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Reading List for Grades 3-5

Last updated 6 years ago

As your children grow older, their interests and capacity for understanding more complex issues also change and grow. In order to keep them engaged and excited about reading and learning, provide them with a variety of age-appropriate books. There are many excellent book choices for children in grades 3-5, from classic stories to new and exciting tales. Here is just a sample of some titles that your kids will love.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: This classic 1964 book by British author Roald Dahl traces the story of young Charlie Bucket and his adventures inside famed candy maker Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. With many colorful characters and a healthy dose of humor, this book is ideal for readers of different levels—whether or not they don’t have a sweet tooth.
  • Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s timeless children’s novel was published in 1952 and continues to appeal to adults as well as children. You’ll enjoy reading this again along with your child and revisiting the story of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider. The friendship between the two main characters can serve as a good example to your child.
  • Maniac Magee: Jerry Spinelli’s award-winning 1990 novel explores themes of racism and homelessness in a story that kids will enjoy. Main character Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee is orphaned at an early age, and becomes a local legend in his search for a home.
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: This first book in Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series focuses on the relationship between brothers Peter Warren Hatcher and Farley Drexel, who prefers to be known as “Fudge” at all times. Your child will enjoy the entire series, so get them hooked on reading with this series-starter.

If your child needs help with reading or learning, call the Literacy and Language Center in San Francisco at (415) 242-1205. Our dedicated teachers strive to help students with reading skills, especially if they have language issues such as dyslexia. Friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced, our staff can help students of all ages improve their reading and comprehension skills.


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