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 Nonfiction Books

Fly Guy Presents series by Tedd Arnold
This nonfiction series starring Fly Guy combines easily accessible facts with photographs and artwork to keep kids laughing and learning. Subjects include bats, dinosaurs, space and more.

Who Was?, What Was?, and Where Is? series
These series tell the incredible stories of trailblazers, legends, innovators, cool places and important events. The biographies each have an inviting bobblehead cartoon character on the cover.

J Elementary Books

Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert
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.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
A hard bitten search and rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.

The Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings
Alexander's school is being torn down and his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue. He finds a notebook full of information about monsters and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

Flat Stanley series
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley Lambchop while he's sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
Clementine is artistic, eccentric, lovable yet unintentionally devious. Follow her through the third grade.

Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
When Geronimo's sister, Thea, discovers an old, mysterious map showing a secret treasure hidden on a faraway island, the gang of "The Rodent's Gazette" is dragged into a treasure hunt.

Thea Stilton series by Thea Stilton
Thea Stilton is a correspondent for "The Rodent's Gazette," Mouse Island's most famous newspaper. Her mysteries are based on the exciting lives of her friends and former students, the Thea Sisters.

Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka
Follow the adventures of three boys-Joe, Sam and Fred-who travel through time and space with the aid of a mysterious object known as "The Book."

EllRay Jakes series by Sally Warner
EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if 8-year-old EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week. But not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.

Dragon Masters series by Tracey West
Drake is snatched 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. His first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers.

J Fiction Books

Mac B Kid Spy series by Mac Barnett
Mac is the smartest boy in his class who receives a telephone call from the Queen of England, recruiting him to find the Coronation Spoon with the assurance that she will give him a note excusing him from school.

Humphrey series by Betty Birney
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
Beezus' biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.

Ghosthunters series by Cornelia Funke
A timid boy named Tom reluctantly agrees to help professional ghostbuster Hetty Hyssop dispel an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost) from an old house.

Unicorn Rescue Society series by Adam Gidwitz
After encountering a Jersey Devil while on a field trip to the Pine Barrens, Elliot and his new friend Uchenna help their weird teacher Professor Fauna rescue the mythological creature from a pair of greedy billionaire brothers.

Just Grace series by Charise Mericle Harper
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.

Bunnicula series by James Howe
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
The series begins with Nancy Drew solving her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great aunts leads to an adventurous search for a missing will.

Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The series begins with the story of a year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1800s, as they help their mother with the daily chores and enjoy their father's stories and singing.

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

Sarah, Plain and Tall series by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Judy Moody series 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.

Sideway Stories series by Louis Sachar
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the 30th floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Four orphans take shelter in an old boxcar during a storm, and, determined to make it their own, they turn it into a safe, cozy home.

Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler
Hank Zipzer is the world's greatest underachiever. The series introduces us to Hank with Niagra Falls, or Does It? as he faces a science project at school.

J Graphic Novels

Hilo series by Judd Winick
When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.

Secret coders series by Gene Luen Yang
Attending an elite school where enterprising students are challenged to solve a variety of clues and puzzles using computer programming, Hopper and Eni resolve to crack the school founder's most elusive mystery together.

Squish series by Jennifer Holm
Squish, a meek amoeba who loves the comic book exploits of his favorite hero, "Super Amoeba," tries to emulate him when his best friend is threatened by a bully.

Ugly Guide series by David Horvath
Learn about Ugly Town in Uglyverse and its quirky characters, the Uglydolls.

J Paperback books

The Bad Guy series by Aaron Blabey
The Bad Guys want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is to free 200 dogs in the city dog pound.