Calling all 3rd-5th Grade Teachers!

My school received a grant last year that will allow us to purchase new books for our classroom library. I am looking for book recommendations that you have used with your students or your students most popular book choices. Please share!

My students favorites so far this year are Goosebumps, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Magic Tree House. I would really love to build my historical fiction and science fiction collection.


  1. I teach 3rd grade.

    Graphic novels are a big hit in my room as well as Calvin and Hobbes. These are great for reluctant readers.

    My students love books by Andrew Clements, Bill Wallace, Beverly Cleary, and Mary Downing Hahn to name a few.

    My strong readers love Harry Potter, The Lightning Thief series, The Blue Baillett series (Chasing Vermeer, The Wright Three...)

    Avi and Jane Yolen both write awesome historical fiction.

    Hope that helps. The back of the Book Whisperer is also a great resource for book lists.

    Lifelong Learning

  2. Oh man, you have opened Pandora's Box for me. I have taught 3rd-5th. Here are some ideas off the top of my head...
    1) The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix is futuristic.
    2) Anything by Sharon Creech. She's amazing.
    3) Richard Peck writes great historical fiction. I particularly enjoyed A Year Down Yonder.
    4) Any Mike Lupica book is great for sports fans.
    5) The Bone graphic novel series is a perfect fit for reluctant readers.
    6) How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Conner and Rules by Cynthia Lord are both realistic, but just fabulous.
    7) The Sister's Grimm by Michael Buckley is fun fun fun! Oh, and check out NERDS by Michael Buckley too. Hysterical.
    8) The Good Dog by Avi is another great animal story. I noticed someone already said Bill Wallace. You can't go wrong there.
    9) The Lightning Thief, Spiderwick, and Series of Unfortunate Events are also good. The movies have been out long enough that kids will read the books again.:) Oh, and anything by Kate DiCamillo. She's one of my favorites.
    10) My 4th graders are also loving the series Ghosthunters and Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (higher readers).

    Hope this helps. :)

    ~Amanda @ The Teaching Thief

  3. So many great books listed above! I like Kate DiCamillo esp. Edward Tulane. Cornelia Funke writes some great fantasy. Barabara Park writes some funny stories for older readers such as Skinnyboes. One of my favorite historical fiction books is The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. Oh and Dave at Night!

  4. Anything Andrew Clements
    My 4/5 kids really liked the City of Ember books by Jeanne DuPrau
    The Sisters Grimm books
    Al Capone Does my Laundry
    A-Z Mysteries
    The Spiderwick Chronicles

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  7. I'm a 3rd grade teacher.
    Beverly Cleary books are always a must.
    Laura Ingalls Wilder-historical fiction for the Midwest
    Black Lagoon Chapter books- great to encourage low readers to start reading chapter books
    A to Z Mysteries
    If you are still searching for titles the Scholastic Book Wizard is great. It has a way to search for similar books to the titles your students love.

  8. My students love Andrew Clements - especially Frindle;
    The Little House books - especially Little House in the Big woods
    Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
    Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews
    The BFG by Roald Dahl....
    and my personal favorites are by Gary Paulsen!!

    So thrilled you have received money that will allow you to add to your library. Write and let us know what you chose!

  9. I'm a fourth grade teacher in California. My kids love Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. I don't remember the author.

  10. I am a fourth grade teacher in Washington. The above posts have great suggestions. I just wanted to add that my kids LOVE Kate Klise. She has a series that starts with Regarding the Fountain. We cannot get enough of them!


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