third grade

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Abe Lincoln at last! by Mary Pope Osborne

The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to Washington D.C. in the 1860s where they meet Abraham Lincoln and collect a feather that will help break a magic spell.

All-of-a-kind family by Sydney Taylor

The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century.

Eight-year-old Henry and nine-year-old Chin love to read about heroes in popular "penny dreadful" novels, until they both witness real courage while trying to survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Apocalypse bow wow by James Proimos

Apollo and Brownie are unaware that the apocalypse is at hand, but when their owners do not return and they run out of food and water, the dogs venture into the world, where they team up with a police dog, a flea that quotes Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," and others in an attempt to survive.

Ariol. 2, Thunder horse by Emmanuel Guibert

Ariol knows he's just like his hero in every way: brave, er . . . handsome, and . . . um . . .tall? Well, maybe Ariol has a ways to go, but that's not going to stop him from doing everything he can to grow up and become just like the guardian of the stars! 

Seven bears return home to find Snow White on their doorstep after she flees the kingdom and decide they must find her a prince to marry in order to get her to leave.

Binky the space cat by Ashley Spires

Binky is a space cat - at least in his own mind. He's really a house cat who has never left the family space station. Unlike other house cats, Binky has a mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs). Binky must undergo rigorous training so he can repel the alien attacks that threaten his humans. As he builds his spaceship, he must be extremely careful with his blueprints - the enemy is always watching. 

Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

A boring homework assignment involving knot tying proves invaluable when the student pirates help Captain Stinky Beard foil an attack by a rival pirate ship.

Balto of the Blue Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne

"Jack and Annie travel back in time to 1925 Nome, Alaska, where they meet Balto, the famous sled dog, and help save the town from illness"--.

Breakout by Tracey West

Ninja of Earth, Cole, and Zane the titanium ninja help the other captured Elemental Masters break out of Chen's palace, where they've been stripped of their powers and have been forced to work in a noodle factory.

Anyone but me by Nancy E Krulik

Third-grader Katie Carew gains insight into the thinking of the class bully when she is magically transformed into a hamster--an animal the bully fears.

Over the summer, Andrea and A.J. are sent to Camp Ockatollyquay, a camp to get kids ready for school! But not to worry—Andrea and A.J. rally the Ella Mentry School gang to end their summer on a note they'll never forget.

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Beezus' biggest problem was her 4 year old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knew sisters were supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seemed impossible.

Is the strange new cookie chef at the ice rink really the Bride of Frankenstein? .

Attack of the cheetah by Jane B Mason

When a cheetah exhibit opens at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Princess Diana (alias Wonder Woman) arrives to witness the event. When the rare cats suddenly escape, it's up to Diana to capture the cats and figure out why they are behaving strangely.

Battle of the Blue Lanterns by Michael Vincent Acampora

After helping Green Lantern Hal Jordan against the Manhunters, members of the Blue Lantern Corps want him to give up his green ring and join the Blue Lanterns...or suffer the consequences.

Bat-Mite's big blunder by Paul Kupperberg

When Gotham City's greatest super-villains escape from Arkham Asylum, Batman must quickly capture the rogues.  He gets some extra help from a his biggest, little fan ― the Bat-Mite, a mischievous imp from another dimension.

Bok! Bok! Boom! by Cyndi Marko

Superheroes Gordon Blue and his brother Benny must rescue an opera star from the evil Dr. Screech before he turns her super high voice into a supersonic weapon.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

While Ellie loves the Journey of the Mind club, she struggles to keep from failing miserably on her soccer team, but when both groups have tournaments the same day, she musters her team spirit and tries to succeed at both.

The mean girl meltdown by Lindsay Eyre

Fourth-grader Sylvie Scruggs is old enough to join her town's new junior ice-hockey team, and she is a really good skater, even if she does have a tendency to close her eyes when she shoots, but fifth-grader Jamie Redmond does not like younger kids on the team, and when someone starts pulling pranks on Sylvie she is convinced that Jamie is responsible--and she enlists the help of her friends to prove it and get even.

McKenna, ready to fly! by Mary Casanova

After McKenna suffers an injury that causes her to worry about her place on the Shooting Star competitive gymnastics team, she tries to help her tutor, Josie, overcome her fear of horseback riding, but as McKenna and Josie become closer friends, one of McKenna's teammates gets jealous..

Aliens for dinner by Stephanie Spinner

Aric the alien returns to Earth to help Richard Bickerstaff save the world from an invasion of Dwilbs, pollution-loving aliens who want to turn the planet into a toxic theme park.

When Nalu, the Prince of the Merpeople, is kidnapped by Laverna's henchmen, Elina and Nori must try to save Nalu before the henchmen poison the waters of Mermaidia.

Centaur rising by Jane Yolen

In 1965, a year after Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family's horse farm, a baby centaur is born and the family, already under scrutiny because Arianne's six-year-old brother has birth defects, struggles to keep the colt a secret.

The charm bracelet by Emily Rodda

When Jessies searches for her ill grandmother's missing charm bracelet, she is led to a magical world and finds she has a reason and right to be there.


Akimbo and the snakes by Alexander McCall Smith

On a trip to the snake park with his Uncle Peter, Akimbo has an adventure involving a deadly green mamba snake.

Amelia's notebook by Marissa Moss

The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.

The bad beginning by Lemony Snicket
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After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

A room with a zoo by Jules Feiffer

Julie's passion for animals takes over her life - and her family's life. The more pets she has, the more she desires - but what she wants most of all, she can't have. She will not be allowed to own a dog before she is old enough to walk it by herself on the city streets, which is a year and a half away. That is far too long to wait..

Frindle by Andrew Clements
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
Also available in: audiobook

Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.


Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Presents the life and accomplishments of the first female doctor in the United States who served on the Union side in the Civil War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service.

Offers insight into the life and accomplishments of African American Olympic high-jump champion Alice Coachman.

Shackleton's journey by William Grill

Presents a visual narrative of Ernest Shackleton's voyage to Antarctica during which his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in ice, forcing the crew on a desperate trek to seek rescue.


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