Suggested Summer Reading: 3rd Grade

2020 Suggested Summer Reading - 3rd Grade 


Fiction Favorites
 

  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (RL: 3.8). A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. 
  • Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin (RL: 1.0)   Baby Monkey, private eye, will investigate stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries--if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on.                                                                                                                                                     Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (RL: 4.3). Kitty decides to run for President of the Neighborhood Cat Association. 
  • Bad to the Bone by Lucy Nolan (RL: 2.4). Down Girl, the dog, explains about her days protecting her home from the enemy next door, Here Kitty Kitty, and the many ways she tries to properly train her master, Rruff. 
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCammilo (RL: 3.9). Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. 
  • Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (RL: 2.4). A group of neighborhood children create[s] costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters. 
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (RL: 4.4) 
  • The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling (RL: 4.5). Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. 
  • My Dog is Better Than Your Dog (Crime Biters #1) by Tom Greenwald (RL: 4.1). a humorous and illustrated new series about a boy whose new dog may or may not be a crimefighting vampire. 
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (RL: 3.0). Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents. 
  • Frindle by Andrew Clement (RL: 4.8). When he decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. 
  • Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry (RL: 3.9). A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name. 
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (RL: 4.8). A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach. 
  • The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso (RL: 4.5). When supernatural things start happening in the house timid Andres and his parents just moved into, next-door-neighbor Desmond Cole, eight, comes to the rescue. 
  • Little Shaq by Shaquille O’Neal (RL: 3.4). Seven-year-old Shaquille O'Neal, a talented basketball and video game player, learns to share the spotlight with his cousin Barry when the youngsters work together to earn money by watering plants. 
  • More-igami by Dori Kleber (RL: 3.0). Joey, who loves anything that can fold, learns origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, but it takes lots of time and practice before he can perfect the craft. 
  • My Life in Pictures (Bea Garcia) by Deborah Zemke (RL: 3.4). When budding artist Bea Garcia's best friend moves to Australia and a loud, rambunctious boy moves into her old house, Bea must learn to make new friends. 
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (RL: 3.6). When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. 
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang (RL: 3.3). Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes! 
  • Sideways Stories from the Wayside School by Louis Sachar (RL: 3.9). Presents humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. 
  • Star Jumper by Frank Asch (RL: 4.1). Self-proclaimed genius inventor Alex decides to build a cardboard spaceship to escape his annoying little brother. 
  • The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron (RL: 3.5). Collection of brief stories that relate the adventures of seven-year-old Julian's life including getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.  
  • Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilla (RL: 4.1). The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. 
  • Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli (RL: 3.9). George 'Suds' Morton competes with his third-grade classmates to earn the first 'halo' of the year for good behavior, but being good turns out to be more stressful than he anticipated. 
  • Third Grade Mermaid by Peter Raymundo (RL: 2.7). Cora the mermaid is having trouble with spelling, but if she wants to stay on the swim team she has to get an A on her next test--so her mother gives her a "magic" diary that compels her to practice writing, while her friends explain to her the concept of studying. 
  • Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins (RL: 3.9). Six stories relate further adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys, as they encounter a fearsome--possible--shark, enjoy a dance party, and deal with rejection by The Girl, who is growing up. 

Pennsylvania Youngs Reader’s Choice K-3 Nominees 2020-2021 

  • Billie Jean!  How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women’s Sports by Mara Rockliff 
  • Can I Be Your Dog?by Troy Cummings 
  • Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!by CeCe Bell 
  • A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade 
  • Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon by Suzanne Slade 
  • Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore 
  • Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlifeby Sarah Grace Tuttle 
  • Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz 
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero 
  • The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier 
  • Potato Pants by Laurie Keller 
  • Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty 
  • Sign Off by Stephen Savage 
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach 
  • Warren  and Dragon: 100 Friends by Ariel Bernstein 

