Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books

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We have compiled a list of some of the best 3rd Grade books that ‘ll keep your kids interest in reading books.

This Grade is a very important time in your child’s education because it’s when students transition from as the “lower grades” to the “upper grades.

This is a period in which students’ learning as they become more independent and mature learners. Series books are important in 3rd grade books readers because they allow students to make connections between different books and talk about how certain characters develop

Here are the 25 Best 3rd Grade Books List

Third-grade reading focuses on teaching kids how to think and talk about what they read in deeper and more detailed ways. 

Many reading lessons in 3rd grade are dedicated to writing and talking about the meanings, lessons, and important ideas in texts.

Also Read: Top 25 Best 2nd Grade Reading Books

1. Danger! Tiger Crossing #1 (The Fantastic Frame)

Danger! Tiger Crossing #1 (The Fantastic Frame) Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Danger! Tiger Crossing #1 (The Fantastic Frame)

All third graders would enjoy this book.

Danger! Tiger crossing is a fun adventure involving two children who go on an unexpected journey into a famous painting called Surprised! or Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau.

In the painting they are confronted by a tiger and stumble upon the most unexpected surprise.

Tiger and his family has just moved into the neighborhood when his little sister swears she saw a pig in a top hat on the swing out back.

Tiger doesn’t believe her until he sees it himself! Turns out, the pig lives next door with a woman who’s been looking for her son for the past 50 years. 

Great fun adventures 3rd Grade books.

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2. Jake the Fake Keeps it Real (Book 1)

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Jake the Fake Keeps it Real (Book 1)

Jake is a really funny character, and it is about how jake fakes his way into music and art academy.

Jake soon has to start thinking of ideas to perform in a talent show that decides if you can stay in the school or not.

He decides to play the same song that he auditioned for to get into the school. When Jake gets on stage he gets nervous, and stands up and switches to something else to perform.

Kids really enjoyed this 3rd grade books.

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3. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book)

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book) Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book)

This 3rd grade books was a lot of fun as an early reader.

Great story with lots of humor. Dyamonde is a feisty little 3rd grader who is fairly new in town. She longs for a best friend.

She meets a new boy named Free who has a grouchy attitude all the time. She has to find out why he is so angry all the time.

3rd grade books class enjoyed this story about friendship and finding your place in a new school or when facing change. Dyamonde is intelligent, spunky and courageous.

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4. The Doll People

The Doll People Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
The Doll People

Annabelle Doll has been an eight-year-old doll for over 100 years. Mama, Papa, Nanny, and Uncle Doll currently live in the Doll’s house, but Auntie Sarah has been missing for 45 years.

The Dolls were once Grandma Katherine’s, then her daughter Annie’s, and are now
Annie’s daughter Kate.

When Kate’s little sister Nora gets a new doll house, and the Funcrafts move into Nora’s room, Tiffany becomes Annabelle’s best friend.

When Annabelle finds Auntie Sarah’s journal, Tiffany and Annabelle go on secret searches at night to find Auntie Sarah.

When someone else starts writing in Auntie Sarah’s journal, giving them clues of where Auntie Sarah might be.

Can Tiffany and Annabelle find Auntie Sarah? And can they do it without getting in any danger?

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5. The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

This adventure story is sweet, engaging and fun to read 3rd grade books.

This story tale about four children who want to stay together at all costs after the loss of their parents.

This first story introduces Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. After being orphaned, they are roaming and working to survive as a family.

They have a grandfather, but they are afraid of him. They find an abandoned boxcar near a town and make it their home.

They trust very few people because they are afraid of being sent to an orphanage and split up. They have quite the adventure! Great story for kids and adults!

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6. Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside School Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Kids loves the Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

Their old teacher, Mrs. Gorf, used to turn the children into apples, but she got turned into an apple herself and now they have a new teacher, Mrs. Jewls. Mrs. Jewl whispers to one of the students that “children are really smarter than their teachers,” a fact that was already known to the students.

One student can only read upside down and is told he must learn to stand on his head.

Another student arranges to sell her “useless” toes to the yard teacher, however, when she is not getting the full price she originally bargained for, the deal is off. When the children laugh, the walls laugh with them and turn purple.

