Reading is an essential part of every subject that we learn. In third grade, I focus a lot on learning the components of good readers. We learn about decoding words, characters, plot, author’s purpose, and many other skills. In order for your student to become a fluent and successful reader, they will need to practice. Just as a professional athlete needs to practice his sport, so too does a good reader. My recommendation to parents is to have their student read for 20  minutes every day. This can be in many different forms. You can read to your student, you can take turns reading pages with your student, your student can read independently, or your student can read to you. No matter how you choose, reading should be done nightly to help practice those skills that we are learning in class.

Having trouble finding books? Gwinnett County Public Library has many different locations. Signing up for a library card is free and a fun way to make reading a family time. For more information visit the website at

In third grade, I use the CAFE program to help students become stronger readers.  The program uses the acronym CAFE to help students remember the important parts of reading (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanded vocabulary).  I use and add to our CAFE wall in our classroom throughout the school year.  At the beginning of the year, the wall is bare; however, by the end of the year, your child will have many strategies to help him/her become strong and independent readers.

Here are some great books to read if you are running out of ideas.

Picture Books

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
  • Froggy series by Jonathan London

Chapter Books

  • Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborn
  • A – Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy
  • Magic School Bus Chapter books

Favorite Authors

  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Roald Dahl
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Cynthia Rylant
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