3rd Grade Reading Recommendations

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Book Recommendations for Third Graders

Aguirre, Jorge. Dragons Beware! c2015. 153p. When Claudette sets out to slay the dragon that ate her father's legs and his legendary sword, she'll need more help than ever from her friend Marie and her brother Gaston.  JUV GRAPHIC DRAGONS.
Barrows, Annie. Ivy + Bean Take the Case (Ivy + Bean Series bk 10). c2013. 127p. After watching a movie about a detective on the television, Bean decides to set up shop as a private investigator--and she and Ivy start looking for mysteries to solve.  JUV FIC BARROWS, A.
Bunting, Eve. Pop’s Bridge. c2006. (unpaged). Robert and his friend Charlie are proud of their fathers, who are working on the construction of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.  JUV EASY BUNTING, E.
Butler, Dori Hillestad. The Haunted Library (Haunted Library Series bk 1). c2014. 126p. When ghost boy Kaz's haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, he meets a real girl named Claire, who lives above the town library with her parents and her grandmother. Claire has a special ability to see ghosts when other humans cannot and she and Kaz quickly form a friendship.  JUV FIC BUTLER, D. 
 Chabert, Jack. The School is Alive! (Eerie Elementary Series bk 1). c2014. 90p. Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and, as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them--but he will need some help from his friends.  JUV FIC CHABERT, J.
Cheng, Andrea. The Year of the Fortune Cookie (Anna Wang Series bk 3). c2014. 155p. Eleven-year-old Anna takes a trip to China and learns more about herself and her Chinese heritage.  JUV FIC CHENG, A. 
Cleary, Beverly. Muggie Maggie. c1990. 70p. Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the 3rd grade, until she discovers that knowing how to read and write cursive promises to open up another world.  JUV FIC CLEARY, B.
Cronin, Doreen. The First Misadventure (Chicken Squad Series bk 1). c2014. 92p. When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar - A.K.A. the Chicken Squad - investigate this strange object.  JUV MYS CRONIN, D.
Cummings, Troy. Rise of the Balloon Goons (Notebook of Doom Series bk 1). c2013. 89p. Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters--and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.  JUV FIC CUMMINGS, T.
Earhart, Kristin. Runaway Pony (Marguerite Henry’s Misty Inn Series bk 3). c2015. 111p. A lost pony is cause for a nighttime adventure on Chincoteague Island in this third book of a chapter book series inspired by Marguerite Henrys Misty of Chincoteague. Full Moon Fancy, Fancy for short, is a pony with a knack for getting loose. First she just tramples a herb garden, then she knocks over a wall of a chicken coop, so the hens end up all over the yard and down on the beach. When she gets out one too many times, Willa and Ben are worried shes lost. They set out to track her down in the moonlight! Will they find the runaway pony, or is Fancy lost for good?  JUV FIC EARHART, K.
George, Kallie. Clover’s Luck (Magical Animal Adoption Agency bk 1). c2015. 128p. Clover, who wants to change her bad luck, accepts a position at a pet adoption agency unlike any other and soon finds herself in a world of fairy horses, dragons with temperamental snouts, wizards, princesses, and, unfortunately, witches.  JUV FIC GEORGE, K.
Griffiths, Andy. 13-Story Treehouse (Treehouse Series bk 1). c2015. 239p. Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-story treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favorite flavored marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry. Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn't for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, a sea monsters pretending to be mermaids, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles!  JUV FIC GRIFFITHS, A.
Holm, Jennifer L. Full of Beans. c2016. 195p. Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.  JUV FIC HOLMS, J.
Hopper, Ada. March of the Mini Beasts (DATA Set Series bk 1). c2016. 125p. Three second-graders who love science get thrown in a wild spiral of adventures after meeting their reclusive neighbor, Dr. Gustav Bunsen. When Dr. Bunsen's growth ray hits a crate of animal figurines, the toys not only start growing, but also come to life.  JUV FIC HOPPER, A.
Howard, Ryan. My New Team (Little Rhino Series bk 1). c2015. 96p. A new chapter book series from Major League Baseball's 2006 National League MVP, Ryan Howard! Every day when Little Rhino comes home from school, he finishes his homework, grabs his bat, his glove, and runs outside to meet Grandpa James. They always practice catching and hitting in the backyard. Playing baseball with grandfather is Little Rhino's favorite thing to do, especially when he pretends to be a real Major League homerun hitter. One afternoon, after a long day of second grade, Little Rhino comes home to find out that Grandpa James has signed him up for a baseball league! Little Rhino will finally be a part of a team! But Little Rhino will quickly learn that is not always so easy to a good teammate, especially when there's a bully wearing the same uniform as you. From Major League Baseball superstar Ryan Howard and his wife, Krystle Howard, a former elementary school teacher, this exciting new series is a fun read for sports and book fans alike!  JUV FIC HOWARD, R.
Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out: Being the adventures of a knowledgeable Stingray, a toughy little Buffalo, and someone called Plastic. c2006. 116p. 6 stories relate the adventures of 3 best friends who happen to be toys.  JUV FIC JENKINS, E. 
Keene, Carolyn. Butterfly Blues (Nancy Drew Clue Crew Series bk 40). c2015. 76p. After a rare Blue Morpho goes missing from the new butterfly museum, Nancy and her friends try to bring the valuable creature back to safety.  JUV MYS KEENE, C.
