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. When available, the book's Lexile level is listed after the title.
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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

Baillie, Allan Adrift.
Ball, Duncan Emily Eyefinger and the Lost Treasure.
Bledsoe, Lucy Tracks in the Snow. (630)
Casanova, Mary Moose Tracks. (770)
Clements, Andrew A Week in the Woods. (820)
Clifford, Eth Just Tell Me When We’re Dead!
Doder, Joshua A Dog Called Grk. (600)
Fleischman, Sid The Whipping Boy. (570)
Morris, Gerald The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great.  (830)
Magic Tree House Tigers at Twilight.  (370)
Small, Charlie Gorilla City. (970)
Wright, Eric Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom.  (530)

Animal Stories

Real Animals

Bauer, Marion A Bear Named Trouble. (820)
Byars, Betsy My Dog, My Hero. (670)
Clifford, Eth Harvey’s Horrible Snake Disaster. (740)
Cooper, Ilene Absolutely Lucy. (340)
Davis, Deborah The Secret of the Seal. (720)
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie. (610)
Duffey, Betsy Lucky on the Loose.
George, Jean Craighead There's an Owl in the Shower. (670)
Granger, Michele The Summer House Cat.
Grover, Wayne Dolphin Freedom. (850)
Haas, Jessie Runaway Radish. (340)
Hiser, Constance Dog on Third Base. (710)
Jennings, Patrick Guinea Dog. (600)
Nagda, Ann Whitehead The Perfect Cat-Sitter. (640)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh. (890)
Rodowsky, Colby F. Not My Dog.
Schlein, Miriam The Year of the Panda. (520)
Schwartz, Virginia Frances Nutz!

Talking Animals

Banks, Lynne Reid Harry the Poisonous Centipede: A Story to Make You Squirm. (620)
Bauer, Steven A Cat of a Different Color.
Birney, Betty G. The World According to Humphrey. (670)
Hanson, Mary Elizabeth How To Save Your Tail: If You Are a Rat, Nabbed By Cats Who Really Like Stories About Magic Spoons, Wolves With Snout-Warts, Big Hairy Chimney Trolls—And Cookies Too. (760)
Hinton, S. E. The Puppy Sister. (510)
King-Smith, Dick The School Mouse. (860)
Lawson, Robert Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written by His Good Mouse Amos.
Le Guin, Ursula Catwings. (700)
Napoli, Donna Jo The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin. (460)
Vande Velde, Vivian Three Good Deeds. (890)
Whybrow, Ian Little Wolf's Book of Badness. (600)



Ada, Alma Flor Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba. (1070)
Blumberg, Rhoda Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy. (1020)
Borden, Louise The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey. (950)
De Paola, Tomi 26 Fairmount Avenue. (760)
Fritz, Jean What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (830)
Goodall, Jane My Life with the Chimpanzees. (910)
Henry, Joanne Log Cabin in the Woods: A True Story About a Pioneer Boy.
Kerley, Barbara What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! (AD800)
Krull, Kathleen Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman. (AD730)
Kulling, Monica Vanished! The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart. (650)
Nelson, S.D. Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story. (770)
Polacco, Patricia Betty Doll. (AD540)
Quackenbush, Robert Don’t You Dare Shoot That Bear! A Story of Theodore Roosevelt.
Rumford, James Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs. (720)
Schyffert, Bea Uusma The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins. (850)
Stanley, Fay The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Kaiulani.
Tanaka, Shelley Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator.
Zheng, Zhensun A Young Painter: The Life and Paintings of Wang Yani–China’s Extraordinary Young Artist.


Auch, Mary Jane I Was a Third Grade Science Project. (600)
Bauer, Marion Dane Touch the Moon. (860)
Bond, Michael Paddington at Large. (1160)
Catling, Patrick The Chocolate Touch. (770)
Coville, Bruce The Monster’s Ring. (550)
Crum, Shutta Thomas and the Dragon Queen. (770)
Dyer, Heather Ibby’s Magic Weekend. (670)
Evans, Douglas Apple Island, or, The Truth About Teachers. (710)
Gannett, Ruth Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon. (810)
Gutman, Dan Virtually Perfect. (570)
Hoban, Russell Monsters.
Jenkins, Emily Invisible Inkling.
Kessler, Liz The Tail of Emily Windsnap. (600)
LaFevers, R.L. Flight of the Phoenix. (640)
Levine, Gail Carson The Princess Test. (480)
Maguire, Gregory Seven Spiders Spinning. (830)
Martin, Ann M. The Doll People. (570)
Mason, Jane B. If the Shoe Fits. (450)
Murphy, Jill The Worst Witch. (890)
Oliver, Lin The Attack of the Growling Eyeballs. (650)
Prineas, Sarah The Magic Thief. (680)
Quindlen, Anna Happily Ever After. (1030)
Scieszka, Jon Knights of the Kitchen Table. (630)
Seidler, Tor Mean Margaret. (780)
Snicket, Lemony The Bad Beginning. (1010)
Venokur, Ross The Amazing Frecktacle. (790)
Webb, Holly Catmagic. (500)
Yolen, Jane Wizard’s Hall.

