Awesome Books for 3rd Graders

3rd Grade Reading Suggestions

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    Cam Jansen the mystery of the gold coins
    by David A. Adler, Susanna Natti

    While using her photographic memory to find her missing science fair project, Cam accidently locates two valuable gold coins.

    star rating 57 pages
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    Ivy and Bean
    by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall

    Includes an excerpt from Ivy + Bean break the fossil record.

    star rating 113 pages
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    Bad Kitty
    by Nick Bruel

    When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.

    star rating 40 pages
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    Muggie Maggie
    by Beverly Cleary
    star rating 70 pages
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    Touchdown for Tommy
    by Matt Christopher, Foster Caddell
    star rating 145 pages
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    by Chris D'Lacey
    star rating 112 pages
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    Dessert First
    by Hallie Durand, Christine Davenier

    Determined to live a completely unique life without any rules to bog down her creative spirit, Dessert ends up getting in trouble more often than she would like ...

    star rating 153 pages
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    Stinky Stern forever
    by Michelle Edwards

    Pa Lia and her classmates in Mrs.

    star rating 49 pages
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    Snowed in with Grandmother Silk
    by Carol Fenner, Amanda Harvey
    star rating 75 pages
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    by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm

    An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party. (Babymouse, queen of the world!).

    star rating 91 pages
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    by Katy Kelly, Gillian Johnson

    The first book in an all-new series introduces a 10-year-old boy named Adam Melon--also known as Melonhead.

    star rating 209 pages
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    The Eye of the Forest
    by P. B. Kerr
    star rating 424 pages
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    Martin Bridge Out of Orbit!
    by Jessica Scott Kerrin, Joseph Kelly
    star rating 111 pages
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    Princess Ellie to the rescue
    by Diana Kimpton, Lizzie Finlay
    star rating 96 pages
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    The Quigleys
    by Simon Mason
    star rating 148 pages
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    Judy Moody Was in a Mood
    by Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds

    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 ...

    star rating 160 pages
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    Fashion Kitty
    by Charise Mericle Harper
    star rating 96 pages
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    Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes
    by Scott Morse
    star rating 144 pages
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    Roxie and the Hooligans
    by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Alexandra Boiger

    Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang ...

    star rating 115 pages
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    Invasion of the Gym Class Zombies
    by Scott Nickel, Matt Luxich

    With the evil scientist Dr. Brainium in jail, Trevor thought his zombie-busting days were over.

    star rating 33 pages
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    Down Girl and Sit
    by Lucy A. Nolan

    Down Girl And Sit is a Marshall Cavendish publication.

    star rating 64 pages
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    by Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee
    star rating 160 pages
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    Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth?
    by Louis Sachar

    Red-haired Marvin is convinced that the reason he looks different from the rest of his family is that he is really the lost prince of Shampoon.

    star rating 80 pages
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    My haunted house
    by Angie Sage, Jimmy Pickering

    Araminta Spookie enlists the help of several ghosts and a haunted suit of armor named Sir Horace in an attempt to stop her Aunt Tabby from selling Spook House.

    star rating 144 pages
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    Oh Say, I Can't See
    by Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley
    star rating 72 pages
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    Me Oh Maya
    by Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley
    star rating 96 pages
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    Bobby the Brave (Sometimes)
    by Lisa Yee, Dan Santat

    Fourth-grader Bobby is hurt when he hears his father, a former pro-football player, say that they two of them are nothing alike, but finally summons the courage ...

    star rating 160 pages
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    I'm too fond of my fur!
    by Gerónimo Stilton
    star rating 128 pages
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    The principal from the black lagoon
    by Mike Thaler
    star rating 32 pages
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    Lulu and the Brontosaurus
    by Judith Viorst, Lane Smith

    Judith Viorst and Lane Smith team up to create an irresistibly fresh and funny story with an ending that will surprise you again?and again?and again.

    star rating 128 pages
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    Daisy Dawson at the Beach
    by Steve Voake

    Spending the whole summer at the beach, a girl who can communicate with animals and her new friends--a dancing crab and two baby rabbits--join forces to help a ...

    star rating 87 pages
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    Flora and Ulysses
    by Kate DiCamillo

    Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Tale of Despereaux.

    star rating 240 pages
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    The Sasquatch Escape
    by Suzanne Selfors

    When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon? Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian's office in town -- Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all -- it's actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures. After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital's front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, andvery hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as an ordinary summer becomes the story of a lifetime. Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary. This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Sasquatch Escape. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!

