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The following books have been screened by and are recommended for 3rd grade children by the authors of Straight Talk About Reading:

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Third Grade

Recommended Books
Third Grade

Author

Title

Publisher

Copyright Date

Lexile Score

Average:      
Avi Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?

Alfred A. Knopf, 1981

510

Byars, Betsy The Computer Nut

Viking Penguin, 1984

510

Cleary, Beverly Henry Huggins

William Morrow & Co., 1950

650

Dadey, Debbie Cupid Doesn’t Flip Hamburgers  

570

Dixon, Franklin

 

The Case of the Cosmic Kidnapping (Hardy Boys) Out of print.  Check the library.

655

Duffy, Betsy

 

How to Be Cool in Third Grade

A Boy in the Doghouse

Penguin Group,

1993

Simon & Schuster, 1991

 
MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah, Plain and Tall

HarperCollins, 1985

540

McKenna, Colleen O’Shaughnessy Good Grief ... Third Grade

Scholastic, 1993

570

Sachar, Louis

 

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom

Alfred Knopf, Inc.,

1897

530

Tripp, Valerie Meet Molly: An American Girl

Pleasant Company,

1986

630

Warner, Gertrude The Boxcar Children (series of books)

Albert Whitman, 1942

500

Harder:      
Avi Poppy

Avon, 1995

 
Babbitt, Natalie Tuck Everlasting

Farrar Straus Giroux, 1975

700

Banks, Lynne Reid The Return of the Indian

Doubleday, 1986

710

Butterworth, Oliver The Enormous Egg

Little, Brown, 1956

840

Dahl, Roald James and the Giant Peach

Alfred A. Knopf, 1961

870

  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Puffin Books, 1964

Alfred A. Knopf

890

Hurwitz, Johanna Aldo Applesauce

William Morrow & Co., 1979

730

L’Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962

750

Lindgren, Astrid Pippi Longstocking

Penguin, 1950

890

McKenna, Colleen O’Shaughnessy Fourth Grade is a Jinx

Fifth Grade: Here Comes Trouble

(out of print.  check library, and see other books by author.)

Scholastic, 1989

780

740

Selden, George The Cricket in Times Square

Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1960

770

Silverstein, Shel A Light In the Attic

HarperCollins, 1991

(poetry)

Speare, Elizabeth The Sign of the Beaver

Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1983

790

Steig, William

 

 

Dominic

Abel’s Island

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976

910

890

White, E.B.

 

Charlotte’s Web

The Trumpet of the Swan

Harper & Row, 1952

Harper & Row, 1970

700

730

Wilder, Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

HarperCollins, 1935

780

       

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Recommended Books to Read-Aloud
to a Third Grade Student

Author

Title

Publisher

Copyright Date

DeJong, Meindert

 

The Wheel on the School Harper Trophy, 1954
Gipson, Fred Old Yeller Harper & Row, 1956
Forber, Esther Johnny Tremain Houghton Mifflin, 1943
Lawson, Robert

 

 

 

Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written by his good Mouse Amos Little, Brown, 1939
Lewis, C.S.

 

The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of 7 books HaperCollins, 1950’s
Slepian, Jan The Broccoli Tapes Putnam & Grosset, 1988
     

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