3rd Grade

Recommended Reading List for Third Grade Students

Fiction Titles

Hello, Goodbye Window by Chris Raschka

Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neil

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Susan Stevens Crummel

Fireboat by Maira Kalman

Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

The Dog That Stole Football Plays by Matt Christopher

Lucky Baseball Bat by Matt Christopher

Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Chicken Little retold by Steven Kellogg

The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer

The Tortoise and the Hare by Jane Thayer

Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathman


Nonfiction Titles

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons

Tough, Toothy Baby Sharks by Sandra Markle

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins

Bugs Before Time: Prehistoric Insects and Their Relatives by Cathy Camper

Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution by Steve Jenkins

Living Color by Steve Jenkins

Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy

A True Story by Helen Lester

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World by Isabella Hatkoff

Arithme-tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle Rhymes by J. Patrick Lewis

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Brian Selnick

National Geographic Readers

Series Titles

Cam Jansen by David Adler

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osbourne

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline

Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat

Arthur by Marc Brown

Pinky and Rex by James Howe

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Ivy and Bean by Anna Barrows

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCimillo

Poetry Books

Almost Late to School by Shields

Blast Off: Poems About Space by Hopkins

Street Music: City Poems by Adoff

Take Me out of the Bathtub and other Silly Dilly Songs by Katz

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

You Read to Me and I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman

Favorite Authors

Kevin Henkes

Tomie dePaola

Jon Scieszka

Peggy Parish

William Steig

Cynthia Rylant