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
THIRD GRADE BOOK REVIEWS
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.
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.
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.
Juice by Judy Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents. 47 pgs.
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
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.
Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touches into chocolate. 87 pgs.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
by John Gardiner
Little Willy needs to win the dog sled race in order to save grandfather's farm. 85 pgs.
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.
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.
Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith
Events conspire to turn Hamie's imaginary harlequin Great Dane into a real dog. 73 pgs.
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.
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.
Mackintosh and The Case of the Curious Whale Watch by Lucinda
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Littles by John Peterson
The Littles, tiny people who live within the walls of the Biggs' house fear mice. 80 pgs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Was a Beast by Jack Prelutsky
A collection of humorous poems about dinosaurs. 31 pgs.
House Book of Poetry for Children Selected by Jack Prelutsky
More than 550 poems by American, English and anonymous authors. 248 pgs.
Genre (realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy...):
Setting (where and/or when the story takes place):
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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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