Third and Fourth Class

This age group is now beginning to learn to read for meaning in addition to learning the mechanics of reading. With this in mind, it is useful to know what a child’s interests are as it helps in determining a book that appeals to them. Children also love being involved in the book selection process.
If you are choosing a book specifically for reading aloud, remember that it can be pitched at a higher reading level, as children are able to listen and comprehend at higher reading levels. Fortunately, there is always a wider selection of books available for reading aloud.Don’t forget to continue to read to your primary age child right up to sixth class.
“The BFG,” “James and the Giant Peach” , “Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl.
“Rainbow Magic: Ruby The Red Fairy” and other books in the series by Daisy Meadows.
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgrin.
“Snakes Elbows” by Deirdre Madden.
“The Worst Witch” series by Jill Murphy.
“The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
“Harry Potter series” by J.K. Rowling.(The later books in the series can be a bit scary.)
“Judy Moody” series, by Megan Mac Donald.
“Beast Quest: Ferno The Fire Dragon” and other books in the series by Adam Blade.
“Mr. Gum” series.
“Horrid Henry” series by Francesca Simon. If your child enjoys “Horrid Henry” they may also like the suggestions here.
 “Dino Cove Cretaceous series” by Rex Stone.
“The Killer Underpants” by Michael Lawrence.
“Famous Five” series, “Secret Seven” series ,”St Clare’s” series and “Malory Towers” series by Enid Blyton.
“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannet.
“Bright Lights” by Linda Chapman.
“The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G.Birney.
“Walter Speazlebud”  and other books for children, by Carlow author David Donohue.
“Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White .
“Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe “by C. S. Lewis.
“Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson.
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. 
“Shiloh” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor .
“The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner, 
“Sarah, Plain and Tall” by Patricia MacLachlan.
“The Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks. 
“Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. 
“Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli.
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry.
“Stone Fox” by John Reynolds Gardiner. 
“Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” by Robert C. O’Brien. 
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson .
“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume. 
“Ramona Quimby, Age 8” by Beverly Cleary.
“The Trumpet of the Swan” by E. B. White.
“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.
“Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt .
“The Great Gilly Hopkins” by Katherine Paterson .
“Sideways Stories from Wayside School” by Louis Sachar . 
“Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh .
“A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein. 
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Richard Atwater .
“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett .
“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech .
“The Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare .
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis.