If you’re looking for Read Aloud Books for Third Grade (ages 8 and 9), I’ve put together a list of our favorite read aloud chapter books. There are old classics and new picks, perfect 3rd grade read aloud books for home and school.
Reading aloud to third graders is an important, maybe even magical thing. Third grade, when kids are approximately 8 or 9 years old, is a time when kids can really turn into readers.
In his formidable book, The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease says that by fourth grade, only 54% of kids are reading for pleasure. So, before they get any older, and while they're still interested in listening to a good book, third grade is the time to create magical reading connections and help kids become lifelong readers.
Third grade is also the perfect time to begin introducing book series to kids. Reading aloud the first book in a great series can open the door for them to continue reading for pleasure on their own. I've included plenty of fantastic book series on this list.
Tips for Reading Aloud to 3rd Graders
Let your 3rd grader(s) pick the book. At our house, when we're picking what to read aloud, I often gather three or four choices and read the first chapter (or the first couple pages/paragraphs) and then we vote (but my vote counts too).
Keep their hands busy. By third grade, you're probably reading aloud longer books with longer chapters. In order for little listeners to stay focused on the story, it helps to give them something to keep their hands busy. My kids like coloring sheets/coloring books, or just drawing in notebooks. You could also try puzzles, clay/playdough, or other quiet crafts. You can even give them a copy of the book to follow along silently while you read aloud. Find what works for your third graders.
Read often (everyday if possible). This will not only help your 3rd grader stay engaged with the story, but it will create a positive habit of daily reading. Listening is an art and it can take some regular practice to hone it. 10 or 15 minutes everyday will always be better than an hour one day a week.
Quit a book if you need to. If a book just isn't working for your listeners (or you), quit. Don't force yourself to slog through a book your listeners are not enjoying. The goal here is to create positive reading memories and experiences, so it's okay to stop and pick a new book if things aren't going well.
Read Aloud Books for Third Grade
Below is a collection of my favorite read aloud books for third grade. I’ve read every single book on this list, most of them aloud to my children, and I love them all. Note: All of the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. You can also download a printable copy of the list below.
Also, check out this list of Read Aloud Books for First Grade , and this list of Read Aloud Books for Second Grade with more good choices for kids ages 6 to 9.