It’s a super cute fantasy 3rd Grade Books.

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7. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! So clever, so kind! And what a fascinating look these 3rd grade books give you at life in the “Donna Reed Era.”

All the mothers are at home making pot roasts and gingerbread for their children, and the fathers work in an office and smoke pipes and read the paper after supper.

The girls wear dresses and white socks and the boys wear sweaters and ironed jeans! It’s swell, just swell!

And YET. The problems that these frazzled mothers call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle to help with? Still so current! Selfishness, not picking up toys, picky eating, constant bickering!

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8. Fantastic Mr. Fox 

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Fantastic Mr. Fox 

Fantastic Mr. Fox is an amazing book for children for 3rd grade books readers.

they know the identity of the thief—it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded.

What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

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9. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds 

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds 

Cam isn’t a proven veteran of dozens of investigations at this point, merely a bright girl hailed for her unfailing photographic memory, but that gift is in rare form as her first case ever pops up when she’s at the mall with her friend Eric.

The case is challenging, convoluted enough that the police can’t get to the bottom of it, but no detective on the force is as observant as the soon-to-be-legendary Cam Jansen.

Trusting her own instincts and faultless memory, she’s about to establish her reputation as a kid detective on par with the very best.

Eric’s mother leaves him with his baby brother Howie at the mall for a few minutes on the morning Parker’s Jewelry Store is robbed at gunpoint.

Seated on a bench with Eric outside the shop in the mall’s main corridor, Cam sees only the commotion after the heist, when a man pushes his way out of the store and runs away. Other patrons file out moments later, looking dazed and frightened: a man with his wife and baby, a pair of elderly ladies.

The police arrive shortly and go after the man who ran off, but Cam asks questions of the other people in the store when the holdup occurred. These witnesses should be able to identify the culprit.

The authorities conduct their investigation professionally, but only Cam perceives the situation well enough to deduce how the jewelry theft really went down and who’s responsible.

There’s no time to alert the cops; she and Eric must bring the perpetrator to justice on their own, or the bad guy will get off scot-free.

It’s Cam’s debut as a detective capable of solving crimes the police can’t, but it might be her last case if she’s not careful about getting involved with armed robbers. Desperate criminals take desperate actions to preserve their liberty.

Can Cam and Eric prove the offenders’ guilt and alert the police to come rescue them before the robbers silence the junior gumshoes permanently?

Interesting 3rd grade books readers.

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10. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 

He lives in an apartment in New York City’s west side with his parents and younger brother Fudge, and is fortunate to have his own room.

Yet, other than having space to himself, Peter does not feel very lucky, and that is because Fudge is a terror who ruins everything from a day out with their parents to the simple task of sitting down to eat supper.

He has managed to have their mother wrapped around his little finger, which in turn bothers Peter immensely because usually, if not always, Fudge is to blame for all of the incidents that go on in their home.

Over the course of a school year, Peter labels himself a fourth grade nothing because nothing happens to him, whereas everything exciting happens to Fudge.

Children still enjoy this 3rd grade books.

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11. Muggie Maggie

Muggie Maggie Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Muggie Maggie

Muggie Maggie is written by Beverly Cleary. It is about a girl that refuses to learn cursive. First, she hates cursive because she only likes to type on the computer. Then, she is upset because she cannot read cursive. Next, she becomes the message monitor

This is perfect for 3rd grade books readers.

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12. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

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The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

The young mouse adventurer rides in the ear of a horse, hangs from the claws of airborne bats, chats with Queen Victoria.

When bouncing back from adversity, he says things like: “My heart didn’t sing, but it began to hum a bit.” He listens quite respectfully to the formidable Queen when she advises: “No, we do not know everything … But there is nothing we cannot find out.”

Good for 3rd grade books readers.

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13. The One Day House

The One Day House Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
The One Day House

Great story about friendship and contributing to your neighborhood. Especially empowering for ethnic and cultural imagery.

Wilson wishes that one day he will be able to help Gigi in many ways. He says that one day he will paint her house yellow like the sun, but Gigi assures him that he is all the sunshine she needs.

Wilson wants to build a fence for her yard, fix her stairs so she can climb them again, fix her piano so it can be played once more. He wants to create a garden for her and fix her roof.

There are so many things to fix and Wilson can’t do them by himself. Luckily though, Wilson asks for help and the community turns out to help Gigi and have Wilson’s wishes for her come true.

Inspirational story for 3rd grade books readers.

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14. The Day You Begin 

The Day You Begin Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
The Day You Begin 

wonderful story, and the illustrations are great for 3rd grade books readers. The story told encouragement and empowerment for kids who feel different from others.

“The Day You Begin” is about embracing all those things that make you stand out no matter what they are. The titular beginning is that moment of acceptance of self that can turn into true confidence and self love when you begin to see that different doesn’t have to mean hateful or ugly or seperate.

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15. The Very Last Castle

The Very Last Castle Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
The Very Last Castle

A little story about a girl who dares to find out what’s going on, despite the worries of her neighbors.

The book centers on the very last castle that stands in the middle of a small town. No one ever comes out of it, and no one ever goes in, yet a man stands guard, bringing a decent amount of curiosity to interested passersby. Yet one little girl named Ibb is the only one who truly begins to question the castle and the mystery that surrounds its walls. Everybody speculates as to what is inside, as people are wont to do when they don’t know about or understanding something well. Everybody would much rather think the worst than learn what truly is going on and how they might be able to take part in learning more.

When Ibb decides to enter the castle’s walls and discover the truth, she finds that perception is an interesting thing.

The guard is taking care of the castle, making sure it is treated well, and Ibb, despite being a little girl who probably should not wander off on her own into mostly abandoned castles, finds that the truth she was looking for has led her into an unexpected friendship with the guard.

As she joins him in exploring the castle grounds, he reveals his wish for the castle, and Ibb helps him see that it is possible in ways he had never considered.

A sweet story that is made even better through the themes of friendship, curiosity, and truth, ‘The Very Last Castle’ is a lovely tale with colorful illustrations

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16. Drawn Together

Drawn Together Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Drawn Together

It is lovely story for 3rd grade books readers. This is about the separation of the generations and culture. A Grandfather only speaks his native language and the young boy is American. They don’t like the same TV and they can’t communicate easily.

They feel very separated and it’s not fun to be together.

The boy then goes to the kitchen to draw his little super person and the grandfather sees this and gets his own sketch book out.

He also has his own super person that he drew of himself. Now they can communicate in their world of make-believe and they have a 

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17. The Bell Rang (ALA Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

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The Bell Rang (ALA Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

This is beautiful. Every day, the bell rings on the plantation. Every day, Daddy gathers wood and Mama cooks and then all the slaves go to work in the fields and the young narrator goes to Miss Sarah Mae’s with all the other children. Then one day, her older brother Ben runs away with two others.

The two other boys are caught and whipped, but her brother doesn’t return. We see the sorrow and longing for her brother (and her parents for their son) but also the hope that he has made it safely to freedom and maybe, just maybe, some day they will too.

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18. Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Bookjoy, Wordjoy Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Bookjoy, Wordjoy

the way the poems is written truly makes the reader think deeper about how we are able to paint a picture with words.

Bookjoy, Wordjoy, is a wonderful collection of poems celebrating the Spanish culture and a passion for all things literary.

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19. Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story

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Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story

The story of a great horned owl family is told in dramatic fashion using only haiku poems in this picture book.

A pair of great horned owls find a squirrel’s nest and claim it as their home. The mother bird lays three eggs in the nest, losing one when the crows attack her.

Now there are two eggs left to guard and keep warm. Soon two owlets emerge from their eggs, eating the prey that Mama and Papa bring to them.

The woods has lots of dangers like hunting hawks and foxes waiting for an owlet to fall. Mama is there to protect them though, until it is time for them to take wing and find a home of their own.

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20. Dreamers

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A mother moves to America to help with a dying relative and to marry. She has a baby and she is amazed by the country, but she has a hard time feeling like she has a place.

Until, she finds the public libraries. She has never seen anything like them. She loves the books and uses the color picture books to learn English.

The story of mother and child finding their place in a library warms my heart. 

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21. Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth

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Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth

This is one of the most beautiful children’s books. 

