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Third grade is a time for chapter books, engaging stories, and charming characters. There are so many books that you will want to share with your third grade students. Check out these teacher recommended 3rd grade books.
Teacher Recommended: Third Grade Books
We polled our teachers and these were their top favorite 3rd grade books for kids!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
Middle school can be a hard transition. That’s the case for Greg, who starts to keep a diary of his thoughts and feelings. Greg Heffley and his sidekick Rowley bring laughter and fun in this first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis
Teachers rave about the I Survived series. Stories from young people set amidst historical events or disasters like Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina, the Destruction of Pompeii, 9/11, and more fill the pages of these novels with adventurous spirit your third grade readers will love. Using these novels in connection with Social Studies curriculum can be an added bonus.
Hank Zipzer Series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tim Heitz
Whether you remember Henry Winkler from “Happy Days” or The Waterboy, you may not know his whole story. Winkler suffers from dyslexia and struggled to read growing up. He admits that he started life as an actor not knowing how to read. Hank’s stories are Henry’s stories growing up. A young man navigates school and a world of adventure with a learning disability and comes out on top!
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
The character Geronimo Stilton is a mouse reporter who along with his sister Thea writes globe-trotting tales of adventure and travel. Your third grade students will love these adorably illustrated novels.
Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Who are the heroes at your school? The lunch ladies, of course! This series was inspired by Krosoczka’s own elementary school lunch lady, which he explains in his TED Talk, “Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes”. Share this series with your students and have them write thank you notes for the food service workers in your school.
Mom Recommended: 3rd Grade Books
I had to share a few of my own favorites as well!
The Littles series by John Peterson
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Lighthouse Family series by Cynthia Rylant
The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
Billy and Blaze series by C. W. Anderson
When it comes to novels for third grade, your students are sure to enjoy these enthralling books. Third grade is a great year to introduce your readers to series books. Getting involved with characters and continuous plot lines can help your students develop connections to what they read. Read some of these teacher recommended 3rd grade books yourself then share them with your kids!