Grade 3

Summer Reading Lists

Dear Third Grader,

The third grade teachers have prepared a special summer reading book list just for you. Since you will be entering third grade in the fall you may wish to read one or more of the books described in the Third Grade Reading Pamphlet you received on Moving-Up Day. This pamphlet contains books from a list of the Top 100 Books for Third Graders, and they range in difficulty to accommodate readers at every level. Please remember to use the "five finger" rule discussed on Moving-Up Day to help you choose an appropriate book.

If you would like to write about the book you've selected, use the forms below. We hope you enjoy your summer reading, and we look forward to having you share your reading experiences in the fall.


The Third Grade Teachers



Reading is fun. Try these great 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 71pgs.

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. 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.

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. 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. 95 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. 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? 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. 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. 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. 80 pgs.

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

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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. 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.  


Reading Form:


Name:____________________________ Date:_________________________



Genre (realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy...):


Setting (where and/or when the story takes place):


The main characters are:_____________________________________________


The main problem in the story is:_____________________________________




An important event in the beginning of the story is_____________________



An important event in the middle of the story is________________________



An important event in the end of the story is___________________________



**Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story on the back..






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