New Books for 3rd Graders

Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!) by Leslie Kimmelman

Grades 1-3

Sam is excited about his new neighbors, especially when he overhears someone yelling "Charlie, don't forget your baseball mitt!"

Sam runs over to meet his new neighbors, Charlie (short for Charlene, but never call her that) and Sam Too, Charlie's little sister. The three new friends have a lot in common other than their names and their love of baseball and hamentaschen. 

In this fun beginning chapter book, play baseball, celebrate Purim, sneeze on a sick day, and much more with new friends Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!).

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For other early chapter books about good friends, try:

Pinky and Rex by James Howe (series)

Iris and Walter by Elissa Hadden Guest (series)

Mimi and Mati to the Rescue: Roger the Rat is on the Loose! by Brooke Smith

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

Grades 3+

Jamie Grimm, soon to be the world's greatest stand-up (actually sit-down-in-wheelchair) comedian, lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin - an extremely boring version of the Durlseys. He has an uncanny ability to make anyone (other than the aforementioned boring Durlsey-esque relatives) laugh. Jamie Grimm just funny

When Uncle Frankie (not the boring one) suggests to Jamie that he compete in The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic contest, he knows he's got to try. His only problem is stage fright! 

I Funny is a fabulously funny story about being brave enough to stand up for your own talents, even if you can't actually stand up.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans are sure to love Jamie Grimm. 

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The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

Reading Level:  Grades 2-4

This is the remarkable true story of  John Price, former slave, and the citizens of Oberlin, Ohio.  In 1856, Price and two others managed a daring escape from slavery, and settled in Oberlin, then home to many abolitionists and former slaves.  Two years later, Price was snatched from the road by slave hunters.  His cry for help was heard by an Oberlin college student.  This is the inspiring story of the response to that cry.

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Other books illustrated by Eric Velasquez

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