Books My Daughter Read in 3rd Grade

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Most kids in 3rd grade probably read books that fall into the 8 – 12 category. I find it challenging to decide which books from this category are appropriate for her now and which ones she’d enjoy (or understand) more in two years. The titles that you will find in this category are probably a safe bet because she has already read them so it is unlikely that they are more suitable for a ten-year-old.  I think that most of these books are a great read for both girls and boys.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  When my daughter was somewhere in the middle of 2nd grade, she gave the first Harry Potter book a try but couldn’t get past the first 50 pages. She did not understand it at all. Then we watched the first movie a few months later. Shortly after she turned 8 (two months before finishing 2nd grade), she checked it out from our library again. It turns out she does like Harry Potter after all. She said the movie helped her understand it better. Since then, she’s been reading the Harry Potter books. She just started the last one. She takes breaks from it and reads other books in between. Update: She read only half of the last Harry Potter book and stopped. She did not enjoy it as much as the previous ones.
harry Potter

The Maze of Bones and 9 other books from the mystery series 39 Clues. For a complete list the books in order click here.
the maze of bones

11 Birthdays My daughter loved all the books in the Willow Falls series.
11 birthdays

Fake Mustache (more ratings and reviews here). She said this one was funny.
fake mustache

Flora and Ulysses I’ve seen reviews by parents praising this book as a read-aloud for younger kids (age 7 and up).
flora and ulysses

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I am glad they are reading this book in their reading class in school. It’s always hard to persuade my daughter to read a book if she has seen the movie. For a list of books in the Chronicles of Narnia series click here.

Smile and  Sisters (more ratings and reviews here). She fell in love with the graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier.

Drama Another graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier (more reviews and ratings here)

The Twits A very easy read. Good for a second grader too.

Half Magic  She has read three books of Tales of Magic and is planning to read the other books in this series (click here for a list of the books in order).
half magic

Jake Drake, Class Clown She read this book for her Book Club in school. A very easy read, good for a second grader too.
jake drake class clown


Sideways Stories from Wayside School She reread one of her favorite books from 2nd grade. Click here for a complete list of books in this series.
sideways stories

 The Wish Stealers
wish stealers

The Invention of Hugo Cabret She was not too excited about it. I later found out that this book is recommended for ages 9 and up so that may have been the reason why she did not enjoy it as much as she could have.
hugo cabret

The Magic Half Read more reviews here. If you like it, check out its sequel Magic in the Mix
the magic half

The Kid Who Ran for President  and it’s sequel The Kid Who Became President
the kid who ran for president

The Last Holiday Concert
the last holiday concert

The School Story
the school story

The Chocolate Touch
the chocolate touch

Little House Books (not all but a few)
little house

Regarding the Fountain Read more reviews here. She also read Regarding the Sink
regarding the fountain

About Average
about average

The Monster’s Ring To see a list of the books in this series in order click here. She also read Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. She liked both books.
monsters ring

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
the last of the really great w

Tuesdays at the Castle For a list of books in this series click here. She read all three but did not enjoy the last one toward the end and did not finish it–she had only about 30 pages left but she said it was boring at the end.
tuesdays at the castle

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler One of the best books listed everywhere, she loved it.
from the mixedup files

El Deafo As this is a graphic novel, it really took her just an hour or so to read it. I brought it home from the library because it was on many “best books of 2014” lists. She mentioned it was a bit sad but she liked it. It is a ture story and I am glad she read it. We definitely recommend it.
el deafo

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ö 1 Dog = Chaos (funny and short)
8 class pets

Who Was Louis Braille? She loves the Who Was/Is…? series. So far she read Who Was Helen Keller?, Who Was Annie Oakley?, Who Was Anne Frank? , Who is J.K. Rowling?, Who Was Amelia Earhart?  Who Was Walt Disney?  Who was Harry Houdini?  Who was Nelson Mandela?  Who Is Michelle Obama? 

Who was Louis Braille

The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! For a list of books in A Series of Unfortunate Events click here. So far she has read 6 books in this series.
the bad beginning

The Phantom Tollbooth This books has been on many Best Books lists. She loved it.
phantom tollbooth

Gangsta Granny See more ratings and reviews here. Check out other books by David walls withinWalliams.
gangsta granny

Jake and Lily
jake and lily

She read again a few books from her favorite Boy/Girl Battle series she loved in 2nd grade.
the boys start the war

James and the Giant Peach
james and the giant peach

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust (a graphic novel probably suitable for younger kids in elementary school if you think they are ready for this particular time in the history)

Keeper of the Lost Cities For a list of books in this series click here.
keeper of the lost cities

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Loved it!
escape from mr lemoncellos library

The Island of Dr. Libris
island of dr libris


The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
the only thing worse than witches

Double Dog Dare
double dog dare

The Secret School To see more ratings and reviews click here.
the secret school

The SOS File
the sos file

Love that Dog
love that dog

Mr Stink
MR Stink

Wishes, Kisses and Pigs Although I did not find the book recommended anywhere and it does not have a lot of great reviews, I picked it up at the library under summer reading and my daughter enjoyed it.
wishes kisses and pigs

The School Story My daughter started reading Andrew Clements’s books in 2nd grade and has loved them all.
the school story

Gooney Bird Greene  She reread it for her book club in school (she first read it in 2nd grade).
gooney bird

Finally  The recommended age for this and the following book is 9 and up but my daughter really enjoyed 11 Birthdays when she was only 8 so I’ll leave it up to you). She read this one two months before she turned 9. They are all part of Willow Falls series.

