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23 Wonderful Chapter Books for 3rd Graders

Picking 3rd grade reading books that are engaging to kids and filled with rich vocabulary and story lines can be difficult. We’ve assembled 23 wonderful Chapter Books for 3rd Graders.

Picking 3rd grade reading books that are engaging to kids and filled with rich vocabulary and story lines can be difficult. We've assembled 23 wonderful Chapter Books for 3rd Graders. #3rdgrade #bookrecommendations #3rdgradebooklist #chapterbooks

3rd Grade Reading List

Most 3rd Graders are reading well and able to pick up most picture books and short chapter books to read themselves. To help your 3rd grader pick some good quality books with great character development, story lines, rich language, and more – I’ve gathered this list of must read books for 3rd graders.

Many books are wonderful read alouds at various ages. For more ideas take a peak at all our book recommendations and our Reading Comprehension Bookmarks (any book: fiction or non fiction) to ensure your child is understanding what they are reading.

Here are some great ideas for Creating a Reading Nook where kids will want to curl up and read a book!

Chapter Books for 3rd Graders

  The Candymaker by Wendy Mass
  Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling
  Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
  Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs
  Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes
  Calico Bush by Rachel Field
  Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates
  James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka
  Little House in the Big Woods (1st of series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  The Twits by Roald Dahl
  Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
  Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters An African Tale by John Steptoe
  Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the Woof Society by Betsy Byars
  Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

  The Mouse Family Robinson by Dick King-Smith
  7 x 9 = Trouble! by Claudia Mills
  Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck
  Pippi Longstocking Series by Astrid Lindgren
  A Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket
  A Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

Books for 3rd Graders to Read Themselves

The following books are all great selections for 3rd graders to read themselves. The book level is noted in parenthesis after the book. For more information, see my Making Sense of Reading Levels for Parents.

  Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes by J. Patrick Lewis
  Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (2.2)
  A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla (2.9)
  Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla (3.0)
  Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (3.0)
  Landmark Book Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner (3.4)
  Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (3.4)
  The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh (3.5)
  Landmark Book Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett (3.5)
 The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh (4.0)


Book Recommendations

FREE Bookshelf Reading Log - super cute printable booklog to help encourage kids to read picture books, readers, and chapter books. Use as a weekly motivator for toddlers, preschoolers, prek, and kindergartners or monthly summer reading program. Plus makes a great family book club printable.    pencil free printable reading logs

Free Printable Reading Logs

3rd Grade Books

To make it easies to pick out books at the library I made a printable from this list. Just pick the style you like and print that page. Fold in half and laminate for a convenient bookmark. Use a dry erase markers to cross off books you’ve finished.

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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