books for 3rd grade level

Maintaining students' excitement for reading throughout the year can be a challenge. Stock your book shelves with these must-read favorites that will keep your  3rd graders engaged from the first day of school until the very last!

From  favorite characters and series  to  contemporary classics  to thought-provoking  nonfiction , there's something for every reader in this collection.  Curated specifically for third grade classrooms, this book list spans a wide range of reading levels and can be used in both group and individualized reading sessions. 

Plus, build a diverse classroom library with hand-picked  collections , including sets like the  Best New Books Grade 3 2022-2023  and  Equity and Inclusion Grades 3-5 , and keep students flipping pages all year long. 

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books for 3rd grade level

70 Must-Read Books for 3rd Graders

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Aimee Miles

Aimee Miles is a newly-minted librarian, mother to two small children, and former grand champion goat showman. She has collected two citizenships, three different driver’s licenses, and approximately 300 dearly loved books. Sadly, she currently has zero goats. You can see her quiet Twitter at Icanread4Miles and her blog on children's books at https://bringthemupbookish.wordpress.com

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Books for 3rd graders and beyond are obviously the best gift . When buying for kids, books are even better because you can pick out something that will directly help them build skills they need for school. Picking out a book can be fraught. What do kids today even read? Are comic books considered books or not? How do you know what reading level kids are at? And which classic books are too racist, too sexist, or too distant to connect with kids today?

books for 3rd graders

Third grade in particular can offer a real challenge when figuring out a bookish gift. The two main things to keep in mind when picking books for 3rd graders are 1) the wide range of reading capabilities for 3rd graders, 2) that reading needs to be fun for kids who are developing their relationship with reading.

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Third graders reading abilities can vary widely. In 3rd grade, 7- and 8-year-olds might read a couple of grade levels in either direction, meaning kids could be reading anywhere from what’s considered average for a 1st grader to what’s average for a 5th grader. And that’s fine. Reading takes practice, so helping kids find books that will give them confidence and help them practice is key.

One of the biggest things for kids at this age is getting books they’ll enjoy reading. Reading skills are developed through reading practice, but if reading isn’t fun, it’s so hard to practice. When picking out a book for your 3rd grader, picking out something fun is just as important as picking out something that is good quality. We want to lay down a foundation of good experiences with books!

Graphic Novels For 3rd Graders

Graphic novels are ideal for building up fun reading experiences for kids. The art provides context for words and draws in readers who may find a page full of words intimidating. Though they are ideal for any reader who likes good stories!

Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G.

Join Cucumber bunny as he’s forced onto a quest to save the Dreamside kingdoms from the Nightmare Knight, even though all he wants to do is leave the adventuring to his sword-wielding sister Almond and go to magic school.

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

The zombie apocalypse has happened and as usual the adults are useless, so it’s up to a group of kids to rescue their friend June. For anyone who like monsters, emotional intelligence, and gross-out humor!

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

Princess Amira, astride a unicorn and sporting a mohawk and military jacket, helps Princess Sadie decide to leave behind her tower and her self-doubts about her big body as they go off on adventures, encountering flustered princes, difficult older sisters, and, finally, a happily ever after.

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Adapted from the popular Wings of Fire fantasy series, the five dragonets of The Dragonet Prophecy have been hidden underground for their whole lives and emerge to find their world overrun with violence and treachery. Plug your dragon-lover in here.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Ever popular with kids who have a taste for things that are slightly dark and creepy, this graphic novel series follows siblings Emily and Navin as they set out to rescue their mom from a world below the ground filled with freaky monsters and strange allies.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

If you are looking for a book with Calvin and Hobbs vibes, look no further! Whimsical Phoebe and her snarky unicorn bff, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils make everyday experiences charming and silly in a clean and colorful art-style.

Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

Similar to Princess Princess Ever After , but with a longer story arc and deeper exploration of the characters. Princess Adrienne gets tired of being in her tower so she runs off with the dragon guarding her to rescue her sisters locked away in their own towers. A great example of how many ways one idea can be explored!

Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Navigating friendships is hard and no one captures it quite like Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham. Hale tells the story of her own struggles to find a healthy friendship throughout elementary school, taking us from her first day of Kindergarten through to Sixth Grade. Pham’s art is beautiful as ever and parents may want a hankie while reading.

Zita, Space Girl by Ben Hatke

Your graphic novel reader will be charmed by self-assured Zita, who accidentally transports herself and her diffident best friend Joseph to a planet in turmoil.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Cat and her sister Maya move with their family to Northern California because of Maya’s poor health. Everything gets more interesting when they find out there are ghosts in their new town, and Cat finds that the ghosts can be more than just outside of you. Wildly popular Telgemeier is always a hit with kids.

Avatar, The Last Airbender: Graphic Novel by Gene Luen Yang

Nickelodeon’s fantastic cartoon series serves as the jumping off point for these comic which continue the adventures of Aang and Co. after the end of the series. Kids who love Aang and Korra will gobble these books up!

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Master storyteller Hatke gives a twist to Jack and the Beanstalk. This Jack, his sister Maddy, and his friend Lilly grow a magical garden, battling to keep it under control, all while his mom works two jobs.

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

Stately Academy is rife with mysteries and coding puzzles with Hopper and Eni finding sidewalk cleaning robots and bully-neutralizing inventions. Readers will learn the basics of coding through thoughtful illustrations and bright art.

Starting Chapter Books For 3rd Graders

Ling and ting: not exactly the same by grace lin.

Ling and Ting are twin sisters, but they are not exactly the same. Quick stories told in a few pages, Ling and Ting enjoy gentle silliness, each story ending with a little twist.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

Kate and her talking horse Cocoa look out for each other in this sweet early chapter book paired with beautiful watercolor art.

Frog and Toad / Owl at Home / Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel knows how to create the perfect little story for young readers. They are sweet and silly and affirming, with a twist that delights adults as well as children. Easy to read and rewarding to finish.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

What do you get when you combine a princess and a superhero? The Princess in Black, a superhero working hard to save the goats from the monsters who want to eat them AND to keep her alter-ego, Princess Marigold, meeting all the social conventions a princess is expected to meet!

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson is a pig who lives with her doting owners, Mr. and Mrs. Watson. She loves hot buttered toast and finds herself in silly situations. Prep your own hot buttered toast before reading!

Mermaid Tales by Debbie Dadey

Mermaid best friends Shelly, Echo, Kiki, and Pearl take the familiar friendship stories of elementary school readers undersea. The friends learn social skills like inclusion and how to get along with friends and siblings, which is just want young elementary kids love to read about. Also everyone is a mermaid, so the fish puns will catch you!

Saving the Team: The Kicks by Alex Morgan

Written by an Olympic soccer player with a gold medal, The Kicks series starts off with ten-year-old Devin moving to Kentville, California, and trying to settle into her new soccer team—who really need some direction!

Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton

Geronimo is a mouse journalist who wants a quiet life, but himself on wild adventures in far off lands, sometimes accompanied by his sister, Thea, a detective who has her own spinoff series. This wildly popular series was translated from Italian and offers a multitude of books for kids who get obsessed with the series.

Myth-o-mania by Kate McMullan

Spin traditional Greek myths on their heads! Zeus made it all up! It’s all lies! Hades sets things straight while introducing kids to fractured versions of Ancient Greek mythology.

A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

Considered some of the best early chapter books for kids reading on their own, the A–Z Mysteries start off with three kid-detectives solving a case for every letter of the alphabet. Firmly in the cozy mystery sphere, rather than scary mysteries, early chapter book readers love this series.

Lola Levine Is Not Mean by Monica Brown

Lola Levine is a soccer-obsessed, word-loving second-grader who has a loving family, a believably affectionate/antagonist relationship with her younger brother, and not as many friends as she’d like. Lola embraces both sides of her Peruvian/white Jewish family and grows and changes in her own lovable way!

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Hilarity and wordplay are the themes running through A.J.’s account of his time at his school, Ella Mentry School, where the staff are wacky and the kids have got things figured out.

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

J.J. is a retired search-and-rescue dog who now spends his days looking after a group of four baby chicks who get themselves into all sorts of trouble, despite his best efforts. Farmyard hilarity!

Eerie Elementary / The Dragon Masters / Owl Diaries

Scholastic Branches is a collection of books targeted at kids moving between leveled readers and longer chapter books. With illustrations on most pages and six-page chapter, new readers can build up their skills following the stories of a boy who finds that his school is actually a building with malicious intent, a good-natured boy who gets chosen to befriend a dragon, and the diary of an owl girl who has a life very similar to most elementary school kids.

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her extended family and her white Canadian mother. Anna longs to see snow, while having quiet adventures with her family.

No. 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke

Switching from Anna Hibiscus’s privileged world to Oluwalese (or No. 1) who lives in a small village in Nigeria, Atinuke shows another face of childhood. No. 1’s story has the same gentle humor and interconnected storytelling as Anna Hibiscus, as he helps out his family and engages in his favorite pastime, spotting cars that drive by.

Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro

Zoey and her cat Sassafras discover they can see the magical creatures who come to their barn for help. Zoey uses her “Thinking Goggles” and her adherence to scientific method to solve the magical mysteries of what is making the plants and animals sick.

Ruby Lu: Brave and True by Lenore Look

Bubbly Ruby Lu loves her life, which she lives at full volume. She gets herself into a few scrapes along the way that Ramona Quimby fans will enjoy, such as introducing herself as a frog when she starts Chinese school, and when her baby brother learns to talk and spills her best magic show secret.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Second grader Alvin is upfront about his anxiety, which leaves him in situations that, while not scary, the book is matter-of-fact about his difficulties. Alvin has a loving family who help him as he suffers through moments of anxiety, and Alvin himself has a strong, endearing character voice. The book doesn’t give him any magical solutions, but he does learn to deal with some of his worries.

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s First Case by Alexander McCall Smith

Spinning off of his adult series about Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Smith takes us back to Precious’s childhood with her father when she first develops a taste for solving-mysteries.

EllRay Jakes is Not A Chicken by Sally Warner

Third grader EllRay finds himself on the receiving end of bullying and doesn’t quite know what to do about it. A relevant topic for kids, this book offers solutions without being saccharine about them.

Bookmarks Are People Too by Henry Winkler

While it’s not stated in the first book in the series, our hero Hank deals with learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Regardless, he does his best to get along in second grade and finds his own way to make his mark. The typeface is specifically designed to help readers with dyslexia, one way this book puts its money where its mouth is.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic by Whoopie Goldberg, Deborah Underwood

Friendship and ballerinas take the lead in this book about Alexandrea, who moves to a new ballet school in Harlem and somehow lands the leading part in the recital, even though she’s not the best dancer.

The Kingdom of Wrenly: The Lost Stone by Jordan Quinn

Gentle fantasy adventures ensue as Prince Lucas and his friend Clara, the seamstress’s daughter, strike up a friendship and help the kingdom with any troubles that arise.

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

At home in Oahu, Calvin scares up delightful mischief, especially when a live-in nanny comes to stay and takes over his room.

Nikki and Deja by Karen English

Nikki and Deja are best friends, until a new girl on their street who is also in their class changes their dynamic, which puts their friendship to the test.

Longer Chapterbooks For 3rd Graders

Crenshaw by katherine applegate.

Ten-year-old Jackson can see another period of homelessness and living in the van coming up for his family. He can also see Crenshaw, a giant talking cat he hasn’t seen in several years…since the last time his family was homeless. Crenshaw helps Jackson deal with the difficult time in his life, and humanizing homelessness.

One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Based on a real gorilla, Ivan, who lived at a mall in Tacoma, Washington, this Newbery Award–winning book imagines being inside Ivan’s head and explores the complex humanity of animals.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Marshall explores the ideas of what it means to be Indian, as well as what it means to be a hero, through the stories Grandpa Nyles tells Jimmy on their road trip following Crazy Horse’s life story.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Re-imagine “The Snow Queen” with Hazel, who accidentally hits her friend Jack in the eye with a snowball, and then he is taken away by the Snow Queen. Hazel has to journey through the snowy woods to rescue her friend, who may not even want her rescue.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

A robot, Roz, washes up on deserted island and discovers the wonders of nature as she figures out how to live and to survive.

Henry Huggins / Ramona the Pest / Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is much-beloved classic children’s book author (and librarian!) for a reason. Her books dig into how being a kid can lead to misunderstanding and mishap, into the humor of the mundanity of being a kid, and how mundanity is still great.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Another children’s classic stuffed with puns and word play. Bored Milo finds himself in a fantastical world on the search for the missing princesses of Rhyme and Reason, balancing the two fighting brothers of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, and getting into all sorts of interesting scrapes with his new watchdog friend, Tock.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Bean is a lively girl with nerves to match; Ivy is a dreamy sort of girl with plenty of know-how about other worlds. Of course they are the best of friends, with Ivy coming up with creative activities and Bean having the gumption to pull them off.

Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park

Magical apothecary Raffa finds that boundaries might be in place for a reason and that pushing passed them might unfold unforeseen tragedies.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Described by the author in her TED Talk as a sort of Chinese Wizard of Oz, our heroine Minli sets out to find fortune for her struggling family and community, encountering a dragon, a magic goldfish, a king, and a green tiger. Lin is a genius and everyone should read this book.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

A magical story about families and love, the way that sorrow can be amplified when ignored, and how power can be corrupted by the wielder. This book is engrossing and thoroughly magical!

Spirit Week: The Magnificent Mya Tibbs  by Crystal Allen

Mya thinks that she’s going to be partnered with her best friend for Spirit Week, but instead gets Mean Connie for her partner. Mya learns the true depths of people, even when you think you already know them, and Allen offers up friendships of all kinds for readers to learn the many ways to be a good friend.

Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah

Dara finds herself prevented from playing the perfect part in the school play…because she was adopted from Cambodia as a baby, so doesn’t apparently look the part. Struggling with her identity and place in her family and community, Dara explores her history and her present to figure out her future.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia Williams

Delphine and her two younger sisters go to spend the summer with their distant mother in Oakland, California. Since it’s the summer of 196-, the girls meet the Black Panthers and untangle some family secrets.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old Irish master criminal looking for his parents when he gets caught up with the fairies who live underground in a bunker. With humor designed to appeal to kids, and a hero powered by his incredible brain for future Sherlock fans, this series deserves the love it gets.

Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

A white-supremacist attack brings turmoil to Stella’s North Carolina community during the Depression. Draper allows readers to experience the Jim Crow South through a safe and confident narrator.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

This novel in verse follows Kim Ha as her family flees Vietnam in 1975 for Alabama, where there aren’t many other refugees or Vietnamese people. Poignant, but Lai also allows readers to laugh with Kim as she learns a new culture and language.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Infused with Haitian folklore, Corinne’s story finds her followed by the ghost of her aunt, who wants to take over the whole island. Baptiste explores themes of colonization and of family with deliciously spooky ghosts!

It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Set in 1970s America, against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution, Cindy works to fit in to her new school in California at the same time that her parents worry over friends and family left in Iran during the revolution.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy. Her spells go wrong and Ms. Hardbroom is always unhappy with her, but Mildred has a solid group of friends to fall back on. Published well before Harry Potter, Mildred is an endearing, if clumsy, heroine that you can’t help but root for.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The first in Reynold’s Track quartet, Ghost’s difficulties at home translate to difficulties at school until he finds his way to the track team. Now Ghost just has to figure out how to be on the team.

As Brave As You Are by Jason Reynolds

City kid Genie spends a slow summer at his grandparents’ house in the country, forging a relationship with them and dealing with his anxiety through his notebook of questions.

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Rife with jokes, two friends hypnotize their principal into believing he’s Captain Underpants, out to save the world from bad guys with Wedgie Power. While frequently on lists of banned books, Captain Underpants never fails to thrill kids with toilet humor. (Comedy is all about taboos.)

George by Alex Gino

In this sweet story, Melissa really wants to play Charlotte in her 4th grade class’s upcoming performance of Charlotte’s Web . Unfortunately, her teacher, classmates, and family all think that Melissa is a boy.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Maddie must overcome her nerves as she fills in for Romeo in the class play, because her crush is playing Juliet opposite her.

Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

If you’ve never read a book with a hamster princess, then meet Harriet. She’s unrestrained and feminist in her princessing, so she take her evil fairy’s curse as a chance to do good deeds before returning home to foil her own curse.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Exuberant Danny Dragonbreath (sans fire breathing) drags his reticent iguana friend Wendell off to meet sea serpents for a class assignment for their reptile and amphibian school.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Peter lives on the edge of 1970s Central Park with his parents and his two year old brother Fudge. Fudge is an adorable terror and for Peter, 4th grade is hard enough without a little brother.

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Political ethics start young when Brianna wants to be president of her 5th grade class, despite knowing a secret that could devastate her opponent.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Aru accidentally wakes up the Destroyer and has to join up with her spirit sister, Mini, to travel through spheres of Hindu mythology in order to save the world.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Potter-mad parents can want to introduce their kids to Harry, Ron, and Hermione asap, but kids’ readiness for the books might not manifest until close to 9 or 10. Upper elementary is a pretty good time for kids to start the books, especially as the books get darker as Harry gets older.

If you’re looking for more recommended books for 3rd graders and other elementary school kids check here  and here and here and here ! What recommendations do you have for appropriate books for 3rd graders?

Thank you to Ms. Kathleen at John Stanford International Elementary School for her input!

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21 Chapter Books To Hook Third Graders

Engage and inspire readers with these unforgettable titles.

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As third graders develop more advanced reading skills, they unlock a whole new world of chapter books. With higher reading levels comes more opportunity for complex, entertaining stories that will captivate your students. We’ve compiled this list of must-read chapter books for third graders to engage your established readers or encourage those looking to get lost in a good book for the first time. Many of the books are longer with more mature content and honor the significant jump in reading skills from second to third grade. Get ready for intrigue and suspense in these page-turners. At the same time, explore friendship, family, and identity in these realistic stories with characters your students can see themselves in.

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1. Dyamonde Daniel series by Nikki Grimes

Book cover of Dyamonde Daniel series by Nikki Grimes, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Dyamonde is a spunky third grader who thinks “being mean is the most uncool thing in the universe.” In these dynamic and compelling chapter books for third graders, award-winning author Nikki Grimes writes stories about the challenges of growing up, like navigating feelings of jealousy, comparison, and trying to fit in. By working through tough situations, Dyamonde learns important life lessons about what it means to do the right thing.

Buy it: Dyamonde Daniel series at Amazon

2. Stella Diaz series by Angela Dominguez

Book cover of Stella Diaz series by Angela Dominguez, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Readers will delight in the charismatic Stella Diaz. Based on author Angela Dominquez’s own experience as an immigrant in the United States, the series highlights relevant, complex challenges in an engaging narrative. Tackling topics like divorce and bullying, as well as struggling to learn English, these chapter books for third graders are a great choice for your classroom library. Carefully chosen Spanish words also enhance the realistic story.

Buy it: Stella Diaz series at Amazon

3. Dragons in a Bag series by Zetta Elliot

Dragons in a Bag series by Zetta Elliot

We can’t get enough of this fantastical series. In the urban backdrop of Brooklyn, 9-year-old Jaxon discovers his so-called grandmother and neighbor is actually a witch, who entrusts him and his friends to help deliver dragons to a new home. Filled with magic and time travel, the series delivers an imaginative plot that still manages to be authentic and relatable.

Buy it: Dragons in a Bag series at Amazon

4. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series by Shelley Johannes

Book cover of Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series by Shelley Johannes, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Spunky third grader Beatrice sees things differently. Her challenges trying to fit in with friends at school and finding a place in her family will resonate with readers, while the humorous take will keep them wildly entertained. This quirky and endearing series reminds us how to be comfortable in our own skin and that it’s OK to be different. In fact, it’s something we should celebrate.

Buy it: Bea trice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series at Amazon

5. The Fantastic Frame series by Lin Oliver

Book cover of The Fantastic Frame series by Lin Oliver

Looking for a fast-paced adventure that instantly hooks your readers? Lin Oliver’s gripping series jumps right into the action. Ten-year-old Tiger loves science, but what happens to him when he visits his mysterious neighbor is too wild to be believed: He gets transported into a painting and is forced to escape from a hungry tiger. The first book ends on a cliffhanger that will leave your readers eager for more action and excitement in the next installments.

Buy it: Fantastic Frame series at Amazon

6. Definitely Dominguita series by Terry Catasus Jennings

Book cover of Definitely Dominguita series by Terry Catasus Jennings, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Meet Dominguita, a book-loving Cuban American who wants to prove to a school bully that girls can be knights too. Taking inspiration from Don Quixote, the clever plot showcases relatable characters who help Dom with her quest. Quietly determined and brave, she is a heroine your readers will want to get to know.

Buy it: Definitely Dominguita series at Amazon

7. The Wild Robot series by Peter Brown

Book cover of The Wild Robot series by Peter Brown, as an example of chapter books for third graders

These one-of-a-kind chapter books for third graders are hugely popular for a reason. The futuristic tale features a robot, Roz, trying to survive on a wild island as she faces threats of weather and dangerous animals. In order to survive, she must learn to adapt to her new environment. Short chapters move along the compelling story, making it a perfect choice for readers who are looking for their next adventure.

Buy it: The Wild Robot series at Amazon

8. Unicorn Academy series by Julie Sykes

books for 3rd grade level

A unicorn for a best friend? Yes, please! In this delightfully sweet series, students and their own unicorns get to know each other as they go on magical adventures together. These entertaining chapter books for third graders offer plenty of imagination and fantasy, while also illustrating the realistic elements of friendship.

Buy it: Unicorn Academy series at Amazon

9. Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton

Book cover of Geronimo Stilton series as an example of chapter books for third graders

Geronimo Stilton, an author who runs a newspaper in New Mouse City, embarks on grand adventures with his sister, Thea, and their friends. Fast-paced plots keep readers coming back to this treasured collection. The colorful, eye-catching illustrations and creative use of fonts come together for a fun, lighthearted read.

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10. Marya Khan series by Saadia Faruqi

Book cover of Marya Khan series by Saadia Faruqi, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Saadia Faruqi, author of the popular Yasmin series, which made our list of top second grade chapter books , has created another hit series for more advanced readers. Heartwarming and relatable, the story of Marya and her loving Pakistani American family is full of friendship woes and realistic challenges that any kid might face.

Buy it: Marya Khan series at Amazon

11. The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck

Book cover of The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck

Fans of The Tale of Desperaux and The Mouse and the Motorcycle will love this endearing story of a mouse without a name. Unsure of where he came from, he is full of questions and desperate to find out the answers. After setting out to solve the mystery of his identity, the mouse embarks on grand adventures fit for royalty. Lovely, detailed illustrations accompany this wonderfully imaginative tale.

Buy it: The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail at Amazon

12. The Unicorn Rescue Society series by Adam Gidwitz

Book cover of Unicorn Rescue Society series by Adam Gidwitz, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Who wouldn’t want to be part of a secret society? And one that protects mythical creatures no less! This entertaining fantasy series explores important third grade experiences, like friendship and finding courage, with an inventive plot that will appeal to the reader’s imagination and engage them at every turn.

Buy it: The Unicorn Rescue Society series at Amazon

13. Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Book cover of Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Nobody believes the baby donkey Louie’s dad brings home will survive except for Louie. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech explores theme of hope, connection, and vulnerability in this beautiful story about a boy’s determination to keep his pet donkey alive. With beautiful prose and plenty of understated life wisdom woven throughout the heartwarming story, this book is a winner.

Buy it: Saving Winslow at Amazon

14. Planet Omar series by Zanib Mian

Book cover of Planet Omar series by Zanib Mian as an example of chapter books for third graders

We can’t say enough good things about these chapter books for third graders. While navigating life at a new school and being labeled as different, Omar uses his imagination to deal with everyday challenges and make sense of the world. Author Zanib Mian beautifully weaves in cultural elements, portraying the traditions and experience of a Muslim family while exploring themes of acceptance, friendship, and identity. Different fonts and sizes break up long chunks of text and keep the stories moving and engaging.

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15. Sideway Stories From Wayside School series by Louis Sachar

Book cover of Sideways Stories from Wayside School series by Louis Sachar, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Hilarious and absurd, author Louis Sachar’s series about a school that was accidentally built sideways and 30 floors high is a hoot. While it may be completely wacky, the realistic elements about life at school keep it authentic and relevant. You won’t want to miss these unique chapter books for third graders!

Buy it: Sideways Stories from Wayside School series at Amazon

16. A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy

Book cover of A to Z mysteries series by Ron Roy, as an example of chapter books for third graders

This classic series is perfect for reluctant readers or those who are looking for shorter chapters with easier text. The wholesome adventures and mysteries are endlessly entertaining and hook readers from the very beginning. With 26 books to choose from, students can breeze through them all and try to solve each case before the characters do.

Buy it: A to Z Mysteries series at Amazon

17. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher series by Dana Alison Levy

Book cover of The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher series by Dana Alison Levy, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Humorous with huge heart, this two-book series is simply wonderful. With four boys in the Fletcher family who all have different interests and personalities, Dad and Papa have their hands full. These chapter books for third graders portray the realistic imperfections of family life and school, and illustrate how a strong familiar bond can get them through anything.

Buy it: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher series  at Amazon

18. Who Was …? series by various authors

Book cover of Who Was series by Who HQ, as an example of chapter books for third graders

Curious readers will devour these nonfiction titles. With more than 200 books to choose from in the prolific series, students can discover compelling biographies that suit their varying interests. Interesting anecdotes and detailed black-and-white illustrations make these famous thinkers, heroes, and changemakers engaging and approachable.

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19. Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon

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No matter how hard he tries, Danny just can’t breathe fire like all the other dragons. Along with his iguana best friend, Wendell, Danny goes on adventures to reptile school and beyond as he navigates not feeling he’s good enough and persevering through hard things. With appealing comic-book features combined with traditional text, these entertaining and clever books are as accessible as they are fun.

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20. The Magnificent Mya Tibbs series by Crystal Allen

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Mya Tibbs is an energetic and endearing character your readers are sure to love. Entertaining and realistic, this charming series showcases the changing nature of friendship and relationships and what it takes to do the right thing.

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21. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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We’re rounding out our list with a classic you may remember reading as a kid. This series has truly stood the test of time. Hiding out in an abandoned boxcar, four orphaned siblings take care of one another. With simple text and more accessible vocabulary, this series is great for readers who are looking for an engaging story but aren’t quite ready for more advanced books.

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The 23 Best Books for 3rd Graders

The world of third grade is a fascinating one. It's a phase where readers are blossoming, ready to delve deeper into literature's treasures. Their appetites for compelling narratives are growing, and they're on the brink of exploring more intricate plots and character dynamics. However, any educator, parent, or guardian knows the challenge: finding the right books for 3rd graders that hit the sweet spot between engaging and age-appropriate.

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed, combing through the endless recommendations, trying to pinpoint the best chapter books for 3rd graders? The hunt can seem daunting. Choose a book too rudimentary, and they're uninterested; select something overly intricate, which might overshadow their budding reading confidence.

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But here's the good news: your quest just became more navigable. After countless hours in library aisles, coupled with the invaluable feedback of young literature enthusiasts, I've created this curated guide. This list isn't just a random assortment; it's a carefully chosen collection of top-notch chapter books for 3rd graders, complemented by captivating graphic novels tailored for the vibrant and curious minds of 8- and 9-year-olds.

So, without further ado, let's delve into this handpicked selection of books for 3rd graders. These tales are more than just stories; they're gateways to worlds of wonder, challenges, and growth.

My Favorite Novels & Chapter Books for 3rd Graders

Whether you are a first-time teacher preparing your classroom library or trying to find a great book for your child, these 23 novels are amazing for your third-grade students. To help you determine which books best fit your class, I shared a short summary of the plot. I also shared links to the novel study to help save you prep time. I know your third graders will love these great stories! 

Realistic Fiction for Third Graders

1. how to eat fried worms by thomas rockwell .

This popular book tells the story of a boy who refuses to lose a bet. How to Eat Fried Worms is a novel sure to capture the attention of those reluctant readers in your class, especially the boys. However, when he gets stuck trying to eat more than a dozen worms, he realizes there has to be a better way! This leads him to learn various cooking methods to make his task a little less disgusting…maybe.

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As a teacher, I love that this story offers so many opportunities to discuss important reading comprehension skills, including cause and effect, problem and solution, and character change across time.

Learn more about the novel study: How to Eat Fried Worms Novel Study

2. The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson

Looking for funny books for your learner to engage with? Look no further!

The Best School Year Ever is the second in the series about the Herdman family, a group that regularly finds trouble no matter where they go. The narrator is a classmate of one of the Herdman children and shares all the rumors and legends surrounding the family.

Throughout the school year, anything that goes wrong is blamed on one Herdman kid or another, but when the narrator is asked to write a compliment about each kid in class, it is discovered that maybe the Herdmans aren't so bad after all.

A great book for discussing finding the good in others, this story has great humor and is such a fun read.

3. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

There is so much great realistic fiction for third graders.  Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is the perfect example of a high-quality, engaging novel that allows students to connect with characters.

The story is focused around a girl named Ramona, who faces many of the same challenges with parents and peers your students might face. This book covers everything from bullying and the pressure to balancing the responsibilities of home life.