McDonald, Megan. Stink and the Shark Sleepover (Stink Series bk 9). c2014. 158p. When Stink's parents win an aquarium sleepover, he and his two friends enjoy a scavenger hunt before trying to fall asleep while worrying about the frankensquid on the loose.  JUV FIC MCDONALD, M.
Meltzer, Brad. I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change the World Series). c2014. (unpaged). Follows Abraham Lincoln from his childhood to the presidency, showing how he spoke up about fairness and eventually led the country to abolish slavery.  JUV NF 923.1 L638ML 2014.
Olshan, Matthew. A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785. c2016. (unpaged). Dr. John Jeffries and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, each want to be the first man to fly from one country to another, across the English Channel. There's only one problem: they can't stand each other! Inspired by the true story of the first international flight.  JUV EASY OLSHAN, M.
O’Ryan, Ray. Hello Nebulon! (Galaxy Zack Series bk 1). C2013. 115p. Moving from Earth to the futuristic planet Nebulon in 2120, eight-year-old Zack is nervous about starting school and meeting people.  JUV SF O’RYAN, R.
Quinn, Jordan. The Lost Stone (Kingdom of Wrenly Series bk 1). c2014. 114p. Eight-year-old Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, is eager to explore and Clara, daughter of the queen's seamstress, knows the kingdom well, so they team up to find a lost jewel and visit all of the land's main attractions as they search.  JUV SF QUINN, J. 
Paris, Harper. The Mystery at the Coral Reef (Greetings from Somewhere Series bk 8). c2015. 117p. With help from their cousin Harry, eight-year-old twins Ella and Ethan discover who is illegally taking coral from the reefs near their aunt and uncle's beach house on the shore of Australia's Coral Sea.  JUV MYS PARIS, H.
Riordan, Rick. The Kane Chronicles: The Graphic Novel. c2012. (unpaged). Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharoahs.  JUV GRAPHIC KANE.
Sheinmel, Courtney. Stella Batts Needs a New Name (Stella Batts Series bk 1). c2012. 150p. When a classmate makes fun of her name, eight-year-old Stella picks a new one for herself, but discovers that the name she abandoned suits her just fine.  JUV FIC SHEINMEL, C.
Sherry, Kevin. Meet the Bigfeet (The Yeti Files bk 1). c2014. 122p. Blizz Richards is a great guy, a caring boss, and a loyal friend. Oh, yeah...he's also a yeti! He's made it his life's mission to study cryptids like him, hidden animals who have taken a powerful oath to never be seen by the outside world. So when a photo of Cousin Brian becomes a media sensation, Brian can't handle the guilt and disappears. But it's time for the annual Bigfoot family reunion, and it won't be the same without him. Luckily, Blizz and his devoted team are on the case. Can they find their furry friend before their secret gets out for good?  JUV FIC SHERRY, K.
Springstubb, Tricia. Cody and the Fountain of Happiness. c2015. 151p. For whimsical Cody, many things are beautiful, especially ants who say hello by rubbing feelers. But nothing is as beautiful as the first day of summer vacation, and Cody doesn't want to waste one minute of it. Meanwhile, teenage brother Wyatt is moping over a girl, Mom is stressed about her new job as Head of Shoes, Dad is off hauling chairs in his long-distance truck, and even camp has been closed for the summer. What to do? Just when all seems lost, Cody bumps into a neighborhood boy named Spencer who is looking for a runaway cat. With a new friend and a soon-to-be-found cat, Cody is on her way to the fountain of happiness.  JUV FIC SPRINGSTUBB, T.
Terrell, Brandon. Soccer Switch (Jake Maddox Graphic Novels Series). c2017. 64p. When the coach of his middle school summer soccer team retires Andre, his friend Cullen, and their teammates are horrified, and when their new coach implements some highly unusual training methods Cullen is so frustrated that he quits the team--but Andre sticks with it, hoping that there is method in the madness that will lead to a championship.  JUV GRAPHIC JAKE.
Tarshis, Lauren. The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Series). c2010. 96p. Excited to board the Titanic with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George begins to explore the ill-fated ship's first-class storage cabin when the ship is rocked by a collision with an iceberg and begins to sink.  JUV FIC TARSHIS, L. 
Thomson, Sarah L. Amazing Snakes! c2006. 32p. Simple text discusses the physical characteristics and typical behaviors of snakes as well as their place in the world.  JUV NF 597.96 T386A 2006.
Webb, Holly. The Missing Kitten (Pet Rescue Adventures Series). c2016. 128p. Suzanne is excited to be moving to the countryside, especially because it means that she will finally be able to get a pet. She chooses Boots, an orange kitten with four white paws, and the two of them become inseparable. Then Suzanne has to start at her new school. Boots tries following Suzanne to school every day. But one day, there's a downpour, and he gets lost. How will Suzanne ever be able to find him when she has no idea where he could be?  JUV FIC WEBB, H.
West, Tracey. Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters Series bk 1). 90p. Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King's soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo--and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers.  JUV SF WEST, T.
Wight, Eric. Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom (Frankie Pickle Series bk 1). c2009. 79p. Fourth-grader Frankie Piccolini has a vivid imagination when it comes to cleaning his disastrously messy room, but eventually even he decides that it is just too dirty.  JUV FIC WIGHT, E.