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Children's Books for 3rd - 6th graders

Updated on October 18, 2012

Parents Influence Chidren's Interests in Reading

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and homework is around the corner. I don't just mean your child's homework--parents have the heavier load. Especially when it comes to books. Believe it or not, parents have a lot of sway in the interest of their children's reading. If a child has positive experiences reading, it will be a treat for them to read. Parents can model reading as enjoyable; and should start when children are young. For many children, reading is enjoyable because they have mom or dad's attention. Reading becomes often becomes a chore between 3rd and 6th grades. If reading is already a positive experience, share with them some of your favorite childhood books.

I'd like to share some 3rd to 6th grade reading leveled books I enjoyed reading to help remind you of some of yours.

Tuck Everlasting

Topics: Death/psychology/opposition/philosophy

Fiction 139 pages

Winnie, a ten-year-old girl from Treegap, runs away from home and meets with a family that has not aged for 84 years! A spring of water they had drunk from caused the parents and their 2 sons to not age or die. All but the 17-year-old son, Jesse, tried to convince her of the bad situation they were in. Jesse was fun loving and adventure seeking, and since Winnie had discovered the spring, he hoped, when she turned 17, she would also drink and they could marry. A man who learned of the legend of the Tuck family discovered there dwelling and nearly come to own and sell the elixir of life for money. The man’s plan failed yet granted Mae Tuck the chance to hang from the gallows. The town would discover the secret when she did not die. With Winnies help the Tucks rescue their mother and leave town unnoticed.

Tuck Everlasting Book and Movie

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Themes: WWII/Jews/holocaust

Historical Fiction (Newbery Medal) 137 pages

Nazi soldiers have been watching over the country where Annemarie lived. One day they came for her best friend Ellen and Ellen’s family because they were Jewish. Annemarie knew very little about what was happening but quickly began to learn the real danger both her and her friend were in. Annemarie’s family was part of a resistance movement and she also does what she can to help save her friend.

Number the Stars paper back book

Stone Fox

Themes: Families/Indians/Dog sleds/determination

Realistic Fiction 81 Pages

Little Willey becomes alarmed one morning when Grandfather did not get out of bed. Willey comes to discover that Grandfather is 10 years and $500 behind in paying taxes, and because of it has lost his will to live. Willey does the potato harvesting on the farm and still comes up short. Then he discovers a dog sled race with a grand prize of $500. But can Little Willey’s old dog Searchlight take on all 5 of the Indian Legend Stone Fox’s champion dog sled team? Will and Searchlight make the attempt, to save Grandpa and the farm.

Stone Fox books on Amazon

The Hundred Dresses

Themes: Acceptance/ kindness

Fiction (Newbery Honor Book) 80 pages

Maddie is a young schoolgirl who is guilty by association for teasing a poor polish girl Wanda. Wanda spoke little but when she did she would talk about her 100 dresses. Because she wore the same old dress every day to school it was obvious that she did not, nor could afford 100 eloquent dresses. But one day, Wanda moved away and soon won the school dress-drawing contest with 100 pictures of dresses. Her family moved away because of the teasing they received. Maddie struggled with guilt for having not stopping the teasing of her friends.

The Hundred Dresses on Amazon

The Cay

Themes: WWII/Survival/Sacrafice

Historical Fiction 137 pages

Phillip and his family lived in a helpless country during WWII. When things started to get scary Phillip and his mom took leave by way of ship. Their boat was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk. Phillip was left on a raft with a black man named Timothy. Their raft landed on a small island near the Cays. During the ship incident Phillip became blind and Timothy, knowing his health and strength would not let him endure long, helped young Phillip to learn survival techniques. After a huge hurricane tore through the island, Timothy was found dead and Phillip’s worst nightmare became a reality—he was left alone.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Themes: Patriotism/cultures/baseball

Realistic Fiction 169 Pages

Shirely Temple Wong was a new girl at her school. Because she was10 years old in Chinese culture (one on her birthday and two on the first Chinese new years 3 months later) she was placed in the 5th grade at instead of 3rd. She didn’t have any friends, but with in a few months she made many friends; and her friends liked baseball, particularly the Dodgers and Jackie Robinson. Shirely began to get into the great American past time and Robinson was her hero. She even was able to meet him in person by the end of the story. Not one I would want my kids to read.

Call it Courage

Themes: Courage/Islanders/cannibals

Newbery Award 95 pages

Mafatu was young when he developed a great fear of the sea. As he great his family ignored him and his peers jeered him for never venturing out to fish. One day, the ten year old boy became so lonely and frustrated he left home and sailed to a near by Island. A storm threw him off course to an island of cannibals. He learns bravery, and courage and returns a man!

Call it Courage

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      MonirulIslamKhan 5 years ago

      Stunning lenses.

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      WordChipper 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens - I have two little girls (6th and 4th grades)

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      A child is very lucky if their parents encourage them to read!

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      Baddew Fibes 5 years ago

      Great selection! Never heard of Stone Fox until now. Your description has made me decide to buy it for my kids - thanks!

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      loveanime22 5 years ago

      great collection

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I'm familiar with some of these titles.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Nice selections! Thanks for sharing!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      some of the illustrated comics were donated by the vatican depicting the persecutions of christians by the romans.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Books and reading are so important for everyone. It is always hard to select age appropriate books for children. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You've featured some fine books for children here. I used to be a children's librarian and it is vitally important to encourage children to read.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I always used to read to my boys when they were young and now it's time to read to my granddaughter. I think it's so important for a child to enjoy reading.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, books are extremely educational and can give so much to the child. Well done.