• The following list encompasses the many reading levels found among third graders and includes just a sampling of the many outstanding texts available to students. Many of the authors have other titles which are appropriate for this reading level.



    Adrift by Allan Baillie

    A Llama in the Family by Joanna Hurwitz

    Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo

    Eggs Over Easy by Katherine Kenah

    Harvey's Horrible Snake Disaster by Eth Clifford

    Kit Saves the Day! A Summer Story, 1934 by American Girls Collection

    Moose Tracks by Mary Casanova

    Rats! by Pat Hutchins

    There's An Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George

    Tigers at Twilight by Mary Pope Osborne

    Tracks in the Snow by Lucy Bledsoe

    Whipping Boy, The by Sid Fleischman



    Animal Stories


    Dilly the Dinosaur by Tony Bradman

    Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

    Invisible Dog, The by Dick King-Smith

    Moses the Kitten by James Herriot

    Pet Day by Harriet Ziefery

    Poppy by Avi

    Socks by Beverly Cleary

    Tarantula in My Purse, A by Mary Casanova




    Anne Frank by Vanora Leigh

    Don't You Dare Shoot That Bear! A Story of Theodore Roosevelt by Robert


    Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter Roop

    Log Cabin in the Woods by Joanne Henry

    Real McCoy, The: The Life of an African-American Inventor by Wendy Towle

    Steven Speilberg by D.L. Mabery

    Story of Ruby Bridges, The by Robert Coles

    Teammates by Peter Golenbock

    Vanished! The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Monica Kulling





    Bad Beginning, The by Lemony Snicket

    Ben and Me by Robert Lawson

    Catwings by Ursula Le Guin

    Chocolate Touch, The by Patrick Catling

    Doll People, The by Ann Martin

    Enchanted Horse, The by Magdalen Nabb

    I was a Third Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch

    Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Sciezka

    Littles, The by John Lawrence Peterson

    Magic Finger, The by Roald Dahl

    Magician and McTree, The by Patricia Coombs

    Monster's Ring, The by Bruce Coville

    Summer Reading is Killing Me! by Jon Scieszka

    Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey

    Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen


    Fairy Tales and Folk Tales


    Boy and the Ghost, The by Robert D. San Souci

    Cinder-Elly by France Minters

    Egyptian Cinderella, The by Shirley Climo

    Jack and The Animals: An Appalachian Folktale by Donald Davis

    Principal's New Clothes by Stephanie Caimenson

    Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott

    Seven Chinese Brothers, The by Margaret Mahy

    Why the Sky is Far Away by Jon Scieszka


    Historical Fiction


    Addie Across the Prairie by Laurie Lawlor

    And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz

    Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Amelia's Flying Machine by Barbara Hazen

    Baseball Saves Us by Ken Mochizuki

    Courage of Sarah Noble, The by Alice Dagliesh

    George Washington's Breakfast by Jean Fritz

    Lost! A Story in String by Paul Fleishman

    Magic School Bus, The series by Joanna Cole

    Medieval Feast, A by Aliki

    Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

    Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

    Nettie's Trip South by Ann Turner

    Treehouse Tales by Anne Isaacs




    Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe

    Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey

    Gadget War, The by Betsy Duffey

    Giggler Treatment, The by Roddy Doyle

    John, Paul, George and Ben by Lane Smith

    Lizzie Logan Gets Married by Eileen Spinelli

    Practical Joke War, The by Alane Ferguson

    Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road? by Gordan Korman




    Cam Jensen and the School Play Mystery by David Adler

    Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

    Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald Sabol

    Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Bashful Beaver by Eth Clifford

    Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish

    Kidnap at the Catfish Caf by Patricia Reilly Giff

    Piggins by Jane Yolen

    Scoop Snoops by Constance Hiser





    Cache of Jewels by Ruth Heller

    Chameleons are Cool by Martin Jenkins

    Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller

    Dolphins and Sharks by Mary Pope Osborne

    Earthquakes by Seymour Simon

    I Wonder Why the Sea is Salty and Other Questions about the Oceans by Anita Ganeri

    Mummies! Secrets of the Dead by Harriet Griffey

    Prairie Visions by Pam Conrad

    Trapped by the Ice: Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure by Michael McCurdy

    Wolves by R.D. Lawrence




    Bird Watch: A Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen

    Confetti: Poems for Children by Pat Mora

    Don't Read This Book Whatever You Do! by Kalli Dakos

    Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

    Pig in the Spigot, The by Richard Wilbur

    Spooky Riddles by Marc Brown

    Super Silly School Jokes by Gene Perret

    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

    You Don't Look Like your Mother by Aileen Fischer


    Science Fiction


    Aliens for Breakfast by Jonathan Etra

    Heavenly Host, The by Isaac Asimov

    McBroom and the Big Wind by Sid Fleischman

    Mystery Machine, The by Herbie Brennan

    My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville

    Stinker from Space by Pamela Service

    Space Witch by Don Freeman

    Ten in a Bed by Allan Ahlberg




                                                                                                 Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed, The by Karla Kuskin

                                                                                                                Dog on Third Base by Constance Hiser

    Make Believe Ball Player by Alfred Slote

    Million Dollar Shot, The by Dan Gutman

    On the Halfpipe with Tony Hawk by Glenn Stout

    Perfect Pitch, The by Beman Lord

    Pizza Pie Slugger, The by Jean Marzollo

    Spy on Third Base, The by Matt Christopher