But, I found one this weekend that I think is perfect! The Meanest Birthday Girlby Josh Schneider seems to be the perfect book for early third grade. I am thinking it will make a great read aloud and one that we can revisit and discuss. I am not thinking it is one with huge depth but there is depth and humor that will provide for conversation and kids will need to infer lots to fully understand the message here.
Dana is the birthday girl in this story. And because it is her birthday, she can do whatever she wants. So she pinches, steals desserts from others' lunches, and calls people names. At the end of the day, she has a birthday party and gets presents and this is where the fun begins.
The book is a short chapter book (48 pages total). The illustrations add to the fun of the book and the characters are some of my favorites.
I think this book was written for young children in that they will have to really think to understand the message but they will love the fact that they "get it". Them message is a good one and there will be lots to talk about when it comes to choices, kindness, and how we treat each others. Lots to love about this book.
And, Anthony? Well, he might be one of my favorite new characters ever. Even though he only says a few words in the whole book.