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Students will love cozying up with one or more of these winter books for 3rd grade. Use them as read-alouds or for independent reading.
I am of the opinion that kids are never too old for a read-aloud. Books are great for introducing new topics, celebrating holidays and seasons, and increasing vocabulary.
The winter books for kids featured below include a mix of picture books and chapter books that third graders will enjoy.
Winter Picture Books for 3rd Grade
Picture books aren't just for little kids. Elementary students can enjoy them, as well.
They're great for use as mentor texts in your literacy lessons.
I have a soft spot for all of Jan Brett's books. Her illustrations are amazing, and kids love reading them over and over again.
Pair this story with a traditional version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Then, have kids compare and contrast the two versions.
This is a picture book adaptation of Robert Frost's classic Poem.
It makes a great addition to your winter poetry lessons. It might even inspire kids to write their own winter poems.
This classic story follows a young girl and her father as they go owling one evening.
In addition to being a fun winter story, you can add it to your lesson about owls, parent/child relationships, and even onomatopoeia.
Get ready for snow much fun as you travel through a winter wonderland with running, skating, and bouncing through trap after trap to catch the snowman and claim the winning prize
After reading this book, encourage kids to write their own "how to" story describing how they'd catch a snowman.
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night?
Kids of all ages love this story, and it's a great book to read to inspire kids to do some creative writing about what they think there snowman would do at night.
Winter Read-Alouds for 3rd Grade
I firmly believe that kids are never too old to be read to.
I read to my kids until they were in middle school when I was a homeschool momma.
Read-alouds give kids an opportunity to hear stories that may be above their reading level.
All of the books featured here are favorites with this age group.
A humble house painter is sent a male penguin by the great Admiral Drake and, thanks to the arrival of a female penguin, soon has twelve penguins living in his house.
After reading the book, you could show a movie and do a compare/contrast Venn with your kids.
This is one of my all-time favorite read-alouds. I love to share this one kids instead of having them read it independently. But be sure to have some Kleenex on hand... don't say I didn't warn you!
This is a great addition to your studies especially if you study the Iditarod with your students. This book isn't about the Iditarod specifically, but it is a great tie-in.
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch.
But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.
This is another great book to compare/contrast with the movie version.
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:
This set of Chronicles of Narnia peg dolls are perfect for allowing kids to reenact and retell the stories in this book series.
When you give little girls a pioneer dress and bonnet to add to their dress-up center, you will inspire hours of imaginative play!
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