Third Grade Suggested Summer Reading List
Research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are some titles to get you started! Please note that the reading level of the books suggested varies. If your child is already reading, have him or her read a page of the book aloud to you to see if it is a good fit. If they struggle with more than a few words on the page, it is probably too difficult, but the book would still be a great book to read aloud to your child.
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Note: The following books are only suggestions. Please feel free to add any books that are appropriate for your reader. The staff in the children’s area of the public library will also have many wonderful suggestions for you.
School Stories
Kirsten Learns a Lesson: A School Story by Janet Beeler Shaw
Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Animal Stories
The Adventures of Paddington by Michael Bond (book and tape series)
Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Lion’s Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale by Nancy Raines Day
Rats on the Roof and Other Stories by James Marshall
Books About Friends
The Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly Giff
Pinky and Rex by James Howe
Historical Fiction
Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
Changes for Addy by Connie Rose Porter (and other American Girl books)
If You Grew Up with George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross
Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K. Wetterrer
Kibitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told Me by Simms Taback
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Teammates by Peter Golenbock
Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story by Paul Goble
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Northwest by Gerald Mc­Dermott
The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci
Great Series Books
• Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
• American Girl series
• Arthur series by Marc Brown
• Berenstain Bears series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
• Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
• Eyewitness Science Explorers
• Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
• Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
• Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
• Nancy Drew Notebooks by Carolyn Keene early series
• Pee Wee Scouts by Judy Delton
• Polk Street School by Patricia Reilly Giff
Award Winners
The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coat­sworth
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
Prehistoric Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
The Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi