Topic | Fun reads for 3rd grade son

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    One of my 8-yr-olds has decided that reading is his favorite thing and he’s looking for some new books. He’s reading at the Magic Tree House, Boxcar Children level. He enjoys “action or adventure” type books. He loves to listen to the living books we read for history and science, but for his free reading he wants “stuff that’s fun and not boring.” He’s also looking for books a little longer than Magic Tree House (I think he wants to feel more grown up) and series are cool too.

    Thanks for any help you can give.



    My son loves:

    The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla

    The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli

    The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

    Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Abel’s Island by William Steig

    The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

    Those are some that come to mind right now 🙂



    We just finished up the Lloyd Alexander series that starts with The Book of Three. It is five books long and has a male hero – my 8yo DD loved it. It has it all – action, adventure, romance, tragedy, victory.

    I also love the Redwall books, but haven’t tried them with my kids yet. They may be a higher reading level.

    And don’t forget the Hardy Boys. 😉 They are tried and true.


    The Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchenson is fabulous. They’re great moral adventure stories, but not at all preachy. We own them on audio by Paul Ramseyer and they’re wonderful, too



    One more thought, he might be ready for the Chronicles of Narnia or The Hobbit if his reading is advancing quickly, I read those around his age. Oh, and I “second” Gem’s Hardy Boys suggestion!



    I second Christie’s advice on the Sugar Creek Gang – woohoo!

    Also, The Bobbsey Twins series by Laura Lee Hope is a BIG adventure hit with the 8yo boy in our house. 🙂



    Karen Smith

    Just for fun books:

    Freddy the Pig books by Walter Brooks

    Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond

    The Moffat books by Eleanor Estes

    If magical adventures are okay in your family books by E. Nesbit:

    Five Children and It

    The Phoenix and the Carpet

    The Enchanted Castle

    The Book of Dragons

    And Edward Eager:

    Knight’s Castle

    Half Magic

    Magic by the Lake

    The Time Garden

    The Well-Wishers


    These aren’t adventure stories, but I think they’re still good:

    Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary

    Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

    Shiloh books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (may want to preview; the boy in the story “rescues” an abused dog by taking him from his cruel master)


    Oh, I love all of these great books. I’m trying to put together a master list of books that I’d like the kids to read (or at least choose from). I’m combining the SCM and AO lists with the lists from the Higher Up and Further In blog and that doesn’t count the Bookfinder or your awesome suggestions….Oh, the books…

    Sometimes it saddens me to think that I will never be able to read all of the books that I would like, but then again, the joy of heaven will overshadow my sadness. 🙂



    My 8-1/2 ds really likes the Animal Ark series by Ben M. Baglio.

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