The story is great for making text-to-self connections and comparing characters. I highly recommend you add it to your 3rd grade reading list.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Novel Study

4. Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli is an amazing author, and this book is perfect for your third-grade students. A prequel to the popular story Fourth Grade Rats , this is the story of George's third-grade year. Nicknamed Suds, George is desperate to be the first to win his teacher's coveted behavior award.

George struggles with what it means to have good behavior and whether he has to behave ALL the time to earn the award. George's character and challenges are easily relatable to students.

A great fall read-aloud book for third grade, this story is also perfect for book clubs or as an independent reading opportunity later in the school year.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Third Grade Angels Novel Study

5. Fudge-a-mania by Judy Blume

After discovering his parents' plan to have their family spend summer vacation with his enemy, Sheila, Peter Hatcher is sure summer is ruined. His little brother, however, is elated.

Things take a turn for the better for Peter when his parents offer to let him bring his best friend with him, but it isn't long before he's spending more time with Shiela than him.

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While the storyline is pretty tame, much like life most of the time, the relatable characters and situations are perfect for 3rd-grade readers. The students love predicting what will happen after discovering Sheila and Peter have become “stepcousins” by the end of the story.

Another fabulous novel by Judy Blume is the third book in the  Fudge series. While all the books in the series are great, I really love this one. It is a great way to introduce the topic of protagonist vs. antagonist and how this isn't always the bad guy vs. the good guy.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Fudge-a-mania Novel Study

Fantasy Books for 3rd Graders

6. snot stew by bill wallace.

If you think this story will be about snot…guess again. Told from a cat's first-person point of view, this story is a unique and engaging view of the world from a non-human perspective.

Snot Stew  is the tale of two stray kittens adopted into a family and how they acclimate to this new environment without their momma. As they become accustomed to their new home, their relationship changes dramatically until an emergency brings them back together.

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Great for inferring, students love using text clues to figure out what common household objects the feline narrator describes. The story is also a great introduction to point of view and how it impacts the reader's understanding of the text.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Snot Stew Novel Study

7. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Styles Gannett

My Father's Dragon  is a fantasy novel about a young boy who runs away to rescue a baby dragon. With vibrant details and some crazy adventures, this book captures the imagination of young readers and takes them along on Elmer's journey.

Danger, excitement, and heroic efforts are all important components of this story, which is presented as a story told to the narrator by his father many years ago. Using only everyday objects from his pack, Elmer single-handedly disarms the many dangerous animals of Wild Island on his quest.

My Father's Dragon

The book has beautiful illustrations, which help readers visualize the events of the story, and your students will love reading about Elmer's brilliant ways of outsmarting the animals throughout. Perfect for teaching character traits and sequencing, this story is a gem that will stick with your readers for years.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: My Father's Dragon  Novel Study

8. The Littles by John Peterson

Imagine tiny people were living in your house without you even knowing it. They used your things, borrowed your scraps, and made themselves right at home despite the numerous dangers the typical house presents when you're tiny. That is the plot of  The Littles .

This fantasy novel is great for young readers because it is engaging and has a clear, well-developed plot. There are many opportunities to discuss problems and solutions as the Littles work to navigate the world at their size. Plus, it is a great novel for working through other critical comprehension skills.

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Considered by many to be a must-read classic, I've included it on my list because it is the first of a whole series of books about this miniature family.

9. Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

My list wouldn't be complete without a graphic novel, and Flora & Ulysses  is the perfect graphic novel for your third graders.

Written by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, this is the story of the many zany adventures of a superhero squirrel and the girl who saved him.

Flora & Ulysses

Students love this silly adventure story, and it is a great introduction to Kate DiCamillo if students haven't read her work previously.

While ideal for reluctant readers due to the many detailed illustrations, even your advanced readers will enjoy this light, fun-to-read book.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Flora & Ulysses  Novel Study

10. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

Imagine everything you touched turned to chocolate…

Sounds pretty awesome, right? That's what John Midas thought, too, until things started to go horribly wrong.

This delightful fantasy novel is a twist on the traditional story of the Midas touch. Even reluctant readers can't help but be pulled into the story as they connect with John and his transition from enjoyment to frustration with his newfound talent.

A great book for cause and effect and prediction,  The Chocolate Touch  is a well-loved novel for a reason. I guarantee your kids will beg to get back to reading when you use this book in your novel study or book club.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: The Chocolate Touch  Novel Study

11. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

If your students are looking for a funny book to read, consider Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

The book is a collection of short stories that all take place in the same wacky school where things never seem to go right. From a teacher who turns students into apples to a boy who gets sent home early for saving the day and being a good friend, your students will be laughing at the silly situations the characters find themselves in.

Each story can be read as a stand-alone or part of the larger collection. This book is perfect for a classroom read-aloud or for independent reading. This was always the first story I read to my own class.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Sideways Stories from Wayside School Novel Study

12. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

The  Magic Tree House  series is one of my favorites. It has so many great books for 3rd graders to enjoy and learn from. We actually use it for a bedtime read-aloud with my 6-year old. However, it is a great series for third-grade independent readers, too.

The stories revolve around a sister and brother, Jack and Annie, and their travels in a magic tree house. In this first book, they travel back to the time of the dinosaurs on a mysterious quest. In addition to the great story, readers also learn lots of facts about dinosaurs through Jack's research during their travels.

Great for teaching facts and opinions and other great reading skills, this book is a gateway to a series of great reading for your students.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Dinosaurs Before Dark  Novel Study

13. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

What kid hasn't dreamed about their toys coming to life? The fact that this fantasy is so relatable is part of what makes this one of the great books for 3rd graders!

Indian in the Cupboard

When Omri receives a cupboard for his birthday, he decides it is the perfect place to lock his plastic Indian toy. The next thing he knows, his plastic toy is a walking, talking man. After discovering his name is Little Bear, Omri works to help him set up a place to live and food.

Of course, no story is complete without a little drama…and Omri's comes in the form of a cowboy named Boone. While the two don't get along initially, the men soon find commonalities.

Ultimately, Omri is surprised when the magic cupboard's key disappears. Will the cowboy and Indian ever be able to go back home?

This is one of my favorite books for 3rd graders when teaching comparing and contrasting or visualizing.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Indian in the Cupboard  Novel Study

14. Stuart Little by E.B. White

Many students have seen the movies that accompany this series, making the book the perfect transition to help students who struggle with comprehension.

Stuart is a mouse born into a human family. (Don't ask me how that happened…) His family lives in New York City, and the story chronicles his adventures around Manhattan and all the dangers of being small in a big, big world.

Their familiarity with the plotline makes digging deep into important reading strategies easier, and comparing the book and movie helps students build real-world connections.

Vocabulary and context clues are also a great focus for this fabulous classic.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Stuart Little  Novel Study

Historical Fiction Books for Third Graders

15. stone fox by john reynolds gardiner.

I would be remiss if I didn't start with a little disclaimer for this one. Keep tissues close by near the end. You will cry…probably hard. It is truly one of the saddest third-grade books on this list. However, this classic book remains one of my favorite novels for third graders.

Stone Fox is a beautifully written story that enthralls readers in Little Willy's attempts to save his grandfather's farm along with some help from his faithful pup, Searchlight. Little Willy is such a likable character, and your students will cheer him on as he attempts the impossible.

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This novel is a literary gem, making a fantastic winter book study or read-aloud. I can read it repeatedly with students and (despite knowing the end) still be brought to tears each time by Gardiner's compelling story.

This book is perfect for inclusion in a cross-curricular unit about the Iditarod in March lesson plans , you can make many great connections to math and social studies. Alternatively, you might use this book in conjunction with the true story of Balto.

Learn more about some engaging STEM challenges you can pair with this novel.

16. Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

This book was a favorite of mine as a child, and now I love sharing it with my students. This classic story of orphans on the run will capture the reader's attention.

Students will love reading about the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny as they create a home for themselves in an old boxcar they discover in the woods. Trying hard to avoid being discovered by their grandfather (whom they've not met), the kids cook, clean, and work to earn money all on their own.

The Boxcar Children Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary

The book has a surprise ending, and as the first book in the series, it is a great opportunity to get your struggling or reluctant readers hooked on an easy-to-read series that will expose them to lots of great vocabulary. This book is truly a must-have in every third-grade classroom library.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: The Boxcar Children  Novel Study

17. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This story was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and is the semi-true adventure of her family's move to Wisconsin when she was a young girl. Throughout the story, Laura describes her work to help her Ma and Pa and how the family always finds time to play together.

From butchering their meat to gathering wood for the fire, the Ingalls must do everything they need to survive. As the book works through each season, the family's work changes. Planting, making butter, and more.

Students are often fascinated by life long before there were grocery stores everywhere. Great for comparing the past and present, a commonly studied social studies unit, this story details life during the 1800s. This is the first of four books in the Little House series.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Little House in the Big Woods Novel Study

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18. geronimo stilton #1: lost treasure of the emerald eye.

Unlike many other books on this list, the Geronimo Stilton series is a bit less text-heavy. However, don't let that deter you from giving them a try! These books are packed with adventure, humor, and interesting facts.

In the first book, Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye, readers follow Geronimo as he tries to solve the mystery of a missing treasure. Full of twists and turns, this book is perfect for reluctant readers or those looking for a fast-paced read with lots of visuals.

This series is full of adventure stories, so if your students enjoy this book, be sure to check out the rest of the chapter book series!

19. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

This is the first of a couple of Judy Blume books you'll find on this list. She's got some great choices that are perfect for third-grade readers.

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Freckle Juice  is a hilarious realistic fiction novel about a boy, Andrew, who wants to have freckles like his classmate. Andrew can think of many reasons why having freckles would make his life easier. For example, his mom would never even know if his neck was dirty! When Andrew asks Nicky where his freckles came from, a classmate overhears and offers a special freckle juice recipe…at just 50 cents.

Of course, Andrew buys it and makes a batch of freckle juice for himself. I won't give away the whole story, but suffice it to say, things get extra hilarious from then on.

Your students will love this totally relatable novel, and you'll love the numerous opportunities to teach skills like theme and problem & solution. This makes it one of the great books for 3rd graders to enjoy during book clubs or lit circles.

20. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

The book is a collection of short stories about the title character, an eccentric woman who knows how to deal with children's bad habits. From kids who won't take baths to those who are always losing their temper, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle has a cure for everything.

Your students will love hearing about the wild antics that take place in each story, and you can use the book as a springboard for discussing character traits, problem-solving, and more.

If you're looking for a feel-good read, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a good choice!

21. Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe

Told from the perspective of the family dog, Harold,  Bunnicula  is the story of what happened after the family found a baby rabbit at the movie theater during a screening of Dracula.

When Chester (the family's cat) notices something strange about the new addition, he decides the rabbit must be a vampire and tries to alert the Monroe family.

Another really funny book, this novel is great for Halloween or any time. The narrator's engaging storyline and unique perspective make it a perfect book for students who are into vampires and other supernatural happenings.

The text offers a number of great opportunities to infer and draw conclusions, which is a challenging skill for many 3rd graders.

Learn more about this and other great spooky stories here.

22. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

A love story with a twist, this is the story of Mr. Hoppy and his plans to win the adoration of Ms. Silver via her beloved tortoise (Alfie). After telling Mr. Hoppy she wished she knew how to help Alfie grow larger, he concocts a wacky plan to win her over. Your students will love discussing this hare-brained plot and predicting whether it will work. (Spoiler: It does!)

With vivid description and silliness that only Dahl can bring to a children's novel, this story is overall an easy read and fan favorite among books for 3rd graders. There are many great opportunities to discuss character traits and practice visualization, inferring, and more.

While the text has some made-up words (as do nearly all Dahl's books), the plotline draws readers in and encourages them to overcome these challenges because the story is just that good.

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: Esio Trot Novel Study

23. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Your animal-loving students with The Wild Robot!

After a shipwreck, Roz the robot washes ashore on an uninhabited island. At first, she is only concerned with her survival, but as time passes, she starts to feel lonely. When a family of creatures finds her, Roz begins to learn about companionship with your animal-loving students with The Wild Robot!

A former Global Read Aloud book, The Wild Robot is a good book to discuss character traits, emotions, and more with your third-grade class.

Don't forget to check out the corresponding lesson plans and materials for the book!

Novel Study & Lesson Materials: The Wild Robot Novel Study

Find the perfect novel for your third graders to enjoy!

While it can be challenging to find quality novels with engaging plots that support deep conversation and critical thinking about text that will appeal to a broad range of readers, my hope is that this list will help guide you in the right direction. All twenty books on this comprehensive list are quality literature that your 3rd graders will love, whether you decide to use them as a read-aloud or incorporate them as you plan your next novel unit.

I hope this list has sparked some ideas for adding books to your classroom library and your next novel unit. While you're here, grab my free novel study planning roadmap to get step-by-step support to plan a high-quality literature unit for your third-grade students, whether you're in the classroom or homeschooling.

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Dragons in a Bag, Book 1

Exciting tale of New York kid's journey to magical world.

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James and the Giant Peach

Lonely boy's magical adventure still satisfies.

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1. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

2. stella diaz has something to say by angela dominguez, 3. narwhal: unicorn of the sea by ben clanton, 4. mercy watson to the rescue by kate dicamillo, 5. dark emperor and other poems of the night by joyce sidman, 6. fantastic mr. fox by roald dahl, 7. who was helen keller by gare thompson, 8. tintin series by herge, 9. dragons in a bag by zetta elliott, 10. stone fox by john reynolds gardiner.

As a parent, you want to provide your children with the best possible opportunities for success in life. One way to do this is to ensure they read books that will help them learn and grow. If you’re looking for some great books for 3rd graders to read, look no further! 

We’ve compiled a list of twenty-five wonderful books perfect for your 3rd grader . So, why not add some of these titles to your child’s reading list?

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List of 25 Popular Books for 3rd Graders

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With so many books in the market (and more being published daily), it can be hard to know which ones are the best for your child. Here are some of the finest children’s books for 3rd graders:

Cover of How to Eat Fried Worms

Genre: Fiction/Funny

This classic is about a boy who, as a dare, agrees to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. It may sound gross, but this story is actually quite humorous and will have your child laughing out loud. This funny story is perfect for kids just starting to read longer books with more complex storylines.

Lessons taught: Friendship, determination, overcoming fears

Price: $6.55

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Genre: Fiction/Friendship

Stella Diaz is a Latina second grader who has just moved to a new town and is trying to find her place. Stella is reluctant to speak up in class when she starts school because she fears making mistakes. However, with the help of her new friend, she starts to find her voice and learn to embrace her heritage. This heart-warming book is perfect for kids looking for books with diverse characters.

Lessons taught: Friendship, acceptance, embracing diversity

Price: $6.99

Cover of Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea

Genre: Graphic Novel/Adventure

This hilarious graphic novel is about a narwhal (a real sea creature) and a jellyfish who become friends and go on wild adventures together. With its bright and colorful illustrations, this is one of those books for 3rd graders that is perfect for kids who love adventure stories and are starting to read books on their own.

Lessons taught: Friendship, acceptance, being yourself

Price: $5.97

Cover of Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Genre: Fiction/Adventure

This series follows the story of Mercy, a lovable pig, and her adventures with her owners, the Watsons. In the first book of the series, Mercy Watson to the Rescue , Mercy gets into trouble when she escapes from her yard and ends up at a crime scene. This hilarious book will have your child giggling from beginning to end. 

Lessons taught: Responsibility, compassion, friendship

Price: $5.94

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Genre: Poetry/Nature

This beautiful book of poems is perfect for kids who love nature and animals. Through her poetry, Joyce Sidman captures the beauty and mystery of the night. With stunning illustrations by Rick Allen, this is one of the books for 3rd graders that will captivate your child’s attention.

Lessons taught: Appreciation of nature, imagination, creativity

Price: $8.98

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When Mr. Fox steals food from three mean farmers, they hatch a plan to catch him. But Mr. Fox is one step ahead of them! Can he outsmart the farmers and keep his family safe?

Lessons taught: Fantastic Mr. Fox is a hilarious and suspenseful story that will keep your child hooked from beginning to end. Roald Dahl’s books are always a hit with kids; this one is no exception.

Price Range: $7.99–$18.99

Cover of Who Was Helen Keller

Genre: Non-fiction/History

Who Was Helen Keller? is an engaging and inspiring story about one of the most well-known figures in history. In this book, kids will learn about Helen Keller’s incredible life, from her early years as a sick child who lost her ability to see and hear to her later years as an advocate for people with disabilities.

Lessons taught: This book is perfect for kids interested in history and wanting to learn more about inspiring people.

Price: $5.68

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Genre: Graphic/Adventure

Tintin is a classic graphic novel series that follows the adventures of a young reporter and his dog, Snowy. In the first book, The Secret of the Unicorn , Tintin sets out to solve a mystery after finding a model ship worth a lot of money. With its exciting story and classic illustrations, this book will surely capture your child’s attention.

Lessons taught: Friendship, persistence, bravery

Price: $122.50 (for the complete series)

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In this fast-paced adventure, three siblings must figure out how to eliminate the dragons their mom accidentally brought home from the store. With magic, mischief, and mayhem, this is one of those books for 3rd graders that is perfect for kids who love a good story.

Lessons taught: Dragons in a Bag is a fun and fast-paced book that will keep your child entertained from beginning to end.

Price: $6.59

Cover of Stone Fox

Genre: Classic/Adventure

In this classic novel, a young boy named Little Bear enters a dogsled race to win the prize money and save his family’s farm. But he soon learns that winning is not everything. Wanting to give up, Little Bear is inspired by his grandfather’s words to keep going.

Why kids will love it: Stone Fox is an inspiring story about determination and never giving up. Your child will root for Little Bear as he tries to achieve the impossible.

Price Range: $3.49–$16.99

11. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

This popular classic follows Milo, a bored young boy who suddenly finds himself in a land where words and numbers have come to life. With the help of some new friends, Milo must find his way back home before it’s too late.

Lessons taught: Friendship, imagination, creativity

Price: $7.78

12. I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

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In this inspiring story, kids will learn about the life of one of the most influential figures in American history. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist who fought for equality and justice. It is one of the most interesting books for 3rd graders to read, as it teaches them the importance of standing up for their beliefs.

Lessons taught: Courage, determination, equality

Price: $11.89

13. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

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Genre: Fiction/Family

Life frequently comes with surprises for Bixby Alexander Tam (also known by his initials Bat), some of which are pleasant and others not so much. One day, Bat’s mother, a veterinarian, brought home a young skunk she must care for until she could deliver him to a wild animal sanctuary.

But the moment Bat meets the kit, he knows the two of them are meant to be. And he has one month to convince his mother that a baby skunk may make a great pet.

Lessons taught: Acceptance, empathy, friendship

14. Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

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This classic tale tells the story of a piglet who comes to life on a farm. Babe is different from the other farm animals, but he soon learns he can do anything he wants.

What kids will love about it: Babe is a heart-warming story that will teach your child the importance of being yourself.

15. Freedom School, Yes! by Amy Littlesugar

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Genre: Non-fiction/Adventure

In this true story, kids will learn about the Freedom Schools created during the Civil Rights Movement. This story, which is told from the perspective of Jolie, a young black student, demonstrates the emotional depth required to comprehend the venom and dangerous tensions of racial struggle during the Southern desegregation.

Lesson taught: No to racism, civil rights, education

Price: $8.67

16. Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott

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This is the first book in a charming series about a young owl, Eva, who is learning to write her diary. In this adventure, Eva and her friends are invited to a treetop festival and must work together to create the perfect performance.

What kids will love about it: The Owl Diaries series is ideal for kids just starting to read chapter books. With beautiful illustrations and easy-to-follow text, these amazing books for 3rd graders will keep your child engaged from beginning to end.

Price: $4.99

17. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

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In this story, kids will follow the adventures of a young girl named Juana, who lives in Bogotá, Colombia. Juana is a curious girl who loves asking questions about the world around her. Whether she’s learning how to ride a bike or trying to find the perfect pet, Juana’s adventures are sure to keep your child entertained.

What kids will love about it: Juana & Lucas is an excellent choice for kids interested in learning about other cultures. With its bright and colorful illustrations, this book will also teach your child about the importance of family and friendship.

Price: $6.98

18. Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! by Jeff Brown

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This is the first book in the beloved Flat Stanley series. In this adventure, Stanley Lambchop is flattened by a bulletin board that falls on top of him. But instead of being upset, Stanley realizes that his new flatness has its own advantages. He can now slide under doors, travel by envelope, and fly like a kite.

Lessons taught: Acceptance, creativity, perspective

19. The BFG by Roald Dahl

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This classic tale tells the story of a giant who captures a young girl named Sophie. But instead of eating her, the BFG takes Sophie on an adventure to capture some of the other, more evil, giants. Along the way, the two become friends and protect each other from danger.

What kids will love about it: The BFG is a delightful story that your child will surely enjoy. With its larger-than-life characters and exciting adventures, this book will provide hours of entertainment.

Price: $6.74

20. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

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This is the first adventure in the hilarious Dog Man series. In this book, Dog Man tries to stop a burglar while dealing with his problems. With its goofy illustrations and easy-to-follow text, this book is perfect for kids just starting to read chapter books.

What kids will love about it: Kids will love this series’s funny and relatable characters. With its fast-paced storytelling and laugh-out-loud moments, your child will surely enjoy reading these books repeatedly.

Price: $13.56

21. Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban

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This heartwarming story follows the relationship between a father and son as they spend their weekends together. From fishing to camping to attending baseball games, these two share a lot of special memories.

Lessons taught: Family, friendship, memories

22. The Adventures of Paddington by Michael Bond

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This classic series follows the adventures of a young bear named Paddington. Paddington is sent to live with the Brown family in London. While he is there, he has all sorts of adventures and mishaps.

What kids will love about it: Kids will love following along with Paddington’s adventures. This book will become a favorite with its classic storytelling and lovable characters.

23. Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky

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This nonfiction book tells the story of Christopher Columbus, his famous voyage, and the indigenous peoples of America. Kids will learn about Columbus’s life and motivation for making the trip. They will also read about the challenges he faced along the way and how he persuaded some natives to return to Europe with him.

What kids will learn: This book is a great way to teach kids about history in an honest and objective manner. Your kids will enjoy learning about the real-life adventures of Christopher Columbus.

24. Stuart Little by E.B. White

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Genre: Classic/Fiction

This classic tale tells the story of a mouse named Stuart Little. Stuart is born to a family of humans and must learn to navigate the world as a mouse. Along the way, he has all sorts of adventures and meets new friends.

What kids will love about it: This book has adventure and suspense. Kids will love reading about Stuart’s daring escapades.

Price: $5.90

25. I Spy Gold Challenger! by Walter Wick

Cover of I Spy Gold Challenger

Genre: Non-fiction/Photography

This non-fiction book is perfect for kids who love puzzles and games . In this book, kids will search for hidden objects in each photograph. This book will entertain your child for hours with its challenging puzzles and beautiful pictures.

What kids will learn: This book is a great way to teach kids about observation and attention to detail. With its engaging photos and puzzles, kids will love learning while they play.

Price: $9.99

Let’s Get Your Kids Reading!

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Now that you know about some of the best books for 3rd graders, it’s time to get your kids reading! The sooner they start, the better. From fiction and non-fiction to adventure and mystery, these books for 3rd graders will keep your child entertained while also helping them develop a love for reading .

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can i get my 3rd grader to read more.

One way to get your 3rd grader to read more is to ask their teacher for recommendations. Their teacher likely has a list of books for 3rd graders that are perfect for your child’s reading level . Obviously, finding good books for 3rd graders that they’ll love is half the battle won! You can also try giving them incentives to read, such as allowing them to pick out a new book after they finish one.

What if my 3rd grader isn’t interested in reading?

If your child doesn’t like to read, don’t force them. Instead, try to find reading books for 3rd graders that they’re interested in. You can also try reading aloud or giving them incentives to read. Another great trick is watching movies and shows with subtitles; it will add a reading aspect to something they already love doing. With some patience, you’re sure to find a way to get your child interested in reading.

What are some of the benefits of reading for third-graders?

Reading helps third-graders develop their vocabulary, learn about other cultures, and improve their writing skills. It also promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Plus, it’s an excellent way for them to bond with you.

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75 Best Chapter Books for 3rd Graders (8 Year Olds)

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Are you looking for the best chapter books for 3rd graders, 8-year-old boys and girls? I can help you find good books that are at their maturity and reading level and your children will love. This list shares my top recommended books with reviews so you can read more about them. Plus, you can download the most popular books on this list.

I’ve read all the books on this list and update the list every month. Using my background as a teacher, parent, and book reviewer with a Masters in Education, I only recommend excellent books that are on grade level and age-appropriate. Books that kids will love!

Top 11 Books for 3rd Grade Boys and Girls

  • Cat Kid Comic Club  by Dav Pilkey (graphic novel)
  • A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author  by Ron Roy
  • Dog Man  by Dav Pinkey
  • Dragon Kindom of Wrenly  by Jordan Quinn (graphic novel)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie  by Kate DiCamillo
  • Jada Jones Rock Star  by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
  • Zita the Spacegirl  by Ben Hatke (graphic novel)
  • Love Puppies: Best Friends Furever  by JaNay Brown Wood
  • Cat Ninja  by Matthew Cody (graphic novel)
  • Lulu and the Brontosaurus  by Judith Viorst

Kids still need to be read to and hear as much story and vocabulary as possible. This is a great way to spend time together and to read more difficult books. If a book is too tricky, and your child REALLY wants to read, use it for a read aloud at bedtime.

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What are the best read aloud books for 3rd graders?

Of course, any book from this list that you read to a child is positive! Here is a list of my favorite  read aloud book titles for 3rd grade.

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Cat Kid Comic Club  by Dav Pilkey GRAPHIC NOVEL / HUMOR A hilarious book about encouraging kids to write their own comics! Cat Kid teaches a class for the tadpoles about writing comic books…which doesn’t go well until the tadpoles get excited about failure sparking lots of writing and drawing.  If you like a lot of silliness (including potty humor) with great messages about writing, creativity, and persistence, read this book next.

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Two-Headed Chicken  by Tom Angleberger  FUNNY Hilarious!!  If you like wacky, bizarre humor then this is your next favorite read.  This is a story about the multiverse in which you are a two-headed chicken being chased by a moose…and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Follow the two-headed chicken through the multiverse, take funny quizzes, meet a fish with deep feelings as well as a lawyer, and learn about so much more!

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A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author  by Ron Roy MYSTERY The A to Z Mysteries series rocks! None of the books need to be read in any particular order, each has a self-contained mystery. I think my kids read most of the books in this series and several more than once. In this story, the famous writer coming to the bookstore doesn’t show up. Dink and his friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, must find out what happened .  BOXED SET

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Bad Kitty   by Nick Bruel HUMOR 650L In a word: Hilarious. We all think Bad Kitty is very naughty. And, oh so funny. These chapter books are easy to read and fun to reread.  BOX SET

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P.I. Butterfly Gone Guppy Case #1  by Karen Kilpatrick, illustrated by German Blanco MYSTERY   GRAPHIC NOVEL Fabulous, funny, and entertaining! P.I Butterfly is a girl who loves butterflies and  mysteries . When she discovers that the family guppy is missing from the fish bowl, she’s determined to discover what happened. But who did it? Was it her sister? Her mother? Her cat? She searches for clues and interviews suspects.  She puts together the evidence, follows the trail of clues, and tries to get a confession–and with hard work and persistence, solves the case!  Not only is this a delightful story, but it’s also filled with problem-solving, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning.

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Star Wars Jedi Academy  by Jeffrey Brown SCI- FI  (series!) Calling all Star Wars fans! Engaging from the first page, this is a relatable graphic novel adventure story about a young boy, Roan, who dreams of becoming a pilot . . . but gets into Jedi school instead. He’s the oldest new student; everyone else started long before him. Roan has ups and downs, as one does at a new school, but he finds his place at the school and new friends. Highly recommended!

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Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid  by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster NONFICTION 3rd grade teachers tell me that their students can’t get enough of the Who Would Win? books. (Which just proves that reading comprehension happens in a little harder books if students are motivated!) In this book pitting two ocean carnivores against each other, you’ll learn facts about the sperm whale and the giant squid then read an imagined story where these two creatures face off .   Can you predict who will win?  See all the informational books in the Who Would Win series .

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Planet Omar  by Zanib Mian REALISTIC One of the best things about Omar is his HUGE imagination!  In fact, he faces his new experiences in life with a rich, creative mind filled with dragons, Ferraris, and zombie aliens.  He uses his imagination to deal with moving, starting a new school, making friends, and dealing with racism. I love the playful writing, whimsical illustrations, and rich Pakistani-American culture in this beginning chapter book.

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Dragon Kindom of Wrenly: The Coldfire Curse  by Jordan Quinn FANTASY Book one launches the series with a bang!  When Cinder’s father crashes, it’s clear that he’s sick from the dreaded “cold curse”  so Cinder must ask the king for help. Cinder flies to the castle of the human king and meets a red  dragon  named Ruskin, the pet of the human king. Cinder, Ruskin, and Groth travel to the fairies in order to get the ingredients to cure the curse. But the witch-dragon is NOT pleased with their success. A fast-paced and excellent story with a hook that will keep you reading the series!

