Length: 15 min.
Language Arts and Literature
In Readit, storytellers, artists drawing illustrations and even animated frogs help third graders make the transition from picture books to short novels. The series features more than thirty books chosen for their high level of interest to children. Classics pepper the collection of contemporary favorites. As the series progresses, so do the reading levels. Geared especially to the different abilities within this age group, the programs offer books to challenge the average reader and to entice the reluctant one. Storyteller, John Robbins, leaves the stories unfinished, to encourage children to discover the endings by reading for themselves.
1. Blue Moose by D. Manus Pinkwater; The Return Of The Moose by D. Manus Pinkwater — An unusual moose becomes Mr. Breton’s headwaiter and then turns his life upside down by writing a bestseller.
2. My Robot Buddy by Alfred Slote; My Trip To Alpha I by Alfred Slote — Jack Jameson and his mechanical friend come face-to-face with a robotnapper.
3. Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw? by Patricia Giff — Strange noises from the apartment next door plunge junior detective Abigail Jones into something big.
4. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett — Elmer Elevator runs away and outsmarts wild animals to rescue a little dragon.
5. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner — The Alden orphans make an old boxcar their home and support themselves with elbow grease and ingenuity.
6. Deadwood City by Edward Packard; The Third Planet From Altair by Edward Packard — In these “branch plot” books, the reader makes decisions at many turning points changing the plot each time.
7. The Lucky Stone by Lucille Clifton; Who’s In Charge Of Lincoln? by Dale Fife — Stories how a wonderful stone may change a girl’s life and adventures when a sack of stolen money that falls into a boy’s hands.
8. The Rise And Fall Of Ben Gizzard by Richard Kennedy — An old Indian predicts the death of scoundrel.
9. Trouble For Lucy by Carla Stevens — Lucy Stewart leaves her wagon train to search for her puppy, Finn.
10. The Comeback Dog by Jane Resh Thomas — Mourning his beloved pet, Captain, Daniel brings a battered, dying dog home to nurse back to health.
11. Give Us A Great Big Smile, Rosy Cole by Sheila Greenwald — Rosy knows how badly she plays the violin, but when Uncle Ralph promotes her in a book, people treat her like a celebrity.
12. Groundhog’s Horse by Joyce Rockwood — Groundhog, a Cherokee boy, goes alone to rescue his unusual mare, Midnight, from the Cherokees who stole her.
13. A Grandmother For The Orphelines by Natalie Savage Carlson — Josine, the littlest orphan in an old French castle, wants a grandmother so much that she locks an old woman in the dungeon.
14. Twenty And Ten by Claire Hutchet Bishop — Hidden by twenty other children in occupied France, ten Jewish children are safe from the Nazis — only if the others can keep silent.
15. The Whistling Teakettle by Mindy Skolsky; The Witch Of Fourth Street by Myron Levoy — Hannah’s gift frightens robbers from her grandmother’s candy store. In The Witch of Fourth Street, Cathy has to choose between giving a daily penny to the monkey she loves or giving it to a woman she thinks is a witch.
16. Ben And Me by Robert Lawson — Amos, a mouse who lived in Benjamin Franklin’s hat, tells who was really responsible for many of Franklin’s famous achievements.
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Assignment: The World has been discontinued by the producer and is no longer available for broadcast.
PBS Newshour Extra’s Daily News Story is a great alternative.