Recommended Books for 3rd Graders

Learning to read well is critical for young students. Parents can help their children strengthen their reading comprehension skills by providing fun books to read outside of the classroom. Keep reading for a list of entertaining books that your 3rd grader will enjoy.

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Where Can I Find Books for My 3rd Grader?

If you search the Internet, you'll find that many websites offer 3rd grade reading lists for parents to print, and if you go to a library or bookstore, there will likely be a child's section with books sorted by age or grade level. Additionally, your child's teacher can tell you what's being read in class and provide information on what your child typically struggles with. Get started with the following book list.

3rd Grade Book List

1. Cam Jansen and the Basketball Mystery by David A. Adler

Just one in a series of 30, this mystery book is great for early readers who are just beginning to tackle chapter books. Since 1980, Cam has used her photographic memory and the help of her good friend Eric to investigate and solve crimes. As Cam tries to figure out who stole the retiring coach's signed basketball, your child can make predictions to solve the mystery.

2. Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is the story of a 4th grade boy who is experiencing difficult times at a new school and living with his grandmother while his father is treated for cancer. Dexter the Tough is relatable to any student who has felt confusion or pain during unforeseen circumstances. Although he puts on a tough exterior, Dexter is just a young boy looking for answers.

3. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

A freckly red-head, Gooney Bird Greene is the most imaginative kid in the 2nd grade. During story time, she entertains the class with outlandish tales that she claims are true. The adventures she describes include spending time in jail and directing a symphony orchestra. Your 3rd grader is sure to be amused by Gooney Bird's stories.

4. Judy Moody Goes to College by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody is not your average 3rd grader, and her moody persona and crazy adventures are entertaining to say the least. In this chapter of her life, Judy is not looking forward to meeting with her new math tutor, until she realizes how cool the tutor is. A college student with great style, Judy's math tutor motivates her to be her very best - not only in her math studies, but in her life as well.

5. The Witches by Roald Dahl

Not to be taken seriously, The Witches is a humorous tale of a young boy who encounters witches that look like ordinary people. As he learns of the witches' plan to rid England of all children, the hero and his grandmother seek to stop them before it's too late.

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