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Great Books for Your 3rd Grader!

Reading and Literacy for 3rd grade

Looking to get your 3rd grader into reading? These must reads are a perfect start. Hand-selected by our literacy specialist, each book offers valuable lessons, an entertaining story-line, and relatable characters.


WONDER by R. J. Palacio

Lexile Level: 790L

Genre: Friendship

Auggie wants to convince his classmates

that beyond his face he is just like them,

a normal ice-cream-eating, Xbox-playing kid.


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

by Judy Blume

Lexile Level: 470L

Genre: Funny

Peter has had it up to here with his little

brother Fudge. How can he get his

parents to pay attention to him instead?


Frindle by Andrew Clements

Lexile Level: 830L

Genre: Funny

Nick Allen discovered how words are created

and decided to create the frindle- your average,

ordinary, everyday ballpoint pen- but soon his

plan has escalated out of control.


Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Lexile Level: 560L

Genre: Funny

Andrew wants to know how Nicky got his freckles.

Sharon offers him her secret freckle juice recipe.

After mixing the ingredients together, Andrew finds

the most unexpected reaction.


The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Lexile Level: 570L

Genre: Friendship

Ivan, an easygoing and artistic gorilla, has his life turned upside-down by Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family.


Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper

by Michael Reisman

Lexile Level: 690L

Genre: Science

Simon Bloom discovers the power of the laws of physics when he finds a book that lets him control them.


How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Lexile Level: 930L

Genre: Friendship

Hiccup must choose a dragon hatchling to train so that he can learn to become a full-fledged member of his tribe.


Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Lexile Level: 780L

Genre: Science

Ender is a prodigy, and the only hope for the International Fleet’s fight against another bugger invasion. The only question is: How quickly can he be trained?


Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo

Lexile Level: 670L

Genre: Friendship

Opal moves to Florida and befriends a dog, Winn-Dixie, who ends up teaching her a thing or two about making friends and forgiveness.


Magic Tree House; Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Lexile Level: 510L

Genre: Magic

Jack and Annie find a mysterious tree house that transports them to the Jurassic and have to get home before they go extinct.


The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine

Lexile Level: 550L

Genre: Princess

Lorelei must pass all of the king’s ridiculous tests to be with her true love and prove that she is a true princess, despite being a blacksmith’s daughter.


Who Could That Be At This Hour?

by Lemony Snicket

Lexile Level: 870L

Genre: Spooky

Lemony must solve the mystery of Stain’d-by-the-Sea and the Bombinating Beast, but first he needs to ask the right questions.


A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy

Lexile Level: 510L

Genre: Spooky

Dink’s favorite author has agreed to come visit Dink’s town, but when the day arrives and Wallis Wallace is nowhere to be found, Dink begins to suspect that there is mischief afoot.




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