Third Grade Summer Reading List

Fiction

  • Barnett, Mac. Extra Yarn – This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn.  But it turns out it isn’t.
  • Barrows, Annie. Ivy + Bean (series) – Bean plays a trick on her sister and finds unexpected support from her new neighbor.
  • Benton, James. Franny K. Stein (series) – Franny K. Stein is no ordinary scientist.
  • Byars, Betsy. The SOS File – The students in Mr. Magro’s class submit stories about their biggest emergencies for the SOS file.
  • Cowley, Joy. Snake and Lizard – A collection of funny stories about the friendship between Snake and Lizard.
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson (series) – Mercy is not just a pig – she’s a porcine wonder!
  • English, Karen. Nikki and Deja (series) – When an arrogant new girl starts school, best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club to exclude her but get unexpected results.
  • Hanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory. – Move over Junie B. Jones! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality and an imagination to match.
  • Gauthier, Gail. A Girl, A Boy and Three Robbers (series) – Brandon reluctantly spends time with his imaginative classmate and her oversized cat.
  • Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out – Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.
  • Kimmel, Haven. Kaline Klattermaster’s Tree House – His imaginary tree house and his strange neighbor help Kaline cope with his father’s absence and bullies at school.
  • King-Smith, Dick. Harriet’s Hare – A young girl’s life with her father on their farm in England is changed when she befriends a talking hare that is really a shape-changing alien.
  • Layton, Neal. Mammoth Academy – Two woolly mammoth siblings follow some mysterious tracks to find the thief of some oranges—and discover humans.
  • Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu (series) – After Ruby Lu’s deaf cousin and her parents come from China to live with her, Ruby finds it challenging to adjust to her new family.
  • Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene (series) – An unusual new student entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself.
  • Medina, Juana. Juana and Lucas – A little girl growing up in Bogota is determined to learn English before her trip to the U.S. and her visit to Spaceland.
  • Nolan, Lucy. Down Girl and Sit (series) – A rambunctious dog thinks her name is Down Girl. She and her neighbor, Sit, try to keep the world safe from dangerous squirrels.
  • Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine (series) – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor, Clementine experiences several unique hairstyles.
  • Warner, Sally. Not-So-Weird Emma (series) – Emma is just beginning to like her new school when her friend Cynthia starts telling other kids that Emma is, well, a little strange.
  • Weeks, Sarah. Oggie Cooder – Oggie has a special talent for chewing cheese into any shape he wants it to be.

Nonfiction

  • Ashman, Linda. The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide – Humorous verses inform travelers about the dangers posed by monsters and other exotic creatures from many lands.
  • Bishop, Nic. Frogs – Nic Bishop’s photographs show many different kinds of frogs – big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and one frog you can see inside of.
  • Burns, Diane L. Trees, Leaves and Bark 4– Turn every walk into a learning adventure with this useful guide.
  • Gibbons, Gail. Caves and Caverns – Learn all about caves and caverns.
  • Gregory, Josh. If You Were a Kid Surviving a Hurricane – Follow two friends, Carrie and Dan, as they find themselves in the path of a hurricane.
  • Harper, Charise. Flush! The Scoop on Poop throughout the Ages – In this strange but true book you will find amazing facts about life before toilet paper, the first toilets in 8000 BC, the chamber pot, the first mechanical flushing toilet and much more.
  • Jenkins, Steve. Hottest Coldest Highest Deepest – If you could visit any place on Earth, where would you go?
  • Jenkins, Steve. Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World – A nonfiction picture book that investigates sibling relationships in the animal kingdom.
  • Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs – Examines what is known about dinosaur bones, behavior, and other characteristics as well as how different the facts often are from what scientists, from ancient China to the recent past, believed to be true.
  • Lucke, Deb. The Book of Time Outs: A Mostly True History of the World’s Biggest Troublemakers – Showcases fourteen troublemakers including Queen Cleopatra and Babe Ruth—and proves that lessons can be learned from all of them.
  • Stewart, Melissa. Robots – Discover the coolest robots of today and the future in this book.

Graphic Novels/Comic Books

  • Duffy, Chris. Fable Comics – Twenty-eight fables from different countries are retold with the help of prominent children’s book illustrators.
  • Holm, Jennifer. Babymouse (series) – An imaginative mouse is scared to face her dodgeball enemy.
  • Lechner, John. Sticky Burr – Sticky Burr is not prickly enough to suit some of the other burrs, but when his village is attacked by wild dogs, Sticky and his friends come to the rescue.
  • Rogers, Gregory. The Boy, the Bear, the Baron & the Bard – A boy playing among the warehouses of London kicks a soccer ball into an abandoned theater where he finds an enchanted cape!
  • Shannon, David. A Bad Case of Stripes – “What we have here is a bad case of stripes.  One of the worst I’ve ever seen!”
  • Soo, Kean. Jellaby – Not long after Portia Bennett and her mother move to a new town to start their lives over, Portia discovers a huge purple monster.
  • Sturm, James. Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World – Ape and Armadillo learn that achieving world domination is a lot less fun without your best friend at your side.