Suggested Titles for Third Grade


The following titles may be enjoyed by Third Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.


Fiction books for Third Graders can be found in a variety of locations, including J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and J FICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

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
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

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.

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Dog Days by Karen English

Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping.

When first-grader Freddy decides to try out for peewee hockey, his archenemy and school bully Max decides to also try out for the one slot left on the team.

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

Ivy + Bean Take The Case by Annie Barrows

After watching a movie about a detective on the television, Bean decides to set up shop as a private investigator--and she and Ivy start looking for mysteries to solve.

Ralph the mouse ventures out from behind the piney knothole in the wall of his hotel-room home, scrambles up the telephone wire to the end table, and climbs aboard the toy motorcycle left there by a young guest.

Mr. Burke is Berserk! by Dan Gutman

After budget cuts threaten the art and music programs at Ella Mentry School, as well as some services, groundskeeper Burke finds gold and "gilver" on the playground, causing a modern-day gold rush.

Song Lee in Room 2B by Suzy Kline

Spring becomes a memorable time for Miss Mackle's second-grade classroom because of the antics of Horrible Harry and the special insights of shy Song Lee.


Nonfiction titles for Third Grade can be found on many topics throughout the CHILDREN'S NONFICTION collection. Click on titles for exact location and availability.

Discover the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement.

The definitive anthology of children's poetry with beautiful illustrations.

By narrowing down the world's population to a village of one hundred people, the author offers up some surprising statistics about religion, food, water, nationalities, language, age, and education.

Presents a variety of jokes and facts, including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, puns, and traditional question and answer jokes.

A guide to the LEGO's Minifigures world showcases a diverse cast of characters inspired by history, mythology, sports, and pop culture, from the Musketeers to the Minotaur, in a reference that invites readers to complete their collections.

Also available in: e-book

Provides twenty-five rubber band loom projects for creating such small toy creations as a superhero, robot, duck, Medusa, and crab.

Also available in: e-audiobook

Follow Senator Kennedy and his dog, Splash,  through a busy day in Washington, D.C. for an exciting, behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most energetic figures in American politics -- and his equally famous owner.

2030 by Amy Zuckerman

What might a kid’s life be like in the year 2030? Inspired by trends and scientific research, this book offers a look at possible future gadgets (like self-driving cars and talking dog collars) as well as at how a changing environment might affect our lives.

Describes the history of the Statue of Liberty, including its origins as a gift from France and its construction, and explores the landmark's enduring symbolism of freedom, democracy, and friendship.

Presents the various types of defenses mechanisms used by animals, including the bone spikes of the African hairy frog, the deadly poison of the blue-spotted N. taracua termite, and the hammer-like punch of the peacock mantis shrimp.

Provides information on the training, traditions, and life of knights during the Middle Ages for a young boy who thinks that that is what he wants to be.