27 Great Books for 3rd Grade

1. All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912, the Day the Titanic Sank by Don Brown

2. Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

3. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. Read more Ralph stories in Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse.

4. In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen by Cynthia Rylant

5. Amelia’s Are-We-There-Yet, Longest Ever Car Trip by Marissa Moss

6. The Buddy Files — Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Butler

7. Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of exploits with her riding quail, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

8. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

A spunky young girl from Columbia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

9. The Magician’s Boy by Susan Cooper

10. Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

Based on the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums and that Cuba has never had a female drummer.

11. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author’s quilt painting of the same name.

12. Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop

13. Young Zeus by Brian Karas

14. Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plasticby Emily Jenkins

15. Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm

16. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jennifer Bryant

Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.

17. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall Thin Tale (introducing his forgotten frontier friend) by Deborah Hopkinson

In Knob Creek, Kentucky, in 1816, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his best friend, Austin Gollaher.

18. Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity — Shredderman! First in the Shredderman series.

19. How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills

20. The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart

A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life.

21. The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito

Living in the bustling, splashing, whooshing, beeping and laughing city of Tokyo, a little boy tries to experience ma, or silence, when a musician tells him it is the most beautiful sound in the world.

22. Poison Island by H.I. Larry

Separated from his parents and older brother, twelve-year-old Zac, a secret agent of the Government Investigation Bureau, must rely on his own skills to obtain the formula for Dr. Drastic’s secret Solution X.

23. Ginger by Kate Klimo

Ginger the golden retriever narrates the story of her life, from her birth in a puppy mill through the various people who have “owned” her.

24. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Wanda Petronski, a little Polish girl in an American school, is laughed at because she always wears a faded blue dress, until her classmates learn a lesson.

19. The Haunted Toolshed by David Keane

20. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

27. Runny Babbit : a Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit’s topsy-turvy world is brought to life through wordplay and drawings.


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