Lindsay Estabrooks’s third-grade class at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington likes author Jeff Kinney and ice cream in several varieties of chocolate. (Lindsay Estabrooks)

Lindsay Estabrooks’s third-graders at McKinley Elementary in Arlington are a well-read bunch. The students, who are the Class of KidsPost for May, picked authors whom every kid should read as their favorites. Read on to find out their choices and to see what else they like.

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Favorite author:

Jeff Kinney was the most popular, but these kids liked a wide variety of authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien, Gertrude
Chandler Warner
, Rick Riordan and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Favorite game:

Soccer and Monopoly tied as the favorite. Apples to Apples also had fans.

How much time do you spend on the Internet each week?

These kids aren’t glued to their computer screens. They reported spending less than two hours online each week.

Favorite ice cream flavor:

Almost everyone favored chocolate of some kind. Plain chocolate got the most votes, with mint chocolate chip a close second. But other chocolaty choices included Oreo, raspberry chip, Moose Tracks and chocolate brownie. (Getting hungry?)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Scientist and professional athlete — especially soccer player and football player — topped the students’ lists. Other interesting careers included illustrator, inventor, artist and counselor.

What’s the biggest problem in the world today?

These third-graders have been paying attention to the world around them. They chose the civil war in Syria as the biggest problem, but they also mentioned world hunger, global warming, pollution and poachers killing animals.