Funny Books

Adler, David Parachuting Hamsters and Andy Russell. (560)
Amato, Mary Snarf Attack, Underfoodle and the Secret of Life; The Riot Brothers Tell All. (550)
Birdseye, Tom Attack of the Mutant Underwear. (770)
Captain Underpants Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman. (640)
Carris, Joan Just a Little Ham. (650)
Dahl, Michael Laff-O-Tronic Sports Jokes.
Dickinson, Peter Chuck and Danielle. (900)
Doyle, Roddy The Giggler Treatment. (500)
Duffey, Betsy The Gadget War. (540)
Ferguson, Alane The Practical Joke War.
Heide, Florence Parry Tales for the Perfect Child.
Hornik, Laurie Miller The Secrets of Ms. Snickle's Class. (600)
Howe, Deborah Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery. (700)
Korman, Gordon Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road?  (560)
Lubar, David Punished! (540)
Morgan, Christopher Pirates Eat Porridge.
O’Malley, Kevin Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude. (550)
Peet, Bill Capyboppy. (1030)
Pinkwater, Daniel Fat Camp Commandos. (770)
Proimos, James The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton: Stories and Pictures. (380)
Scieszka, Jon Summer Reading is Killing Me! (610)
Scroggs, Kirk Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular.
Spinelli, Eileen Lizzie Logan Gets Married. (400)
Trine, Greg Curse of the Bologna Sandwich. (550)

Ghost & Scary Stories

Bauer, Marion The Red Ghost. (400)
Cascone, Annette Little Magic Shop of Horrors.
Goode, Diane Diane Goode's Book of Scary Stories and Songs.
Gorog, Judith In a Messy, Messy Room.
Hague, Michael Kate Culhane: A Ghost Story.
Hahn, Mary Downing The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story. (800)
Hamilton, Virginia Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny: An Original African American Scare Tale. (700)
Lindgren, Astrid The Ghost of Skinny Jack.
Lowe, Alice Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night.
Mahy, Margaret The Horribly Haunted School.
Morgan, Helen The Witch Doll.
Patschke, Steve The Spooky Book.
Preller, James Home Sweet Horror.
Schwartz, Alvin Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. (640)
Selznick, Brian The Boy of a Thousand Faces. (790)
Sommer-Bodenburg, Angela If You Want to Scare Yourself.
Geronimo Stilton Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House. (410)
Whitcher, Susan Real Mummies Don’t Bleed: Friendly Tales for October Nights.
Wright, Betty Ren Princess for a Week. (620)

Historical Fiction

Ayres, Katherine Silver Dollar Girl. (650)
Bishop, Claire Twenty and Ten. (630)
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker The President’s Daughter. (590)
Brady, Esther Toliver’s Secret. (740)
Cohen, Barbara Molly’s Pilgrim. (450)
Dorris, Michael Morning Girl. (980)
Hahn, Mary Downing Anna on the Farm. (610)
Hermann, Spring Seeing Lessons: The Story of Abigail Carter and America’s First School for the Blind. (510)
Hill, Kirkpatrick The Year of Miss Agnes. (790)
Lasker, Joe A Tournament of Knights. (910)
Lawlor, Laurie Addie Across the Prairie. (820)
MacBride, Roger New Dawn on Rocky Ridge. (860)
MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah, Plain and Tall. (560)
Park, Linda Sue The Kite Fighters. (880)
Ryan, Pam Muñoz Riding Freedom. (720)
Stover, Marjorie Patrick and the Great Molasses Explosion.
Williams, Barbara Titanic Crossing. (690)
Yep, Laurence The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. (510)

Information Books

Lewin, Ted Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia. (870)
Nelson, Kadir We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. (900)
Nobleman, Marc Tyler Boys of Steel: The Creation of Superman. (760)
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone. (1040)
Patterson, Francine Koko’s Story.