Picture Books 

  • Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora (RL: 3.6). Ben wants to be a trumpeter, but plays only an imaginary instrument until one of the musicians in a neighborhood night club discovers his ambition. 
  • The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket (RL: 3.1). An inspector seeks to solve a murder mystery at the symphony by questioning each of the musical instruments. 
  • Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle (RL: 3.8). Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums 
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall (RL: 3.9). Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse 
  • Jungle Drums by Graeme Base (RL: 3.3). Tired of being teased, Ngiri, the smallest warthog in Africa, uses a set of magic drums to make wishes, but he is not careful enough and makes the rift between the Warthogs and the beautiful Other Beasts even worse. 
  • Nightsong by Ari Berk (RL: 3.0). Chiro, a young bat, is nervous about flying into the world for the first time without his mother, especially on a very dark night, but he soon learns to rely on his "song" to find his way and stay safe. 
  • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss (RL: 3.5). Ten instruments take their part one by one in a musical performance. 

Informational 

  • The Boo-Boos that Changed the World by Barry Wittenstein (RL: 3.3). Earle Dickson and his new accident-prone bride Josephine design and perfect the Band-Aid. 
  • Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends by Heidi E. Y. Stemple (RL: 3.3). Learn about Frank Chapman, who used his bird knowledge and magazine "Bird-Lore" to found the first annual bird count. 
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell (RL: 3.3). A graphic novel memoir of author/illustrator Cece Bell who grew up hearing impaired. 
  • Fly Guy Presents: Bats by Tedd Arnold (RL: 2.9). Join Fly Guy outside as he learns about bats. 
  • Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN by Michelle Cusolito (RL: 3.9). Take a trip two miles down to the bottom of the ocean.  
  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez (RL: 2.9). Joan Procter was an English woman who loved reptiles and, while a curator of reptiles at the London Zoo in the 1920s, worked with Komodo dragons. 
  • Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring (RL: 2.1). Explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. 
  • Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown (RL: 3.7). A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music. 
  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock (RL: 3.6). Describes how Wassily Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors. 
  • Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews (RL: 4.0). New Orleans jazz musician Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews tells the story of how he got his nickname and his start in jazz music. 
  • Weird but True (various) by National GeographicFun facts about a variety of topics. 

Poetry  

  • Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars  by Douglas Florian (RL: 3.1). A collection of twenty whimsical poems about comets, the stars, moon, and the planets. 
  • Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni (RL: 2.9). A collection of fifty-one children's poems that features selections from Nikki Giovanni, Queen Latifah, and the Sugarhill Gang. 
  • It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky (RL: 2.5). A collection of humorous poems such as "The Dancing Hippopotami," "You Can't Make Me Eat That," "My Father's Name is Sasquatch," and "Dear Wumbledeedumble. 
  • A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures that Build by David L. Harr (RL: 3.7). Contains poetry showing twelve animals and their habitations. 
  • Please Bury Me in the Library by J. Patrick Lewis (RL: 3.9). Presents an illustrated collection of fifteen poems about the joy of books and reading. 

 

Series 

  • Amber Brown by Paula Danziger 
  • Babysitter’s Club Little Sister (graphica) by Ann M. Martin 
  • Baseball Card Adventures by Dan Gutman 
  • Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce 
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker 
  • Doll People by Ann Martin 
  • Ellie McDoodle by Rth Bradshaw 
  • Franny K. Stein by Jim Benton 
  • Geronimo Stilton by various authors 
  • Humphrey by Betty Birney 
  • I Survived by Lauren Tarshis 
  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows 
  • Jake Maddox Sports by Various Authors 
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald 
  • Katie Kazoo by Nancy Krulik 
  • Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  • Lunch Lady by Jarett Krosoczka 
  • Mac B. Spy Kid by Mac Barnett 
  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne 
  • My Weird School by Dan Gutman 
  • Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings 
  • Ordinary People Change the World (biographies) by Brad Meltzer 
  • Picture book biographies by David Adler 
  • Ramona by Beverly Cleary 
  • Riot Brothers by Mary Amato 
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang 
  • Space Taxi by Wendy Mass & Michael Brawer 
  • Stick Dog / Cat by Tom Watson 
  • Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka 
  • Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski 
  • Wayside School by Louis Sachar 
  • Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski 
  • Who was?  What was? Where is? by Various authors 
  • Zack Files by Dan Greenburg 
  • Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke