3rd Grade

Nonfiction

J398 CLI Climo, Shirley. Korean Cinderella. [AR BL 4.1, Pts. 0.5]

Pear Blossom goes to the village festival, but along the way she loses her straw sandal. The Magistrate finds the sandal and claims her for his bride in this multicultural adaptation of the Cinderella story.

J398 McDE McDermott, Gerald. Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti. [AR BL 2.8, Pts. 0.5]

In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.

J398 ZEL Zelinsky, Paul. Rapunzel. [AR BL 4.6, Pts. 0.5]

This Caldecott Award winning fairy tale about an imprisoned long-haired girl is beautifully illustrated in the style of the Italian Renaissance.

J791.34 GER Gerstein, Mordecai. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. [AR BL 3.7, Pts. 0.5]

A lyrical telling of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

JBIO EARHART Burleigh, Robert. Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic. [AR BL 3.5, Pts. 0.5]

An account of Amelia Earhart’s dangerous 1932 flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to Ireland, in which she survived bad weather and a malfunctioning airplane. Includes a brief biography of the aviator.

JBIO ERDOS Heiligman, Deborah. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos. [AR BL 3.4, Pts. 0.5]

An introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

JBIO APPLESEED Aliki. The Story of Johnny Appleseed. [AR BL 3.9, Pts. 0.5]

The story retells the wandering of John Chapman, whose devotion to planting apple trees makes him a legendary figure in American history.

Picture Books

Brett, Jan. Berlioz, the Bear. [AR BL 3.0, Pts. 0.5]

Berlioz the Bear and his fellow musicians are due to play for the town ball when the mule pulling their bandwagon refuses to move. A strange buzzing in Berlioz’s double bass turns into a surprise that saves the day.

dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona: An Old Tale. [AR BL 3.9, Pts. 0.5]

When Strega Nona leaves Big Anthony alone with her magic pasta pot, he is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

Galdone, Paul. Rumpelstiltskin. [AR BL 4.0 Pts. 0.5]

A strange little man helps the miller’s daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.

Lester, Julius. Sam and the Tigers. [AR BL 3.1, Pts. 0.5]

Notable tale relates what happens when a little boy named Sam matches wits with several tigers that want to eat him up.

Polacco, Patricia. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. [AR BL 3.1, Pts. 0.5]

After losing running, climbing, throwing, and burping competitions to her obnoxious older brother, a young girl makes a wish on a falling star.

Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey. [AR BL 3.6, Pts. 0.5]

This Caldecott Award winner portrays a grandfather’s journey to America from Japan and describes the author’s love for both countries.

Schwartz, Corey Rosen. Ninja Red Riding Hood. [AR BL 3.4, Pts. 0.5]

In this twist on “Little Red Riding Hood,” a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.

Scillian, Devin. Memoirs of a Hamster. [AR BL 2.9, Pts. 0.5]

A pet hamster is enticed by the family cat to venture outside his well-equipped cage to the sunroom, only to very quickly discover life outside his cage is not the best for him.

Soto, Gary. Too Many Tamales. [AR BL 3.4, Pts. 0.5]

Maria loses her mother’s wedding ring in the tamale batter. Panic arises when she realizes that it is missing as the family is gathering

Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. [AR BL 4.0, Pts. 0.5]

Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble that grants him three wishes. In a moment of fright, he asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock. Unfortunately, he is not able to undo the magic! Will Sylvester be able to return home to his family again?

Wing, Natasha. Jalapeno Bagels. [AR BL 2.9, Pts. 0.5]

For International Day at school, Pablo wants to bring something that reflects the cultures of both his parents.

Wood, Audrey. Heckedy Peg. [AR BL 3.2, Pts. 0.5]

A mother must save her seven children from Heckedy Peg, a witch who has changed them into different kinds of food.

Fast and Fun Chapter Books

Adler, David. Andy and Tamika. [AR BL 3.6, Pts. 3.0]

Preoccupied with the impending arrival of his new baby brother or sister, Andy gets in lots of trouble at home and at school.

Auch, Mary Jane. I Was a Third Grade Spy. [AR BL 3.3, Pts. 2.0]

When Brian’s dog Arful, suddenly begins talking, Brian and his two friends send the dog to find out what their classmates are planning for the school talent show.

Barrows, Annie. Ivy and Bean. [AR BL 3.2, Pts. 1.0]

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice. [AR BL 3.1, Pts. 0.5]

Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.

Byars, Betsy Cromer. Tornado. [AR BL 3.2, Pts. 1.0]

As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.

Cummings, Troy. Rise of the Balloon Goons (Notebook of Doom #1). [AR BL 3.3, Pts. 1]

Alexander has just moved to Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters—and everywhere he turns, there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

Danziger, Paula. You Can’t Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown. [AR BL 3.5, Pts. 1.0]

At the end of third grade, Amber is excited about her trip with her aunt to London and Paris, where she will see her father again, but her plans change when she comes down with chicken pox.

Duffey, Betsy. How to Be Cool in the Third Grade. [AR BL 3.5, Pts. 1.0]

When Robbie York is marked as a target by a bully at school, he decides that the only way to survive the third grade is by being cool.

Holub, Joan. Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training #1)

[AR BL 3.8, Pts. 2.0]

When 10-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt.

Kelly, Jacqueline. Skunked! (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet). [AR n/a]

When Calpurnia “Callie” Tate and little brother Travis try to take care of an abandoned skunk, things get complicated around the Tate house in turn-of-the-century Texas.

Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things.

[AR BL 3.8, Pts. 3.0]

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.

McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody. [AR BL 3.5, Pts. 2.0]

Third grader Judy Moody 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, the Me collage.

Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost, Kidnapped at Birth? [AR BL 2.8, Pts. 1.0]

Red-haired Marvin is convinced that the reason he looks different from the rest of the family is that he is really the lost prince of Shampoon.

Salisbury, Graham. Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet. [AR BL 2.8, Pts. 2.0]

In a story set in Hawaii, Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly 15-year-old daughter of his mother’s best friend has taken over his room

Scieszka, Jon. Knights of the Kitchen Table. [AR BL 3.8, Pts. 2.0]

Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons, and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

Fiction

Bond, Michael. A Bear Called Paddington. [AR BL 4.7, Pts. 4.0]

A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington station becomes one of the family.

Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Forever. [AR BL 4.8, Pts. 4.0]

Ramona’s year in third grade is highlighted by the arrival of Howie’s rich uncle, a change in her after-school situation, a surprise wedding, a death and a new arrival in the family, and her father’s getting a job.

Colfer Eoin. The Legend of Spud Murphy. [AR BL 3.8, Pts. 1.0]

When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.

Fleischman, Sid. The Whipping Boy. [AR BL 3.9, Pts. 2.0]

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father’s Dragon. [AR BL 5.6, Pts. 1.0]

A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon that is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. [AR BL 4.0, Pts. 1.0]

Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the winnings from a dog sled race he enters.

LeGuin Ursula. Catwings. [AR BL 4.3, Pts. 0.5]

Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.

MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. [AR BL 3.4, Pts. 1.0]

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Martin, Ann M. The Doll People. [AR BL 4.0, Pts. 5.0]

A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for 100 years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn’t follow the Doll Code of Honor.

Sachar, Louis. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. [AR BL 3.3, Pts. 3.0]

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the 30th floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Sanvoisin, Eric. The Ink Drinker. [AR BL 3.9, Pts. 0.5]

A boy who hates books discovers an ink drinking vampire in his father’s bookshop and follows him to his underground vault.

 
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