Books Every Third Grader Should Know

Billy and Blaze
Billy and Blaze By Anderson, C. W., 1891-1971. Book - 2000 E AND All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A little boy who loves horses gets a special birthday present.

The Paper Crane
The Paper Crane By Bang, Molly Book - 1985 E BAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A mysterious man enters a restaurant and pays for his dinner with a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances.

Madeline's Rescue
Madeline's Rescue By Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962. Book - 1981 E BEM Available in some locations

Annotation:A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by trustees, and returns with a surprise.

A Bear Called Paddington
A Bear Called Paddington By Bond, Michael Book - 1998 J BON Available in some locations

Annotation:From the day Paddington was discovered on a railway platform in London, he was seldom far from imminent disaster, but it always seemed to turn into hilarious fun.

Wagon Wheels
Wagon Wheels By Brenner, Barbara Book - 1978 E BRE Available in some locations

Annotation:Shortly after the Civil War a black family travels to Kansas to take advantage of the free land offered through the Homestead Act.

The Chalk Box Kid
The Chalk Box Kid By Bulla, Clyde Robert Paperback - 1987 J BUL Available in some locations

Annotation:Nine-year-old Gregory’s house does not have room for a garden, but he creates a surprising one in an unusual place.

The Chocolate Touch
The Chocolate Touch By Catling, Patrick Skene Book - 1979 J CAT All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Muggie Maggie
Muggie Maggie By Cleary, Beverly Book - 1990 J CLE All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the third grade, until she discovers that knowing how to read and write cursive promises to open up an entirely new world of knowledge to her.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet
The Legend of the Bluebonnet An Old Tale of Texas By DePaola, Tomie, 1934- Book - 1983 E398.242 DEP Available in some locations

Annotation:A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl’s sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.

The Titanic, Lost-- and Found
The Titanic, Lost-- and Found By Donnelly, Judy Book - 1987 E387.2 DON Available in some locations

Annotation:A simple account of the sinking of the Titanic and the discovery of its remains many years later.

The Story About Ping
The Story About Ping By Flack, Marjorie, 1897-1958. Book - 2000 E FLA Available in some locations

Annotation:A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to board his master’s houseboat one evening.

Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill A Tall Tale By Kellogg, Steven Book - 1986 E398.2 KEL Available in some locations

Annotation:Incidents from the life of Pecos Bill, from his childhood among the coyotes to his unusual wedding day.

Herbie Jones
Herbie Jones By Kline, Suzy Book - 1986 J KLI Available in some locations

Annotation:Herbie’s experiences in the third grade include finding bones in the boy’s bathroom, wandering away from his class on their field trip, and being promoted to a higher reading group.

Catwings By Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929- Book - 1988 J LEG All copies in use Availability details

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

Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking By Lindgren, Astrid, 1907-2002. Book - 2007 J LIN Available in some locations

Annotation:Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey–but without any parents–at the edge of a Swedish village.

Fables By Lobel, Arnold Book - 1980 E LOB Available in some locations

Annotation:Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

Three Names
Three Names By MacLachlan, Patricia Book - 1991 E MACL Available in some locations

Annotation:Great-grandfather reminisces about going to school on the prairie with his dog Three Names.

The Hundred Penny Box
The Hundred Penny Box By Mathis, Sharon Bell Paperback - 1986 J MAT Available in some locations

Annotation:Michael’s love for his great-great-aunt who lives with his family leads him to intercede with his mother who wants to toss out all her old things.

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh By Milne, A. A., 1882-1956. Paperback - 1992 J MIL Available in some locations

Annotation:Christopher Robin and his friends have adventures including Pooh Bear using a balloon to get honey, Piglet meeting a Heffalump, and Eeyore having a birthday.

THE LITTLES By Peterson, John Lawrence, 1924- Book - 2007

Annotation:Only a few inches tall, the Little family encounters a myriad of dangers, especially when the house cat comes their way.

Chicken Sunday
Chicken Sunday By Polacco, Patricia Book - 1998 E POL All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

The New Kid on the Block
The New Kid on the Block Poems By Prelutsky, Jack Book - 1984 J811 PRE Available in some locations

Annotation:Humorous poems about such strange creatures and people as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloopers.

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie By Roop, Peter Book - 1985 EB BUR Available in some locations

Annotation:In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper’s return to an island off the coast of Maine, and so his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.

The Talking Eggs
The Talking Eggs A Folktale From the American South By San Souci, Robert D. Book - 1989 E398.21 SAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A Southern folktale in which kind Blanche, following the instructions of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree By Silverstein, Shel Book - 1964 J SIL Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:A boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

The Skirt
The Skirt By Soto, Gary Book - 1992 J SOT Available in some locations

Annotation:When Miata leaves the skirt she needs for a dance performance on the school bus, she needs all her wits to get it back without her parents finding out that she has lost something yet again.

Many Moons
Many Moons By Thurber, James, 1894-1961. Book - 1991 E THU Available in some locations

Annotation:Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore’s one wish.

Jumanji By Van Allsburg, Chris Book - 1981 J VAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney By Viorst, Judith Book - 1971 E VIO Available in some locations

Annotation:In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the 10 best things about his dead cat.

The Boxcar Children
The Boxcar Children By Warner, Gertrude Chandler, 1890-1979. Book - 1977 J WAR All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are orphans. Determined to make it on their own, they set out to find a safe place to live. They discover an old, red boxcar that provides shelter from a storm and become the Boxcar Children.

Stuart Little
Stuart Little By White, E. B., 1899-1985. Book - 1990? J WHI All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Debonair mouse Stuart Little sets out into the world, trying to find his dearest friend, a little bird he met in his family’s garden.

The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit By Bianco, Margery Williams, 1881-1944. Book - 2005 E BIA Available in some locations

Annotation:By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.

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Books selected by Daniel Boone Regional Library staff for third graders.