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Squirlish: The Girl in the Tree  by Ellen Potter , illustrations by Sara Cristofori FAMILY / FRIENDSHIP When a squirrel named Shakespeare finds baby Cordelia, he raises her in his Central Park tree.  Now at age 8, Cordelia leaves the safety of their park home to chase a nut-thieving squirrel…and gets lost! Sweet Cordelia’s attempts to make friends go drastically wrong when she behaves like a squirrel–chasing and chittering. Soon Cordelia knows it’s time to go home. But can the city squirrels show her how to get there? And could she ever make a friend with another human?

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Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere  by Elise Gravel HUMOR If you like kooky books, this book fits the bill.  Olga finds an unusual, unknown creature whom she names “MEH” after the sound that it makes.  She uses her  deductive reasoning  to figure out what it is (something new!) and what it likes to eat (olives)! But what will she do when Meh disappears? 

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Dragonbreath  by Ursula Vernon HUMOR Hysterical! I couldn’t stop laughing! It’s a fantastic read for 8-year-olds. Danny Dragonbreath is a dragon without dragon fire and good friends who make his life more…complicated but interesting.

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Zita the Spacegirl  by Ben Hatke FANTASY / GRAPHIC NOVEL The Zita books rock — they’re full of adventure, humor, and fantastic characters !! Zita is an awesome, courageous, problem-solving heroine who accidentally gets stuck in space while trying to save her friend from kidnappers and save the universe.

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Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows  #1  by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay SCIENCE & FANTASY This is an entertaining story with the coolest mix of science  and  magic, a diverse main character, and fantastic illustrations that will get kids reading and learning. Zoey, like her mom, can see magical creatures and is tasked to care for any injured creatures that might need help. In this story, she uses her science skills (including research and the scientific method) to figure out how to care for a sick baby dragon.

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Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja  by Anh Do ADVENTURE Nelson is a nerdy and likable main character who wakes up on his 10th birthday with perfect vision and… ninja moves! His mum and grandma explain that like his missing fisherman dad before him,  Nelson is the last ninja in the world — and he’s destined to save the world.  He immediately gets to use his powers for good on a field trip when ginormous evil spiders attack the group of kids.

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Mythics: Marina and the Kraken written by Lauren Magaziner, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega What an exciting start to what is sure to be a smash-hit series of adventure, girl power, and mythical creatures ! When Marina doesn’t get matched with a familiar like the other kids, she and four other 10-year-old girls discover their familiars aren’t everyday animals but mythical creatures, and together, they’re destined to save Terrafamiliar. As they evade their pursuer, Marina discovers that her familiar is a kraken– a kraken who accidentally capsizes their ship. Now, she and her kraken must save her friends from drowning and escape the sinister lady.

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Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery  by Raj Haldar, illustrated by Nehra Rawat MYSTERY / ADVENTURE Best friends Eddie and MJ open a book about words, and they’re magically transported to India.  There, they help a boy solve the clues to find his family’s missing fortune before a bad guy gets it. As they solve the clues, they learn more words with Indian roots — many are from Hindi, like bangle and bungalow, and others are from Sanskrit, like the words jackal and jungle.

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Trapped in a Video Game  by Dustin Brady, illustrated by Brady Jessee SCI-FI Gamers and non-gamers alike who love exciting and dangerous stories won’t want to miss this excellent action-packed series.  Jesse’s friend gets an early release of a video game — and it sucks both boys into the game.  Inside the game, they meet a classmate who has been missing for weeks and is now a grown-up man in the game. They’re all trapped with no escape possible.

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Ivy Lost and Found  by Cynthia Lord, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin REALISTIC In this heartwarming story about the life of an old doll who gets a new life as a book buddy , Ivy is donated to the Book Buddy’s shelf at the library. A lonely girl named Fern borrows Ivy. Fern needs a friend like Ivy because she feels so many different feelings about her dad’s new family. Then, when Ivy gets left outside in the rain, she has a surprise adventure of her own and makes friends with two other Book Buddies. Eventually, Fern feels better about her new blended family and returns her to the library.

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Jop and Blip Wanna Know #1  by Jim Benton STEM / FUNNY If you like kooky stories, playful characters, and random facts, this beginning graphic novel for ages 6 to 10 is a hilarious and informative reading experience.  Jop and Blip ponder topics like farts, words that begin with silent letters, perspective, dragons, and more — and as they discuss, you’ll learn a thing or ten.

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Love Puppies: Best Friends Furever  by JaNay Brown Wood MAGICAL REALISM The magical Crystal Bone calls the pups to help a lonely girl named Meiko. Unfortunately, the Love Puppies plan turns to disaster. How will the puppies accomplish their mission? Warmhearted and sweet, you’ll love these caring puppies and the kids they help. I know this  book series  will be a hit 3rd graders!

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Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers  by John Dougherty FUNNY Hilarious — and  weird and kooky  and very creative! Stinkbomb and his sister, Ketchup-Face think that the badgers (“BAD” is in their name!) stole Stinkbomb’s $20. They embark on the craziest of adventures to get back the $20, including meeting King Toothbrush Weasel who they’ll help to rid the island of the badgers. If you like silly stories, this book is for you!

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid  by Jeff Kinney FUNNY One of the most popular book series ever,  The Diary of a Wimpy Kid , shares the hilarious story of Greg in his own words and drawings.  Life in middle school is not easy. And Greg is here to prove it!  One thing you’ll notice about these books is that kids will read them more than once, which is great if you have them all. (hint, hint)

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Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow   by Julie Skyes, illustrated by Lucy Truman UNICORNS Well-written and charming, this unicorn book series is sure to entice many young readers.  In this story, Sophia arrives at Unicorn Academy and is paired with the lovely Rainbow. But she feels guilty for making a new friend and leaving her best pony, Clover, back at home. On top of that, the unicorns’ magic is wonky because the lake is being poisoned. When someone accuses Sophia, she and her new friends decide to investigate.

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Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway  by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley HUMOR   SCI-FI Non-stop action and danger, potty humor, space adventures, zombie aliens, mutant worm wrestling, a misunderstood evil princess, good friends, video games , and a diabolical, hunting-them-down evil queen.  Not to mention, loads of cartoon illustrations and hilarious writing with a gazillion exclamation marks!!!!

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Stink and the Shark Sleepover  by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds REALISTIC BOOK Kids love the Stink stories because they’re so relatable. In this story, Stink gets to sleepover at the aquarium. While he’s there, he learns more about sharks , gets to solve a mystery , learns a ghost story , and has tons of fun.

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Princess Evie  by Sarah Kilbridge FANTASY BOOK Before Princess Evie starts a new class at school, she and her magical pony, Willow, and cat, Sparkles, help the fairies on their first day of school. She partners with a new friend to rescue a baby hedgehog. K ids will love the combination of horses, magic, and friendship in a wonderful adventure story.

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Notebook of Doom  by Troy Cummings SCARY (ISH A kid-favorite series that you’ll also love! Alexander discovers his new town is FILLED WITH MONSTERS ! And, he’s right in the middle of everything, especially after he finds an old notebook of drawings and facts about monsters. Fun with an edge of scary.

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Zara’s Rules for Record-Breaking Fun  by Hena Khan REALISTIC A new girl named Naomi moves across the street from Zara but  Zara doesn’t like that Naomi’s ideas for fun seem to be more popular than hers.  Then, when Zara starts her Guinness Book record-breaking hula-hooping, Naomi copies her by doing her own baking record-breaking! Luckily, Zara realizes they both can have good ideas and they become good friends.

Eerie Elementary book list for 8 year olds

Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle  by Dana Simpson HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL /  UNICORN Sarcastic and hilarious, this is a  laugh-out-loud story  about a precocious young girl and her reluctant unicorn “best friend”.  BOXED SET

books for 3rd grade level

The Terrible Two  by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell REALISTIC / FUNNY My 8-year-old daughter read this first and begged me to read it immediately. It’s SO funny! It’s mostly  the hilarious adventure of two pranksters who eventually work together to pull off the biggest prank of all time  — a prank that will ensure they get April Fool’s Day off from school.

books for 3rd grade level

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish  by Mo O’Hara HUMOR Hysterical and totally believable about  what would happen if your goldfish dies and you bring him back to life.  Except now he’s a zombie…one that can mesmerize you with his powerful eyes so you’ll do anything he wants. Aaaah!  BOXED SET

books for 3rd grade level

Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail   by Kate Messner, illustrated by Kelley McMorris HISTORICAL Ranger, a golden retriever trained for search and rescue, travels back to the Oregon Trail  to help a family in need. It’s an easy chapter book that begins the book series , introducing the ups and downs of traveling on the Oregon Trail. (Also on:  Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys )

books for 3rd grade level

Charlotte’s Web  by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams REALISTIC This story is a beautiful tribute to the power of friendship, touching on love and death as well. It’s a classic for a reason and o ne of the best-written children’s books in existence.

books for 3rd grade level

Wondrous Rex  by Patricia MacLachlan WHOLESOME / WRITING Maxwell the Magicial brings Grace and her writer aunt Lily his dog Rex to be aunt’s assistant when Aunt Lily and Grace both have writer’s block.  Rex is a kind and magical dog who reads, writes, and gives wonderful wisdom about life and writing . His guidance helps both Lily and Grace grow in confidence, inspiration, and love. Absolutely charming!

books for 3rd grade level

The BFG  by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake FANTASY The Big Friendly Giant snatches Sophie and takes her to the Land of Nod with other not-friendly, people-eating giants. Sophie and the BFG plot to stop the mean giants and save the world. The text is filled with lots of creative, made-up words which while fun, can be tricky for some readers.

books for 3rd grade level

Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs!  by Mike Lowery HUMOR SCI-FI This book not only hooks the reader with its space-adventure plot, but the  hilarious narrator Carl also invites YOU to find the missing priceless artifact requiring bravery, heroism, and drawing.  Yes, drawing. Along the journey to retrieve the artifact from Captain Sleezoog (he’s a slug,) you must do your part. So you’ll make sure (by drawing) that you’ve got a spacesuit, you’ve packed everything you need to bring, the rocket design is perfect plus it has some silly (bandages!?) extras, and lots more as the adventure ensues. It may sound contrived, but it’s a fun, engaging adventure that any kid, artist or not, will love. And there is MORE in the series! Also read  The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!

books for 3rd grade level

Dory and the Real True Friend  by Abby Hanlon REALISTIC Dory is one of my favorite book characters because her imagination is THE BEST!  She has three imaginary friends: one monster friend, one fairy godmother that’s actually not a lady, and one bad lady nemesis. I love this story because she meets a real-life friend who understands all about imaginary friends and together, they’re the perfect match. 

books for 3rd grade level

Frankie Pickle  by Eric Wight ADVENTURE FUNNY Your kids will totally relate to this imaginative boy whose wild adventures are written in comic form — it’s funny and entertaining!

books for 3rd grade level

The Great Shelby Holmes   by Elizabeth Eulberg MYSTERY I loved this  Sherlock Holmes -inspired book because it’s very well written and tells a great story . John Watson and his mom move to Harlem. There, he meets a unique girl named Shelby Holmes who reluctantly allows him to tag along with her as she solves her latest crime — the mystery of who took a posh, show-dog from a classmate’s secure house.

books for 3rd grade level

Katie the Catsitter  by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue SUPERHERO If you like mystery, adventure, and CATS , you won’t want to miss this entertaining graphic novel!  Katie desperately wants to join her friends at their summer camp so to earn money, she gets a job for her neighbor Madeline catsitting 217 cats. But, something is VERY weird because these are super-smart cats with destructive behaviors and powerful abilities, not to mention that Katie finds evidence that her neighbor might be the supervillain, Moustress. Then, when the Moustress gets captured, Katie decides she and the cats must take action and save their friend.

books for 3rd grade level

STAT: Standing Tall and Talented: Home Court  by Amar’e Stoudemir, illustrated by Tim Jessell SPORTS Based on the real story of Amar’e Stoudemire, this is the story of when he was 11, a skateboarder, a basketball player, and a worker with his dad’s landscape company.  When other kids start trash-talking his friends, he uses his intelligence and basketball skills to find a solution.

books for 3rd grade level

The Year of the Book  by Andrea Chang REALISTIC Growing up is challenging and in the first novel,  The Year of the Book ,  Anna turns to books for company while she learns how to make friendships in real life.  The subsequent books in the series are just as realistic and well-written. I highly recommend this series!

books for 3rd grade level

The Kicks  by Alex Morgan REALISTIC Finally, a fantastic book (series) for soccer girls! I f you have a soccer player in your house, you’ll want to get your soccer lover this book  –actually, buy her the entire series. Written by Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Soccer team member (among other things),  Alex Morgan , these are realistic stories of life, friendship, and playing soccer.

books for 3rd grade level

Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen  by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Eliazbet Vukovic REALISTIC Jasmine is so jealous that the older kids in her family have important jobs on the mochi-making day — she wants to do what the older boys and men are doing, pound the mochi rice. Her understanding father figures out a way for Jasmine to join in. And even though it didn’t work out how she wanted, her family is proud of her and decides it’s okay to break some rules like who gets to pound the rice.  Not only is the story’s message sweet, Jasmine’s Japanese-American culture and warm family community shine through.

books for 3rd grade level

Zoo Camp Puzzle  by Gail Herman MYSTERY Ava and Rosie are not excited to move to the zoo for the summer where they notice missing pronghorns and suspicious trucks.  With the help of their brother Ethan, the siblings must figure out what’s happening and how to keep the animals safe.  Throughout the book, you’ll find pages with activities like puzzles and mazes as well as information about the animals at the zoo. You’ll love both the mystery story and the factual sections of information. It’s really well done! Also in the series:  Puppy Rescue Riddle .

books for 3rd grade level

The World According to Humphrey   by Betty Birney REALISTIC Class pet, Humphrey, is a hamster who travels to a student’s home on the weekends and has lots of adventures.

books for 3rd grade level

Get to Work, Hercules! (Myth-O-Mania)   by Kate McMullan HUMOR / MYTHOLOGY We adore the Myth-O-Mania series. It’s hilarious!  Hades narrates the TRUE stories of the Greek Myths with panache.  (Apparently, his younger brother Zeus is a big fat liar and edited all the myths to make himself look good.) In this story, Hades watches over his young, not-too-smart nephew, Hercules whom Hera has it out for. LOVE it!

books for 3rd grade level

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal  by Jeffrey Brown HISTORY / HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL Short funny stories about the life of a Neanderthal family  are intermixed with factual information about the actual history of this time period — hunting practices, size of large cats, that sort of thing — in a graphic novel from the author of the Jedi Academy series perfect for 8-year-olds.

books for 3rd grade level

The Perilous Princess Plot (Buckle and Squash)   by Sarah Courtauld HUMOR/FANTASY Very sarcastic and funny humor will keep you entertained throughout this book about  a silly sister obsessed with princes who gets kidnapped  and her more reasonable sister who comes to the rescue.

books for 3rd grade level

Dying to Meet You 43 Cemetery Road  by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise HUMOR The 43 Old Cemetery Road early reader series is a funny and  punny adventure with a kid, a cat, a grumpy ghost , and a really cool writing style in letters, emails, newspaper clippings, jokes, and more. These books are addictive!

books for 3rd grade level

The Curious Cat Spy Club  by Linda Joy Singleton MYSTERY What a fantastic new book series — my daughter and I devoured it.  Three kids from seemingly different social circles band together to rescue kittens they find in a dumpster  — then solve the mystery of who would try to kill the kittens.

books for 3rd grade level

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1: A Scare of a Dare  by Herobrine Books SCI-FI Short sentences with witty observations on life from the perspective of a  Minecraft   zombie  will crack you up. I was surprised that this was such an entertaining, funny read. Nothing scary. Just fun. Especially for Minecraft enthusiasts. (These are FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!)

books for 3rd grade level

Wedgie & Gizmo  by Suzanne Selfors REALISTIC / FUNNY Dog owners will nod along with the ADHD stream of conscious narration of Wedgie, the barkie dog who LOVES everything. Contrast this with the diabolical plotting narration of the evil genius guinea pig Gizmo who is horrified to be living in a Barbie house instead of his own “habitat.”  Selfors skillfully addresses a family in transition through the humorous lens of its two pets.

books for 3rd grade level

Into the Game (Minecraft Woodsword Chronicles)  by Nick Eliopulos MINECRAFT First in one of the BEST Minecraft   book series , this adventure follows five players who are transported inside the game– and it’s real and they’ll have to use all their  survival  and problem-solving skills to stay alive.  BOXED SET of Books 1 – 4 HERE .

books for 3rd grade level

Bad Kitty Supercat  by Nick Bruel  FUNNY   GRAPHIC NOVEL Bad Kitty’s owner tells Bad Kitty to get off screens and play with some other cats.  But Bad Kitty isn’t happy about having playdates. Eventually, Playdate Candidate #4 (Strange Kitty) brings imagination and comic books and Strange Kitty helps Bad Kitty find his  superhero  persona –just in time to meet the supervillain! Playful, imaginative, and hilarious–this is my new favorite Bad Kitty book and his first graphic novel.

books for 3rd grade level

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters  by Ailsa Wild, illustrated by Ben Wood REALISTIC Squishy discovers a boy hiding from the police in the basement of her apartment building.  She wants to keep it a secret from her step-sisters but one thing leads to another, and the twins find out. Together, the three help feed the boy until they discover who he really is. Squishy begins to think of her sisters as bonuses, not step-sisters, which makes her feel a lot better about living with them. I really enjoyed this big-hearted mystery

books for 3rd grade level

Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Adventures #1)  by Catherine Nichols MYSTERY Siblings Maddie and Atticus can’t figure out who is dumping trash everywhere.  And when they rescue a baby dolphin entangled in trash, they know they must get to the bottom of this mystery. Full-color photographs with information about dolphins, marine life, and more add-in bonus  nonfiction information  for readers.

books for 3rd grade level

Ellie, Engineer  by Jackson Pearce REALISTIC / STEM Ellie, Engineer  is a  well-written STEM adventure that makes engineering seem enticing and creative ! After a disastrous “french braid machine” tangles her best friend’s hair, Ellie, who already considers herself as an engineer, plans to make her BFF a new birthday present — a dog house. She gets help from a neighbor boy and a group of girls from school who are bitter rivals until Ellie helps them work together. It’s a perfect, pro-STEM story for girls.

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The Case of the Claymore Diamond Math Inspectors  by Daniel Kenney and Emily Boever MYSTERY Viva math!  These friends love math and are proud of it  — in fact, they’re sure they can use their math skills to solve crimes. This first mystery is about a jewelry store robbery. And they do solve it by finding clues that the police miss, freeing an innocent man. This is a delightful easy chapter book series.

books for 3rd grade level

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters  by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts STEM Andrea Beaty successfully writes her famous main characters of Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist into a fun-filled, STEM adventure chapter book. Rosie’s Aunt Rose and her WWII friends, the Raucous Riveters, need Rosie’s help. Their friend  June broke both her arms and she needs an invention so she can paint in the upcoming art contest.  Can Rosie and friends invent something to help June paint with her casts? After one disaster after another, including at the art contest, Rosie continues to persevere and problem-solve to find a solution that will work.

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Secret Agent, Jack Stalwart   by Elizabeth Singer Hunt ADVENTURE In this action-packed new series,  nine-year-old secret agent Jack Stalwart travels the globe  in search of his missing older brother Max while solving international crimes for the Global Protection Force.

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Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion  by R. A. Spratt, illustrated by Dan Santat ADVENTURE This  quirky adventure is about a dad who detests his children  and tries to get rid of them (to Nicaragua in this case) but their amazing nanny (who is a pig) always figures out how to outsmart the dad. I love Nanny Piggins!

books for 3rd grade level

The Philly Fake Ballpark Mysteries  by David A. Kelly, illustrated by  Mark Meyers MYSTERY / SPORTS Not only is this a well-written mystery book for 3rd graders, but I also loved how the author included so much history within the  story about two young baseball fans who hope to show fans that the Phillie Phanatic isn’t to blame for their team’s losing streak.

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Katerina Ballerina  by Tiler Peck and Kyle Harris, illustrated by Sumiti Collina BALLET An earnest young girl loves ballet, but since her dad can’t afford lessons, she watches YouTube videos and practices in her room. After a disastrous talent shows Katerina’s dad her bravery, Katrina’s dad stretches the budget for lessons. It’s not a great start though– she shows up in red swimming suit and homemade tutu! But she makes a friend who helps her learn ballet terms and adjust to formal classes. As Katrina becomes more serious in her dancing,  a competition reminds Katrina that she needs to balance both working hard and enjoying dancing.

books for 3rd grade level

Key Hunters and the Mysterious Moonstone (Key Hunters #1 ) by Eric Luper MYSTERY In this first book for 3rd graders, two friends discover a letter from their favorite librarian saying she’s trapped in a book. They decide to go into a book to rescue her. They arrive in  19th century England to help a detective find a stolen gem.

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Never Girls  by Kiki Thorpe FANTASY These friends accidentally travel from England to the Never Land fairy world of Tinker Bell. What adventures they will have?!  BOX SET

Are you looking for the best chapter books for 3rd graders, 8-year-old boys and girls? I can help you find good books that are at their maturity and reading level and your children will love. This list shares my top recommended books with reviews so you can read more about them. Plus, you can download the most popular books on this list.

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My youngest daughter is turning nine this summer. She still enjoys anything about her last school year. (3rd grade) I thought I would continue that by looking up some books for her to read this summer. This article was very helpful. Thanks.

I’m so happy to hear it!

Hi. Is there a link to a list of these books I can easily print? If not, I will make my own list, but that seems time-consuming if there already is one.

There is not a printable list of all the books.

Favorite books for 3rd graders

by: The GreatSchools Editorial Team

Print book list

2030

2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids

by: Amy Zuckerman and Jim Daly , illustrated by: John Manders - (Dutton, 2009) 32 pages.

A talking dog, a housecleaning robot and a three-dimensional “data orb” are among the many cool features that kids might enjoy in the future, according to this lighthearted look at 2030. The breezy narrative follows one boy through a typical day, highlighting many interesting aspects of his world. Fanciful cartoon drawings show a lively and appealing world full of new and intriguing activities that correspond neatly to modern equivalents. Schools are now made from plasticized blocks that snap together, for example, while recess features virtual batting practice and a “smart trampoline.” Recreational activities include magnetized hovering skateboards and a virtual-reality “Fanta-trek Center.” Some social changes are briefly noted, such as new career paths and the increase of marriages between different ethnicities. Interaction with the natural world is not mentioned, although many of the new technologies have eco-friendly components and the food is all meatless and delicious.

Find 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids at your local library.

Best Friends for Frances

Best Friends for Frances

by: Russell Hoban , illustrated by: Lillian Hoban - (Harper & Row, 1969) 32 pages.

Frances can’t imagine being friends with her little sister Gloria until she is excluded from the all-boys baseball game. To her surprise, Gloria makes a good friend, but can she ever be a best friend? If your child enjoys this book, introduce her to other stories in this series including A Birthday for Frances.

Perfect for: Kids who like making friends.

Find Best Friends for Frances at your local library.

The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt

The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt

by: Patricia MacLachlan - (Harper & Row, 1988) 144 pages.

Minna grows up with some odd friends and relatives. MacLachlan’s stories are a rarity in today’s children’s books — simple, gentle tales of children who manage to be reasonably nice kids without being insipid. Minna Pratt is an amazingly delightful book, a book that makes you smile all through it, a book that makes you want to know all of the characters in real life.

Find The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt at your local library.

George and Martha

George and Martha

by: James Marshall - (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1972) 48 pages.

George and Martha are two hilarious hippo friends who invariably get themselves into sticky situations. Your child will love finding out what happens when George does not like the split pea soup that Martha has made for him in “Split Pea Soup,” just one of the five humorous stories in this collection.

Find George and Martha at your local library.

Hedgie's-Surprise

Hedgie’s Surprise

by: Jan Brett - (Putnam Juvenile, 2000) 32 pages.

Henny wants to raise little chicks, but an elf keeps stealing her eggs before they hatch. Your child will be surprised to learn how her friend Hedgie helps Henny scare off the bothersome elf once and for all. Make a special point to draw your young child’s attention to the nearly hidden pictures that border each page of this book.

Find Hedgie’s Surprise at your local library.

A Letter to Amy

A Letter to Amy

by: Ezra Jack Keats - (Harper & Row, 1968) 32 pages.

In this classic book about friendship, Peter has a falling-out with his friend Amy. Peter fears the worst — that Amy will not come to his birthday party. Children will relate to this story’s themes, and Ezra Jack Keats’s collage illustrations will intrigue children and parents alike.

Find A Letter to Amy at your local library.

Stellaluna

by: Janell Cannon - (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993) 46 pages.

The hook: Stellaluna is a baby fruit bat happily flying along with her mother when an owl attacks. The poor little bat is knocked out of her mother’s grasp and lands in a birds’ nest. The mother bird accepts Stellaluna as long as she acts like a bird, not a bat. Soon enough, Stellaluna learns to eat bugs and stop hanging by her feet. When she finally has a chance to show her bird siblings, Pip, Flutter and Flap, what life as a bat is like, they are left all in a muddle: “How can we be so different and feel so much alike?” one asks. Anyone who has ever been in a position where they can’t be who they really are will relate to Stellaluna’s predicament. Cannon’s award-winning illustrations convey the nocturnal world beautifully. Readers will be enchanted by this book with its messages of acceptance, friendship and a mothers’ love.

Want to see the movie? The 2012 animated adaptation fleshes out the picture book with additional characters and songs while staying true to the story.

Find Stellaluna at your local library.

That what friends are for

That’s What Friends Are For

by: Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Van Clief , illustrated by: Holly Meade - (Candlewick, 2003) 40 pages.

Theodore, the lumbering elephant, hurts his leg so badly he can’t walk to the edge of the forest to meet his cousin. Will his friends’ advice help him solve his problem, or does he need something more? The collages of painted paper and repeating text pattern will make this reprint of the 1968 classic one of your child’s favorites.

Find That’s What Friends Are For at your local library.

Fairy Tale Feasts- a Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters

Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters

by: Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Stemple , illustrated by: Philippe Beha - (Crocodile Books, 2006) 197 pages.

Jane Yolen retells familiar fairy tales in a brief and lively style, while her daughter, co-author Heidi Stemple, pairs them with at least one kid-friendly recipe that connects with the story’s theme or references. For example, “Cinderella” is presented with a recipe for pumpkin tarts, while “The Runaway Pancake” is matched with, of course, a recipe for pancakes. The tales are divided into four sections: breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. The colorful illustrations add to the fun, and margin notes provide additional information on main ingredients and the stories and their origins. Adult supervision will be necessary for completing the recipes, but this book would be a great way for the whole family to share a reading and eating experience.

Perfect for: Kids who like to cook.

Find Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters at your local library.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

by: Marjorie Priceman - (Random House, 1994) 40 pages.

A young baker travels the world to find the finest ingredients for her apple pie. On her journey, she introduces the reader to cultures and products from around the globe. After the raw ingredients are prepared for the pie, the baker invites children from around the world to share it with her. The recipe is included at the end of the book.

Find How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World at your local library.

Frindle

by: Andrew Clements , illustrated by: Brian Selznick - (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996) 112 pages.

When clever yet precocious Nick decides to invent a new word for pen, it puts him at odds with his no-nonsense teacher, a stickler for grammar and proper word usage. What begins as a classroom duel over the usage of the word “frindle,” escalates into a national word craze.

Perfect for: Kids who like realism.

Find Frindle at your local library.

I and You and Don't Forget Who- What Is a Pronoun?

I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun?

by: Brian P. Cleary , illustrated by: Brian Gable - (Lerner Publishing Group, 2004) 32 pages.

This book tells a story in rhyme, using different types of pronouns, leading children to become more apt to remember what pronouns are. The colorful illustrations feature funny monster-like creatures taking part in everyday activities.

Perfect for: Kids who like poetry.

Find I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun? at your local library.

Summer Reading is Killing Me

Summer Reading Is Killing Me

by: Jon Scieszka , illustrated by: Lane Smith - (Viking, 1998) 80 pages.

This installment of the popular Time Warp Trio series is homage to some of the best-ever summer reading lists. Sam, Fred and Joe happen to have in their possession a bona fide time traveling book. When one of the boys absentmindedly puts their summer reading list in the book, they find themselves in the midst of a literary battle of evil against good!

Perfect for: Kids who like fantasy.

Find Summer Reading is Killing Me at your local library.

Dexter the Tough

Dexter the Tough

by: Margaret Peterson Haddix , illustrated by: Mark Elliott - (Simon & Schuster, 2007) 144 pages.

Dexter is tough! On the first day of school, he lashes out when he trips and the other kids laugh at him. He punches another kid in the bathroom. But like so many kids with a gruff demeanor, Dexter is acting out because of a painful circumstance at home. He learns to express his emotions because of a gifted teacher and a writing assignment. I can think of no better lesson for a child to learn — feelings come out, one way or another — and finding a healthy way to sort them out is important. Perfect for a third-grader who has been bullied, or who can be too tough with others.

Perfect for: Kids who like stories about school.

Find Dexter the Tough at your local library.

Mapping Penny's World

Mapping Penny’s World

by: Loreen Leedy - (Henry Holt, 2000) 32 pages.

Lisa’s class is learning how to make maps in school. For a homework assignment, she decides to make a map of her dog Penny’s world. She includes the places where Penny likes to hide her toys and the best walking routes. This fun story will also help your child learn about the important features of maps.

Find Mapping Penny’s World at your local library.

La mariposa

La Mariposa

by: Francisco Jiménez , illustrated by: Simón Silva - (Houghton Mifflin, 1998) 40 pages.

La Mariposa is a beautifully illustrated book about author Francisco Jiménez’s childhood as a member of a Mexican migrant farm family. Young Francisco prepares himself for English-only first grade, without knowing a word of this new language. As the days pass, he becomes more and more uncertain if he will ever learn English, learn to read or find a friend. However, his beautiful drawings of butterflies help him win over the class bully and begin to transcend the barrier of language.

Find La Mariposa at your local library.

Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

by: Patricia Polacco - (Philomel, 1988) 40 pages.

Patricia Polacco describes what it was like to be unable to read in the fifth grade. She was taunted by classmates and plagued with her own self-doubt until a teacher finally recognized that she couldn’t read and gave her the assurance and help she needed to succeed.

Find Thank You, Mr. Falker at your local library.

Half Magic

by: Edward Eager - (Oxford University Press, 1954) 208 pages.

Half Magic was the Magic Tree House of its day. As if wizardry was not enough, our four main characters take on multiple adventures with only “half” the magical prowess they need from a found coin. The kids devise clever ways to utilize the coin’s capacity and the result is a very cool and captivating story. If your child falls in love with Half Magic, there are several sequels to quench their thirst for more.

Perfect for: Kids who like classic stories.

Find Half Magic at your local library.

Homer Price

Homer Price

by: Robert McCloskey - (Puffin, 1943) 160 pages.

Homer Price’s six sidesplitting exploits included here will keep your child reading and rolling in the aisles. Author of many wonderful books, including the award-winning Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal , Robert McCloskey was truly inspired by his funny bone when he wrote these stories.

Find Homer Price at your local library.

Peter pan

by: J.M. Barrie - (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911) 240 pages.

The hook: The original language is rich, and the story, so much a part of our culture, inspires children to dream. Some of the racial and gender stereotypes, typical for their time, will need explanation.

Want to watch the movie? The still-enchanting Disney classic contains some dated stereotypes but may prompt great discussions about how movies have changed since 1953.

Find Peter Pan at your local library.

Rabbit Hill

Rabbit Hill

by: Robert Lawson - (Viking Press, 1944) 128 pages.

Rabbit Hill is a time-honored book about a family of rabbits and the meaning of community. The characters are the same as they are in any neighborhood; you get a little of everything, both funny and frustrating. The inspired vocabulary makes for a welcome challenge and the environmental element of the story inspires discussion. Perfect for a parent-child book club.

Find Rabbit Hill at your local library.

The Wheel On the School

The Wheel on the School

by: Meindert DeJong , illustrated by: Maurice Sendak - (Harper & Bros., 1954) 320 pages.

Set in Holland in a tiny fishing village, this is the story of Lina and her classmates. After doing some research for a school report, Lina is determined to lure storks back to their village as they are believed to bring good luck. This book won the 1955 Newbery Award.

Find The Wheel on the School at your local library.

Bone #3- Eyes of the Storm

Bone #3: Eyes of the Storm

by: Jeff Smith - (Graphix, 1996) 192 pages.

Fone Bone, a fanciful character, hides from the rat creatures with Gran’ma Ben (a former queen) and his human friend, Thorn (who finds out she is a princess). This graphic novel weaves together intrigue and humor.

Perfect for: Kids who like fantasy stories.

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The Castle Corona

The Castle Corona

by: Sharon Creech , illustrated by: David Diaz - (Joanna Cotler Books, 2007) 336 pages.

This is a clever, fun fairytale with positive messages. There is mild fairytale violence and of course, budding romance. A storyteller tells a story in which parents and siblings die and thieves are killed; the killings are shown as unjust. Families can talk about being grateful and what the characters learned about the responsibilities that come with privilege. Why was the princess so unhappy? Why weren’t riches enough for the royals? How did the peasants feel about the royals once they met them?

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Cinderella (As if You Didn't Already Know the Story)

Cinderella (As if You Didn’t Already Know the Story)

by: Barbara Ensor - (Random House, 2006) 128 pages.

This version of the familiar story allows girls to connect with Cinderella as they dive deep into the life of a fairy-tale princess. The modern-day twist allows the readers to hear the story in a unique and interesting way.

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How to Train Your Dragon

by: Cressida Cowell - (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2004) 224 pages.

The hook: This humorous 15-book series follows Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the brainy undersized son of a hulking Viking chief. He describes himself as “not a natural at the Heroism business.” Hiccup, along with the other young Vikings, must choose a dragon hatchling to train and learn to become a warrior before being initiated as an adult member of the tribe. Filled with slightly rude humor that will appeal to preadolescents (including character names like “Dogsbreath the Duhbrain” and “Snotface Snotlout,”), and rough — but funny — illustrations, this engaging series is sustained by themes about being an underdog and succeeding in ways outside the norm.

Want to watch the movie? The animated adventures How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) are loosely based on the book series.

Perfect for: Reluctant readers who are tickled by preteen humor.

Find our favorites at your local library: How to Train Your Dragon , How to Be a Pirate , How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse .

In the Ice Age- Andrew Lost #12

In the Ice Age: Andrew Lost #12

by: J.C. Greenburg - (Random House, 2005) 85 pages.

In this installment of the Andrew Lost series, Andrew and Judy must save their Uncle Al — a top-secret scientist and inventor of the Time-A-Tron time-travel machine — from the Ice Age. They use their creative problem-solving skills to escape from saber-toothed tigers and make friends with a group of Ice Age people, all while avoiding the clutches of the evil Doctor Kron-Tox. This book has it all: adventure, humor and a super-smart robot named Thudd who peppers the story with true facts about the Ice Age.

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Knights of the Kitchen Table

Knights of the Kitchen Table

by: Jon Scieszka - (Viking, 1991) 55 pages.

This first book in the Time Warp Trio Series is an imaginative and humorous read. The book begins with three boys celebrating a birthday. One of the presents happens to be a book with a card that states, “Be careful what you wish for.” Once the book is opened, the boys are transported back to the time of knights, giants and dragons. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy this is a must read!

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Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye, Geronimo Stilton Series

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye, Geronimo Stilton series

by: Geronimo Stilton - (Scholastic, 2004) 128 pages.

This series is a favorite for boys who are reluctant readers. Hip language and vocabulary, cultural references, multi-colored fonts, colorful illustrations and maps are both eye catching and motivating factors for young readers. Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who is editor-in-chief of a popular newspaper, and he has found himself in a particularly interesting situation. Geronimo’s sister, Thea, discovers a treasure map, where an X marks the spot, of hidden treasure. Come join Geronimo and his sister as they travel to a faraway island in search of the Emerald Eye. Will a hurricane stop them or a sinking boat? You must read to find out.

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The McElderry Book of Grimms’ Fairy Tales

by: Saviour Pirotta , illustrated by: Emma Chichester Clark - (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2006) 128 pages.

First published in England in 2002, this nicely designed collection of 10 Grimms’ tales includes both the well-known — “The Sleeping Beauty” (Briar Rose), “The Golden-Haired Girl in the Tower” (Rapunzel), and “The Magic Gingerbread House” (Hansel and Gretel) — and the less familiar — “Little Mouse and Lazy Cat,” “The Swans and the Brave Princess” (The Six Swans), and “The Magic Bear and the Handsome Prince” (Snow White and Rose Red). Pirotta’s retellings are straightforward and colloquial without soft-pedaling the darker aspects of the stories (evil witches get burned at the stake, trusting rodents get eaten and a handsome prince in the guise of a frog winds up in the bed of a princess).

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Mightier Than the Sword- World Folktales for Strong Boys

Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys

by: Jane Yolen , illustrated by: Raul Colon - (Harcourt, 2003) 128 pages.

Jane Yolen, a prolific, award-winning children’s author, selected and reworked these stories from China, Germany, Ireland, Afghanistan, Finland, Angola and more. This anthology for boys serves to remind us of the virtue of strength without force. Yolen has written a similar anthology for girls, Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls.

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My Curious Uncle Dudley

by: Barry Yourgrau , illustrated by: Tony Auth - (Candlewick Press, 2004) 224 pages.

When 11-year-old Duncan Peckle’s parents take an unexpected vacation, he is left in the temporary care of his curious, definitely eccentric Uncle Dudley. There are adventures ahead that include enchantments, elixirs, and a few amusing goblins.

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap

The Tail of Emily Windsnap

by: Liz Kessler , illustrated by: Sarah Gibb - (Orion Children's Books, 2004) 208 pages.

The best compliment for a book is that you hope it will never end. That is exactly the sentiment expressed when a child tells me about reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap. Although Emily lives on a boat, her parents are very wary of her being in the water. Emily discovers that she is half-mermaid and she begins to pursue the mystery of her father’s disappearance. First in a series, your child will occupy many enjoyable hours with this engaging “tail.”

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The Trial of Cardigan Jones

The Trial of Cardigan Jones

by: Tim Egan - (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004) 32 pages.

Cardigan Jones, clumsy new moose in town, finds himself in the middle of the case of a missing apple pie. As he moves past many misperceptions, all is resolved in court in this Law & Order take-off for kids.

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Two Bad Ants

Two Bad Ants

by: Chris Van Allsburg - (Houghton Mifflin, 1988) 32 pages.

A Caldecott Medal author, Van Allsburg takes us into the world of ants. The story begins when a scout brings his queen a strange new treasure, a crystal that appeals to her sweet tooth. The ants want to please “the mother of them all,” so they march off in search of more crystals for their queen. They trek through woods (grass) and survive a thunderstorm (the sound of crickets combined with dropping dew drops and the light of a passing firefly). They climb a mountain (the wall of a house) and go through a tunnel (window) to a glassy curved wall (sugar bowl). In their haste to leave “this unnatural place,” they fail to notice that two have stayed behind to enjoy the feast. The artwork lends itself to the sense of mystery, all bold lines and earth tones. Will they make it home? Read the book and find out.

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The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

by: Eleanor Cameron - (Little, Brown and Company, 1956) 226 pages.

An early classic in children’s science fiction, the story concerns two young boys who take off to a “nearby” planet in their homemade spaceship. The tiny planet is in dire trouble, and the boys are recruited to save it from certain galactic extinction. Mr. Bass and the Mushroom People are unforgettable, and the appeal of the adventures is timeless.

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Zathura

by: Chris Van Allsburg - (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) 32 pages.

The hook: With the movie release of Chris Van Allsburg’s book, Zathura, children of all ages will be eager to read the book version. Many Allsburg fans waited a long time to finally find out what happened after Judy and Peter discarded the Jumanji game in the park. We were left with the Budwing brothers as they stumbled upon the mysterious box. When they open the box, they see the Jumanji game board and another space-themed board. This board transports the players from earth to a purple planet called Zathura. Before they know it the boys are swept up in a nail-biting, outer-space adventure. Will they survive a black hole, space ships and robots? This is a must read if you’ve always wondered what happened to Danny and Walter Budwing.

Want to see the movie? The 2005 adaptation is loosely based on the book and offers a cautionary lesson about getting along with your siblings.

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Dog Diaries- Secret Writings of the WOOF Society

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society

by: Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers , illustrated by: Erik Brooks - (Henry Holt, 2007) 64 pages.

These short stories show life through a dog’s eyes. Some have historical settings like ancient Egypt, and some explain quirky dog behavior. All are told simply and humorously, as a dog might, so they are easily understood by younger readers.

Perfect for: Kids who like historical fiction.

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Great White Sharks

Great White Sharks

by: Sandra Markle - (Lerner Publishing Group, 2004) 40 pages.

The nonfiction aspect of this text appealed to many students, especially male students, because of the ferocious-looking shark on the cover and the many details on these predators of the deep, including their feasts on other ocean life.

Perfect for: Kids who like nonfiction and animals.

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Molly's Pilgrim

Molly’s Pilgrim

by: Barbara Cohen , illustrated by: Daniel Mark Duffy - (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1983) 32 pages.

Molly’s Pilgrim is a heart-wrenching story that illustrates the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Molly, a Russian immigrant, finds herself in an American school. Instead of being welcomed as the new student in the class, she is treated as an outcast. Taunting and bullying are two themes explored in this book. The children in Molly’s class learn one of life’s most valuable lessons – pilgrims, like people, come in all denominations, and to this day they are still coming to America in hopes of finding freedom.

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Morning Girl

Morning Girl

by: Michael Dorris - (Hyperion Books for Children, 1992) 74 pages.

Simple story, beautifully told, appeals to kids who like thoughtful character-based stories. This lyrical look at pre-Columbian Taino culture stresses the bonds of family, and behavioral changes involved in growing up, and raises the issue of culture differences in a powerful way.

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Samuel Eaton's Day- A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy

by: Kate Waters , illustrated by: Russ Kendall - (Scholastic, 1993) 40 pages.

Samuel Eaton’s Day, one of the author’s trilogy of books about the Pilgrims, transports the reader back to life during Pilgrim times. Samuel shares the excitement and the hard work that is involved with his first harvest. Samuel quickly discovers how difficult the harvest can be. Though exhausted from the day’s work, Samuel learns a valuable lesson about perseverance and the pride that comes from working together as a family.

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Sarah Morton's Day- A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl

Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl

by: Kate Waters , illustrated by: Russ Kendall - (Scholastic, 1989) 32 pages.

Sarah Morton’s Day is an excellent book about a day in the life of a Pilgrim girl and another book in Kate Water’s Pilgrim trilogy. The story is set in the year 1627. Told in the first person, Sarah takes young readers on a historic field trip back in time. Photographs in the book were taken at the Plymouth Museum, which is a replica of the 1627 settlement. The historic backdrop and the words of 9-year-old Sarah invite children of all ages to experience the Pilgrim way of life. Colonial dress, food, chores, family relations, friendships, religion and play are all part of Sarah’s day.

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Traveling Man- The Journey of Ibn Batutta 1325-1354

Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Batutta 1325-1354

by: James Rutherford - (Houghton Mifflin, 2001) 40 pages.

How better to involve your child in geography, history and the art of picture books than through the pages of a masterfully told story about one of the world’s most famous travelers? Ibn Batutta’s journey represents one of the first travel diaries we have; author/artist Rutherford takes young readers along on this trip through space and time.

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Freddy the Detective

Freddy the Detective

by: Walter R. Brooks , illustrated by: Kurt Wiese - (Alfred A. Knopf, 1932) 272 pages.

Originally published in 1932, Freddy the Detective is an overlooked classic. Freddy is a pig who finds his true calling when he finds a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the barn one day. The witty and still very fresh vocabulary in which Freddy expresses himself is just delightful!

Perfect for: Kids who like mysteries.

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Lizard Music

Lizard Music

by: Daniel Manus Pinkwater - (Dodd, Mead, 1976) 144 pages.

Eleven-year-old Victor is up way past bedtime when he sees something very unusual on television: a band of giant lizards performing wild music! Night after night, Victor watches this same strange yet addictive show…that apparently doesn’t even exist.

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Shredderman- Secret Identity

Shredderman: Secret Identity

by: Wendelin Van Draanen , illustrated by: Brian Briggs - (Random House, 2004) 144 pages.

Nolan is tired of Bubba Bixby’s bullying! When the kids receive an assignment to create a newspaper expose, Nolan thinks that this is the perfect chance to truly expose Bubba. After gathering some very compromising information, Nolan creates shredderman.com, a Web site that will shield his identity while fighting back against Bubba’s tyranny.

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The Case of the Sneaky Snowman

The Case of the Sneaky Snowman

by: Carolyn Keene , illustrated by: Macky Pamintuan - (Aladdin, 2006) 96 pages.

Nancy Drew continues to march into the 21st century with its ubiquitously pen-named writer, Carolyn Keene. In this fifth book in the new Nancy series, “Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew,” a mystery unfolds in a wintry setting. After pretending to read her hot chocolate marshmallows to predict the future, Nancy’s friend Deirdre is surprised when her predictions begin to come true! Classic Nancy Drew sleuthing ensues and makes for a perfect, cozy winter’s night read.

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Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury

Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury

by: Jan Brett - (Putnam Juvenile, 2001) 256 pages.

This beautiful Jan Brett collection features some of her best winter and Christmas stories. Some of the titles included in the treasury are “The Mitten” and “Christmas Trolls.” Jan Brett’s signature illustrations adorn each story, filling it with bright, festive colors.

Perfect for: Kids who like holidays.

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Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat- A Chanukah Story

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story

by: Naomi Howland - (Clarion Books, 1999) 32 pages.

Sadie’s kindness is rewarded when an old woman gives her a magical frying pan. When magic words are spoken, the pan fills with delicious latkes. Unfortunately, trouble occurs when Sadie leaves the pan in the hands of her younger brothers.

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Winter of the Ice Wizard

Winter of the Ice Wizard

by: Mary Pope Osborne - (Random House, 2004) 128 pages.

If you are a fan of the Magic Tree House series, you are sure to love Mary Pope Osborne’s next adventure into the magical frozen land of the Ice Wizard. Jack and Annie are summoned by their friends from Camelot — Teddy and Kathleen — to help solve the mystery of the disappearance of Merlin and Morgan Le Fay. The team is equipped with only two things to help them: a mysterious rhyme from the Ice Wizard and a magical rope. Will they find Merlin and Morgan Le Fay? Are you brave enough to travel along?

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Babymouse

Babymouse: Camp Babymouse

by: Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - (Random House, 2007) 96 pages.

The hook: The sixth installment of the Babymouse series finds our heroine at summer camp. She doesn’t like the great outdoors, but that fact shouldn’t get in the way of her having fun, right? Babymouse has her usual daydreams of how she’ll be the best camper around, but all she finds is trouble. Babymouse’s cabin-mates, the Buttercups, soon become frustrated with her shenanigans, as she racks up nothing but demerits for her team. The illustrations are as fun and humorous as ever, in the familiar black, white and pink. Graphic novels are incredibly popular with tweens and teens, so it follows that younger kids want them as well. And those for the very young — especially for young girls — are few and far between, but gaining a foothold. Here is a well-established series that fills that void with a spirited, likable, adventurous character.

Perfect for: Kids who like humor stories.

Find our favorites at your local library: Camp Babymouse , Queen of the World , Puppy Love , The Musical .

Danny- The Champion of the World

Danny: The Champion of the World

by: Roald Dahl , illustrated by: Quentin Blake - (Knopf/Random House, 1975) 224 pages.

Kids who loved the recent movie version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will surely agree that Danny: Champion of the World is fabulous! Danny is a boy who has a great life with his father. Danny thinks he knows everything there is to know about his dad, until one day he learns about his father’s secret life. Danny’s dad is a poacher. If you want to know what a poacher does, and you want to laugh your way through Danny and his father’s dealings with a bad neighbor and pheasants, you must devour this hilarious book.

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Doctor DeSoto

Doctor De Soto

by: William Steig - (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990) 32 pages.

A very cheerful story about a mouse-dentist who treats mammals bigger than himself, wearing rubbers to keep his feet dry when he’s in their mouths. Steig’s cartoony color illustrations make up the bulk of the book, and they are nothing short of urbane and funny. The climax comes when a dapperly dressed but hungry fox comes for a new gold tooth, and the quick-witted dentist saves himself from ingestion by means of his professional skills. 32 pages.

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Runny Babbit- A Billy Sook

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

by: Shel Silverstein - (HarperCollins Children's Books, 2005) 96 pages.

Nonsensical word play will entice readers to try reading this poetry aloud. A simple switch in the beginning letters of certain words makes language fun and the resulting sounds smile-crackingly funny.

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Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

by: Louis Sachar - (Morrow Junior Books, 1995) 169 pages.

Surely, Wayside School was already strange enough. The builders built a 30-story school sideways with the rooms piled one on top of another – except for the 19th floor where Miss Zarves teaches class. There is no 19th floor, and there is no Miss Zarves. Nevertheless, there is a 13th floor, where nice Mrs. Jewls presides over her eccentric pupils. Mrs. Jewls, however, takes a maternity leave. Before she returns with her little stranger, Wayside School gets a little stranger. While reading this ridiculously funny book, children will not only be laughing, they will be learning.

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The Worst Band in the Universe

The Worst Band in the Universe

by: Graeme Base - (Harry N. Abrams, 1999) 48 pages.

Alien fantasies come and go, but this one has focus. Base has created a universe where music, or the lack thereof, separates the planets and gives them their distinct personalities. It’s all about freedom of musical expression, as Sprocc, a young Splingtwanger-player, enters the annual competition for Worst Band in the Universe, a true award of honor. Base’s rhyming verse is delicious fun, and there is the added bonus of a CD of intergalactic songs, composed and performed by the author himself. This is a gift of cosmic proportions and hours of fun.

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The Dog That Stole Home

by: Matt Christopher - (Little, Brown, 1996) 42 pages.

Mike owes his success in baseball to his advisor, his dog Harry. It turns out that Harry is a great base coach. Sports-minded children will love this book as well as The Dog That Pitched a No-Hitter and The Dog That Stole Football Plays and more by the same author.

Perfect for: Kids who like sports.

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Girl Wonder- A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

by: Deborah Hopkinson , illustrated by: Terry Widener - (Atheneum, 2003) 40 pages.

This nine-part story was inspired by the life of Alta Weiss, a girl who pitched for a semi-pro men’s baseball team in 1907. Alta has a killer fastball and a hot glove that earn her the nickname “Girl Wonder.” When Alta finishes her pitching career she heads to medical school, the only woman in her graduating class. A chronology of the highlights of women in baseball concludes the book. It only took 108 years and a lawsuit for girls to get to play Little League and Hopkinson honors all the women along the way who insisted that a woman’s place was on the field.

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Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear

by: Lensey Namioka - (Joy Street Books, 1992) 144 pages.

Yingtao is the only one in his family with no musical talent. His father, however, insists that he continues to play the violin. How will he survive daily music lessons and recitals when all he really wants to do is play baseball, his true, natural talent?

Perfect for: Kids who like music.

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Are We There Yet?

by: Alison Lester - (Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 2005) 32 pages.

Alison Lester, an Australian-born author and illustrator, has written a lovely introduction to Australia for young readers. Through the eyes of 8-year-old Grace, we tag along for a six-month journey around Australia with her family.

Perfect for: Kids who like to learn about cultures.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

by: Kate DiCamillo - (Candlewick, 2000) 182 pages.

The hook: Because of a hysterical encounter with Winn-Dixie, a stray but lovable dog, India Opal’s life changes forever. Opal is forced to deal with the absence of her mother and a father who is absorbed in his work. One day she stumbles upon a stray dog in the Winn-Dixie grocery and it’s love at first sight. Opal adopts the dog and he helps her make friends with people that the town-folks have labeled as strange and different. This is a beautiful story about friendship, forgiveness, and tolerance.

Want to see the movie? Check out the family-friendly 2005 adaptation.

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The Conquerors

The Conquerors

by: David McKee - (Handprint Books, 2004) 32 pages.

Imagine an army that is treated so well by the country it invades that it loses its will to conquer. This one deserves a place alongside Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book. It is the kind of well told story that parents can refer back to during difficult conversations for years. The artwork is warm and subtle and the message is timeless: Love is always more fun than war.

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Dare to Dream!

Dare to Dream!

by: Carl Sommer , illustrated by: Jorge Martinez, Greg Budwine, and Kennon James - (Advance Publishing, 2007) 48 pages.

By listening to stories told by his father and grandparents, a young boy learns how choices can lead to overcoming adversity. The lives of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, Ben Franklin and Helen Keller are highlighted.

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Dream- A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom, & Wishes

Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes

by: Susan V. Bosak - (TCP Press, 2004) 40 pages.

Children are whisked away on a vibrant journey of hopes and dreams. The book’s message, to embrace your dreams, is told through poetic verse and the beautiful artwork of 15 celebrated illustrators.

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The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

by: Lloyd Alexander - (Henry Holt & Company, 2007) 306 pages.

This book is the author’s last, a rousing, delightful adventure. There’s a fair amount of violence here, some rather brutal, though none graphically described. Many deaths occur by a variety of weapons and methods, and a major character is beaten unconscious. Families can talk about the popular literary theme of setting out into the world to find one’s fortune. Do people really do that? Do you expect to one day? Is there a modern equivalent that, perhaps, involves less violence?

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Hachiko Waits

Hachiko Waits

by: Leslea Newman , illustrated by: Machiyo Kodaira - (Henry Holt, 2004) 96 pages.

This Japanese story of a dog whose devotion inspired a nation is an ideal bridge from picture books to chapter books. Short illustrated chapters, author’s notes, and a glossary honor a faithful Akita that met the commuter train from Shibuya Station every afternoon for 10 years, patiently waiting for a master who never returned. Newman’s touching story can’t be read or heard without tears and a true understanding of the word ‘loyalty’.

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Humphrey the Lost Whale- A True Story

Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story

by: Wendy Tokuda & Richard Hall , illustrated by: Hanako Wakiyama - (Heian International, 1986) 32 pages.

This is based on the journey of a California humpback whale, “wrong way” Humphrey, who finds his way back to the sea with the help of many people.

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Judy Moody

Judy Moody Was in a Mood

by: Megan McDonald - (Candlewick, 2000) 176 pages.

Yes, Judy is a third-grade girl but she is very much the tomboy and boys love this series as much as girls. The series does a great job of captivating unmotivated readers who are making the transition into chapter books. Children will relate to Judy’s constant dilemmas and will laugh their way through the book as Judy comes up with the most intriguing solutions to problems such as having to sit next to a kid who eats paste and a toad that pees on her!

Find our favorites at your local library: Judy Moody Was in a Mood , Judy Moody Gets Famous! , Judy Moody Saves the World!

The Penguin's Peril- Taylor-Made Tales #4

The Penguin’s Peril: Taylor-Made Tales #4

by: Ellen Miles - (Scholastic, 2007) 110 pages.

Jason’s teacher, Mr. Taylor, loves a challenge. Give him five objects and he’ll work them all into a story of his own creation. When Jason gives Mr. Taylor the “ultimate challenge” list — a penguin, a polar bear, a cactus, quicksand and a baseball — he enthralls the class with an arctic adventure. Meanwhile, in Jason’s day-to-day life, he has to take flak from his classmates when they find out that he loves to cook. And he just can’t seem to convince his chef dad to let him help out at the family restaurant. Both stories end happily — especially when Jason’s dad and classmates get a taste of his signature sandwich, the Amazin’ Jason. The Penguin’s Peril is a testament to the power of storytelling and will inspire young readers to be true to themselves.

Perfect for: Kids who like adventure stories.

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Ramona the Pest

Ramona the Pest

by: Beverly Cleary , illustrated by: Tracy Dockray - (William Morrow and Company, 1968) 208 pages.

Ramona the Pest is one of Beverly Cleary’s most iconic of her classic stories about the feisty Ramona. Children are sure to love hearing about Ramona’s troubles in Miss Binney’s kindergarten. Ramona fans will also enjoy Beezus and Ramona and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 .

Perfect for: Inventive kids with creative ideas to cure boredom and update old rules.

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Letters from Rapunzel

Letters from Rapunzel

by: Sara Lewis Holmes - (HarperCollins, 2007) 184 pages.

This is a bittersweet and uplifting story of a young girl coping with the fact that her father is hospitalized for clinical depression. “Rapunzel” (you don’t learn her real name until the end of the book) comes home one day to find the lights off and her father curled up in his favorite red chair, crying. Soon he’s in a mental institution and her mother refuses to talk about it. By chance, she finds a letter in her father’s chair addressed to a post office box. She writes to this post office box, hoping that the person her father was writing to will help her understand what is happening. Told through her letters, this novel is poignant and emotionally raw. “Rapunzel” is the type of character you immediately bring into your heart. Her humor, courage and intelligence will resonate with the reader.

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Loser

by: Jerry Spinelli - (Joanna Cotler Books, 2002) 218 pages.

It’s moving, funny, lyrical and has powerful appeal. There is so much to discuss here that a family, or a class, could spend days talking it over, which is why it is already a favorite with discussion groups. Two of the biggest topics are what it means to be human and what it means to grow up. Try combining it with a movie about growing up, such as Wide Awake , or one about not growing up, such as Peter Pan .

Find Loser at your local library.

Paint the Wind

Paint the Wind

by: Pam Munoz Ryan - (Scholastic Press, 2007) 327 pages.

Uniquely told by weaving together the adventures of 11-year-old Maya with those of Artemisia, a wild horse in the remote Wyoming wilderness, this is a beautiful coming-of-age story about relationships and making tough decisions. With the death of her grandmother, Maya is thrust into a totally foreign lifestyle. Accustomed to a rigid and formal urban household, Maya suddenly finds herself on a rural ranch surrounded by loving and caring people. Artemisia, who runs in a herd near Maya’s new home, is also forced into a new situation when a horse round-up separates her from the rest of her herd. Discovering one another, the two develop a bond that will be tested under severe conditions. The addition of a glossary and a list of websites dealing with the subject of wild horses in America make this a must-read for any horse lover.

Perfect for: Kids who love horses.

Find Paint the Wind at your local library.

Please Write in This Book

Please Write in This Book

by: Mary Amato , illustrated by: Eric Brace - (Holiday House, 2006) 97 pages.

Ms. Wurtz hides a book in the writer’s corner, inviting her students to write on its blank pages. Conversations, pictures, charts and stories find their way into it.

Find Please Write in This Book at your local library.