    star rating 224 pages
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    Science Fair Flop
    by Abby Klein

    Freddy sets up an experiment for his science fair project, but after his mother accidentally throws it away, he has to come up with a solution that will save the day.

    star rating 94 pages
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    Dog Diaries - Ginger
    by Kate Klimo

    Ginger the golden retriever narrates the story of her life, from her birth in a puppy mill through the various people who have "owned" her.

    star rating 147 pages
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    The Case of the Beagle Burglar
    by Nancy E. Krulik, Gary LaCoste

    Jack Doyle, who is able to communicate with animals ever since a couple of squirrels hit him with an acorn, must use his new skill to clear his dog's name when Scout is suspected of eating Jack's best friend Leo's homework.

    star rating 91 pages
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    Judy Moody and Stink: The Wishbone Wish
    by Megan McDonald

    The town’s annual Turkey Trot race and festival is coming up, and Judy and Stink are training to win. Judy has decided that she is going to take home the big prize: a fat, juicy turkey. They can taste it already: the moist turkey, the hot gravy, the savory stuffing, the cranberry sauce! Beep! Beep! Beep! That’s the sound of Stink’s Rapidfire Ultra XE611M25 stopwatch going off as Judy and Stink hop, crawl, and climb toward race day. But what if they don’t win a mouthwatering bird? What then? Flying turkey gizzards! Will the Moody family end up starving on T-day, like ye pilgrims of olde, or will Grandma Lou cook up a tasty Franksgiving solution?

    star rating 128 pages
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    Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
    by Jon Scieszka

    "I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing." —Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid "Huge laughs and great science—the kind of smart, funny stuff that makes Jon Scieszka a legend." —Mac Barnett, author of Battle Bunny and The Terrible Two “Dear Frank Einstein, Please invent time machine. Send your books back in time to me in 1978. Also a levitating skateboard. Tommy” —Tom Angleberger, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers. STARRED REVIEW "In the final analysis, this buoyant, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the impulse to ‘keep asking questions and finding your own answers’ fires on all cylinders." --Booklist, starred review "Scieszka mixes science and silliness again to great effect." —Kirkus Reviews "In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful." —Publishers Weekly "With humor, straightforward writing, tons of illustrations, and a touch of action at the end, this book is accessible and easy to read, making it an appealing choice for reluctant readers. A solid start to the series." --School Library Journal "Kids will love Frank Einstein because even though he is a new character he will be instantly recognizable to the readers...Jon Scieszka is one of the best writers around, and I can't wait to see what he does with these fun and exciting characters." —Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl "Jon Scieszka's new series has the winning ingredients that link his clever brilliance in story telling with his knowledge of real science, while at the same time the content combination of fiction and non fiction appeals to the full range of the market." —Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt

    star rating 192 pages
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    Mouse Scouts
    by Sarah Dillard

    To earn their Sow It and Grow It badge, Violet, Tigerlilly, and the other Mouse Scouts plant a vegetable garden.

    star rating 128 pages
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    Heidi Heckelbeck Is the Bestest Babysitter!
    by Wanda Coven

    Heidi Heckelbeck wants to prove she can make it in the babysitting business, but she’ll need a little magic and a lot of help from her friends! Heidi Heckelbeck is eager to start babysitting, but her mom doesn’t think she’s old enough yet. To prove she’s ready to be responsible, Heidi teams up with Laurel and Bruce to create a spectacular booth—called the “Little Explorers Museum”—for the Brewster Elementary fair. It’s going to be an exciting exhibit of fabulous art projects, nifty science experiments…and babysitting! But when Heidi worries that her babysitting station won’t attract enough visitors, will her Book of Spells help her find a magical solution? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost ever page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

    star rating 128 pages
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    Marion Takes Charge
    by Callie Barkley

    Marion finally gets to babysit her little sister Gabby in the twelfth book of The Critter Club series! Marion has always wanted to babysit her sister—but her parents have said she is too young! When they finally ask Marion to watch Gabby during a party at their house, Marion can’t wait! But she quickly finds out that babysitting isn’t as easy as it looks. Gabby won’t listen to Marion at all. After getting upset about losing a board game, she makes a total mess and even draws on the table! When Marion gets called to the Critter Club to help out with a run-away cat, Gabby tags along and causes even more trouble! Maybe being a sister is better than being a sitter… With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

    star rating 128 pages
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    Lulu and the Duck in the Park
    by Hilary McKay

    A young girl who loves animals brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned her from bringing animals to school ever again.

    star rating 104 pages