TeacherMom
06-06-2007, 02:34 PM
thank u this was so helpful !!!

Jo Anna
06-10-2007, 08:32 AM
my son is reading (with help) the Deltora Quest series (ages 8 - 12 recommended). This series has all the good vs evil and the battles, magic, and all that but not as advanced as the Lord of the Rings. There is three series and you can get all of them at Scholastic. (Deltora Quest (series 1, 8 books), Deltora Shadowlands (series 2, 3 books and the book of Deltora monsters), Dragons of Deltora (series 3, 4 books).
I do not know what you do and do not allow your child to read. I tend to let my son read what peaks his interest, the way I see it is that if he is reading and not out getting in trouble or sitting on his PS2 I am doing pretty good.
Sorry so long, hope this gives you some ideas. Also go to Scholastic they usually list age or grade next to the books to give you a good idea which books to choose and they have great prices.
http://scholastic.com
(oh they also have a game at scholastic for the Deltora Quest series that your son can play, my son loves to go play that game there)

Earthy
06-11-2007, 02:15 PM
Also, The Seven Sleepers Series, there are 10 books.

http://www.christianbookclearinghouse.com/sevsleepser.html