The story about different animals and shows an unexpected side to each of them. Fierce gorillas are actually wonderful parents caring deeply and well for their offspring. Fanged wolves when looked at more closely are all about being friends with one another and connecting through their howls.

The feared shark is an important part of its ecosystem and food cycle. The porcupine is less about throwing quills and much more about being a shy herbivore. Each animal is labeled with a false

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22. That’s What Friends Are For

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That’s What Friends Are For

It describes different kinds of animals that share their experience in order to help an elephant to get along to his cousin on the other end of the forest.

This would teach children how important it’s to help a friend in need, or in difficulty.

That’s What Friends Are For by Florence Parry Heide is about an elephant named Theodore hurt his leg on the way to see his cousin, so he is sitting alone in the forest.

He decides to ask his other animal friends for advice, but unfortunately their suggestions do not work for him due to their differences.

After many of his friends attempt to give him advice, the opossum comes along and says that a real friend would go bring the Theofore’s cousin here, so thats what they set out to do.

The book has a happy ending with the two elephants playing together and the quote, “To give advice is very nice, but friends can do much more. Friends should always help a friend. Thats what friends are for!”

Beautifully described everything for 3rd grade books readers and young readers.

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23. Mapping Penny’s World

Mapping Penny's World Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Mapping Penny’s World

This is an interesting book for 3rd grade books readers that introduces the concept of mapping, whether it be on a room-size scale or a map of the worldThis book is a great tool for teaching kids about making and interpreting maps.

Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy shows how Lisa and her dog, Penny, learn the basics of mapmaking, in a sequel to Measuring Penny. Lisa’s class is learning how to make maps and her teacher says they can make maps of anyplace. Lisa starts with her bedroom, including all the things that people will need to read the map, and Penny helps.

So Lisa decides to map Penny’s world. Lisa and Penny decide to visit some of the exotic places that they’ve drawn, after remembering to take a map along.

Leedy uses the concept of creating personal maps to explain various kinds of maps and mapmaking symbols, such as title, key, sumbols, scale, Compass Rose, and labels.

Maps included in the room include a world map, a school map, Lisa’s bedroom, Penny’s Treasure map, Maxine’s (the dog) Route to Lisa’s House, Meridian Park Hike and Trails map, Penny’s Favorite Places map, and Penny’s Trip Around the World map.

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24. Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Story)

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Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Story)

The book Cinderella (as if you didn’t already know the story) by Barbara Ensor. The main characters are Cinderella, her stepmom and her stepsisters. The setting is in a village.

The story’s conflict is that Cinderella’s father marries another woman. She becomes Cinderella’s stepmother and makes Cinderella do everything around the house. Cinderella’s father does not have time to notice, because of his work.

the prince hade said that if he would not marry another woman. If he didn’t marry Cinderella he would not get married. The prince thought that Cinderella was the one for him and he committed him self to find Cinderella.

He went to every village, town, city that was near. He thought he would not find her at the end he finds her and he does get married. 

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25. Two Bad Ants

Two Bad Ants Top 25 Best 3rd Grade Books
Two Bad Ants

This is a great book about perspective. It is illustrated from an ant’s perspective. The illustrations and story are fantastic.

Two Bad Ants is a picture book about a colony of ants who find a sugar jar to take from.

Two (very rebellious) ants decided they wanted to make this sugar jar their new home. What they didn’t know about making this sugar jar their new home was all the trouble that would come with it.

Best for 3rd grade books readers.

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Frequently Asked Question

What is the 3rd grade?

 Third grade (also called grade three, equivalent to Year 4 in the UK) is a year of primary education in many countries. It is the third school year of primary school. Students are usually 8–9 years old, depending on when their birthday occurs.

What is a first-grade reading level?

Range of Typical reading Levels in First Grade
In the fall, first graders typically independently read at a Level 4. By the end of first grade, a typical first grader will independently read at Level 16. It is important to note that some students may have DRA scores that are above or below the gradelevel expectation

How do I know my child’s reading level?

4 Steps to Choosing Books at Your Child’s Reading Level
Find out your child’s measured reading level. Ask the school for your child’s reading level. …
Look for books that match that level. Many kids’ books list their reading levels on the back or spine. …
Do a five-fingers vocabulary check. …
Do a quick comprehension check.