Manchester, Connecticut

Great Books for Third Graders

  • Adler, David. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the UFO.* (JE Adler)
    • Cam, who possesses a photographic memory, and her friend Eric investigate what seems to be a brief appearance of a U.F.O.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane. Bear Named Trouble. (J Bauer)
    • Based on a true story, this is the tale of a young boy in Alaska who sets out to get even with the wily bear cub that has accidentally killed the boy's favorite animal.
  • Beech, Linda. The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in its Pants. (J 595.796 Magic)
    • Keesha's ant disappears, and the kids have no choice but to follow, all the way into an anthill. Come along on a zany field trip and learn how ants work together.
  • Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice. (J Blume)
    • Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.
  • Cameron, Ann. The Stories Julian Tells.* (JE Cameron)
    • Laugh-out-loud tales of family life.
  • Christopher, Matt. The Dog that Pitched a No-Hitter.* (JE Christopher)
    • Mike's telepathic dog Harry is able to send him secret signals about the opposing players on the baseball field!
  • Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle.* (J Cleary)
    • A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
  • Cleary, Beverly. Beezus and Ramona.* (J Cleary)
    • Beezus' biggest problem was her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knew sisters were supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seemed impossible.
  • Dalgliesh, Alice. Courage of Sarah Noble. (J Dalgliesh)
    • Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father must go back to bring the rest of the family.
  • Danziger, Paula. Amber Brown is Not a Crayon.* (JE Danzinger)
    • The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.
  • Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry Takes the Cake. (JE Kline)
    • The kids in room 3B have found out that their teacher, Miss Mackle, is engaged! But who is the lucky groom? Leave it to Harry and his best friend, Doug, to find out. Harry goes into detective mode, and wastes no time starting his investigation. Doug is willing to help until he sees Harry stealing a piece of evidence. Doug can't believe it! But Harry thinks his risky move is worth it. After all, he manages to crack the case and tells everyone who Miss Mackle is going to marry. But does Harry really have all the facts, or has he made a horrible mistake?
  • Hoban, Russel. Best Friends for Francis. (Favorites JJ Hoban)
    • When Albert and his buddies have a "no girls" baseball game, Frances and her sister organize a "Best Friends Outing -- No Boys".
  • McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody.* (J McDonald)
    • Judy 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 masterpiece.
  • Osborne, Mary P. Dinosaurs Before Dark.* (JE Osborne)
    • Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
  • Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine.* (J Pennypacker)
    • While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
  • Scieszka, Jon. Knights of the Kitchen Table.* (J Scieszka)
    • Joe receives a magic book for his birthday from his uncle. When they investigate the book, Joe and his friends Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

*This book is part of a series