Third Grade Books

Third Grade Books
Third Grade Books

The titles on this list were selected as the "best of the best"
 books for 3rd grade reading. They were chosen for their appeal to
 3rd graders and because they are on a 3rd grade reading level.

The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet by Tony Abbott
Eric, Julie and Neal discover a magic staircase to another world. Other books in the Secrets of Droon series are available.
80 pgs

Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery by David A. Adler
When Cam Jansen and her friend Eric uncover a mystery while selling fudge door-to-door to raise money for the local library, Cam uses her photographic memory to foil a crime. Other books are available in this series.
58 pgs.

I Was a Third Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch
While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat.
96 pgs.

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.
47 pgs.

Tornado by Betsy Byars
As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.
49 pgs

More Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
More episodes in the life of Julian including a bet with his best friend, Gloria, a secret project, and what happens when his brother, Huey, decides to be Superboy.
Other books available in this series:
·        Julian's Glorious Summer
·        Julian, Secret Agent
·        Stories Julian Tells
·        Julian, Dream Doctor
47 pgs.

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touches into chocolate.
87 pgs.

The Captain Contest by Matt Christopher
Dewey loves to draw and wants to enter the soccer team logo contest, but he does not want to win the grand prize-being team team captain.
Other books in the Soccer Cat series are:
·        Operation Babysitter
·        Secret Weapon
·        Hat Trick
·        Master of Disaster
·        Heads Up
·        All Keyed Up
·        You Lucky Dog
58 pgs.

Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary
Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the third grade, until she discovers that knowing how to read and write cursive promises to open up an entirely new world of knowledge for her.
70 pgs

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
3rd grade is a tough year for Ramona. The school bully is after her, she gets raw eggs in her hair and she even throws up in school.
There are many other Cleary books about Ramona.
190 pgs

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements
Jake Drake, the bully-magnet must learn to take matters into his own hands when Link Baxter, Superbully, moves into the neighborhood.
Other books in the Jake Drake series are:
·        Jake Drake
·        Know-It-All; Jake Drake
·        Teacher's Pet; Jake Drake
·        Class Clown.
73 pgs

Nibble, Nibble, Jenny Archer by Ellen Conford
Jenny Archer is excited about making a television commercial for a new snack food until she discovers that the food she liked so much was meant for gerbils.
Other books about Jenny Archer include:
·        Case for Jenny Archer
·        Get The Picture, Jenny Archer?
·        Jenny Archer, Author
·        Jenny Archer To The Rescue
60 pgs

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
A duck hunting family learns a lesson when an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them.
63 pgs

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.
Other books about Amber Brown include:
·        You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown
·        Amber Brown Goes Fourth
·        Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit
80 pgs.

Annie Pitts, Swamp Monster by Diane deGroat
Third-grader Annie Pitts is excited about getting the part of the swamp monster in a high school student's low-budget horror movie, until she finds out how much hard work is involved.
Other books about Annie Pitts include:
·        Annie Pitts, Artichoke
71 pgs.

The Gadget War by Betsy Duffey
When eight-year-old Kelly Sparks, with forty-three inventions to her credit, meets up with Albert Einstein Jones, a real gadget wiz, the rivalry between the two escalates to a full-scale gadget war.
74 pgs.

How to Be Cool in the Third Grade by Betsy Duffey
When Robbie York is marked as a target by a bully at school, he decides that the only way to survive the third grade is by being cool.
71 pgs.

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river of Wild Island.
Others books in the series include:
·        Dragons of Blueland
·        Elmer and the Dragon
241 pgs

Stone Fox by John Gardiner
Little Willy needs to win the dog sled race in order to save grandfather's farm.
85 pgs.


The Puppy Sister by S.E. Hinton
A young boy is astonished when his new puppy begins to change into a human girl who says to him, "I love you, brother!"
122 pgs.

It Came From Beneath the Bed! by James Howe
With help from his Uncle Harold, who wrote books about Bunnicula, Howie the wire-haired dachshund writes a story in which he saves the world from a science experiment gone awry.
Other books in the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series are:
·        Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!
90 pgs.

Defenders of the Universe by D.V. Kellerher
A group of six kids band together to form a "superhero" group and eventually put their skills to use when they find themselves in peril.
121 pgs.

The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith
Events conspire to turn Hamie's imaginary harlequin Great Dane into a real dog.
73 pgs.

Herbie Jones by Suzy Kline
Herbie's experiences in the third grade include finding bones in the boy's bathroom, wandering away from his class on their field trip and being promoted to a higher reading group.
Other books about Herbie Jones are available
95 pgs.

Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding by Suzy Kline
As Valentine's Day approaches, the students in Room 2B are preoccupied with kickball and a possible wedding between Horrible Harry and Song Lee. Other books are available in this series as well as titles about Song Lee.
52 pgs.

Andrew Wants a Dog by Steven Kroll
When his father refuses to let him have a dog, seven-year-old Andrew decides to become one, with the help of a very realistic dog costume from a magic shop.
54 pgs.

Meg Mackintosh and The Case of the Curious Whale Watch by Lucinda Landon
On a whale watch, Meg tries to solve a puzzling case involving a stolen treasure map. The reader is asked to solve the mystery before Meg, using clues found in the text and illustrations.
Other books are available in this series.
44 pgs.

Rats On The Range and Other Stories by James Marshall
In eight animal stories the reader meets a rat family that vacations at a dude ranch, a pig who takes lessons in table manners, a mouse who keeps house for a tomcat and a buzzard who leaves his money to the Society for Stray Cats - or does he?
Sequel to:
·        Rats on the Roof
80 pgs.

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
Third-grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
Other books in the Judy Moody series are:
·        Judy Moody Gets Famous
·        Judy Moody Saves the World
160 pgs.

The New Kid at School by K. H. McMullan
Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.
Other books in the Dragon Slayers' Academy series are:
·        Revenge of the Dragon Lady
·        Class Trip to the Cave of Doom
·        A Wedding for Wiglaf?
·        Knight for a Day
·        Sir Lancelot Where are You?
·        Wheel of Misfortune
·        Countdown to the Year 1000
91 pgs.

Can You Keep a Secret? by P.J. Petersen
Mike has a reputation for not being able to keep a secret and he worries that he may reveal things that his classmates do not want known.
106 pgs.

I Hate Camping by P.J. Petersen
Dan thinks he is going to have a terrible time when he is forced to go camping with his mother’s boyfriend Mike and Mike’s brainy son Raymond, but the two boys form a surprising friendship.
84 pgs.

The Littles by John Peterson
The Littles, tiny people who live within the walls of the Biggs’ house fear mice.
Other titles in the Littles series are available. 80 pgs.

The Riddle Streak by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Since her older brother always wins at ping-pong, checkers, and everything else, Amy decides to learn riddles in hope of finding some way she can beat him.
57 pgs.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
Other books in the Captain Underpants series are:
·        Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets
·        Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space
·        Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants
·        Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman
117 pgs.

The Magic Pretzel by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Fourth-grader Norman Gnormal, who behaves like a dog, finds his first real friends when his principal signs him up for the Werewolf Club at school.
Other books in the Werewolf Club series are:
·        The Lunchroom of Doom
·        The Werewolf Club Meets Dorkula
·        The Werewolf Club Meets the Hound of the Basketballs
·        The Werewolf Club Meets Oliver Twit
78 pgs.

Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns by Mary Quattlebaum
When his mother gives him a garden plot for his tenth birthday, Jackson Jones hopes to earn enough money to buy a basketball, but all he seems to get is trouble.
113 pgs.

The Absent Author by Ron Roy
Dink and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of a famous mystery author, Wallis Wallace.
Other books in the A to Z Mysteries series are available.
87 pgs.

In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen by Cynthia Rylant
While staying with their aunt for a year, three nine-year-old cousins keep busy baking and selling cookies, putting on a poetry and singing performance and trying to encourage a romance between their aunt and one of their former customers.
Other books in the Cobble Street Cousins series are:
·        A Little Shopping
·        Special Gifts
·        Some Good News
·        Summer Party, and Wedding Flowers
54 pgs.

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
When Joe, Fred and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards and the Knights of the Round Table.
Other books in the Time Warp Trio series:
·        The Good, The Bad, and The Goofy
·        The Not-So-Jolly Roger
·        2095
·        Your Mother Was A Neanderthal
55 pgs.

Meet Kirsten, An American Girl by Janet Beeler Shaw
Nine-year-old Kirsten and her family experience many hardships as they travel from Sweden to the Minnesota frontier in 1854.
Other books in the American Girls series are:
·        Kirsten Learns a Lesson: A School Story
·        Kirsten's Surprise: A Christmas Story
·        Happy Birthday Kirsten: A Springtime Story
·        Kirsten Saves the Day: A Summer Story
·        Changes for Kirsten: A Winter Story
59 pgs.

The Kid Next Door and Other Headaches: Stories About Adam Joshua by Janice Lee Smith
In a series of episodes, two young boys who are best friends share different viewpoints about neatness, the best kind of pet, super heroes, horrible cousins and what consideration an overnight guest is entitled to.
Other books about Adam Joshua:
·        The Monster In The Third Dresser Drawer
·        It's Not Easy Being George
143 pgs

The Skirt by Gary Soto
When Miata leaves the skirt that she is to wear in a dance performance, on the school bus, she needs all her wits to get it back without her parents’ finding out that she has lost something yet again.
143 pgs.

Not-So-Normal Norman by Cynthia Stowe
While his father is out of work because of a back injury, Anthony decides to try to earn money and his first job is watching a huge tarantula named Norman.
127 pgs.

Marty Frye, Private Eye by Janet Tashjian
Marty Frye, a seven-year-old who likes to read poetry and talk in rhymes, solves three separate mysteries for a classmate, a toy store owner and his younger sister.
78 pgs.

Snot Stew by Bill Wallace
Brother and sister cats are taken in by a family and learn the pleasures and dangers of living alongside humans.
81 pgs.

Watchdog and the Coyotes by Bill Wallace
Sweetie, the great dane, can not afford to bark or bite or she will go to the pound. When her dog friends are threatened, she must find a way to outfox the coyotes.
104 pgs.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The resourceful Alden children survive without adult supervision and make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar.
Other books in the Boxcar Children Mysteries series are available.
154 pgs.

Hannah by Gloria Whelan
Hannah, a blind girl living in Michigan in the late nineteenth century, doesn't go to school, until a new teacher tells her about the Braille method of reading for the blind.
63 pgs.

Don't Call Me Beanhead! by Susan Wojciechowski
Five stories about a girl who's a worrywart.
Other books in the Beany series are:
·        Beany (not Beanhead) and the Magic Crystal
·        Beany and the Dreaded Wedding
·        Beany Goes to Camp
75 pgs.

A Moon in Your Lunch Box by Michael Spooner
A collection of poems celebrating feelings, seasons and topics ranging from lunch boxes to the moon.
63 pgs.

The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky
Humorous poems about such strange creatures and people as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloppers.
159 pgs.

Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast by Jack Prelutsky
A collection of humorous poems about dinosaurs.
31 pgs.

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Selected by Jack Prelutsky
More than 550 poems by American, English and anonymous authors.
248 pgs.