Doggone Good Books for Third Graders

The following lists contain a selection of books to satisfy the wide variety of reading levels and interests of third grade readers. Many of these authors have other titles which are appropriate for this reading level.
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Adventure & Survival | Animal Stories | Biographies | Fantasy | Funny Books | Ghost & Scary Stories | Historical Fiction | Information Books | Mysteries | School, Friends & Family | Science Fiction | Sports

Adventure & Survival

Bledsoe, Lucy Tracks in the Snow.
Bodeen, S.A. Shipwreck Island.
Brown, Jeff The Mount Rushmore Calamity.
Chantler, Scott Tower of Treasure.
Clements, Andrew A Week in the Woods.
Doder, Joshua A Dog Called Grk.
Earhart, Kristin Rain Forest Relay.
Fleischman, Sid The Whipping Boy.
Hill, Kirkpatrick Toughboy and Sister.
MacLachlan, Patricia The Poet's Dog.
Morris, Gerald The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great.
Magic Tree House Tigers at Twilight.
Rosen, Michael The Tale of Rescue.
Small, Charlie Gorilla City.
Tarshis, Lauren The Shark Attacks of 1916.
Wright, Eric Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom.

Animal Stories

Real Animals


Arnold, Elana K. A Boy Called Bat.
Banerjee, Anjali Seaglass Summer.
Bauer, Marion Little Cat's Luck.
Byars, Betsy My Dog, My Hero.
Davies, Nicola Manatee Rescue.
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie.
Freemanm, Martha Strudel's Forever Home.
George, Jean Craighead There's an Owl in the Shower.
Haas, Jessie Runaway Radish.
Hermes, Patricia Emma Dilemma, the Nanny, and the Secret Ferret.
Jennings, Patrick Guinea Dog.
Kerr, Judith Mister Cleghorn's Seal.
MacLachlan, Patricia White Fur Flying.
Nagda, Ann Whitehead The Perfect Cat-Sitter.
Oz, Galia Dog Trouble!
Perkins, Mitali Tiger Boy.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh.
Rodowsky, Colby F. Not My Dog.

Talking Animals

Birney, Betty G. The World According to Humphrey.
Coverly, Dave Night of the Living Worms.
Greenwald, Tom My Dog is Better than Your Dog.
King-Smith, Dick The School Mouse.
Lawson, Robert Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written by His Good Mouse Amos.
Napoli, Donna Jo The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin.
Oulton, Harry A Pig Called Heather.
Patton, Jack The Lizard War.
Schmidt, Annie The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof.
Sherry, Kevin Remy Sneakers vs. the Robo-Rats.
Whybrow, Ian Little Wolf's Book of Badness.


Blumberg, Rhoda Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy.
Borden, Louise The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey.
Burgess, Matthew Enormous Smallness: The Story of E.E. Cummings.
Goodall, Jane My Life with the Chimpanzees.
Hagger, Erin Awesome Minds: The Inventors of Lego Toys.
Henry, Joanne Log Cabin in the Woods: A True Story About a Pioneer Boy.
Hernandez, Laurie I Got This: To Gold and Beyond.
Illugi, Jökulsson Messi.
Kerley, Barbara What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
Krull, Kathleen Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman.
Levy, Debbie I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark.
McDonough, Yona Zeldis Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Nelson, S.D. Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People.
Pipe, Jim You Wouldn't Want to be Cleopatra! An Egyptian Ruler You'd Rather Not Be.
Rappaport, Doreen Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass.
Stabler, David Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America's Presidents.
Stine, Megan Who was Sally Ride?
Tanaka, Shelley Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator.
Tavares, Matt Growing Up Pedro.