The Quiltmaker's Gift

The Quiltmaker’s Gift

by: Jeff Brumbeau , illustrated by: Gail de Marcken - (Scholastic Press, 2000) 56 pages.

This beautifully written and illustrated book will appeal to a wide range of ages. Its story of materialism verses charity addresses the value of giving and encourages children to reach out to help others. The story of a greedy king and the lesson he learns helps children get perspective on what is important.

Find The Quiltmaker’s Gift at your local library.

The Quiltmaker's Journey

The Quiltmaker’s Journey

by: Jeff Brumbeau , illustrated by: Gail de Marcken - (Orchard Books, 2005) 56 pages.

A prequel to The Quiltmaker’s Gift. The vivid, intricately designed watercolor illustrations add drama and life to the story of a young wealthy child who, one night, steps out of a walled city to find the world beyond. She becomes a quiltmaker after her elders reject her idea of helping the needy. Another poignant message for children of all ages.

Find The Quiltmaker’s Journey at your local library.

The Rag Coat

The Rag Coat

by: Lauren Mills - (Little, Brown Young Readers, 1991) 32 pages.

This is a heartwarming story of how a community comes together to help Minna, a little girl who so badly wants to attend school, but has no coat. The story deals with death and poverty in a real and positive way with a loving solution. It’s a sweet, sober tale about love and goodwill.

Find The Rag Coat at your local library.

Thunder Rose

Thunder Rose

by: Jerdine Nolen , illustrated by: Kadir Nelson - (Harcourt Brace, 2003) 32 pages.

Nolen and Nelson give us a spunky cowgirl heroine of the West who names herself Thunder Rose. Rose is resourceful and fearless, and no challenge defeats her, not stampeding cattle, drought, tornadoes, hooligans nor desperadoes. With a sweet disposition, sassy pigtails and a ‘can do’ attitude, Rose’s story stretches both the imagination and the vocabulary.

Find Thunder Rose at your local library.

Amelia to Zora- Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World

by: Cynthia Chin-Lee , illustrated by: Megan Halsey and Sean Addy - (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2005) 32 pages.

The author creates an alphabet book using the first names of the 26 women who have made impressive contributions to the world. The women came from different ethnic groups and countries.

Perfect for: Kids who like to read about real people.

Find Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World at your local library.

Author- A True Story

Author: A True Story

by: Helen Lester - (Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 1997) 32 pages.

Author Helen Lester writes a humorous tale about her life from age three to adulthood. She describes how she became a writer, citing her achievements and challenges, including overcoming dyslexia, along the way. This cheerful book will inspire the writer within your child.

Find Author: A True Story at your local library.

Bill Peet- An Autobiography

Bill Peet: An Autobiography

by: Bill Peet - (Houghton Mifflin Children's Books, 1989) 189 pages.

Bill Peet, a former Disney illustrator, shares his life story in this book. Written as a simple children’s story, this irresistible autobiography boasts lots of funny drawings, including favorite Disney characters.

Find Bill Peet: An Autobiography at your local library.

Clean Sea- Story of Rachel Carson

Clean Sea: Story of Rachel Carson

by: Carol Hilgartner Schlank and Barbara Metzger , illustrated by: David Katz - (Cascade Pass, 1995) 38 pages.

Rachel Carson has long been considered the original environmentalist. Her publication of Silent Spring in the 1960s was the impetus for President Kennedy to call for a scientific study of the questions she raised about the environment. Here now we have an accessible, empowering biography of this unsung heroine for boys and girls that care about the environment. Included are several lesson plans, as well as recommended reading on steps to save the environment. A DVD entitled Cartoon Sea stresses the importance of keeping oceans free from pollution.

Find Clean Sea: Story of Rachel Carson at your local library.

Houdini- World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King

Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King

by: Kathleen Krull , illustrated by: Eric Velasquez - (Walker and Company, 2005) 28 pages.

In this picture book biography of the magician Harry Houdini (born Erik Weiss), the author emphasizes the qualities of perseverance, dedication and a commitment to self-improvement that made Houdini so successful. Even as a young boy he was performing a trapeze act in his backyard for paying audiences, billing himself as “Prince of the Air.” Interspersed throughout the book are presentations of his most famous and amazing performances, narrated by a costumed master of ceremonies with the readers cast as audience members. This would be the perfect book for kids fascinated by all things magical.

Find Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King at your local library.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

by: Diane Stanley - (Morrow Junior Books, 1996) 44 pages.

The picture-book format and outstanding illustrations make it highly appealing for children. The text is friendly and loaded with interesting details about the subject.

Find Leonardo da Vinci at your local library.

Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

by: Buzz Aldrin , illustrated by: Wendell Minor - (HarperCollins, 2005) 40 pages.

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, writes this autobiographical work as page-long vignettes of highlights from his life. He writes about how he got his unusual nickname (from his sister), his favorite movie hero (the Lone Ranger), how he almost drowned one summer, his military life, and his training and missions as an astronaut. The beautiful paintings that illustrate the book add to the appeal, especially the images of Aldrin’s space flights. Aldrin closes his book with an inspirational message to young readers: “If you set your sights high, you may accomplish more than you ever dreamed was possible.” This would be the perfect choice for aspiring young astronauts.

Find Reaching for the Moon at your local library.

So You Want to be An Explorer?

So You Want to Be an Explorer?

by: Judith St. George , illustrated by: David Small - (Philomel, 2005) 56 pages.

From Buzz Aldrin to Charles Yeager, Caldecott award winners Judith St. George and David Small take us on a fun romp through the excellent discoveries (and great mishaps) of the great and infamous explorers of the world.

Find So You Want to Be an Explorer? at your local library.

The Tree of Life- A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin- Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker

The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin: Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker

by: Peter Sis - (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2003) 32 pages.

For just the right child between the ages of 8 and 12 this book will be a treasure trove, but many children may need a bit of parental help to make sense of the book’s design and give a context for the bountiful amount of information. Some of the exquisitely drawn illustrations are small and subtle in meaning, and the typeface used in the illustrations could be challenging for young readers as well. The subject matter of the biography will be of interest to adult as well as child readers, and this book might best be enjoyed in a joint first reading.

Find The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin: Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker at your local library.

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

by: Jean Fritz , illustrated by: Margot Tomes - (Penguin Putnam, 1975) 48 pages.

This is a fast-paced account of one of America’s most influential statesmen. Patrick Henry’s childhood and career are described in simple sentences, using a clever plot device (the date in the title); both the black-and-white and color illustrations are very simple.

Find Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? at your local library.

Who Was Harry Houdini?

Who Was Harry Houdini?

by: Tui Sutherland , illustrated by: John O'Brien - (Grosset & Dunlap, 2002) 112 pages.

This is an excellent series of biographies and includes books on Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman and Leonardo da Vinci. Written in a fun, conversational style that grabs even the most reluctant reader!

Find Who Was Harry Houdini? at your local library.

Ice-Cream Cones for Sale

Ice-Cream Cones for Sale

by: Elaine Greenstein - (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2003) 32 pages.

In spring our thoughts turn to flowers, baseball, and ICE CREAM! With winter’s chill a memory, the lines at the local Dairy Queen appear over night and everyone is ready for that first, delicious chocolate-dipped ice cream cone. In an excellent informational book, Greenstein uses careful research to answer the question, “Who was that sainted person who invented the ice cream cone?” We know ice cream cones first appeared nationally at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. But there were over fifty ice cream sellers and dozens of waffle makers, so who put the two together? Five men and one woman claim they were the first to combine tasty waffles, shaped into a cone, with yummy ice cream. But the frozen delight honor goes to Italo Marchiony, an Italian immigrant who was selling ice cream cones from a push cart on the streets of New York in 1895. No one knows for sure how he came up with the idea of an edible cone to replace glass dishes, but it’s a mystery worth pondering, while licking that perfect ice cream cone, of course.

Find Ice-Cream Cones for Sale at your local library.

So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President?

by: Judith St. George , illustrated by: David Small - (Philomel Books, 2000) 56 pages.

Books about the presidents are usually boring, but not this one. This is a lighthearted look at the presidency, including the ages, looks, backgrounds, occupations, pets, favorite sports and personalities of the men who’ve lived in the White House. St. George outlines the positive points about being president (big house with its own swimming pool, bowling alley and movie theater) and negative points (having to dress up, never get to go anywhere alone and lots of homework). David Small’s cartoon-style illustrations add to the fun. The book concludes with the oath of office, and there is an appended list of brief biographical sketches of each of the presidents. This would be a timely read with the presidential race that’s already beginning.

Perfect for: Kids who like history.

Find So You Want to Be President? at your local library.

What if You Met a Pirate?

What If You Met a Pirate?

by: Jan Adkins - (Roaring Brook Press, 2004) 32 pages.

Every pirate myth and fact is chronicled in detail in Adkins’ meticulously illustrated informational text. Real pirates weren’t flashy dressers, seldom carried pistols, swords, or cutlasses, did wear earrings, and were experts with a needle and thread. Furthermore, rats and lice and the threat of a bath were greater enemies than the British Navy. Readers will learn about grog, hardtack, buccaneers, the dead man’s chest, and who Blackbeard was in this outstanding book that really is a treasure.

Find What If You Met a Pirate? at your local library.

Easy to Be Green- Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth

Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth

by: Ellie O'Ryan , illustrated by: Ivanke & Lola - (Simon Scribbles, 2009) 32 pages.

What can kids do to protect the environment? A lot! Easy to Be Green is filled with simple eco-friendly tips and activities children can try at home. A perfect way to make the concept of green living accessible and fun.

Perfect for: Kids who like science and nature.

Find Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth at your local library.

Garbage and Recycling (Young Discoverers- Environmental Facts and Experiments)

Garbage and Recycling (Young Discoverers: Environmental Facts and Experiments)

by: Rosie Harlow and Sally Morgan - (Kingfisher, 1995) 32 pages.

Part of Kingfisher’s wonderful Young Discoverers series, Garbage and Recycling illustrates the difference between biodegradable and nonbiodegradable garbage. Explanations of how glass, metal and wool can be easily recycled; “how can I help?” sections; and lots of tips will inspire your child to be a young environmentalist who wants to recycle at home.

Find Garbage and Recycling (Young Discoverers: Environmental Facts and Experiments) at your local library.

Living-Color

Living Color

by: Steve Jenkins - (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) 32 pages.

This book examines how the amazing range of colors in the animal world works to help animals survive in their natural habitats. Animals use color to attract a mate, lure prey, camouflage themselves or startle enemies. Organized by colors, the book is illustrated by Jenkins’ signature torn- and cut-paper illustrations of each animal, with a short paragraph explaining how color works for that species. Additional information about animal coloration and the particular species pictured is found at the end of the book. This book is a visual treat, as well as fascinating reading for young naturalists.

Find Living Color at your local library.

Polar Bears and the Arctic (Magic Tree House Research Guides)

Polar Bears and the Arctic (Magic Tree House Research Guides)

by: Mary Pope Osborne - (Random House, 2007) 119 pages.

In this nonfiction companion to Polar Bears Past Bedtime, the Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie take their readers on a chilly journey to the Arctic as they find out what it’s really like to live there. The familiar twosome cover a lot of ground – landscape, animals, the lives and cultures of native people, and the effects of global warming. The style — narrative with a healthy smattering of illustrations, photos and weird facts — will easily hold a young reader’s attention.

Find Polar Bears and the Arctic (Magic Tree House Research Guides) at your local library.

Storms

by: Seymour Simon - (Morrow Junior Books, 1989) 32 pages.

Brilliant full-color photographs of thunderstorms, hailstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes accompany the factual text of this beautiful informational book. Simon carefully explains how storms form and describes the havoc they wreak on humans who are still fascinated with the power of weather. Simon includes not only what we do know, but also what we don’t, in a book that sheds light on all those mysterious symbols, diagrams and maps on the weather channel.

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365 Ways to Live Green for Kids- Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play — Every Day!

365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play — Every Day!

by: Sheri Amsel - (Adams Media, 2009) 224 pages.

As more parents realize the importance of teaching their children about green living, the need for everyday, eco-friendly lessons grows. With activities for home and school and during playtime, 365 Ways shows how easy and fun it is to prepare your kids for a better future.

Find 365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play — Every Day! at your local library.

The Story of Kwanzaa

The Story of Kwanzaa

by: Donna L. Washington , illustrated by: Stephen Taylor - (HarperTrophy, 1997) 40 pages.

Learn about the origins of Kwanzaa. The seven principles or beliefs of the holiday are explained in detail and accompanied by lovely illustrations. Recipes and crafts ideas are also included.

Find The Story of Kwanzaa at your local library.

Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball

Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball

by: Sally Cook and James Charlton , illustrated by: Ross MacDonald - (M.K. McElderry Books, 2007) 48 pages.

Who can resist the title of this book? Certainly not young baseball fans who will delight in this comical history of the great American pastime. Readers learn tantalizing tidbits about the history of the game, like the facts that in the early days teams had no specific uniforms and that base running was once a contact sport. The amusing illustrations add to the fun, and colorful baseball slang is defined in page margins.

Find Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball at your local library.

Ultimate chess

Ultimate Chess

by: Jon Tremaine - (Scholastic Inc., 2006) 48 pages.

Opening this 8-by-8-inch book reveals a magnetic chess board on the inside back cover, so all the lessons can be played as they’re read. Forty-seven spiral-bound pages contain valuable lessons: names and images of the playing pieces, the set-up, how each piece moves, castling, how a pawn becomes a queen, check, checkmate, notation (so you can keep track of both players’ moves), relative strength of the pieces, classic game openings, attacks and defenses. Finally all the lessons are put to use in the playing of two complete games. The first is a 20-move game with comments on the reasons for certain moves; next is the analysis of an actual 45-turn game played by two grand masters.

Perfect for: Kids who like sports and games.

Find Ultimate Chess at your local library.

Charlie and the chocolate factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by: Roald Dahl - (A.A. Knopf, 1964) 180 pages.

The hook: Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory invites five lucky lottery winners to tour the facility and observe its amazing secrets. Four of the visiting children are nasty brats who will get exactly what they deserve. Only Charlie is worthy. Wild, hysterical, irreverent but ethical — it’s a classic modern fable that ridicules greed.

Want to see the movie? Kids may be more drawn to the chaotic, colorful 2005 adaptation starring Johnny Depp, but the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), which was written by Dahl himself, is a gentler take that still stands up today.

Find  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at your local library.

The Nature Treasury- A First Look at the Natural World

The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World

by: Lizann Flatt - (Owlkids Books, 2005) 48 pages.

Answering your youngster’s questions about plants, animals, water, and just about anything else having to do with nature is easy with this reference book in hand. Broken up into 22 sections, The Nature Treasury covers topics like “How animals grow,” “Soil up close,” and “What animals eat.” With double-page spreads depicting ecosystems ranging from savannas to tundras, this book will have kids searching the panoramas for the animals that live there. Large labeled ovals with the animals superimposed on them act as guides, so children can scan the scenes to find where the sea stars are hiding in the coral reef or the sidewinder in the desert. Children will be enchanted by the lush illustrations.

Perfect for: Kids who are curious — and parents who don’t know all the answers!

Find The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World at your local library.

The Magician's Elephant

The Magician’s Elephant

by: Kate DiCamillo , illustrated by: Yoko Tanaka - (Candlewick Press, 2009) 224 pages.

Gargoyles, illusionists, an elephant that falls from the sky when a magician’s trick fails, and a 10-year-old orphan comprise the cast of characters for Kate DiCamillo’s novel. Full of magical events and narrated in an equally captivating voice, this tale of hope, darkness, and illusion is brought to life by Yoko Tanaka’s haunting black-and-white artwork. All in all, it would be hard to go wrong with this book. Find The Magician’s Elephant at your local library.

Time Cat

by: Lloyd Alexander - (Puffin, 1963) 240 pages.

In Time Cat , a young boy discovers that his cat, instead of having nine lives, has the ability to travel through time nine times. Thus begins their adventures. One parent writes, “My then-fourth-grade son loved Time Cat. He’s not a reader but couldn’t put this book down.” Find Time Cat at your local library.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

by: Judi Barrett , illustrated by: Ron Barrett - (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1978) 32 pages.

Residents of the remarkable town of Chewandswallow don’t have normal weather like rain, wind, and snow. Instead they get food falling from the sky three times a day, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It might be mashed potatoes, soup, pancakes, or hamburgers! But when the portions start getting larger, the town can’t keep up with the flood of food and something has to be done. Get ready to giggle at the absurd text and detailed illustrations. This 1978 story is a fun read-aloud for all ages and a good challenge for young readers.

Want to see the movie? The 2009 animated film takes the book’s idea of food-filled weather and runs with it.

Perfect for: Kids with a silly sense of humor.

Find Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at your local library.

Hotel for Dogs

Hotel for Dogs

by: Lois Duncan - (Scholastic, 2008) 178 pages.

A whimsical tale about a brother and sister who, out of their love for dogs, turn an abandoned house into a hotel for strays. Find Hotel for Dogs at your local library.

The Stories Julian Tells

The Stories Julian Tells

by: Ann Cameron - (Random House, 1981) 80 pages.

Julian loves to make up tall tales and make his little brother, Huey, believe them. Each chapter in this wonderful early-reader’s chapter book is an individual story and makes for a great introduction to the concept of short stories in general. The tales are imaginative, fun and a great depiction of a loving family in everyday situations. The bite-size length of the chapters keeps the book from feeling overwhelming for a young reader.

Perfect for: Kids who like classics.

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books for 3rd grade level

16 Great Chapter Books for Third Graders

By janssen bradshaw.

Wondering what book to pick up for your third grader?

As they develop more independence and the ability to read longer and more complex stories, the world of children’s literature really opens up.

These new and classic titles are perfect for all kinds of third-grade readers. They’re also great for reading aloud, if that’s more your child’s speed. Or you can try alternating back and forth — they read a page, then you read a page — so they can practice their reading but not get so bogged down they lose sight of the story arc.

No matter how you use these books, all 16 are winners.

Los Monstruos: Felice and the Wailing Woman

Los Monstruos: Felice and the Wailing Woman

by Diana López

In this enchanting adventure, the determined twelve-year-old daughter of La Llorona sets out to free her mother and undo the curses that have been afflicting the magical town of Tres Leches. With added help from the children of other monsters, they go on a charming adventure to break magical and metaphorical curses that have haunted their town for generations.

The Tia Lola Series

The Tia Lola Series

by Julia Alvarez

Young readers will love Tia Lola and want her as their own! She's a magical aunt who lends her aid during every adventure and life lesson. Whether it's a move, a summer rescue, or teaching Spanish at her niece and nephew's school, Tia Lola proves she's an unstoppable force!

Pages & Co. Series

Pages & Co. Series

by Anna James, illustrated by Paola Escobar

Tilly Pages has an enviable ability: she’s a bookwanderer, which means she can travel into any story she chooses. Tilly discovers her power at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop, after meeting literary characters — like Anne of Green Gables — who bookwandered out of their own stories and into Tilly’s life. With the help of a new friend, Oskar, Tilly solves all sorts of bookish mysteries, starting with what happened to her mother who disappeared.

Meesh the Bad Demon

Meesh the Bad Demon

by Michelle Lam

Follow the journey of Meesh as she navigates her way through the underworld, seeking her place. With the help of outcasts and even a bully, she learns to defy perceptions and discovers there's more to being a demon than being "bad". Perfect for third graders, this series teaches valuable lessons about embracing one's flaws and finding strength in unlikely places.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

When is Roald Dahl not a good idea? This book is a quick read and hilariously funny. (There are also audio versions of Roald Dahl’s books and this one is particularly excellent if you have a child who would rather listen than read.)

The Unicorn Rescue Society Series

The Unicorn Rescue Society Series

by Adam Gidwitz

For third graders who can’t read enough about mythological creatures, The Unicorn Rescue Society is a must. New kid at school Elliot Eisner and thrill-seeking Uchenna Devereaux are tapped to join an ultra-secret organization that’s been protecting mythical animals — and keeping them hidden — for centuries. Their adventures take them around the world and face-to-face with fantastic creatures; the accompanying illustrations make a perfect crossover for newly independent readers.

Cam Jansen Series

Cam Jansen Series

by David A. Adler

There’s a reason this series has been a bestseller for over 30 years — and with over 30 books in the set, it will keep readers busy for a good while. You might think of Cam Jansen as a descendent of Nancy Drew : there’s no mystery Cam can’t solve if she just puts her mind to it, especially with her best friend Eric at her side. It’s a great transition for those just getting into chapter books.

Planet Omar Series

Planet Omar Series

by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik

A wonderful #OwnVoices series, Planet Omar centers a young Muslim boy as he nervously transfers to a new school. Omar is bighearted and wildly imaginative (he suspects his new teacher of being an alien, for starters), and though he’s confronted with a bully and a feeling of otherness, he has his imagination, quirky family, and new best friend to help him find his footing.

Clean Getaway

Clean Getaway

by Nic Stone

Scoob didn’t count on a spring break like this one. He also didn’t count on being majorly grounded, but his grandma had other ideas in mind, and she’s whisked him away on an epic road trip — Green Book in hand — retracing the journey she and Scoob’s grandpa took once upon a time. With his grandmother at the wheel, Scoob learns important truths about both his family and America’s history.

Confessions of a Dork Lord

Confessions of a Dork Lord

by Mike Johnston, illustrated by Marta Altés

Meet Azrael Bal Gorath the Wicked, Son of the Dark Lord Who Vanished, and Heir to the Throne of Black and Broken Glass. His friends call him Wick. Everyone else at Middle Ages School calls him the Dork Lord. It’s hard living up to your famous father, especially when your heart’s not in it (and you’re still in Remedial Spell Casting). Buckle up for this hilarious and irreverent new series.

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Third grade is the perfect age to experience the wonder of The Phantom Tollbooth . Milo’s mysterious journey to the Island of Conclusions and his burgeoning friendship with Tock the ticking watchdog will reinvigorate imaginations — including yours! Why not revisit this classic with a family-wide read aloud? Your kids will be clamoring to read the next page.

Jake the Fake Series

Jake the Fake Series

by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Keith Knight

Jake managed to fake his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented, but he’s not so sure where to go from there. He’s certainly no musician or artist. Really, all he’s ever been able to do is make people laugh. Co-authored by actor and comedian Craig Robinson and best-selling author Adam Mansbach — and accompanied with pitch-perfect illustrations from Keith Knight — this new series is primed to become a fan favorite.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

by Judy Blume

Every third grader needs a dose of Judy Blume in their life — and every young reader who’s lived through the woes of sibling rivalry will appreciate this tale of Peter and his little brother, Fudge, who’s hogging all the attention. The kid’s trouble in Peter’s opinion, though all anyone seems to care about is his so-called cuteness. After your child devours this one, they can turn to Superfudge and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great .

A Dyamonde Daniel Book Series

A Dyamonde Daniel Book Series

by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Dyamonde Daniel is the sort of literary role model parents dream of for their kids. The third grader with “wild-crazy hair” is here to make friends, reconsider what she really needs in life, and question the narratives she’s hearing at school. Author Nikki Grimes is so talented at weaving difficult conversations (about things like privilege and body image) into the daily life of Dyamonde, a sparkling, smart, and kind heroine.

The First Rule of Punk

The First Rule of Punk

by Celia C. Pérez

Creative preteen Malú is just trying to be herself — after all, as her father taught her, that’s the first rule of punk. At school, Malú and her new bandmates defend their right to express themselves against a school administration that pushes conformity; at home, Malú’s mother wants her to learn more about her Mexican heritage, which Malú, who’s biracial, has complicated feelings about. You’ll cheer for this thoughtful, bold young narrator.

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

by Richard Peck

What child hasn’t been charmed by miniature, hidden worlds? Enchanted fairies, tiny “borrowers” who live in the walls, and now a pipsqueak of a mouse who doesn’t know his own name. But that won’t stop him from setting off for Buckingham Palace to seek an audience with Queen Victoria and find out who he really is. Whimsical and clever, this one’s sure to charm your young reader.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2023.

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books for 3rd grade level

Looking for the best chapter books for 3rd graders? You’re in the right place! While as an adult, middle-grade books are my sweet spot, my next best thing would definitely be chapter books!

I love chapter books or early readers, as they’re sometimes called, because they introduce new readers to longer stories. Options for younger kids (kindergarten to second grade) tend to have fewer pages, shorter chapters, and even larger fonts (expect a post on those soon). However, chapter books for third graders go a step further.

Just for reference, in the States, third graders are generally about eight or nine years old. If you’re fortunate, you may already have a big reader on your hands who isn’t afraid to shoot for younger middle-grade titles like some of those on this list.

Typically, though most eight-year-olds prefer smaller chapter books, under 150 pages, with lots of pictures and larger fonts than the typical middle-grade book. Kids at this age also like series — they want to remain in the same universe for as long as possible, so most of the books on this list are part of series.

If you have a more advanced 3rd grade reader, check out the books on my 4th grade and 5th grade lists for more options.

These chapter books for 3rd graders are good for independent reading and also for readalouds! All except one are heavily illustrated, and I’ve tried to include picks for a variety of interests.

3 books for 3rd graders including must love pets, dog days and tola and three fine girls

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80 Best Books for Third Graders

Here are 80 best books for third graders:

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say (Stella Diaz, 1)

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

Stella Diaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Diaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely. When a new boy arrives in Stella’s class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn  roja . Plus, she has to speak in front of her whole class for a big presentation at school! But she better get over her fears soon, because Stella Díaz has something to say!

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Series)

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig – she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons’ bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash – “to alert the fire department,” her owners assure themselves. But could Mercy possibly have another emergency in mind – like a sudden craving for their neighbors’ sugar cookies? Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson – an ebullient new character for early chapter-book readers in a series that’s destined to be a classic.

Maya and the Robot

Maya and the Robot

Maya and the Robot  is Eve L. Ewing’s debut middle grade book. It centers a young Black girl, Maya who’s entering the fifth grade. She’s disappointed when she’s placed in a different class than her two best friends, Jada and MJ. Quickly, it seems like they’re forming a new friend group and barely spending time with her, especially since they don’t even have the same lunch period. But things begin to look up when Maya finds a broken down robot in the neighborhood store where she helps out. After setting the robot up to work, Maya suddenly has a new best friend, but how long will this last? And what happens when the robot, Ralph malfunctions?

The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1)

The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1)

Princess Miranda does not want to go to school. She wants to shoe shop, plan parties, and decorate the castle. Maude cannot wait for school. She loves rules and social justice and getting good grades. She also loves hard-boiled eggs, much to Miranda’s dismay. When a tense first week of school results in Maude getting excluded from the Royal Birthday Party, Maude decides she’s found her first fight for social justice: a birthday boycott. This hilarious, heartfelt chapter-book series teaches empathy, and reminds us that your very best friend could be one desk away.

Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party (Marya Khan #1)

Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party (Marya Khan #1)  

Marya’s eighth birthday is coming up in a week, and all she wants is an over-the-top birthday party just like the ones Alexa, her rich neighbor, always throws. When Alexa parades into school with fancy invitations, Marya can’t help herself—she claims that she’s having the most epic henna party ever. Now she has to convince her family to make it happen.

Enter Operation Help the Khans! Marya’s siblings clearly need help with their projects. Maybe she could cook dinner for her parents, or clean her grandmother’s room? Except everything Marya does seems to end in disaster. Will Marya and her family be able pull it together and throw the best party ever?!

Lola Levine Is Not Mean! (Lola Levine, 1)

Lola Levine Is Not Mean

Lola Levine likes writing in her  diario , sipping her mom’s  cafe con leche , eating her dad’s matzo ball soup, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. So what if she doesn’t always fit in? Lola is fierce on the field, but when a soccer game during recess gets too competitive, she accidentally hurts her classmate Juan Gomez. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine! Lola feels terrible, but with the help of her family, her super best friend, Josh Blot, and a little “pencil power,” she just might be able to turn it all around. In this first book in a series, young readers will be inspired by Lola’s big heart and creative spirit as she learns to navigate the second grade in true Lola style!

A Boy Called Bat (The Bat Series, 1)

A Boy Called Bat 

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Mr. Whiskers and the Shenanigan Sisters

Mr. Whiskers and the Shenanigan Sisters

Mr. Whiskers is a street-wise stray dog with a nose for trouble and a fondness for two girls he calls the Shenanigan Sisters. So when Misty and Zelda’s professor father is kidnapped, Mr. Whiskers follows that car, picking up vital clues.  Then the two intrepid girls and one great dog follow the trail through the streets of San Francisco, discovering hidden passageways, buried secrets, and even pirate treasure.   But will they be able to rescue Dad? You bet your best biscuit, they will! Wendelin Van Draanen’s new mystery is the ulti-mutt kid-pleasing caper.

J.D. and the Great Barber Battle (J.D. the Kid Barber)

J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

In  J.D. and the Great Barber Battle , eight-year-old J.D. has to devise a means to correct a haircut gone wrong. His mom obviously doesn’t care much about lining his cut evenly, and J.D. gets laughed at school by his friends. Eventually, after using his little brother as a subject, J.D. figures out how to cut his own hair — and he does a fantastic job! J.D. gets so good at cutting hair and coming up with creative hairstyles that his schoolmates start asking him to do theirs. The only barbershop in town is owned by an elderly man Mr. Henry and run by his son, Mr. Henry Jr. Unlike J.D., they only know three cut styles, so there’s no real competition. Until Mr. Henry Jr. tries to stop J.D. from running the business out of his house and the two have to engage in a “Barber Battle.”

