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Suggested Realistic Fiction for Third Grade


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 won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Eight-year-old Ruby Booker is headed to a new school where her older brothers rule.  However, Ruby has big plans to change that.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Also available in: audiobook

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Dexter the tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A sympathetic teacher and her writing assignment help fourth-grader Dexter deal with being the new kid in school after he punches a kid on the first day.

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

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.

Ramona the pest by Beverly Cleary
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Ramona starts kindergarten where her good intentions and uncontrollable curiosity lead her to be labeled a pest. You can also find Ramona the Pest in French, or continue reading about Ramona in English.

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.

Starting with Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

After she, her older brother, and their father move from Chicago to Maryland, Alice has trouble fitting into her new third grade class, but with the help of some new friends and her own unique outlook, she survives. Alice's adventures continue into adulthood in JFICTION NAYLOR.

Recently arrived in Seattle from China, musically untalented Yingtao is faced with giving a violin performance to attract new students for his father when he would rather be working on friendships and playing baseball.

Also available in: audiobook

Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

When his little sister's friends cannot go with her to the Princess Sing-Along concert, Zeke feels he has to go to cheer her up on her birthday.  But on Monday morning he has to give a report in class about what he did on the weekend.