Great Books for Third Graders

By: Applegate, Katherine.
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.
By: Cleary, Beverly.
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.
By: Dahl, Roald
Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.
By: DiCamillo, Kate.
Three humorous stories about the ups and downs of friendship between opposites, Bink and Gollie.
By: Holm, Jennifer L.
Squish, a meek amoeba who loves the comic book exploits of his favorite hero, "Super Amoeba," tries to emulate him when his best friend is threatened by a bully.
By: Korman, Gordon.
After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.
By: Lin, Grace.
An innkeeper's chore boy discovers that a visitor's stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.
By: Lindgren, Astrid, 1907-2002
Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
By: MacLachlan, Patricia.
When Papa goes away for a little while, his family tries to cope with the separation by adopting four dogs and a cat.
By: O'Connor, Jane.
Fans of Fancy Nancy will love her chapter book debut, Nancy Clancy. Nancy and her sidekick, Bree, are on the case when a prized possession goes missing at school.
By: Brown, Jeff, 1926-2003.
Hoping to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened Stanley, the Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where they become involved in a wild west adventure at Mount Rushmore.
By: Rockwell, Thomas, 1933-
Billy may have bit off more than he can chew when he accepts a friend's bet that he can't fifteen worms in fifteen days.
By: Scieszka, Jon.
On his first day of school, Michael K. is teamed with two very strange students, and while he gradually comes to believe they are aliens who need his help, he has trouble convincing anyone else of the truth.
By: Spinelli, Jerry.
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.
By: Voigt, Cynthia.
Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside. he makes some important discovered and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles ot return home.
By: Watson, Tom, 1962-
"Stick Dog and his four friends - Stripes, Mutt, Poo-Poo and Karen - will do anything to steal some sweet-smelling hamburgers from a family at Picasso Park!"--
By: Warner, Gertrude Chandler, 1890-1979.
First obok in a series about four mystery-solving siblings who make their home in an old abandoned boxcar
By: Williams-Garcia, Rita.
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome.
By: Fern, Tracey E.
Barnum Brown's parents named him after the famous circus icon P.T. Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary--and he did. He discovered the first documented skeletons of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
By: Kerley, Barbara.
A dual portrait of two American founding fathers shares introductions to the many ways they helped a young United States in spite of their differences.
Features facts on just about everything--toys and games, mysteries of history, robots and reptiles, sports and spies, and more!
By: Nivola, Claire A.
A picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle's growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.
By: Winter, Jeanette.
Describes the life of Jane Goodall, from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania.
By: Aguirre, Jorge.
Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet.
By: Grine, Chris.
When Chickenhare, a chicken crossed with a rabbit, and his friend Abe, a turtle, are captured by Klaus, an evil, insane taxidermist, they escape with the help of their new-found friends Banjo and Meg, but Klaus pursues them.