Anisa's International Day

Anisa’s International Day

In  Anisa’s International Day , third grader Anisa is excited about her class’s international day. She’s going to ask her mom to bring samosas for the class and share her Pakistani culture with everyone. But before she gets to reveal her plans, another classmate snags the samosa spot. As a creative, Anisa is desperate to be unique. With her aunt getting married soon, she decides that mehndi is the perfect activity to introduce. But first, she’ll need to resolve a friendship misunderstanding.

Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles, Book One (The Carver Chronicles, 1)

Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles

It’s tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary.

Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the kids here don’t even know that he’s pretty good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer.

 And when his classmate Richard comes over and the boys end up in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, he has to take care of his great aunt Myrtle’s horrible little dog as punishment.

To make matters worse, Gavin seems to have attracted the attention of the school bully. Will he be able to avoid getting pounded at the skate park? And how is he ever going to prove he’s cool with a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?

Rock Star #1 (Jada Jones)

Jada Jones: Rock Star

When Jada Jones’s best friend moves away, school feels like the last place she wants to be. She’d much rather wander outside looking for cool rocks to add to her collection, since finding rocks is much easier than finding friends. So when Jada’s teacher announces a class project on rocks and minerals, Jada finally feels like she’s in her element. The only problem: one of her teammates doesn’t seem to like any of Jada’s ideas. She doesn’t seem to like Jada all that much, either. Can Jada figure out a way to make a winning science project and a new friend?

Knight of the Cape (1) (Definitely Dominguita)

Definitely Dominguita: Knight of the Cape

All Dominguita wants to do is read. Especially the books in Spanish that Abuela gave to her just before she moved away. They were classics that Abuela and Dominguita read together, classics her abuela brought with her all the way from Cuba when she was a young girl. It helps Dominguita feel like Abuela’s still there with her. One of her favorites, Don Quixote, tells of a brave knight errant who tries to do good deeds. Dominguita decides that she, too, will become a knight and do good deeds around her community, creating a grand adventure for her to share with her abuela. And when the class bully tells Dominguita that girls can’t be knights, Dom is determined to prove him wrong. With a team of new friends, can Dominguita learn how to be the hero of her own story?

Jake the Fake Keeps it Real

Jake the Fake Keeps It Real

Jake can barely play an instrument, not even a kazoo. And his art? It’s better suited for Pictionary than Picasso. Which is a real problem because Jake just faked his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented (and Jake is pretty sure he is neither). More jokester than composer, Jake will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.

Weekends with Max and His Dad

Weekends with Max and His Dad

Max and his dad love their weekends together. Weekends mean pancakes, pizza, spy games, dog walking, school projects, and surprising neighbors! Every weekend presents a small adventure as Max gets to know his dad’s new neighborhood—and learns some new ways of thinking about home. Acclaimed author Linda Urban deftly portrays a third-grader’s inner world during a time of transition in this sweet and funny illustrated story that bridges the early reader and middle grade novel.

Betty the Yeti Hates Spaghetti

Betty the Yeti Hates Spaghetti

Betty and her family of yetis just moved to their new apartment. Betty’s never lived around humans before now. When friendly neighbors bring the Yetis dinner, Betty eats spaghetti for the first time and it’s nothing like she expected! Will Betty adjust to a new neighborhood, new foods, and new friends?

News from Me, Lucy McGee

News from Me, Lucy McGee

Even if it means skipping out on Songwriting Club? Even if she’s always been too popular to give you the time of day?  Even if she asks you to paint the walls and serve the tea…?  Soon Lucy McGee realizes she’s been tricked into becoming mean girl Scarlett Tandy’s errand girl—and she’s getting in trouble for skipping her after-school activities.  Things get complicated as she tries to balance school, friends, frenemies, songwriting, and family expectations.  Clearly Lucy has to strike back!  But it turns out that singing and playing your ukulele—and having loads of fun doing it—are the best revenge.  In this new series from  state-award favorite Mary Amato, a spunky heroine matches wits with a mean girl and learns that middle school can be a balancing act—so you can’t lose sight of what’s important.

Aven Green Sleuthing Machine (Volume 1)

Aven Green: Sleuthing Machine

Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a  whole month —cracking such cases as  The Mystery of the Cranky Mom . But can this perceptive detective solve two cases at the same time? First, her teacher’s lunch bag disappears. Then Aven’s great-grandma’s dog goes missing. Fortunately, since Aven was born without arms, all the “arm” cells went to her super-powered brain instead. (That’s her theory.) This hilarious chapter book showcases a new side to Dusti Bowling’s unforgettable protagonist.

Road Trip with Max and His Mom

Road Trip with Max and His Mom

Third-grader Max is heading off on a road trip with Mom. With miles to travel, cousins to meet, and a tall roller coaster to ride (maybe), it will be an adventure! But Max always spends weekends with Dad; will Dad be okay if he’s left behind? And will Max be brave enough for all the new explorations ahead of him?

Like Bug Juice on a Burger (Eleanor)

Like Bug Juice on a Burger (Series)

I hate camp. I just hate it. I wish I didn’t. But I do. Being here is worse than bug juice on a burger. Or homework on Thanksgiving. Or water seeping into my shoes. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed  Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie , Eleanor is off to summer camp. At first she’s excited to carry on the family tradition at Camp Wallumwahpuck, but when she gets there she finds icky bugs, terrible food, and worst of all: swim class, where she just can’t seem to keep up with everyone else. But as the days go on, Eleanor realizes that even the most miserable situations can be full of special surprises and that growing up is full of belly flops.

The Year of the Book (An Anna Wang novel, 1)

The Year of the Book (Anna Wang Series)

In Chinese,  peng you  means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated. When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through  A Wrinkle in Time , or peering over  My Side of the Mountain , books provide what real life cannot—constant companionship and insight into her changing world. Books, however, can’t tell Anna how to find a true friend. She’ll have to discover that on her own. In the tradition of classics like Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books and Eleanor Estes’  One Hundred Dresses , this novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one.

Big Foot and Little Foot (Book #1) (Big Foot and Little Foot, 1)

Big Foot and Little Foot (Book #1) 

Hugo is a young Sasquatch who longs for adventure. Boone is young boy who longs to see a Sasquatch. When their worlds collide, they become the unlikeliest pair of best friends.   At the Academy for Curious Squidges, Hugo learns all manner of Sneaking—after all, the most important part of being a Sasquatch is staying hidden from humans. But Hugo dreams of roaming free in the Big Wide World rather than staying cooped up in caves. When he has an unexpected run-in with a young human boy, Hugo seizes the opportunity for a grand adventure. Soon, the two team up to search high and low for mythical beasts, like Ogopogos and Snoot-Nosed Gints. Through discovering these new creatures, together, Big Foot and Little Foot explore the ins and outs of each other’s very different worlds but learn that, deep down, maybe they’re not so different after all.

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey (Maybe Marisol, 1)

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—the only girl who’s fearful of adventure and fun. Will Marisol be able to salvage her summer and have fun with Jada, her best friend? Maybe. Will Marisol figure out how to get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone? Maybe. Will Marisol ever get to spend enough real time with her father? Maybe. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe.

Sejal Sinha Battles Superstorms (1)

Sejal Sinha Battles Superstorms

Sejal Sinha is looking forward to celebrating Diwali with her family. But when a hurricane appears, Sejal and her cousin Mira learn that the house is in danger from the imminent storm. With the help of Sejal’s favorite stuffed animal, Professor Cheetah, the two girls use Cardboard Box Magic to build their own Hurricane Hunter and fly into the eye of the hurricane! They learn about a project from the 1960s called Project Stormfury, where a team actually tried to stop hurricanes. Can Sejal and Mira do what the previous Stormfury team couldn’t and battle the superstorm?

Just Harriet

Just Harriet

Just Harriet  is a new chapter book/young middle grade book by Elana K. Arnold who wrote the  A Boy Called BAT  series. This new title features young Harriet whose family is undergoing a change. Her mom is pregnant and has been placed on bed rest until the baby is born. Harriet, an energetic child has been sent to Marble Island where her grandmother lives and runs a bed and breakfast. She’s understandably frustrated, feeling abandoned by her parents. Thankfully, she takes her cat, Matzo Ball with her. When she arrives at Marble Island, Harriet starts to learn more about her father’s childhood and discovers that they have more in common than she expects.

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown (The Magnificent Mya Tibbs, 1)

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs is one of those books that I’ve recommended several times on the basis of trusted reviewers. It was a pleasure to finally meet Mya Tibbs for myself. Fourth grader Mya Tibbs is excited for Spirit Week! She has made plans to partner with her best friend Naomi Jackson. Mya’s life seems pretty good with her brother Nugget, his best friend affectionately known as Fish, and her other friends, identical twins Starr and Skye. The one scary part is Mean Connie Tate, who everyone knows is the biggest fourth-grade bully. So, you can imagine Mya’s terror when she’s partnered with Connie and Connie refuses to trade partners. On top of that, Naomi is mad at Mya for not trying harder to trade partners. Even the twins who agree on everything are getting torn apart because Skye wants to stay friends with Mya, while Starr is on Naomi’s side. But as Mya works with Connie, she realizes that things aren’t as she’s thought. In the meantime, her brother Nugget is befriending a popular boy, Solo, and doing his homework to avoid being called “word nerd Nugget” — at the expense of his friendship with his best friend, Fish. At home, the kids do not want to worry their parents since their dad works super hard at his store and their mom is pregnant with a third child. Both kids learn a lot about themselves and what true friendship really means.

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)

Meet Robert Carver Ellis-Chan — a perfectly normal fourth-grader who gets into perfectly crazy situations! Like when he was running for class president and discovered his big sister’s panties (static-) clinging to the back of his sweater. Or when he got stuck to the rare sticky (and stinky) Koloff tree on a field trip. . . . Then there’s his family — busy mom, ex-pro football player dad, a bossy older sister and an adoring younger one — and best friends (one of whom is a secret, because she’s a *girl*). Life may be complicated for Bobby, but it’s going to turn out just fine.

A New Friend (1) (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse)

A New Friend (1) (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse)

In the first book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse, springtime has arrived at Silverlake Forest! The animals are coming out of their homes, buds are blooming on the trees, and the air smells of honeysuckles and tree bark. Sophie Mouse can’t wait to go back to school after the long winter break. Even better, there’s a new student in class—Sophie loves meeting new animals! But the class gasps when Owen enters: he’s a snake! No one is brave enough to sit near him, or play with Owen at recess, or even talk to him. Can Sophie help her friends understand that Owen’s not scary after all? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet

Omar is a young Muslim boy with a huge imagination. He and his family (his mom, dad, and two siblings) are adjusting to a new move (new house, new school) and approaching the month of Ramadan. Unfortunately, the adjustment process is NOT smooth. First, there’s a neighbor who doesn’t seem to like Omar’s family and a bully at school who keeps making fun of him. Things come a head when Omar and Daniel, the bully get lost together during a school trip. Can Omar escape all this trouble he keeps attracting?

The Un-Friendship Bracelet (1) (Craftily Ever After)

The Un-Friendship Bracelet (Craftily Ever After Book 1)

Emily Adams, Maddie Wilson, Bella Diaz, and Sam Sharma are eight-year-olds with one special thing in common: they love to create. They each have unique talents, too! Emily is great at constructing and building; Maddie has an eye for fashion, fabrics, and sewing; Bella is a gadget whiz; and Sam is a gifted artist. Together, these four crafty friends dream up new projects to design, build, and create and through their experiences, they’ll learn how to handle various obstacles at school and in their everyday eight-year-old lives. In the first Craftily Ever After book, best friends Emily and Maddie are so close that they spend most of their free time together, and wear matching friendship bracelets, too! One day, a new student named Bella Diaz shows up at Mason Creek Elementary. Maddie immediately befriends her, discovering that she too is really crafty. As Maddie and Bella spend more time together, Emily finds herself spending more time  alone …until she realizes that the boy who’s been sitting next to her in class this whole time loves to draw and create just like she does. When Emily’s friendship bracelet falls off and Maddie doesn’t even notice, Emily begins to think that maybe it was an  un -friendship bracelet after all.

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker (Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, 1)

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

Beatrice does her best thinking upside down. Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands . . . for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time. She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade. But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new outfit and a cool new friend. Even worse, she seems to have forgotten all about the top-secret operation they planned! Can Beatrice use her topsy-turvy way of thinking to save the mission, mend their friendship, and flip things sunny-side up?

Zara's Rules for Record-Breaking Fun (1)

Zara’s Rules for Record-Breaking Fun

Ten-year-old Zara has been crowned Queen of the Neighborhood by a loving neighbor. Zara makes fair rules for all the games she and her brother Zayd play with the other kids and Zara likes things just like that. But when her neighbor, Mr. Chapman moves out, a new family moves in. Their daughter Naomi has other ideas for playing and the other kids seem to like many of her ideas too. To win back her crown, Zara decides she’ll try to break a World Guiness Record. But as time goes on, she realizes that it may just be better to share her crown instead.

Meena Meets Her Match (The Meena Zee Books)

Meena Meets Her Match

Meena’s life is full of color. She wears vibrant clothes, eats every shade of the rainbow, and plucks eye-catching trash from the neighborhood recycling bins. But when Meena’s best friend, Sofía, stops playing with her at recess and she experiences an unexpected and scary incident at breakfast, nothing can fight off the gray. That’s when Meena comes up with a plan to create the BEST and most COLORFUL Valentine’s Day Box in the class. With the help of her cousin, Eli, and her stuffed zebra, Raymond, Meena discovers that the best way to break through the blah is to let her true colors shine.

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book)

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (Series)

Dyamonde Daniel may be new in town, but that doesn’t stop her from making a place for herself in a jiffy. With her can-do attitude and awesome brain power she takes the whole neighborhood by storm. The only thing puzzling her is the other new kid in her class. He’s grouchy – but Dyamonde’s determined to get to the bottom of his attitude and make a friend.

Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins, 1)

Henry Huggins

In Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary’s first novel, boys and girls alike will instantly be charmed by an average boy whose life is turned upside-down when he meets a loveable puppy with a nose for mischief. Just as Henry Huggins is complaining that nothing exciting ever happens, a friendly dog sits down beside him and looks pleadingly at his ice-cream cone. From that moment on, the two are inseparable. But when Ribsy’s original owner appears, trying to reclaim his dog, Henry’s faced with the possibility of losing his new best friend. Has Klickitat Street seen the last of rambunctious Ribsy?

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (Jasmine Toguchi, 1)

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (Series)

Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker! She’s also tired of her big sister, Sophie, always getting to do things first. For once, Jasmine wishes SHE could do something  before  Sophie ― something special, something different. The New Year approaches, and as the Toguchi family gathers in Los Angeles to celebrate, Jasmine is jealous that her sister gets to help roll mochi balls by hand with the women. Her mom says that Jasmine is still too young to join in, so she hatches a plan to help the men pound the mochi rice instead. Surely her sister has never done THAT before. But pounding mochi is traditionally reserved for boys. And the mochi hammer is heavier than it looks. Can Jasmine build her case and her mochi-making muscles in time for New Year’s Day?

Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister?

Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister?

Sona Sharma’s house is full of three generations of people who joke often and argue sometimes. Relatives come over unannounced, the phone rings frequently, and friends drop by all the time. Then one day Amma tells Sona that she is going to have a baby. Is that good? Sona isn’t so sure. She doesn’t want to share her room or her things with a new baby, not to mention the attention of Amma, Appa, Thatha, and Paatti. And despite Amma’s assurance that the sky always has room for new stars, Sona doesn’t feel stretchy or bighearted like the sky. But when she learns there will be a baby-naming ceremony, she’s determined to find the best name for her new brother or sister—one as nice as her own, a Hindi word for “gold.” Perfectly pitched to young readers, this tale of warming up to change is followed by a glossary of words from India to explore in the story.

Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express

Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express (Series)

When three guinea pigs from the local pet shop make a great escape, Stink Moody and his friends Webster and Sophie spring into action. Ta-da! The Fantastic Fur Friends round up the little hairballs and bring them safely back to Mrs. Birdwistle’s shop, where they discover — oohla- la! — guinea pig pandemonium! Time for the Great Guinea Pig Giveaway! Stink and company hit the road aboard the Squeals on Wheels Express in a crazy quest to find good homes for 101 squealing, whistling, chirping, wiggly piggies. FUR-eaky!

The Girl in the Tree (1) (Squirlish)

The Girl in the Tree

Cordelia is a girl who lives in a tree in Central Park. Found as a baby and raised by an adoring squirrel named Shakespeare, Cordelia acts just like any other young squirrel, leaping across treetops, chasing her squirrel friends, and sleeping in her treehouse. Still, she wonders what it would be like to have a human friend, and when she stumbles into a gymnastics class, it seems like she might have her chance. Living in a tree might have made Cordelia an exceptional gymnast, but people skills are a whole other matter. Even if Cordelia can’t fully fit in with the other kids, can she at least make one friend? Cordelia starts her journey to be—not exactly a girl, but more than a squirrel—squirlish!

The Daily Bark: The Puppy Problem

The Daily Bark: The Puppy Problem (The Daily Bark, 1)

Gizmo is a city dog, so when he moves to the village of Puddle with his journalist human, he doesn’t know WHAT to expect. Certainly not FLOWERS. Or BEES. And he couldn’t have even imagined MUD. Luckily he’s got Jilly, the wolfhound next door, to show him around. But Jilly has a problem. Her puppies are going to be adopted by new owners who live far away — she’ll never see them again! Gizmo has got a nose for a story, and a great idea to help Jilly. What if the dogs of Puddle started a newspaper to get the word out and keep these pups closer to home? Stop the presses!

Mia Mayhem vs. the Mighty Robot (6)

Mia Mayhem vs. the Mighty Robot (Series)

Mia’s best friend, Eddie, has built an awesome robot that’s supposed to be a mighty cleaning machine! And at first, everything runs smoothly as the robot helps around the house and at regular school! But things quickly go haywire when Mia accidentally makes the robot grow three times its normal size. Does Mia have what it takes to go up against a mighty, big robot?

Wednesday and Woof #1: Catastrophe (HarperChapters)

Wednesday and Woof #1: Catastrophe

Detective Tip #1 Try not to jump to conclusions.  Wednesday and her service dog, Woof, are the best detectives in the whole world—or at least their neighborhood. But can they find Mrs. Winters’s missing cat before her big trip? Or will the case of the cat-napped kitty be their first unsolved mystery? 

Donut Feed the Squirrels: (A Graphic Novel) (Norma and Belly)

Donut Feed the Squirrels

Norma and Belly would really really really really really like a donut. With a burned breakfast and a cranky donut seller at the local food truck, they may be stuck with only nuts to eat . . . unless they can steal the biggest, most delicious donut of their tiny lives! Mika Song gives readers something to laugh at as these squirrels try their hardest to get some donuts while just about everything goes wrong. A fun “donut caper” graphic novel that focuses on madcap action, problem-solving, and the power of working together.

Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen

Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen

When you’re a Buttman, the label “bully” comes with the territory, and Bernice lives up to her name. But life as a bully is lonely, and if there’s one thing Bernice really wants (even more than becoming a Hollywood stuntwoman), it’s a true friend. After her mom skedaddles and leaves her in a new town with her aunt (who is also a real live nun), Bernice decides to mend her ways and become a model citizen. If her plan works, she just might be able to get herself to Hollywood Hills Stunt Camp! But it’s hard to be kind when no one shows you kindness, so a few cheesy pranks may still be up her sleeve. . . .

Super-Serious Mysteries #1: The Untimely Passing of Nicholas Fart

Super-Serious Mysteries #1: The Untimely Passing of Nicholas Fart

Nicholas Fart toppled from his chair, rolled across the carpet, and passed out cold on the floor after smelling something foul. It was the perfect crime.  Never fear! Penelope Whiff is on the case, and she is sure to get to the bottom of this who-dealt-it mystery. Can she sniff out the source of the nasty, PUTRID smell? In a new series that promises to be laugh-out-loud funny, Josh Crute teams up with dynamic illustrator James Rey Sanchez to introduce young readers to a gang of friends and a sleuth who will stop at nothing to solve the silliest of mysteries.

Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1)

Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1)

George and Harold have created a new breed of justice. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers, and scampers after squirrels. Will he be able to resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes

“What we have here is a bad case of stripes. One of the worst I’ve ever seen!”Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in…a bad case of stripes!

Too Small Tola

Too Small Tola

Too Small Tola  is a new chapter book from Atinuke featuring three stories about a girl living with her grandmother and siblings in Lagos, Nigeria. Everyone teases Tola — sometimes lovingly — for being so small. They think she can’t lift heavy loads or do other things because of her size. But Tola’s grandmother reassures her that you can be small, but mighty, and Tola proves that she is! The first story  Too Small Tola  shows what happens when Tola accompanies Grandmommy to the market. In the second story,  Small but Mighty , Tola deals with a bully while trying to fetch water at a public tap. The last story,  Easter and Eid  shows how Tola comes to the rescue when their beloved tailor sustains an injury.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Meet Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! She lives in an upside-down house with a kitchen that is always full of freshly baked cookies. She was even married to a pirate once! Best of all, she knows everything there is to know about children.   When Mary turns into an Answer-Backer or Dick becomes Selfish or Allen decides to be a Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the perfect cure. And her solutions always work, with plenty of laughs along the way. This is the book that started it all! Perfect for fans of Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee, this classic series is all about learning and problem-solving. Young readers will love this book.

Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet (1) (Frankie Sparks, Third-Grade Inventor)

Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet

The best thing EVER is happening in Frankie Sparks’s third grade class: They are getting a class pet! Their teacher, Miss Cupid, tells them they will vote on their pet, but it has to meet some “parameters.” Their pet must: 1. Fit in aquarium. 2. Cost less than $50. 3. Be easily portable. 4. Be able to be left alone for the weekend. Frankie thinks that a rat—just like the rats in her beloved Aunt Gina’s lab—would be the perfect fit. But her best friend, Maya, doesn’t think a rat would be great at all. They are kind of gross and not as cool as a hermit crab, which is Maya’s top choice. Using her special workshop, can Frankie find a way to convince her teacher and her best friend that Team Rat is the way to go?

Muggie Maggie (rpkg)

Muggie Maggie

At first, Maggie is just being contrary when she tells her parents she doesn’t need to learn cursive. Then her teacher, Mrs. Leeper, says Maggie’s cursive is so untidy that when she writes her name it looks like “Muggie,” which makes her whole class erupt in laughter. Now Maggie  really  wants nothing to do with those wiggly, squiggly, roller-coaster letters! But when Mrs. Leeper appoints Maggie class mail messenger, the notes Maggie must carry are all in cursive. Though she’s unable to read them, she suspects that some of them are about her. But the only way to know for sure is to learn cursive . . . and Maggie can’t go back on her word, can she? Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary has once again created an irrepressible heroine in a book filled with the perceptive humor that has earned her generations of fans.

Two Friends, One Dog, and a Very Unusual Week

Two Friends, One Dog, and a Very Unusual Week

It’s a pair of silver sequined sneakers that unexpectedly flips Emily’s comfortable, predictable world upside down. Or, more precisely, it’s the girl wearing them. The shoes belong to Rani, who moves into Emily’s apartment building—and her life—with absolutely no one but her dog Otto. (Her research scientist mother is away in Patagonia.) And that’s only the first rule that Emily watches Rani break without hesitation. But it’s not just that Rani breaks rules. Most of the time, she doesn’t seem to know the rules exist. Why can’t she bungee jump off their building? Or bring an ice cream truck to school? For steady and orderly Emily, Rani’s approach to life feels impossible . . . and more than a little irresistible. But is there a place for her in Rani’s world? And should she find a way to make space for Rani in her own?

Nina Soni, Former Best Friend

Nina Soni, Former Best Friend

Nina tried as hard as she could but still somehow forgot about her school project. Fortunately, a class lesson about Alexander Fleming suggests how she might make a great discovery—and thus a great project! But with little sister Kavita’s birthday party right around the corner, and her longtime friendship with Jay on the rocks, Nina has a lot to keep track of. Middle grade readers are sure to relate to Nina Soni and her entertaining efforts to manage her life with lists, definitions, and real-life math problems. Perfect for STEAM enthusiasts.

The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane (Azaleah Lane, 1)

The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane

Azaleah can’t wait for her class field trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C., especially when her teacher announces the chance to earn extra credit. But when Azaleah gets home, she quickly realizes extra credit isn’t as easy as she thought. Azaleah’s younger sister Tiana can’t find Greenie, her stuffed animal, and she’s sure he’s been stolen. With Mama at the restaurant and Daddy at work on a big case, it seems Azaleah is the only one available to track down the stolen stuffie. Can Azaleah get to the bottom of the mystery in time to finish her extra credit?

Fenway and Hattie

Fenway and Hattie

Fenway is an excitable and endlessly energetic Jack Russell terrier. He lives in the city with Food Lady, Fetch Man, and–of course–his beloved short human and best-friend-in-the-world, Hattie.  But when his family moves to the suburbs, Fenway faces a world of changes. He’s pretty pleased with the huge Dog Park behind his new home, but he’s  not  so happy about the Evil Squirrels that taunt him from the trees, the super-slippery Wicked Floor in the Eating Room, and the changes that have come over Hattie lately. Rather than playing with Fenway, she seems more interested in her new short human friend, Angel, and learning to play baseball. His friends in the Dog Park next door say Hattie is outgrowing him, but that can’t be right. And he’s going to prove it!

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

Serving justice . . . and lunch! Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes—she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY!

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire (Cilla Lee-Jenkins, 1)

Cilla Lee Jenkins 1

Priscilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best―herself! Stories from her bestselling memoir,  Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire,  include: – How she dealt with being bald until she was five – How she overcame her struggles with reading – How family traditions with her Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins and her Chinese grandparents, Nai Nai and Ye Ye, are so different Debut author Susan Tan has written a novel bursting with love and humor, as told through a bright, irresistible biracial protagonist who will win your heart and make you laugh.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of  everything —elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’ s there, he never,  ever,  says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.

A to Z Animal Mysteries #1: The Absent Alpacas

A to Z Animal Mysteries #1: The Absent Alpacas

Solve Animal Mysteries from A to Z! Young clue hunters Abbi, Daniel, and Lydia sniff out the mystery behind a group of missing alpacas. Inspired by Ron Roy’s beloved A to Z Mysteries series, this spin-off is perfect for budding young chapter-book readers–and future detectives! A is for ALPACAS . . . It’s time for the alpaca costume contest, and Abigail “Abbi” Wallace is excited to see it at the Maine State Fair. But there’s only one alpaca left—the rest are missing! What sent the alpacas packing? Abbi; her dog, Barkley; and her friends Lydia and Daniel are ready to sniff out this mystery!

The Newest Princess (1) (Itty Bitty Princess Kitty)

The Newest Princess (1) (Itty Bitty Princess Kitty)

Something exciting is happening in Lollyland. Itty Bitty Kitty’s eighth shooting star is about to arrive and that means she’s going to become a princess! Itty’s excited, but when she learns about all the things that are going to change, she’s also nervous. Between trying out new hairstyles and hearing that she can’t attend her regular school anymore, Itty begins to feel like she might not be cut out for this princess gig.  Will  Itty Bitty Kitty become Itty Bitty Princess Kitty after all?

It's Me. A Graphic Novel (Catwad #1)

It’s Me. (Catwad #1)

From  New York Times  bestselling author Jim Benton, meet Catwad! He’s blue, he’s a bit of a grouch, and his best friend is a dim-witted cat named Blurmp who can see the bright side of anything. From pizza and computers, to love and happiness, this crabby tabby has a funny take on just about everything, and he’s not afraid to share it. This collection of short comic stories will make even the grumpiest of grouches crack up and is not to be missed!

Ruby Lu, Brave and True

Ruby Lu, Brave and True

Most days the best thing about being Ruby is everything. Like when she’s the star of her own backyard magic show. Or when she gives a talk at the school safety assembly on the benefits of reflective tape. Or when she rides the No. 3 bus all the way to Chinatown to visit GungGung and PohPoh. And then there are the days when it’s very hard to be Ruby. Like when her mom suggests Chinese school on Saturdays. Or when her little brother, Oscar, spills all of Ruby’s best magician secrets. Or when her parents don’t think she’s old enough to drive! Join Ruby Lu on her first adventure and discover your own best things about her!

Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (1)

Anna Banana and the Friendship Split

Anna has been best friends with Sadie for as long as she can remember. So Anna is utterly perplexed when, on Anna’s birthday, Sadie unceremoniously stakes claim to Anna’s new pony necklace, then suddenly stops speaking to Anna altogether. Did Anna do something wrong? With a little help from her wiener dog, Banana, as well as some sage advice from her family, Anna makes some important discoveries about what it means to stand up for herself, and how to be a true friend.

Friends Fur-ever (Must Love Pets #1)

Friends Fur-ever (Must Love Pets #1)

A new, young middle grade series that combines the heart and friendship of the Baby-sitters Club, with the irresistible appeal of adorable animals! Pet-sitters for hire! Imaan Bashir loves dogs, but she doesn’t have one. Yet. If only there were a surefire way to demonstrate her special canine connection to her mom. Then she’d be well on her way to pampering a pup of her very own. When one of Imaan’s neighbors needs a last minute pet-sitter for her dog, Sir Teddy, a great idea is hatched. Imaan and her friends London and Olivia will step in as pet-sitters! Imaan’s mom will be so blown away by Imaan’s amazing animal abilities that she will beg her to adopt her own dog. Or something like that. . . But the reality of pet-sitting is a little more complicated—Imaan soon discovers that Sir Teddy is a real paw-full!

