Two favorite books of third graders include "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White and "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo. Both books have won major awards for excellence in children's literature.
"Charlotte's Web," the story of a pig named Wilbur who shares a unique friendship with a spider named Charlotte, has resonated with school-age children for decades. When Wilbur finds himself in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer who owns him, Charlotte tries to persuade the farmer to spare his life by writing laudatory messages about him in her web. Winner of the John Newbery Medal in 1953 and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970, "Charlotte's Web" is one of the best-selling children's books of all time.
"Because of Winn-Dixie," another Newbery Medal winner, has quickly become a modern favorite among third-grade readers. Themes of love and acceptance are at the center of this story about a chance meeting between a young girl named India Opal and the stray dog who changes her life. When India Opal finds the dog wreaking havoc inside a Winn-Dixie grocery store, she sticks her neck out for him, and he ends up teaching her a great deal about friendship and forgiveness in return.