Auch, Mary Jane I Was a Third Grade Science Project.
Bond, Michael Paddington at Large.
Burgis, Stephanie The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart.
Butler, Dori The Haunted Library.
Catling, Patrick The Chocolate Touch.
Christie, Robert Quirk's Quest. Into the Outlands.
Coville, Bruce The Monster’s Ring.
Gannett, Ruth Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon.
Gutman, Dan Virtually Perfect.
Kessler, Liz The Tail of Emily Windsnap.
Kuenzler, Lou A Royal Disaster.
Lacey, Josh The Dragonsitter.
LaFevers, R.L. Flight of the Phoenix.
Levine, Gail Carson The Princess Test.
Martin, Ann M. The Doll People.
Mason, Jane B. If the Shoe Fits.
Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch.
Oliver, Lin The Attack of the Growling Eyeballs.
Patton, Jack The Lizard War.
Pounder, Sibeal Witch Wars.
Prineas, Sarah The Magic Thief.
Scieszka, Jon Knights of the Kitchen Table.
Sherman, Delia The Evil Wizard Smallbone.
Selfors, Suzanne The Sasquatch Escape.
Snicket, Lemony The Bad Beginning.
Venokur, Ross The Amazing Frecktacle.
Vernon, Ursula Harriet the Invincible.
Webb, Holly Rose.

Funny Books

Amato, Mary Snarf Attack, Underfoodle and the Secret of Life; The Riot Brothers Tell All.
Captain Underpants Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman.
Cronin, Doreen The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery.
Dahl, Michael Laff-O-Tronic Sports Jokes.
Dickinson, Peter Chuck and Danielle.
Duffey, Betsy The Gadget War.
Gardner, Lyn The Lost Treasure of Little Snoring.
Griffiths, Andy The Day My Butt Went Psycho!
Heide, Florence Parry Tales for the Perfect Child.
Hornik, Laurie Miller The Secrets of Ms. Snickle's Class.
Howe, Deborah Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery.
Katz, Alan The Day the Mustache Took Over.
Kent, Jaden The Cave of Aaaaah! Doom!
Korman, Gordon Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road?
Mabbitt, Will The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones.
My Weird School Mr. Cooper is Super!
O’Malley, Kevin Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.
Pinkwater, Daniel Fat Camp Commandos.
Reeve, Philip Pugs of the Frozen North.
Scieszka, Jon Battle Bunny.
Scroggs, Kirk Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular.
Smart, Jamie Bunny Vs. Monkey.
Trine, Greg Curse of the Bologna Sandwich.
Willis, Jeanne Supercat Vs. the Fry Thief.

Ghost & Scary Stories

Cummings, Troy Rise of the Balloon Goons.
Geronimo Stilton Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House.
Graves, Annie A Dog’s Breakfast.
Hahn, Mary Downing The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story.
Hale, Bruce The Curse of the Were-Hyena.
  Half-Minute Horrors.
Kent, Derek Taylor Scary School.
Matthews, John Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov.
O’Hara, Mo My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish.
Poblocki, Dan The Gathering.
Preller, James Home Sweet Horror.
Riddell, Chris Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.
Schwartz, Alvin Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Schweizer, Chris Night of the Frankenfrogs.
Selznick, Brian The Boy of a Thousand Faces.
Telgemeier, Raina Ghosts.
Tulien, Sean Super Billy Goats Gruff: A Graphic Novel.

Historical Fiction

Appelfeld, Aharon Adam & Thomas.
Ayres, Katherine Silver Dollar Girl.
Bishop, Claire Twenty and Ten.
Burg, Ann E. Unbound: A Novel in Verse.
Blackford, Cheryl Lizzie and the Lost Baby.
Brady, Esther Toliver’s Secret.
Cohen, Barbara Molly’s Pilgrim.
Conkling, Winnifred Sylvia & Aki.
Dagg, Carole Estby Sweet Home Alaska.
Hill, Kirkpatrick Bo at Ballard Creek.
Larson, Kirby Liberty.
MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah, Plain and Tall.
Nannestad, Katrina When Mischief Came to Town.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Emily's Fortune.
Park, Linda Sue The Kite Fighters.
Robinson, Sharon The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz Riding Freedom.
Scattergood, Augusta Making Friends with Billy Wong.
Tarshis, Lauren The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941.

