Grade 3

Suggestions for Summer Reading
Atinuke           The No. 1 Car Spotter
When the cart breaks down and the villagers can't get their goods to market, Oluwalase Babatunde Benson, otherwise known as the No. 1 car spotter in his village, comes up with a brilliant solution.
 
Barrows, Annie           Ivy Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go
Second-graders Ivy and Bean set out to expel the ghost who is living in the girls' bathroom at their school.
 
Bauer, Marion Dane.               The Golden Ghost
On a bike outing to the abandoned houses by the old cement mill, Delsie and her friend Todd discover one of the houses is not empty -- and a ghost dog haunts the area.
 
Blume, Judy                Freckle Juice
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys a freckle recipe for fifty cents.
 
Cameron, Ann             More Stories Huey Tells
Huey, his older brother Julian, and their family and friends plant a garden, play basketball, try to get Huey's father to stop smoking, learn about the universe, and more.
 
Dahl, Roald                 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.
 
DiCamillo, Kate                      Mercy Watson: Something Wonky this Way Comes
Mr. and Mrs. Watson and their porcine wonder, Mercy, are off to the Bijou Drive-In. What happens when a gaggle of familiar characters get the same idea for a night out?
 
DiCamillo, Kate                      Two for One
The state fair is in town, and Bink and Gollie - utter opposites and best friends - must use teamwork and their brains while navigating its many wonders.
 
Gardiner, John Reynolds                    Stone Fox
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
 
Giff, Patricia Reilly                 Bears Beware
Mitchell is afraid when the children from the Zigzag Center go camping overnight, but he tries to be brave and discovers that nature is not so scary after all.
 
Greenhut, Josh                        The Australian Boomerang Bonanza
When his brother uses him as a boomerang on a beach near the Great Barrier Reef, the wind takes Flat Stanley halfway across Australia to the Outback.
 
Gutman, Dan              Miss Child Has Gone Wild!
A.J. and his fellow third-graders from Ella Mentry School, including new student Alexia, go on a field trip to the zoo, where they meet a very strange zookeeper.
 
Haddix, Margaret Peterson                 The Girl with 500 Middle Names
Janie's parents move to the suburbs so she can go to a better school, but when she discovers that all the other students are richer than she is, she feels out of place--until she realizes that there are more important things than money.
 
Harper, Charise Mericle                      Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu
Eight-year-old Grace is excited to learn that her best friend, Mimi, is going to become an older sister, but when both try to be "mother's helpers" for a family renting a house on their street, little Lily likes Grace best, causing Mimi to doubt herself and Grace to form a plan to fix things.
 
Jenkins, Emily             Invisible Inkling
The thing about Hank's new friend Inkling is, he's invisible. No, not imaginary. Inkling is an invisible bandapat, a creature native to the Peruvian Woods of Mystery.
 
Jonell, Lynne               Lawn Mower Magic
When Derek Willow is invited to visit a friend in the old neighborhood, he and his siblings Abner, Tate, and Celia try to earn money for his train ticket using an enchanted, and very hungry, lawnmower.
 
King-Smith, Dick                    The Twin Giants
When twin giants set out in search of happiness, the result is a comedy of errors that is doubly clever and enormously funny.
 
Kirby, Stan                  Captain Awesome vs. Nacho Cheese Man
When second-grader Eugene's favorite comic book goes missing, he blames his best friend Charlie even though he has no evidence.
 
Levine, Ellen               Henry's Freedom Box
The story of  Henry "Box" Brown, 1849 a Virginia slave in 1849, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
 
Lin, Grace                   Ling & Ting : Not Exactly the Same!
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
 
Look, Lenore        Alvin Ho : Allergic to Dead Bodies Funerals and other Fatal Circumstances  A fearful second grader in Concord, Massachusetts, learns about death when his grandfather's best friend passes away and he offers to accompany his grandfather to the funeral.
 
 
 
 
McCall Smith, Alexander                   Akimbo and the Elephants
On the African game preserve where his father works, Akimbo devises a dangerous plan to capture a ring of elephant poachers.
 
McDonald, Megan                  Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-wrestling Smackdown
After second-grader Stink gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, his parents tell him he must play a sport and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.
 
Messner, Kate             Marty McGuire
When tomboy Marty is cast as the princess in the third-grade play, she learns about improvisation, which helps her become more adaptable.
 
Murphy, Sally             Toppling         
All John cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes and spending time with his best friends at school.  But then his closest friend, Dom, is hospitalized, leaving John and the gang wondering what to do for him.
 
Obed, Ellen Bryan      Twelve Kinds of Ice
A girl, her family, and friends anticipate and enjoy a winter of skating, ending with an ice show complete with costumes, refreshments, and clowns.
 
Orr, Wendy                 Lost! A Dog Called Bear
When Logan's dog runs away as he and his mother are moving to a new home after his parents separate, a girl named Hannah, who longs for a dog of her own, finds him.
 
Schlitz, Laura Amy                 The Night Fairy
When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.
 
Schoenberg, Jane                    The One and Only Stuey Lewis : Stories from the Second Grade
Stuey Lewis makes his way through second grade facing reading problems, pulling off a great Halloween caper, joining a soccer team, and more with the help of family, friends, and a special teacher.
 
Scieszka, Jon                           Spaceheadz: Sphdz, Book #1                        
What if aliens invaded your classroom and told you that you had to help them save the planet?
 
Silverman, Erica                      Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies
Cowgirl Kate and her horse, Cocoa watch over new calves, a puppy, and some baby barn owls.
 
Viorst, Judith              Lulu and the Brontosaurus
Lulu's parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but while the brontosaurus she finally meets approves of pets, he does not intend to be Lulu's.
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