Books for 3rd Graders
The following titles are appropriate for those reading at a 3rd Grade level. Click the titles to locate or reserve a book.
J Elementary Books
The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet by Tony Abbott
When Eric and his friends huddle inside a hidden storage space, something unbelievable happens. (Part of the Secrets of Droon series)
Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky, but when she has trouble making friends, she experiments with fitting in--until a monster erupts from the trash can. (Part of the Franny K. Stein series)
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he’s sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages. (Part of the Flat Stanley series)
The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
When tomboy Marty is cast as the princess in the third-grade play, she learns about improvisation, which helps her become more adaptable.
Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Roxie follows Uncle Dangerfoot’s advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Clementine exhibits several unique hairstyles while sorting through difficulties in her friendship with a neighbor and helping her father banish pigeons from their apartment building. (Part of the Clementine series)
Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
Three boys use a magical book to travel through time and have adventures with King Arthur, the Knights of the Roundtable, and Merlin the Magician. (Part of the Time Warp Trio series)
The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich by Greg Trine
After graduating from superhero academy, Melvin Beederman heads for L.A., where he attempts nab the evil McNasty Brothers. (Part of the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series)
EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
Eight-year-old EllRay’s father has promised a trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble, but not defending himself against the class bully proves to be a challenge. (Part of the EllRay Jakes series)
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
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. (Part of the Frankie Pickle series)
J Fiction Books
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Beezus’ biggest problem is her four-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible. (Part of the Ramona Quimby series)
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
When Henry adopts a dog of no particular breed, humorous adventures follow.
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford
Moxy is stuck with Stuart Little — one day before school starts. Read it or be in trouble — no daisy petal water ballet. What’s Moxy to do when so much is going on?
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han
Korean-American Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie. She overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.
Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
In a class with four girls named Grade, “Just Grace” tries to cheer up a neighbor, but her scheme backfires. (Part of the Just Grace series)
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale Mystery by James Howe
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that its foundling baby bunny might be a vampire.
Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins
When Hank runs into trouble in the form of a lunch-stealing bully, he finds an unlikely ally in an invisible refugee named Inkling.
Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
After convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world. (Part of the Emily Windsnap series)
Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo
Cousins Jesse and Daisy always knew they would have a magical adventure, but they are not prepared when the “thunder egg” Jesse has found turns out to be a dragon egg. (Part of the Dragon Keepers series)
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Pacy’s mom says that the Year of the Dog is a good one for finding herself. Will Pacy learn what her special talents are?
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
Alvin Ho loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors. He wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. (Part of the Alvin Ho series)
Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry
Mouse Mistress Hildegarde musters all her ingenuity to keep a large colony of church mice safe from the exterminator.
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, the Me collage. (Part of the Judy Moody series)
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the 39 clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family’s power. (Part of The 39 Clues series)
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.
The Charm Bracelet by Emily Rodda
When Jessie searches for her ill grandmother’s missing charm bracelet, she is led to a magical world and finds a reason to be there. (Part of the Fairy Realm series)
Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. (Part of the Wayside School series)
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald Sobol
Fifth-grader “Encyclopedia” Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same. (Part of the Encyclopedia Brown series)
Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters by Rachel Vail
As Justin enters the third grade, nothing seems to be going his way, and he finds friendships, fears and advanced math all a little complicated.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Introduces the orphaned Alden family children, who make an abandoned boxcar their home and demonstrate their independence and ability to "make do.” (Part of The Boxcar Children series)
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he learns he’s destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, agrees to help.