13 Gifts I’ve seen a comment that although you don’t have to read the previous book to enjoy this one, you will get more out of the jokes if you read Finally first. Since my daughter loved the previous books she devoured this one as well. She also read The Last Present and Graceful.
13 gifts

Stranded For a list of books in this series click here. She has read three.

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci For a list of books in this series click here. She loved the first one but said she wanted to take a break while reading the second book. She did not want to return it to the library yet so we will see if she decides to come back to it.
chronicles of chrestomanci

Liesl & Po

The Year of Miss Agnes Read more reviews here.
the year of miss agnes

Someday Angeline See the ratings and the sequel here.
someday angeline

Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes
dogs dont tell jokes

Anastasia Krupnik
anastasia krupnik

Number the Stars She read it in school in her reading class. I have it on the list for a bit older kids for independent reading. It is hard for me to tell how she would have enjoyed the book if she had read it on her own.
number the stars

Leon and the Spitting Image (funny)
leon and the spitting image

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

The Familiars For a list of books in this series click here.
the familiars

The Mysterious Benedict Society She loved it! Click here for a list of books in this series.
the mysterious benedict society

The War with Grandpa
the war with grandpa

The Candymakers

Aliens on Vacation
aliens on vacation

The King’s Equal
the kings equal

The City of Ember For a list of books in this series click here.
city of ember


Books we read together or listened to (almost all of them are suitable for independent reading for this age group; if not I made a note):

The Penderwicks Click here for the list of titles in this series. My daughter listened to the audiobook when she was 7 and loved it.
the penderwicks

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
chitty chitty bang bang

The BFG This book by Roald Dahl is pretty thick so I chose to read it aloud to my kids when they were in kindergarten and 2nd grade. They loved it. I put it on this list because the length of this novel could be a bit daunting.

The Secret World of Og
the secret world of og

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig  (recommended as a read-aloud and that’s what we did)
the adventures of the south pole pig

The Giggler Treatment My daughter did not read it on her own–I read it to both my kids and they liked it. It is an easy and short read–we read it in one night. I am sure it is a fun book to read independently but I think this one is a great read-aloud. Funny.
the giggler treatment

The Great Brain She did not read this book independently but because I knew she would never pick this one herself I chose it to read to both my kids. It is not the modern type of literature so I don’t know how many kids would really enjoy reading it on their own but both my kids loved it when I read it to them. I think it would depend on what kind of books your child likes. This one would be better for a boy for independent reading I think. Definitely more enticing for boys because the book is about boys.
the great brain

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (we listened to the audiobook, funny)
the hoboken chicken emergency

Homer Price We listened to the audiobook. I’d say it would be good for a 10-year-old for independent reading.
homer price

Tales from the Odyssey I doubt my daughter would choose this book on her own but we recently listened to the audio version during our long car trip. I am glad we did because everybody should know these well known stories that inspired many great writers.
tales from the odyssey

Cheaper by the Dozen We listened to the audio version of this book. It is probably a higher reading level than 3rd grade but perfect as a read-aloud. My kids (almost 7 and 8) loved listening to it because it is funny but it would not be a good choice for independent reading for them. The vocabulary is more difficult and we sometimes had to explain the words to them to help them understand.
cheaper by the dozen

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (slow beginning, I am not sure if she would have kept reading if we were not listening to the audiobook in the car–my son, 2 years younger, loved it)
in the year of the boar

The Cricket in Times Square We listened to the audiobook when our kids were 5 and 7 and they liked it. I think age 8 or 9 would be good for independent reading.
the cricket in timesquare

Rules For independent reading more likely closer to 9 but my daughter listened to it at the age of 8 and liked it.

A Bear Called Paddington
a bear called paddington

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever  (funny) For a list of books in The Herdmans series click here
the best christmas pageant ever

The Best School Year Ever (hilarious)
the best school year ever

The Best Halloween Ever
the best halloween ever

Billionaire Boy
billionaire boy

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins For a list of books in this series click here. Both my kids loved it. We have read three so far and they are asking for more.
nanny piggins

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Although my son (recently turned 7) thought it was a bit slow at the beginning (my daughter and I didn’t agree with him on that), we all loved this book. We read it in three days and enjoyed every minute of it.
the wolves of will

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
mr poppers penguins

The Water Horse
the water horse

The Familiars For a list of books in this series click here.
the familiars

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
where the mountain meets the moon

Liesl & Po

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
frisby and the rats

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

The Thief Lord My kids listened to the audio version of this book right after we visited Venice.
the thief lord


Mary Poppins
mary poppins

The Tail of Emily Windsnap For a list of books in this series click here.
the tail of emily windsnap




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