A to Z Mysteries The Lucky Lottery. (490)
Adler, David Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery. (330)
Bailey, Linda How Come the Best Clues are Always in the Garbage? (620)
Barrett, Tracy The 100-Year-Old Secret. (650)
Bunting, Eve The Skate Patrol.
Freeman, Martha The Case of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Dog. (580)
Giff, Patricia Reilly Kidnap at the Catfish Café. (440)
Hale, Bruce The Mystery of Mr. Nice: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye. (450)
Landon, Lucinda Meg Mackintosh and the Mystery in the Locked Library: A Solve-It-Yourself Mystery.
Lennon, Joan There's a Kangaroo in My Soup!
Levine, Caroline The Detective Stars and the Case of the Super Soccer Team.
Levy, Elizabeth Something Queer in the Cafeteria.
Napoli, Donna Jo Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries. (310)
Parish, Peggy Key to the Treasure. (440)
Quackenbush, Robert Danger in Tibet: A Miss Mallard Mystery.
Riddell, Chris Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. (760)
Simon, Seymour The On-Line Spaceman and Other Cases.
Sobol, Donald Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. (560)
Torrey, Michelle The Case of the Gasping Garbage. (460)
Van Leeuwen, Jean The Great Googlestein Museum Mystery. (610)
Warner, Gertrude Chandler Mystery Ranch. (440)
Yolen, Jane Piggins. (AD450)

School, Friends & Family

Duffey, Betsy Hey, New Kid! (420)
Fleming, Candace The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. (580)
Freeman, Martha Fourth Grade Weirdo. (660)
Gilson, Jamie Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub. (880)
Gutman, Dan The Get Rich Quick Club. (640)
Hurwitz, Johanna The Just Desserts Club.
Lin, Grace The Year of the Dog: A Novel. (690)
McDonald, Megan Judy Moody. (530)
Moss, Marissa Amelia's Notebook. (680)
Myers, Laurie Earthquake in the Third Grade. (430)
Nagda, Ann Whitehead Tarantula Power! (550)
Namioka, Lensey Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear. (700)
Sachar, Louis Kidnapped at Birth? (290)
Sachs, Marilyn JoJo & Winnie: Sister Stories. (600)
Schnur, Steven The Koufax Dilemma.
Smith, Janice Lee The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer and Other Stories About Adam Joshua. (690)
Soto, Gary The Skirt. (540)
Spinelli, Jerry Fourth Grade Rats. (340)
Stowe, Cynthia Not-So-Normal Norman.
Trueit, Trudi Strain No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay). (480)
Van Draanen, Wendelin Secret Identity. (520)
Weston, Carol Diary of Melanie Martin; or, How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza. (770)
Willner-Pardo, Gina Jumping Into Nothing. (470)
Wilson, Jacqueline Bad Girls. (550)
Winkler, Henry Niagara Falls, or Does It? (610)

Science Fiction

Bunting, Eve Wanna Buy an Alien? (530)
Coville, Bruce My Teacher is an Alien.
Etra, Jonathan Aliens for Breakfast. (420)
Greer, Gery Jason and the Aliens Down the Street.
Hughes, Ted The Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights. (770)
King-Smith, Dick Harriet’s Hare. (690)
Manes, Stephen That Game from Outer Space: The First Strange Thing that Happened to Oscar Noodleman.
Pinkwater, Daniel Ned Feldman, Space Pirate.
Scieszka, Jan Spaceheadz: Book 1. (580)
Service, Pamela Stinker from Space. (820)
Stadler, Alexander Invasion of the Relatives. (670)
Star Wars The Glove of Darth Vader.
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. [adapted by Les Martin] (290)


Bowen, Fred Hardcourt Comeback. (620)
Duffey, Betsy Lucky in Left Field.
Gutman, Dan The Million Dollar Shot. (680)
Hiser, Constance Dog on Third Base. (710)
Kline, Suzy Molly Gets Mad. (430)
Knudson, Mike Bases Loaded. (600)
Marzollo, Jean The Pizza Pie Slugger. (480)
Richardson, Charisse The Real Slam Dunk. (590)
Spurr, Elizabeth Surfer Dog. (650)
Stout, Glenn On the Halfpipe with...Tony Hawk. (1130)
Tamar, Erika Soccer Mania! (440)
Testa, Maria Some Kind of Pride. (660)