Information Books

Bellwood, Lucy Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea.
Bishop-Stephens, Will How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons.
Campbell, Sarah C. Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature.
Fleming, Candace Giant Squid.
Gagne, Tammy The Dog Encyclopedia for Kids.
Hayes, Fiona 51 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes.
Hood, Susan Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay.
MacLeod, Elizabeth Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines That Made History.
McAllister, Angela A Year Full of Stories.
Nelson, Kadir We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.
Rockliff, Mara Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France.
Roy, Katherine Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands.
Smith, Danna The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry.
Sutherland, Adam Be a Young Entrepreneur.


A to Z Mysteries The Lucky Lottery.
Adler, David Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery.
Barrett, Tracy The 100-Year-Old Secret.
Briner, K.H. Snowize & Snitch: Highly Effective Defective Detectives.
Diamond, Jill Lou Lou & Pea and the Mural Mystery.
Freeman, Martha Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question.
Gray, Jennifer Atticus Claw Breaks the Law.
Griffin, N. Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11.
Hale, Bruce The Mystery of Mr. Nice: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye.
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. The Frog Who Croaked.
Landon, Lucinda Meg Mackintosh and the Mystery in the Locked Library: A Solve-It-Yourself Mystery.
Larson, Kirby Audacity Jones to the Rescue.
Lawson, Jessica Nooks and Crannies.
Low, A.J. Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning
Marois, André The Sandwich Thief.
McCall Smith, Alexander The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case.
Parish, Peggy Key to the Treasure.
Riddell, Chris Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.
Rubin, Sarah The Impossible Clue.
Sobol, Donald Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.
Spratt, R.A. Friday Barnes, Girl Detective.
Warner, Gertrude Chandler Mystery Ranch.
Weing, Drew The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo.

School, Friends & Family

Allen, Crystal Spirit Week Showdown.
Amato, Mary Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories.
Becker, Suzy Kate the Great: Except When She Is Not.
Davies, Jacqueline The Lemonade War.
Giff, Patricia Jubilee.
Graff, Keir The Matchstick Castle.
Gutman, Dan The Get Rich Quick Club.
Krishnaswami, Uma Book Uncle and Me.
Lin, Grace The Year of the Dog: A Novel.
Mackler, Carolyn Best Friend Next Door.
McDonald, Megan Judy Moody.
McGovern, Cammie Just My Luck.
Mills, Claudia The Trouble with Babies.
Moss, Marissa Amelia's Notebook.
Pennypacker, Sara Waylon! One Awesome Thing.
Pritchett, Georgia Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World.
Sachar, Louis Kidnapped at Birth?
Sachs, Marilyn JoJo & Winnie: Sister Stories.
Shevah, Emma Dara Palmer's Major Drama.
Smith, Janice Lee The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer and Other Stories About Adam Joshua.
Spinelli, Jerry Fourth Grade Rats.
Sternberg, Julie Friendship Over.
Winkler, Henry Niagara Falls, or Does It?
Woodrow, Allan The Pet War.
Ziegler, Jennifer Revenge of the Flower Girls.

Science Fiction

Ball, Nate Blast Off!
Brallier, Max Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway.
Coville, Bruce My Teacher is an Alien.
Dorman, Brandon The Alien That Ate My Socks.
Hatke, Ben Far From Home.
Hughes, Ted The Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights.
Kelley, Jane Octo-Man and the Headless Monster.
Mass, Wendy Archie Takes Flight.
Pittman, Eddie Red's Planet.
Reeve, Philip Cakes in Space.
Scieszka, Jon Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.
Scieszka, Jan Spaceheadz: Book 1.
Service, Pamela Stinker from Space.
Star Wars The Glove of Darth Vader.
Torres, J. Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle.


Bowen, Fred Hardcourt Comeback.
Coy, John Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball.
Duffey, Betsy Lucky in Left Field.
Gutman, Dan The Million Dollar Shot.
Howard, Ryan My New Team.
Kelly, David The Gold Medal Mess.
Kline, Suzy Molly Gets Mad.
Mills, Claudia Basketball Disasters.
Peirce, Lincoln Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs.
Robinson, Sharon Safe at Home.
Spurr, Elizabeth Surfer Dog.
Testa, Maria Some Kind of Pride.
Wallace, Rich Double Fake.