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3rd Grade

Recommended Reading List

Adler, David.  Cam Jansen:  The Tennis Trophy Mystery.  J ADL

Cam Jansen, with Eric at her side, helps solve the mystery of what happened to Mr. Day's tennis trophy.


Atwater, Richard.  Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  J ATW

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortune of Mr. Popper.


Bateman, Theresa.  Keeper of Soles.  J-E BAT

A shoemaker repeatedly outwits a black-robed figure who knocks on the shoemaker’s door and demands his soul.


Byrd, Robert.  The Hero and the Minotaur.  J 398.2093 BYR

This re-telling follows the Greek hero Theseus as he overcomes challenges on the road, defeats the Minotaur, and becomes the wise and just ruler of Athens.


Charbonnet, Gabrielle.  Snakes Are Nothing To Sneeze At.  J CHA

Although he's not furry and her best friend thinks he's yucky, Annabel loves her new pet snake.


Cleary, Beverly.  Ribsy.  When Ribsy gets lost from his family at the shopping center, he begins humorous escapades and wanderings in his quest to find his family.


Cowell, Cressida.  How To Speak Dragonese.  J COW

Young Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III of the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans must save his dragon, Toothless, and himself from an island dungeon, ruthless kidnappers, and a frenzy of hungry Sharkworms.


Dahl, Roald.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  J DAH

Charlie finds the winning ticket in a Wonka Bar and is rewarded for his kindness.


Dalgliesh, Alice.  The Courage of Sarah Noble.  J DAL

An eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness, and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.


Danziger, Paula.  It’s a Fair Day, Amber Brown.  J DAN

Upset with her parents for arguing on what she hoped would be a perfect day, Amber gets lost at a county fair when she tries to follow her best friend Justin and his family through the crowd.


Dooling, Michael.  Young Thomas Edison.  J B EDISON

This short biography in picture book format chronicles the life of Thomas Edison and his many inventions.


Friedman, Laurie and Tamara Schmitz.  In Business with Mallory.  J FRI

Mallory learns a hard lesson when she starts a business in order to make enough money to buy the “perfect purse” that her parents have refused to buy for her.


Giovanni, Nikki.  Rosa.  J B PARKS

Beautiful illustrations enhance this account of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.


Hamilton, Virginia.  The Girl Who Spun Gold.  J 398.2 HAM

This beautifully illustrated folk tale is a West Indian variant of the Rumpelstiltskin story.


Harris, John.  Strong Stuff:  Herakles and his Labors.  J 292.13 HAR

Each of the twelve labors of the mythological “he-man”, Hercules, is presented in humorous fashion in this fun picture book – complete with commentary, comic book-style illustrations, and all the gory details.


Hoban, Russell.  Jim Hedgehog and the Lonesome Tower.  J HOB

Jim Hedgehog, who likes heavy metal music, buys a cassette tape and a musical instrument from Mr. Strange, which lead him to a haunted castle.


Howe, James.  Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow.  J HOW

An overly-alarmed Chester the cat predicts a gruesome fate for the pets in the Monroe household when a writer of juvenile horror fiction and his bird companion stay overnight.


Keating, Frank.  Theodore.  J B ROOSEVELT

Told in first person and illustrated with full-page oil paintings, this short biography features the highlights of Teddy Roosevelt’s life.


Lowry, Lois.  Gooney Bird and the Room Mother.  J LOW

In this second story about Gooney Bird Greene, the heroine saves the day by finding her class a surprise room mother.


Lubar, David.  Punished!  J LUB

Because he was playing tag in the reference section of the library, Logan is punished by Professor Wordsworth, who puts a spell on him that is broken only by finding anagrams, palindromes, and oxymorons.


McCully, Emily.  Marvelous Mattie:  How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor.  J B KNIGHT

Margaret E. Knight’s inventions ranged from foot warmers to the first paper bag machine and won her the title “Lady Edison.”


McDonald, Megan.  Judy Moody Around the World in 8½ Days.  J MCD

Judy Moody’s new friendship causes problems with her old friends as they try to work together on a school project.


McDonough, Yona.  Hammerin’ Hank:  The Life of Hank Greenberg.  J B GREENBERG

This picture book biography of Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Greenberg has a winning combination of illustrations and text.


Osborne, Mary Pope.  Night of the Ninjas.  J OSB

The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back in time to feudal Japan where the siblings learn about the ways of the Ninja.


Osborne, Mary Pope.  Pompeii Lost & Found.  J 937.7 OSB

This fresco-illustrated book answers questions about the effect of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on the people of Pompeii, including Pompeiian life before the disaster.


Parish, Peggy.  Clues in the Woods.  J PAR PBK

Missing garbage scraps, a red sweater found in the woods, and a trapped puppy lead three children, staying with their grandparents, to think someone is in need.


Pennypacker, Sara.  Clementine.  J PEN

Free-spirited Clementine is an ingenuous third grader with a talent for disaster and a good heart.


Preller, James.  The Case of the Perfect Prank.  J PRE PBK

Jigsaw's brothers love to play practical jokes. But Jigsaw does not have time for games. He has a big case to solve. Danika's kitty has been cat-napped. Can Jigsaw solve the mystery? Or will the cat burglar have the last laugh?


Rappaport, Doreen.  Dirt on Their Skirts.  J RAP

Margaret experiences the excitement of watching the 1916 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.


Roop, Peter.  Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie.  J B BURGESS

In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.


St. George, Judith.  The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence.  J 973.313 STG

The Declaration of Independence travels through time and space from one resting spot to the next in this chronicle of its path.


Truss, Lynne.  Eats, Shoots & Leaves:  Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!  J 428.2 TRU

Forgetting to include a comma or placing one in the wrong spot can completely change the meaning of a sentence – with hilarious consequences.


Zion, William.  Harry and the Lady Next Door.  J-E ZIO

Harry, a black, spotted dog, goes to fantastic lengths to make his neighbor stop singing.

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