The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales

The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales

Meet The Secret Explorers! This group of brilliant kids comes together from all four corners of the globe to fix problems, solve mysteries, and gather knowledge all over the planet – and beyond. Whenever their help is needed, a special sign will appear on a door. They step through to the Exploration Station and receive their mission… In The Lost Whales, marine life expert Connor needs to use his underwater expertise to help save a pod of humpback whales that have lost their way. Along with space expert Roshni, he sets out in a submarine to search for a way to steer the whales back on track, but encounters unexpected problems along the way, including lost baby whales and a fleet of boats. Will The Secret Explorers manage to succeed in their mission? Packed with fun illustrations and facts about humpback whales, marine life, and how climate change is affecting the oceans, this thrilling adventure is perfect for emerging readers. The action-packed narrative keeps kids engaged and makes learning about the natural world fun.

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business (1)

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business  is the first book in the Mindy Kim series. Mindy and her father have recently moved from the city to a suburb in Florida where she is the only Asian girl in her school. On top of that, Mindy’s mom died shortly before their move and her dad is adjusting to being a single parent. Like any normal child, Mindy wants to be liked at her new school. She’s fortunate to meet a new friend on her first day, even though the kids complain about the way her Korean lunch smells. Things start to look up for Mindy when the kids try and love her seaweed snacks. At first, she starts a snack trade-off, but later decides to start selling the snacks so she can save up money to buy a puppy. However, Mindy’s new business and friendship run into some problems along the way.

Peach and Plum: Here We Come! (Peach and Plum, 1)

Peach and Plum: Here We Come!

Here they come! It’s Peach and Plum!  Welcome to Fruitdale! School is out and work is done. Now it’s time for summer fun. Peach and Plum have lots to do. Beach day, bikes, and basketball, too. Will they wind up stuck indoors with a pesky list of chores? True adventure never ends for this pair of sweet best friends. Ripe with humor and bursting with rhyme, these five short stories and four mini-comics will have newly independent readers wriggling, giggling, and going bananas for Peach and Plum.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside School has some of the wackiest classes in town, especially on the thirtieth floor. That’s where you’ll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; Myron, the best class president ever; and Sammy, the new kid—he’s a real rat.

Izzy Barr, Running Star (Franklin School Friends, 3)

Izzy Barr, Running Star (Franklin School Friends Book 3)

Izzy Barr is the star athlete of the third grade: she hits homeruns on her softball team and is one of the fastest runners in her class. But at home, her half-brother, Dustin, seems to be her father’s favorite athlete―why else would her dad go to all of his games and miss so many of hers? Izzy pretends that she doesn’t care, but as she, her friends Annika Riz and Kelsey Green, and the rest of their class are gearing up for class field day, she can’t help but hope her dad will be there to cheer her on in the big race against her rival, Skipper Tipton. Dad doesn’t make it to field day, but when he realizes how important it is to Izzy, he and all of her friends and family are there to watch her participate in the citywide 10K run.

Cat Kid Comic Club: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #1): From the Creator of Dog Man

Cat Kid Comic Club

Naomi, Melvin, Pedro, and Poppy are just a few of the twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs who share their stories in the Cat Kid Comic Club. Can Li’l Petey, Molly, and Flippy help the students express themselves through comics? The adventures in class and on paper unwind with mishaps and hilarity as the creative baby frogs experience the mistakes and progress that come with practice and persistence.

“Squid Kid and Katydid,” “Baby Frog Squad,” “Monster Cheese Sandwich,” “Birds Flowers Trees: A Haiku Photo Comic,” and other mini-comics are featured as stories-within-the-story, each done in a different style, utilizing humor and drama, prose and poetry, illustrated in different media including acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, felt-tip markers, clay, hand-made cardboard sculptures, photographs, pipe cleaners, construction paper collages, and cookies.

The Miniature World of Marvin & James (The Masterpiece Adventures, 1)

The Miniature World of Marvin & James (The Masterpiece Adventures, 1)

In this Masterpiece Adventure, the first in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble―even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin’s friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend?

The One and Only Ivan: A Newbery Award Winner

The One and Only Ivan

Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

Flipping Forward Twisting Backward

Flipping Forward Twisting Backward 

When she’s twisting backward and flipping forward on the balance beam, Claire feels on top of the world. As the best gymnast on her school team, it’s always a good time for her. Unfortunately, reading isn’t quite as easy. The words swirl and shuffle, and she can never seem to recognize them. When her principal wants to evaluate her for dyslexia, Claire’s mom refuses, protesting against wanting her child to be labeled. But how can Claire get help if she isn’t diagnosed as dyslexic?

The Mouse and the Motorcycle: A Harper Classic

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

In this imaginative adventure from Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check in to the Mountain View Inn.

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle.

Tally Tuttle Turns into a Turtle (Class Critters #1)

Tally Tuttle Turns into a Turtle (Class Critters #1)

It’s Tally Tuttle’s first day of second grade, and she’s so nervous that she feels like she ate butterflies for breakfast! On top of moving to a new town and new school where she doesn’t know anyone, everyone starts teasing her when her full name, Tallulah, is revealed during roll call. She just wishes she could retreat into a shell . . . Then, all of a sudden, the desks and her classmates around her seem enormous, and Tally is shell-shocked to discover that she’s actually turned into a turtle!

She’d heard that Mrs. Norrell’s class was special, but she hadn’t expected this. Tally likes having a shell to hide in, but there are other parts of turtle life–like the fear of being stepped on–that aren’t exactly ideal. And once she’s tired of hiding, how can she change back into a girl? Tally will have to forge her own transformation back to herself and come out of her shell–both literally and figuratively!

The Chocolate Touch

The Chocolate Touch

Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out…. The Chocolate Touch  has remained a favorite for millions of kids, teachers, and parents for several generations. It’s an enjoyable story that pulls in even reluctant readers.

Emmett and Jez (Adventures in Fosterland)

Emmett and Jez (Adventures in Fosterland) 

When a tiny piglet named Emmett bounces off the truck carrying his mother and siblings, he’s lost, hungry, and stuck on the side of the road. He has no idea where he’s supposed to go, or where he belongs. Then a giant scoops Emmett up and takes him to a wonderful, magical place called Fosterland, where he meets a kitten named Jez. Emmett has a lot of questions, and once he hears all about life as a kitten, he decides it’s much better than being a piglet. So, Emmett decides to just become a kitten instead! Problem solved. But as both Jez and Emmett grow older and realize they might be headed off to different forever homes, Emmett will have to confront his fears and face the scariest question of all: Is there a Foreverland out there for him?

Ivy and Bean Book 1: (Best Friends Books for Kids, Elementary School Books, Early Chapter Books) (Ivy & Bean, IVYB)

Ivy & Bean (Book 1)

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to quickly hide and Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to the  Ivy and Bean  Book Series.

Clementine (Clementine, 1)

Clementine (Series)

Clementine is NOT having a good week. On Monday she’s sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair. On Tuesday, Margaret’s mother is mad at her. On Wednesday, she’s sent to the principal, again. On Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her. Then Friday starts with yucky eggs and only gets worse. And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her. Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week. But maybe she can find a way to make it better.

Super Dweeb and the Pencil of Destiny

Super Dweeb and the Pencil of Destiny

Andy wishes that he had * awesome powers* , like the heroes of his home-made comic stories. But instead, he’s stuck in the real world, where he has an  annoying  little brother, a  super-weird  teacher … and everyone says he’s a total  dweeb . Then one day, he discovers an  oversized, glowing pencil  on a school trip to the local toxic waste dump. He starts sketching and finds that he can redraw reality. Now, thanks to the power of doodling, Andy can bring to life anything that he can imagine, erase his problems, and doodle his way of sticky situations. He’s not just a dweeb … he’s a  SUPER DWEEB ! Even Mona, the ice-cool new girl at school, seems impressed. But there’s a twist in the tale.. because everything goes very wrong when little brother Oscar does some doodling of his own. Now there’s a  scribble monster  on the loose! Run for it, Andy!

There they are: 80 of the best chapter books for third graders! You can find even more chapter books on this list , here , and here . It’s important to note that chapter books do not replace picture books, even for older kids, so please feel free to keep those in your library.

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50+ Best Books for 3rd Graders

Looking for some fun, wholesome books for your third grader to read? Look no further, today I’m sharing a list of some of our favorite books for third graders.

We have a 3rd grader this year, so we are revisiting books that I’ve already read with my older daughter as well as adding a few more.

Reading with 3rd graders is so fun because this is when they really start to fall in love with chapter books and its so exciting to see them begin to enjoy good literature.

Stick around to the end to get this free 50+ Best Books for third graders printable book list:

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Do third graders read chapter books?

It really depends are where your child is at. There are those who are just beginning to read simple chapter books, those who are advanced, and those who are not quite ready to read chapter books on their own. Either way, break out the chapter books!

You can take turns reading every page or you can read chapter books out loud to your kids. (I still remember some of the books that were read out loud to me when I was in 3rd grade!)

books for 3rd grade level

What kind of book does a third grader read?

Third graders enjoy all kinds of books. By this time, many kids are reading on their own, or are very close. They are beginning to dabble with chapter books but still enjoy picture books and being read to.

Having a variety of books on hand is the best way to go. Here are some categories of books that we will take a look at.

Here are the categories:

  • Picture books  – Books with words and pictures on every page that help to tell the story.
  • Classics  – Stories and tales that have been passed down and loved for many generations.
  • Series  – Groups of books that go together
  • Fiction  – Stories that are made up.
  • Non-fiction  – True to life and contain facts about a particular subject.
  • Historical Fiction  – Made up stories that are set in a particular historical period.
  • Character/Christian/Bible  – These books teach good character and Christian values as well as topics from a Biblical worldview.
  • Poetry  – Poem books that contain poems appropriate for this age bracket.

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Best Picture Books for 3rd Graders

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  • James Herriott’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot – This book is filled with animal stories from James Herriot’s life as a veterinarian in the English countryside. Beautiful illustrations and real-to-life, heart-warming stories. (A family favorite.)

books for 3rd grade level

  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel – This book along with others from this author have been enjoyed for generations. The daily interactions between the these charming characters are typically found fun and amusing by this 3rd graders.

books for 3rd grade level

  • Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem – Kids love the mice adventure in the miniature world of Brambly Hedge. The illustrations are detailed and are very engaging to kids. (family favorite)

books for 3rd grade level

  • A Little House Picture Book Treasury by Laura Ingalls Wilder – These are delightful pictures books that tell of Laura’s life growing up in their cabin in the big woods.

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  • The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco – This heart-warming story is about a quilt is made from the people and memories in Anna’s family and is used for all sorts of things. This teaches the importance of family and keeping memories alive.

books for 3rd grade level

  • Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett – This is a fantastic story about a girl who’s cat disappeared. She tries to befriend some of the wild animals but things are not turning out the way she imagined. (Family Favorite)

Best books for 3rd graders: The Classics

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (Treasury of Illustrated classics) by Carlo Collodi – This classic tale of the mischievous Pinocchio whose notorious nose grows every time he tells a lie. This is a favorite for kids this age. Note: this version has been adapted for kids.
  • Robin Hood adapted by Saviour Pirotta – this is a great illustrated version of the brave Robin Hood who out- maneuvers the Sheriff of Nottingham and evil King John’s men to bring justice to the people.
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – This is an adapted version of the same great island adventure tale. It’s full of pirates and buried treasure that will captivate you kids attention.
  • The Jungle Book adapted by Dan Johnson – Based on Rudyard Kiplings Jungle Book, this version is easy to digest and great for 3rd graders.
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – Written from the horse’s perspective learn about the beauty of this animals and the power of love.
  • Oliver Twist adapted by Kathleen Olmstead – The hardships of orphans, thieving children, and a quest to find love and a home, this adaptation of Oliver Twist is a great one new readers.
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – A classic adventure of Island survival.

Best book series for 3rd graders

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  • Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner – This wonderful series was published back in 1942 and has been growing ever sense. Follow this group of siblings as they experience adventure after adventure in search for home.

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  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Learn all about the adventure, hardships, and the importance family, as Laura tells her story of growing up in their little cabin in the woods. These are great books for third graders to read.

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  • Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat – Follow Nate the Great and his dog sludge as they eat pancakes and work to solve mysteries for their friends.

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  • The Sugar Creek Gang by Pat Hutchins – This classic series follows a group of courageous boys through faith-building adventures. Each adventure has a moral that the boys learn (ie, forgiveness, sowing/reaping, prayer, etc).

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  • Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary – Ramona is a curious, spirited girl and has a unique way of looking at life. Kids enjoy her funny and sometimes embarrassing interactions with her parents, teachers, neighbors, and beloved sister, Beezuss.

Best fiction books for 3rd graders

books for 3rd grade level

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White- this book is a tale of an unlikely friendships and a humble, radiant pig. A wonderful book that kids are sure to enjoy.

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  • Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White – Another great book by E.B. White! The is an amusing story about a trumpeter swan who can’t make a sound. It’s adventurous, funny, and absolutely charming. AND, get ready for your kids to learn all about this type of bird: habits, habitat, migration etc. (family favorite)

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  • Winnie the Pooh (Complete Collection) by A.A.Milne – Winnie the Pooh is a bear is personified by Christopher Robin and they have any many adventures together along with other iconic characters like Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, and Owl.

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  • Pippi Longstocking (Collection) – by Astrid Lindgren – This book is about an eccentric girl who lives without parents and keeps a horse on her front porch. Her crazy ideas tend to lead to unexpected adventures.

Best non-fiction books for 3rd graders

  • History Year by Year by DK – follow the world’s timeline from the earliest history to the age we live in.
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingrid D’Alaire – A book about the life of the infamous Benjamin Franklin. From his childhood to a signer of the Declaration of Independence. (This author has more great books for third graders, check them out!)
  • Florence Nightingale by David Adler – This is a picture book biography of Florence Nightingale, an influential women in the area of medicine. (David Adler has a number of historical biographies that are wonderful books for third graders to read.)
  • What Was: The Great Depression? by Janet B. Pascal – Part of the ‘What Was’ series, this book tells kids about the time of the Great Depression in America.
  • The Usborn Art Treasury by Rosie Dickens – This book introduces famous works of art and also has craft project ideas that teaches each particular style of art.
  • National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia by Lucy Spelman- Learn about all kinds of animals and their habitats through words and stunning photographs.
  • …If you Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine – Part of the “If” series, this one takes you through the Underground Railroad and shows you what it was like to be a slave seeking freedom. (This series has some other great books for third graders to read as well.)
  • Who Was: Anne Frank by Anna Abramson – This book is one of the ‘Who Was’ Series . This one highlights the life of Anne Frank a Jewish girl during the time of the Holocaust.
  • Helen Keller from Tragedy to Triumph by Katharine Wilkin – (Part of the Childhood Famous Americans set) this books tells of Helen Keller and her journey to communicate with her world though she was both blind and deaf.
  • Clara and Davy by Patricia Polacco – This is a non-fiction picture book about the life of Clara Barton and her accomplishments with the Red Cross.

Best historical fiction books for 3rd graders

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  • Boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones – Learn all about ancient Egypt and the culture of that time. Follow a heart-warming tale about a slave girl and her employers son. Love, loyalty, kindness, bravery, and friendship are the character messages your kids will get from this book.

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  • The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz – Ann’s family has moved west and is learning the hardships of pioneering. Follow the story of how she changes her mind about their new home and realizes that her new life is actually quite exciting.

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  • A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus – During the time of WW2 three children find themselves orphaned. Their solicitor sends them out to the countryside with the other evacuee children of the war. But instead of looking for a temporary family, they are on a mission to find a forever family. Hardship, war, love, family, and kindness, are all exemplified in this tale. (Family favorite)

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  • The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh – This is a charming book about a girl who is traveling with her father through the wilderness to build their new home. She finds herself scared but learns that bravery in the face of fear is what makes her truly courageous.

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  • Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady – Set in the time of the Revolutionary War, Toliver (disguised as a boy) is on a secret mission (sent by her grandfather) to get a message to George Washington. Adventure, courage, bravery, and kindness are also elements you will find in this book.

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  • Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare – Thirteen year old Matt is left alone to guard their family’s new cabin in the woods of Maine. He struggles to survive until he meets a native boy who teaches him all about hunting for food, protection, and caring for the land. A Heart-warming story about friendship and yet very informative! (Family favorite)

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  • Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling – This book is about a native boy who carves a canoe with a little figure inside and names it Paddle-to-the-sea. The story follows the boats through the Great Lakes and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. (Great book for history and geography.)

Best Christian books for 3rd graders

  • Little Pilgrims Progress by Helen L. Taylor – This is an illustrated edition based off of John Bunyan’s classic novel. This simplified version that teaches kids the same wisdom from the original but in a way they can enjoy and understand.
  • Courageous World Changers – 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God by Shirley Raye Redmond – From Corrie Ten Boom to Mother Teresa learn about the lives of 50 faith-filled world changers.
  • Brave Heroes and Bold Defenders – 50 True Stories of Daring Men of God by Shirley Raye Redmond – From C.S. Lewis to Tim Tebow hear the stories of 50 brave men whose light for Christ made a difference.
  • God is in Nature by Jessica Doebler -Through 100 devotionals this book works to connect God’s Word to the natural world. Bible and science in bite-sized pieces.
  • The Answer Book for Kids by Ken Ham – From the creator of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham answers common questions relating to creation and the Bible.
  • Dinosaurs for Kids by Ken Ham – With stunning illustrations discover the mysterious dinosaurs of our past through a Biblical worldview.

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Best books for 3rd Graders: Poetry

  • A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa – Filled with classic poems and beautiful. full-page illustrations this book makes a great resource for introducing kids of all ages.
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson – Illustrated by the famous Tasha Tudor, this book is a lovely collection of poetry written about childhood. (Family Favorite)
  • Sing a Song of Seasons by Nosy Crow – A beautiful collection of poems for each month of the year.
  • Robert Frost Poetry for Kids by Robert Frost – This is an illustrated collection of some of Robert Frost’s most famous poetry.
  • The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky – A collection of classic poetry illustrated by the one and only Arnold Lobel.
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein – Humorous poems that will spark laughter, curiosity, and imagination.

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75 Best Chapter Books for 3rd Graders (8 Year Olds)

Are you looking for the best chapter books for 3rd graders, 8-year-old boys and girls? I can help you find good books that are at their maturity and reading level and your children will love. This list shares my top recommended books with reviews so you can read more about them. Plus, you can download the most popular books on this list.

I’ve read all the books on this list and update the list every month. Using my background as a teacher, parent, and book reviewer with a Masters in Education, I only recommend excellent books that are on grade level and age-appropriate. Books that kids will love!

Top 11 Books for 3rd Grade Boys and Girls

  • Cat Kid Comic Club  by Dav Pilkey (graphic novel)

A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author  by Ron Roy

  • Dog Man  by Dav Pinkey
  • Dragon Kindom of Wrenly  by Jordan Quinn (graphic novel)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie  by Kate DiCamillo
  • Jada Jones Rock Star  by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
  • Zita the Spacegirl  by Ben Hatke (graphic novel)

Love Puppies: Best Friends Furever  by JaNay Brown Wood

  • Cat Ninja  by Matthew Cody (graphic novel)
  • Lulu and the Brontosaurus  by Judith Viorst

Kids still need to be read to and hear as much story and vocabulary as possible. This is a great way to spend time together and to read more difficult books. If a book is too tricky, and your child REALLY wants to read, use it for a read aloud at bedtime.

What are the best read aloud books for 3rd graders?

Of course, any book from this list that you read to a child is positive! Here is a list of my favorite  read aloud book titles for 3rd grade.

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Cat Kid Comic Club  by Dav Pilkey

GRAPHIC NOVEL / HUMOR

A hilarious book about encouraging kids to write their own comics! Cat Kid teaches a class for the tadpoles about writing comic books…which doesn’t go well until the tadpoles get excited about failure sparking lots of writing and drawing.  If you like a lot of silliness (including potty humor) with great messages about writing, creativity, and persistence, read this book next.

Two-Headed Chicken  by Tom Angleberger 

Hilarious!!  If you like wacky, bizarre humor then this is your next favorite read.  This is a story about the multiverse in which you are a two-headed chicken being chased by a moose…and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Follow the two-headed chicken through the multiverse, take funny quizzes, meet a fish with deep feelings as well as a lawyer, and learn about so much more!

The A to Z Mysteries series rocks! None of the books need to be read in any particular order, each has a self-contained mystery. I think my kids read most of the books in this series and several more than once. In this story, the famous writer coming to the bookstore doesn’t show up. Dink and his friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, must find out what happened .  BOXED SET

Bad Kitty  by Nick Bruel

650LIn a word: Hilarious. We all think Bad Kitty is very naughty. And, oh so funny. These chapter books are easy to read and fun to reread.  BOX SET

P.I. Butterfly Gone Guppy Case #1  by Karen Kilpatrick, illustrated by German Blanco

MYSTERY   GRAPHIC NOVEL

Fabulous, funny, and entertaining! P.I Butterfly is a girl who loves butterflies and  mysteries . When she discovers that the family guppy is missing from the fish bowl, she’s determined to discover what happened. But who did it? Was it her sister? Her mother? Her cat? She searches for clues and interviews suspects.  She puts together the evidence, follows the trail of clues, and tries to get a confession–and with hard work and persistence, solves the case!  Not only is this a delightful story, but it’s also filled with problem-solving, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning.

When Jax’s mom drops him off with an irascible old lady named Ma, he learns that she helps magical animals travel between worlds like three baby dragons . After a mishap, Jax must rescue Ma from the past and deliver the dragons to a magical world. Besides finding the transporter, he needs to find the missing dragon that was stolen by his best friend’s little sister. (Cliffhanger warning for book 1 and book 3– which I didn’t like.)

Star Wars Jedi Academy  by Jeffrey Brown

SCI- FI  (series!)

Calling all Star Wars fans! Engaging from the first page, this is a relatable graphic novel adventure story about a young boy, Roan, who dreams of becoming a pilot . . . but gets into Jedi school instead. He’s the oldest new student; everyone else started long before him. Roan has ups and downs, as one does at a new school, but he finds his place at the school and new friends. Highly recommended!

Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid  by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster

3rd grade teachers tell me that their students can’t get enough of the Who Would Win? books. (Which just proves that reading comprehension happens in a little harder books if students are motivated!) In this book pitting two ocean carnivores against each other, you’ll learn facts about the sperm whale and the giant squid then read an imagined story where these two creatures face off .   Can you predict who will win?  See all the informational books in the Who Would Win series .

FANTASY / GRAPHIC NOVEL

This popular graphic novel series is about two siblings trying to save their mom, who was taken to an underground world of elves, demons, robots, and talking animals . Beautiful artwork with compelling characters and an adventurous plot make this a very popular hit with young readers.

Dog Man by Dav Pinkey

GRAPHIC NOVEL / FUNNY

Weird. Quirky. Funny. I think all three describe this new graphic novel from the creator of Captain Underpants. In the first story, a police officer and a dog are joined together — the top from the dog, the bottom from the officer to make: Dog Man . Dog Man solves crimes and has adventures, the likes of which will entertain 8-year-old readers for hours.

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Kristy’s Great Idea Babysitter’s Club #1

REALISTIC / GRAPHIC NOVEL

We’re loving these u pdated Babysitter’s Club graphic novels by the uber-talented Raina Telegemeier who wrote the highly-acclaimed  Smile  and  Sister . I recommend starting with book one since the stories are told in a specific order with details from previous stories. These are funny and fun to read, maybe even more than once. BOX SET HERE.

HISTORICAL FICTION / ADVENTURE

Wow — these are excellent, fast-paced adventures set during significant historical events. Your kids will zip through the adventures while learning about history. The books are always about a young person trying to survive the book’s historically important, life-changing events such as Pompeii, the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, or the Battle of Gettysburg.

Planet Omar  by Zanib Mian

One of the best things about Omar is his HUGE imagination!  In fact, he faces his new experiences in life with a rich, creative mind filled with dragons, Ferraris, and zombie aliens.  He uses his imagination to deal with moving, starting a new school, making friends, and dealing with racism. I love the playful writing, whimsical illustrations, and rich Pakistani-American culture in this beginning chapter book.

Dragon Kindom of Wrenly: The Coldfire Curse  by Jordan Quinn

Book one launches the series with a bang!  When Cinder’s father crashes, it’s clear that he’s sick from the dreaded “cold curse”  so Cinder must ask the king for help. Cinder flies to the castle of the human king and meets a red  dragon  named Ruskin, the pet of the human king. Cinder, Ruskin, and Groth travel to the fairies in order to get the ingredients to cure the curse. But the witch-dragon is NOT pleased with their success. A fast-paced and excellent story with a hook that will keep you reading the series!

Squirlish: The Girl in the Tree  by Ellen Potter , illustrations by Sara Cristofori

FAMILY / FRIENDSHIP

When a squirrel named Shakespeare finds baby Cordelia, he raises her in his Central Park tree.  Now at age 8, Cordelia leaves the safety of their park home to chase a nut-thieving squirrel…and gets lost! Sweet Cordelia’s attempts to make friends go drastically wrong when she behaves like a squirrel–chasing and chittering. Soon Cordelia knows it’s time to go home. But can the city squirrels show her how to get there? And could she ever make a friend with another human?

Stick Dog is hilarious. Why is he called Stick Dog? Because our author/narrator can’t draw. And also, because he likes sticks. The funny cartoonish illustrations make this story of stray dogs easy to read and very entertaining series for kids.

Talk about a HILARIOUS remix of Sleeping Beauty! In this (much better) retelling, the princess realizes she can’t die until she’s 18 so she concludes that she must be INVINCIBLE and acts accordingly. My daughter loved these stories for many years of elementary school.

Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere  by Elise Gravel

If you like kooky books, this book fits the bill.  Olga finds an unusual, unknown creature whom she names “MEH” after the sound that it makes.  She uses her  deductive reasoning  to figure out what it is (something new!) and what it likes to eat (olives)! But what will she do when Meh disappears? 

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Opal’s preacher father is always too busy, and her mother has been gone since Opal was three, something Opal has always wondered about. But Opal finds someone to care for, a stray dog that she names Winn-Dixie, and that dog brings hope and meaning into 10-year-old Opal’s life. Brilliant, heart-warming storytelling.

Dragonbreath  by Ursula Vernon

Hysterical! I couldn’t stop laughing! It’s a fantastic read for 8-year-olds. Danny Dragonbreath is a dragon without dragon fire and good friends who make his life more…complicated but interesting.

REALISTIC / STEM

Jada starts the school year hoping to find new friends, hopefully, ones that love rocks as she does. She misses her best friend but feels excited when her class studies geology. Unfortunately, one bossy girl in Jada’s group project makes fun of Jada’s interest in rocks. This is a well-written STEM story that shows the challenges of getting along with others and staying true to yourself. (Perfect for 3rd grade.)

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. They feed her buttered toast and take her for drives in their convertible. One night, Mercy gets scared and decides to sleep with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Can you imagine what happens next? Hilarious and quirky, this is a silly series filled with the many amazing adventures of a pampered pig named Mercy.

Bad Guys is a hysterical book and a favorite series for many boys especially. Mr. Wolf invites other bad guys to a meeting with hopes they will join him in being good. Lots of drawings and minimal text make this a sure bet for beginning readers who like irony and humor. ( Note: If you don’t like potty humor, this is not the book series for you. )

Zita the Spacegirl  by Ben Hatke

The Zita books rock — they’re full of adventure, humor, and fantastic characters !! Zita is an awesome, courageous, problem-solving heroine who accidentally gets stuck in space while trying to save her friend from kidnappers and save the universe.

Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows  #1  by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay

SCIENCE & FANTASY

This is an entertaining story with the coolest mix of science  and  magic, a diverse main character, and fantastic illustrations that will get kids reading and learning. Zoey, like her mom, can see magical creatures and is tasked to care for any injured creatures that might need help. In this story, she uses her science skills (including research and the scientific method) to figure out how to care for a sick baby dragon.

Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja  by Anh Do

Nelson is a nerdy and likable main character who wakes up on his 10th birthday with perfect vision and… ninja moves! His mum and grandma explain that like his missing fisherman dad before him,  Nelson is the last ninja in the world — and he’s destined to save the world.  He immediately gets to use his powers for good on a field trip when ginormous evil spiders attack the group of kids.

MYSTERY / STEM

Ada moves to a new neighborhood where she observes everything that happens out her window. She and a new friend notice a distraught neighbor whose dog is missing, and they determine to solve the mystery. Along with another neighbor boy, they use science and technology to solve the mystery of the missing dog.  ADDED TO: STEAM and STEM Science Books for Kids

Mythics: Marina and the Kraken written by Lauren Magaziner, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega

What an exciting start to what is sure to be a smash-hit series of adventure, girl power, and mythical creatures ! When Marina doesn’t get matched with a familiar like the other kids, she and four other 10-year-old girls discover their familiars aren’t everyday animals but mythical creatures, and together, they’re destined to save Terrafamiliar. As they evade their pursuer, Marina discovers that her familiar is a kraken– a kraken who accidentally capsizes their ship. Now, she and her kraken must save her friends from drowning and escape the sinister lady.

Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery  by Raj Haldar, illustrated by Nehra Rawat

MYSTERY / ADVENTURE

Best friends Eddie and MJ open a book about words, and they’re magically transported to India.  There, they help a boy solve the clues to find his family’s missing fortune before a bad guy gets it. As they solve the clues, they learn more words with Indian roots — many are from Hindi, like bangle and bungalow, and others are from Sanskrit, like the words jackal and jungle.

Trapped in a Video Game  by Dustin Brady, illustrated by Brady Jessee

Gamers and non-gamers alike who love exciting and dangerous stories won’t want to miss this excellent action-packed series.  Jesse’s friend gets an early release of a video game — and it sucks both boys into the game.  Inside the game, they meet a classmate who has been missing for weeks and is now a grown-up man in the game. They’re all trapped with no escape possible.

Ivy Lost and Found  by Cynthia Lord, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

In this heartwarming story about the life of an old doll who gets a new life as a book buddy , Ivy is donated to the Book Buddy’s shelf at the library. A lonely girl named Fern borrows Ivy. Fern needs a friend like Ivy because she feels so many different feelings about her dad’s new family. Then, when Ivy gets left outside in the rain, she has a surprise adventure of her own and makes friends with two other Book Buddies. Eventually, Fern feels better about her new blended family and returns her to the library.

Jop and Blip Wanna Know #1  by Jim Benton

STEM / FUNNY

If you like kooky stories, playful characters, and random facts, this beginning graphic novel for ages 6 to 10 is a hilarious and informative reading experience.  Jop and Blip ponder topics like farts, words that begin with silent letters, perspective, dragons, and more — and as they discuss, you’ll learn a thing or ten.

MAGICAL REALISM

The magical Crystal Bone calls the pups to help a lonely girl named Meiko. Unfortunately, the Love Puppies plan turns to disaster. How will the puppies accomplish their mission? Warmhearted and sweet, you’ll love these caring puppies and the kids they help. I know this  book series  will be a hit 3rd graders!

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers  by John Dougherty

Hilarious — and  weird and kooky  and very creative! Stinkbomb and his sister, Ketchup-Face think that the badgers (“BAD” is in their name!) stole Stinkbomb’s $20. They embark on the craziest of adventures to get back the $20, including meeting King Toothbrush Weasel who they’ll help to rid the island of the badgers. If you like silly stories, this book is for you!

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid  by Jeff Kinney

One of the most popular book series ever,  The Diary of a Wimpy Kid , shares the hilarious story of Greg in his own words and drawings.  Life in middle school is not easy. And Greg is here to prove it!  One thing you’ll notice about these books is that kids will read them more than once, which is great if you have them all. (hint, hint)

Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow   by Julie Skyes, illustrated by Lucy Truman UNICORNS

Well-written and charming, this unicorn book series is sure to entice many young readers.  In this story, Sophia arrives at Unicorn Academy and is paired with the lovely Rainbow. But she feels guilty for making a new friend and leaving her best pony, Clover, back at home. On top of that, the unicorns’ magic is wonky because the lake is being poisoned. When someone accuses Sophia, she and her new friends decide to investigate.

Whatever After  by Sarah Mlynowski FANTASY BOOK / HUMOR

Once upon a time, a regular girl and her brother accidentally go into a fairy tale. And mess it all up. (Whoops.) We love all the books in this series — they’re very clever and entertaining! BOX SET

Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway  by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley

HUMOR   SCI-FI

Non-stop action and danger, potty humor, space adventures, zombie aliens, mutant worm wrestling, a misunderstood evil princess, good friends, video games , and a diabolical, hunting-them-down evil queen.  Not to mention, loads of cartoon illustrations and hilarious writing with a gazillion exclamation marks!!!!

More Good Books for 3rd Graders

The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

HISTORICAL FICTION MYSTERY

A MUST-READ series for all kids! These stories combine mystery, history, magic, and adventure as siblings Jack and Annie adventure through time. If you love The Magic Tree House series, you’ll also like these books.

Funny, entertaining, and filled with important themes of friendship, growing up, and racism, this is one of my new favorite books! Nadia unexpectedly discovers an ancient Egyptian teacher (Titi) trapped in her hippo amulet. He comes out onto a paper and TALKS! Tita helps Nadia with problems she faces at school, including the new kid who is prejudiced about her Egyptian culture and friendship troubles.

Amelia Bedelia Means Business by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril

I’ve been enjoying these updated Amelia chapter books by the original author’s son. In this silly story, Amelia looks for ways to earn money for a new bicycle. BOX SET

Three girls learn that they’re Glitter Dragon Girls and with magic, teamwork, and turning into dragons, they must protect the forest from the Shadow Sprites. Together, they embark on a quest like no other — in their dragon forms. They must problem solve and figure out how to work together. A solid start in a new series.

GRAPHIC NOVEL / SUPERHERO

By day Claude is Leon’s pet but by night, he’s Cat Ninja, Metro City’s protector! His nemesis is Leon’s sister’s evil hamster, Master Hamster. Learn the Cat Ninja’s origin story then follow his perilous, exciting, and humorous adventures!

ADVENTURE / ILLUSTRATED

Wild and quirky, this un-put-downable adventure filled with illustrations is perfect for you if you like good vs. evil adventures where kid power saves the day!  Dash Candoo’s Monday is one crazy adventure after another with Devil Cat attacks, a quadcycle pursuit, a math class secret tunnel, stolen perfume, and so much more. I’m a big fan of this exciting, readable new chapter book and look forward to more books in the entertaining new series. (P.S. And it’s  funny  with zero potty humor!)

SCIENCE / STEM

Highly interesting books in full color with photographs, illustrations, and kid-friendly design! I’m impressed with the way this book series delivers factual information without dumbing it down or making it too difficult to read. Amazing Animal Facts Chapter Books  give 8-year-olds a  science chapter book series they’ll love. ADDED TO: STEM Science Books for Kids

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Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen

From his beginnings as a maltreated German police dog (sensitive reader alert!) to subsequent adoption and new life as a beloved movie star, this suspenseful story is filled with both love and hope along with false accusations and jail time. Readers will zip through this heart-warming story and dog lovers will be extra impressed with this German Shepard’s incredible true story. Fantastic black-and-white illustrations throughout. 

This hilarious story is about the weird and ridiculous antics of an unusual superhero, bizarre villains, and the Pizza Paradise restaurant. Dolphin girl uses her echolocation to learn Sea Cow’s evil plot. She recruits her friend Keith who becomes Otter Boy to help her thwart Sea Cow’s nefarious plan to turn Pizza Paradise customers into zombies and take over the restaurant. Gasp! So evil. What a silly adventure!

Stink and the Shark Sleepover  by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

REALISTIC BOOK

Kids love the Stink stories because they’re so relatable. In this story, Stink gets to sleepover at the aquarium. While he’s there, he learns more about sharks , gets to solve a mystery , learns a ghost story , and has tons of fun.

Ivy and Bean

ADVENTURE / HUMORGet ready to laugh along with these charming young friends who are always involved in funny situations and problems. It’s a fantastic series about two girls with unique personalities.

Princess Evie  by Sarah Kilbridge

FANTASY BOOK

Before Princess Evie starts a new class at school, she and her magical pony, Willow, and cat, Sparkles, help the fairies on their first day of school. She partners with a new friend to rescue a baby hedgehog. K ids will love the combination of horses, magic, and friendship in a wonderful adventure story.

Notebook of Doom  by Troy Cummings

A kid-favorite series that you’ll also love! Alexander discovers his new town is FILLED WITH MONSTERS ! And, he’s right in the middle of everything, especially after he finds an old notebook of drawings and facts about monsters. Fun with an edge of scary.

Zara’s Rules for Record-Breaking Fun  by Hena Khan

A new girl named Naomi moves across the street from Zara but  Zara doesn’t like that Naomi’s ideas for fun seem to be more popular than hers.  Then, when Zara starts her Guinness Book record-breaking hula-hooping, Naomi copies her by doing her own baking record-breaking! Luckily, Zara realizes they both can have good ideas and they become good friends.

Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!

Sam isn’t thrilled about becoming a hall monitor. Especially when he discovers that the school is ALIVE and trying to harm the students. Sam has quite a wild adventure trying to save the students from the school. I think kids who like sort of scary things (it’s not too bad) will enjoy this book.

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer  

MYSTERY BOOK

Another enjoyable book in the Nancy Clancy series. In this book, Nancy and her best friend, Bree, decide to play matchmaker for Nancy’s babysitter, Annie, and her guitar teacher, Andy. Funny and fun! BOX SET

HISTORICAL FICTION

In the early 1900s in San Francisco, California if you were of Chinese descent, it was illegal to live anywhere else except for Chinatown. When a huge earthquake hits California, its destruction caused fires to burn Chinatown to the ground. The earthquake’s destruction forces young Lily and her family to leave Chinatown for Oakland amidst the chaos. Throughout her story of life in Chinatown and evacuating during the fires, we see the prejudice she faces due to her looks and culture. 

MAGICAL REALISM 

Tâpwê lives on the Cree reserve with his Kohkom who gives him a magical hat made of bluebirds and snakes who come to life. He takes it to his cousins’ house for a visit. They welcome him with kindness and advice to watch out for trickster Wapos (rabbit). Tâpwê plays with Wapos who he wants to emulate and loses himself and his hat’s magic. Once he realizes his mistake, Tâpwê feels regretful. This regret brings him back to himself and the hat’s magic returns.

I really loved this verse story told in first-person from Eleanor’s point of view . It’s about the friendship challenges when Eleanor gets jealous of a new girl she thinks her best friend Pearl might like better than her.

Hank’s brain freezes up when he talks to people — and also when he tries out for his class play. That’s why he gets the bookmark role. But, when the lead actor flubs his lines, Hank jumps in to save the play from disaster. I love Hank’s relatable character to whom learning doesn’t come easily.

If you like mythical creatures , independent thinkers, and mysteries, you’ll love this first book in the Pip Bartlett series as much as me. Pip’s world is just like ours except for one significant difference —  magical creatures exist and often are pets!

SCI-FI / GRAPHIC NOVEL

Hilo can’t remember what happened to him before D.J. finds him crashed on Earth. Hilo does remember an evil monster robot that has followed him to Earth. This ends on a cliffhanger but is worth it — it’s a great page-turning adventure!

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need.  A new family has moved in across the street and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn’t even want to try. But Zoe’s new rescue dog might just help the boy heal and speak.

Absolutely inspiring with beautiful African-inspired illustrations, this exceptional narrative biography story is about a woman named Wangari who studied biology in her native Kenya and later in the United States. When she returned to Kenya, she realized that the deforestation was ruining farmer’s ability to grow crops so she started a tree-planting movement . Facing lots of opposition, Wangari was arrested and jailed. Once released, she continued her work of planting trees and eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize. Helpful informational insets detail facts about deforestation, school in Kenya, and more.

ADVENTURE BOOK

Calling all dog lovers! Read about the most awesome pirate  puppies who, due to an unfortunate prank, are now prisoners on the pirate kitten’s ship –with no escape. This is a charming and funny rollicking adventure and #3 in the new Puppy Pirate series. See also:  Puppy Pirates #1 Stowaway  and  Puppy Pirates #2 x Marks the Spot. 

I loved this story of how Lulu and her cousin help their neighbor Arthur learn to love and care for his rabbit . She does this by writing George the rabbit notes and giving him gifts — not from her but from her pet rabbit named Thumper.

Geronimo Stilton #1 Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper writer/adventurist. These books share his adventures written in interesting fonts and colorful illustrations. I personally find the design of the books distracting as did my kids but for many kids, the style adds to the engagement and entertainment factor of the reading experience.

A quick and easy-to-read story with great pacing, and suspense but isn’t scary! After the misbehaving kids ran off the last teacher, the new teacher sees worrisome– because the kids are sure she’s a zombie. Why do they think this? She dresses and the coffin in her basement. Eddie is scared but continues to behave badly until Mrs. Jeepers pulls him out of class and puts a stop to his bad behavior once and for all.

The Critter Club   by Callie Barkley, illustrated by Marsha Riti

The girls in the Critter Club love animals and want to help them any way they can. Sweet stories! BOX SET

Mango rescues Bambang, an Asian tapir, from a busy street and the two become best friends. Together they find adventures, learn more about each other, and teach people that Bambang Is. Not. A. Pig. Four sweet stories of friendship and fun.

You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke

REALISTIC / AFRICAN CULTURE

Reading this book transports one into the lively, family-filled world of amazing Anna who lives in Africa. Written in a series of vignettes, we read how Anna keeps getting into trouble for her twin little brother’s mischief, about her beloved grandfather’s passing, and how Anna helps everyone remember her grandfather. It’s a lovely book filled with charm, personality, and a strong sense of place.

Beatrice is a divergent problem solver. When her best friend Lenny comes back from camp a changed girl, she seems to have a new best friend that is NOT Beatrice. Kids will be cheering Beatrice on as she tried to figure out how to reconnect with her best friend. Cute!

Lulu and the Brontosaurus  by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith

Lulu is a demanding daughter, and she WANTS a pet dinosaur. Will she learn her valuable lesson about. not being snotty in this hysterical story? You’ll laugh through this one, I promise!

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

MAGICAL REALISM In the sweetest story of friendship, 10-year-old Livy meets Bob, a green zombie-looking monster wearing a chicken costume who is living in the closet at her grandma’s house. He’s actually been waiting for Lizy to return for the last 5 years. The weird thing? Livy can’t remember him at all. Even when she leaves the house for an errand, she forgets about Bob. But she’s determined to help Bob find his way back home. Wherever that may be.

Darling Dimple is thrilled to be moved from a kitchen scrubber to an upstairs dress presser for the princess. One day, she discovers a special closet of enchanted dresses. When Darling suspects a plot against the princess she uses dress magic to help her investigate. Who is trying to free the dragons? Who wants to take over the kingdom? This lovable heroine and the charming magical plot will enchant readers.

We LOVE this hilarious series about Nate’s life at home, school, and sports. Some, like this one, are written in a combo of text and comics while others are graphic novels such as  Big Nate Welcome to My World . BOX SET

What an exciting adventure with great pacing. Jasmine and Arjun are siblings with scientist parents who are helping explore and clean up a coral reef. Arjun misbehaves while diving, putting himself and his sister in danger from a shark. It’s up to Jasmine to save his life and help him do better. In addition to a great adventure, you’ll also learn about ocean pollution and coral reefs.

Who Was Jackie Robinson?

BIOGRAPHY / NONFICTION

Jackie Robinson broke many barriers as the first African American on the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team with his exceptional baseball skills. Read about his challenges, his grit, and his extraordinary strength of character . Kids LOVE these books! Find more books in the Who Was? series .

Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean

Suzannah joins the Shelter Pet Squad because her apartment building doesn’t allow pets. She meets a sad girl who has to leave her guinea pig, Jelly Bean, at the shelter due to moving. Suzannah promises the girl she’ll find Jelly Bean a good home. Only it’s not as easy as she first thought. The Shelter Pet Squad works together to find the perfect home for Jelly Bean — a kindergarten classroom.

ENTREPRENEUR

A warm-hearted, sweet story about a Latinx girl who’s an entrepreneur and devoted daughter and granddaughter. When her grandpa (tata) tells Sarai Gonzalez that his rental house is being sold, she determines to help by selling more cupcakes than ever. Even her sisters join in to help and so do her cousins. A darling start to a new series inspired by Sarai’s own life!

Shredderman: Secret Identity

Illustrated with comics, hilarious and relatable, this book has it all. Awesome for 8 year olds who like humor and superheroes.

Stella Diaz has Something to Say

Loosely based on the author’s own childhood, 3rd grader Stella is very, very quiet in both Spanish and English. She feels separate, just like the word alien that describes her green card status being born in Mexico and moving to Chicago as a baby. A fish research project helps Stella find her voice and overcome her fears.

If you haven’t read these addictive and hilarious graphic novels, they are a must for anyone who has eaten lunch at school. BOX SET

Old school humor at its best! These books describe a wacky school with crazy teachers and even crazier students and events. BOX SET

The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series)

Kids like fourth-grader Mike who can’t sit still will relate to Mike’s struggles with getting work done, avoiding the school bully, and staying out of trouble. It’s such a great story because Mike discovers something that he  IS  good at something–  magic .

Amirah has Arabic heritage and in Mexico. She loves cooking and baking and when she bakes a cake in her neighbor’s cookbook, The Power of Sprinkles , she’s transported to the Magical Land of Birthdays where she meets other kids with the exact same birthdate as her who are from different areas of the world. Together they have an exciting, magical adventure that includes finding a missing B-Bud girl, parties, unicorns, and of course, cake.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle  by Dana Simpson

HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL /  UNICORN

Sarcastic and hilarious, this is a  laugh-out-loud story  about a precocious young girl and her reluctant unicorn “best friend”.  BOXED SET

The Terrible Two  by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

REALISTIC / FUNNY

My 8-year-old daughter read this first and begged me to read it immediately. It’s SO funny! It’s mostly  the hilarious adventure of two pranksters who eventually work together to pull off the biggest prank of all time  — a prank that will ensure they get April Fool’s Day off from school.

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish  by Mo O’Hara

Hysterical and totally believable about  what would happen if your goldfish dies and you bring him back to life.  Except now he’s a zombie…one that can mesmerize you with his powerful eyes so you’ll do anything he wants. Aaaah!  BOXED SET

Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail   by Kate Messner, illustrated by Kelley McMorris

Ranger, a golden retriever trained for search and rescue, travels back to the Oregon Trail  to help a family in need. It’s an easy chapter book that begins the book series , introducing the ups and downs of traveling on the Oregon Trail. (Also on:  Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys )

Charlotte’s Web  by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams

This story is a beautiful tribute to the power of friendship, touching on love and death as well. It’s a classic for a reason and o ne of the best-written children’s books in existence.

Wondrous Rex  by Patricia MacLachlan

WHOLESOME / WRITING

Maxwell the Magicial brings Grace and her writer aunt Lily his dog Rex to be aunt’s assistant when Aunt Lily and Grace both have writer’s block.  Rex is a kind and magical dog who reads, writes, and gives wonderful wisdom about life and writing . His guidance helps both Lily and Grace grow in confidence, inspiration, and love. Absolutely charming!

The BFG  by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

The Big Friendly Giant snatches Sophie and takes her to the Land of Nod with other not-friendly, people-eating giants. Sophie and the BFG plot to stop the mean giants and save the world. The text is filled with lots of creative, made-up words which while fun, can be tricky for some readers.

Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs!  by Mike Lowery

HUMOR SCI-FI

This book not only hooks the reader with its space-adventure plot, but the  hilarious narrator Carl also invites YOU to find the missing priceless artifact requiring bravery, heroism, and drawing.  Yes, drawing. Along the journey to retrieve the artifact from Captain Sleezoog (he’s a slug,) you must do your part. So you’ll make sure (by drawing) that you’ve got a spacesuit, you’ve packed everything you need to bring, the rocket design is perfect plus it has some silly (bandages!?) extras, and lots more as the adventure ensues. It may sound contrived, but it’s a fun, engaging adventure that any kid, artist or not, will love. And there is MORE in the series! Also read  The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!

Dory and the Real True Friend  by Abby Hanlon

Dory is one of my favorite book characters because her imagination is THE BEST!  She has three imaginary friends: one monster friend, one fairy godmother that’s actually not a lady, and one bad lady nemesis. I love this story because she meets a real-life friend who understands all about imaginary friends and together, they’re the perfect match. 

Frankie Pickle  by Eric Wight

ADVENTURE FUNNY

Your kids will totally relate to this imaginative boy whose wild adventures are written in comic form — it’s funny and entertaining!

The Great Shelby Holmes   by Elizabeth Eulberg

I loved this  Sherlock Holmes -inspired book because it’s very well written and tells a great story . John Watson and his mom move to Harlem. There, he meets a unique girl named Shelby Holmes who reluctantly allows him to tag along with her as she solves her latest crime — the mystery of who took a posh, show-dog from a classmate’s secure house.

Katie the Catsitter  by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue

If you like mystery, adventure, and CATS , you won’t want to miss this entertaining graphic novel!  Katie desperately wants to join her friends at their summer camp so to earn money, she gets a job for her neighbor Madeline catsitting 217 cats. But, something is VERY weird because these are super-smart cats with destructive behaviors and powerful abilities, not to mention that Katie finds evidence that her neighbor might be the supervillain, Moustress. Then, when the Moustress gets captured, Katie decides she and the cats must take action and save their friend.

STAT: Standing Tall and Talented: Home Court  by Amar’e Stoudemir, illustrated by Tim Jessell SPORTS

Based on the real story of Amar’e Stoudemire, this is the story of when he was 11, a skateboarder, a basketball player, and a worker with his dad’s landscape company.  When other kids start trash-talking his friends, he uses his intelligence and basketball skills to find a solution.

The Year of the Book  by Andrea Chang

Growing up is challenging and in the first novel,  The Year of the Book ,  Anna turns to books for company while she learns how to make friendships in real life.  The subsequent books in the series are just as realistic and well-written. I highly recommend this series!

The Kicks  by Alex Morgan

Finally, a fantastic book (series) for soccer girls! I f you have a soccer player in your house, you’ll want to get your soccer lover this book  –actually, buy her the entire series. Written by Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Soccer team member (among other things),  Alex Morgan , these are realistic stories of life, friendship, and playing soccer.

Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen  by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Eliazbet Vukovic

Jasmine is so jealous that the older kids in her family have important jobs on the mochi-making day — she wants to do what the older boys and men are doing, pound the mochi rice. Her understanding father figures out a way for Jasmine to join in. And even though it didn’t work out how she wanted, her family is proud of her and decides it’s okay to break some rules like who gets to pound the rice.  Not only is the story’s message sweet, Jasmine’s Japanese-American culture and warm family community shine through.

Zoo Camp Puzzle  by Gail Herman

Ava and Rosie are not excited to move to the zoo for the summer where they notice missing pronghorns and suspicious trucks.  With the help of their brother Ethan, the siblings must figure out what’s happening and how to keep the animals safe.  Throughout the book, you’ll find pages with activities like puzzles and mazes as well as information about the animals at the zoo. You’ll love both the mystery story and the factual sections of information. It’s really well done! Also in the series:  Puppy Rescue Riddle .

The World According to Humphrey   by Betty Birney

REALISTICClass pet, Humphrey, is a hamster who travels to a student’s home on the weekends and has lots of adventures.

Get to Work, Hercules! (Myth-O-Mania)   by Kate McMullan

HUMOR / MYTHOLOGY We adore the Myth-O-Mania series. It’s hilarious!  Hades narrates the TRUE stories of the Greek Myths with panache.  (Apparently, his younger brother Zeus is a big fat liar and edited all the myths to make himself look good.) In this story, Hades watches over his young, not-too-smart nephew, Hercules whom Hera has it out for. LOVE it!

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal  by Jeffrey Brown

HISTORY / HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL

Short funny stories about the life of a Neanderthal family  are intermixed with factual information about the actual history of this time period — hunting practices, size of large cats, that sort of thing — in a graphic novel from the author of the Jedi Academy series perfect for 8-year-olds.

The Perilous Princess Plot (Buckle and Squash)   by Sarah Courtauld

HUMOR/FANTASY

Very sarcastic and funny humor will keep you entertained throughout this book about  a silly sister obsessed with princes who gets kidnapped  and her more reasonable sister who comes to the rescue.

Dying to Meet You 43 Cemetery Road  by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

The 43 Old Cemetery Road early reader series is a funny and  punny adventure with a kid, a cat, a grumpy ghost , and a really cool writing style in letters, emails, newspaper clippings, jokes, and more. These books are addictive!

The Curious Cat Spy Club  by Linda Joy Singleton

What a fantastic new book series — my daughter and I devoured it.  Three kids from seemingly different social circles band together to rescue kittens they find in a dumpster  — then solve the mystery of who would try to kill the kittens.

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1: A Scare of a Dare  by Herobrine Books

Short sentences with witty observations on life from the perspective of a  Minecraft   zombie  will crack you up. I was surprised that this was such an entertaining, funny read. Nothing scary. Just fun. Especially for Minecraft enthusiasts. (These are FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!)

Wedgie & Gizmo  by Suzanne Selfors

Dog owners will nod along with the ADHD stream of conscious narration of Wedgie, the barkie dog who LOVES everything. Contrast this with the diabolical plotting narration of the evil genius guinea pig Gizmo who is horrified to be living in a Barbie house instead of his own “habitat.”  Selfors skillfully addresses a family in transition through the humorous lens of its two pets.

Into the Game (Minecraft Woodsword Chronicles)  by Nick Eliopulos

First in one of the BEST Minecraft   book series , this adventure follows five players who are transported inside the game– and it’s real and they’ll have to use all their  survival  and problem-solving skills to stay alive.  BOXED SET of Books 1 – 4 HERE .

Bad Kitty Supercat  by Nick Bruel 

FUNNY   GRAPHIC NOVEL

Bad Kitty’s owner tells Bad Kitty to get off screens and play with some other cats.  But Bad Kitty isn’t happy about having playdates. Eventually, Playdate Candidate #4 (Strange Kitty) brings imagination and comic books and Strange Kitty helps Bad Kitty find his  superhero  persona –just in time to meet the supervillain! Playful, imaginative, and hilarious–this is my new favorite Bad Kitty book and his first graphic novel.

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters  by Ailsa Wild, illustrated by Ben Wood

Squishy discovers a boy hiding from the police in the basement of her apartment building.  She wants to keep it a secret from her step-sisters but one thing leads to another, and the twins find out. Together, the three help feed the boy until they discover who he really is. Squishy begins to think of her sisters as bonuses, not step-sisters, which makes her feel a lot better about living with them. I really enjoyed this big-hearted mystery

Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Adventures #1)  by Catherine Nichols

Siblings Maddie and Atticus can’t figure out who is dumping trash everywhere.  And when they rescue a baby dolphin entangled in trash, they know they must get to the bottom of this mystery. Full-color photographs with information about dolphins, marine life, and more add-in bonus  nonfiction information  for readers.

Ellie, Engineer  by Jackson Pearce

Ellie, Engineer  is a  well-written STEM adventure that makes engineering seem enticing and creative ! After a disastrous “french braid machine” tangles her best friend’s hair, Ellie, who already considers herself as an engineer, plans to make her BFF a new birthday present — a dog house. She gets help from a neighbor boy and a group of girls from school who are bitter rivals until Ellie helps them work together. It’s a perfect, pro-STEM story for girls.

The Case of the Claymore Diamond Math Inspectors  by Daniel Kenney and Emily Boever

Viva math!  These friends love math and are proud of it  — in fact, they’re sure they can use their math skills to solve crimes. This first mystery is about a jewelry store robbery. And they do solve it by finding clues that the police miss, freeing an innocent man. This is a delightful easy chapter book series.

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters  by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Andrea Beaty successfully writes her famous main characters of Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist into a fun-filled, STEM adventure chapter book. Rosie’s Aunt Rose and her WWII friends, the Raucous Riveters, need Rosie’s help. Their friend  June broke both her arms and she needs an invention so she can paint in the upcoming art contest.  Can Rosie and friends invent something to help June paint with her casts? After one disaster after another, including at the art contest, Rosie continues to persevere and problem-solve to find a solution that will work.

Secret Agent, Jack Stalwart   by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

In this action-packed new series,  nine-year-old secret agent Jack Stalwart travels the globe  in search of his missing older brother Max while solving international crimes for the Global Protection Force.

Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion  by R. A. Spratt, illustrated by Dan Santat

This  quirky adventure is about a dad who detests his children  and tries to get rid of them (to Nicaragua in this case) but their amazing nanny (who is a pig) always figures out how to outsmart the dad. I love Nanny Piggins!

The Philly Fake Ballpark Mysteries  by David A. Kelly, illustrated by  Mark Meyers

MYSTERY / SPORTS

Not only is this a well-written mystery book for 3rd graders, but I also loved how the author included so much history within the  story about two young baseball fans who hope to show fans that the Phillie Phanatic isn’t to blame for their team’s losing streak.

Katerina Ballerina  by Tiler Peck and Kyle Harris, illustrated by Sumiti Collina

An earnest young girl loves ballet, but since her dad can’t afford lessons, she watches YouTube videos and practices in her room. After a disastrous talent shows Katerina’s dad her bravery, Katrina’s dad stretches the budget for lessons. It’s not a great start though– she shows up in red swimming suit and homemade tutu! But she makes a friend who helps her learn ballet terms and adjust to formal classes. As Katrina becomes more serious in her dancing,  a competition reminds Katrina that she needs to balance both working hard and enjoying dancing.

Key Hunters and the Mysterious Moonstone (Key Hunters #1 ) by Eric Luper

In this first book for 3rd graders, two friends discover a letter from their favorite librarian saying she’s trapped in a book. They decide to go into a book to rescue her. They arrive in  19th century England to help a detective find a stolen gem.

Never Girls  by Kiki Thorpe

These friends accidentally travel from England to the Never Land fairy world of Tinker Bell. What adventures they will have?!  BOX SET

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