Students Entering Grade 3: Recommended Summer Reading List


The titles on our recommended reading list are popular with students of this age and vary by topic, interest and level of difficulty. The list will assist you in selecting engaging and appropriate reading material. Enjoy reading to and with your child; encourage independent reading as well.


Katherine Applegate

  • "Roscoe Riley Rules" (series)

Todd Arnold

  • "Fly Guy" (series)

Annie Barrows

  • "Ivy and Bean" (series)

Beverly Cleary

  • "Henry Huggins" (series)

Roald Dahl

  • "The BFG"
  • "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
  • "James and the Giant Peach"
  • "Matilda"
  • "The Witches"

Tomie dePaola

  • "Strega Nona" (series)

Mem Fox

  • "Koala Lou"
  • "The Magic Hat"
  • "Tough Boris"

Dan Gutman

  • "My Weird School" (series)
  • "My Weirdest School" (series)

James & Debra Howe

  • "Houndsley and Catina" (series)
  • "Pinky and Rex" (series)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

  • "Comic Squad" (series)
  • "Lunch Lady" (series)
  • "Platypus Police Squad" (series)

Robert Munsch

  • "Paper Bag Princess"
  • "Pigs"
  • "Something Good"
  • "Stephanie’s Ponytail"
  • "Thomas' Snowsuit"

Barbara Park

  • "Junie B. Jones" (series)

Lincoln Peirce

  • "Big Nate" (series)

Sara Pennypacker and Jeff Brown

  • "Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventure Series"

Dav Pilkey

  • "Big Dog and Little Dog" (series)
  • "Dragon" (series)

Dietlof Reiche

  • "Golden Hamster Saga" (series)

Pat Ross

  • "M&M" (series)

Cynthia Rylant

  • "Annie & Snowball" (series)
  • "Brownie & Pearl" (series)
  • "Mr. Putter and Tabby" (series)
  • "Poppleton" (series)

Geronimo Stilton

  • "Geronimo Stilton" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton & the Kingdom of Fantasy" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton Journey Through Time" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton Mice Kings" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton Spacemice" (series)


Cindy Lou Aillaud

  • "Recess at 20 Below"

Selby B. Beeler

  • "Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions From Around the World"

Gilda Berger

  • "True or False" (series)

Bette Birnbaum

  • "Jane Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees"

Joan Blos

  • "The Heroine of the Titanic: A Tale Both True and Otherwise of the Life of Molly Brown"

Melani Chrismer

  • "The Sun"

Kathryn Gibbs Davis

  • "Wackiest White House Pets"

Camilla de la Bedoyere

  • "QEB Life Cycle" (series)

Major Brian Dennis

  • "Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle"

Nancy Furtsinger

  • "Maggie’s Second Chance"

Steve Jenkins

  • "How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships"

Susan Labella

  • "Owls and Other Animals with Amazing Eyes"

Adolph Moser

  • "How to Take the Grr Out of Anger"

Jerry Pallotta

  • "Who Would Win? (Lion vs. Tiger, Tarantula vs. Scorpion)" (series)

Mary Knudson Schulte

  • "Piranhas and Other Fish"

Barbara A. Somervill

  • "Bloodsuckers" (series)

Greg Tang

  • "Math for All Seasons" (series)

Mark Thomas

  • "Food in Colonial America"