Terrific Reads for 3rd Graders
Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel
Series: Bad Kitty
Author/illustrator Nick Bruel tries to explain to the reader how to write a story, but Bad Kitty is not at all happy about the plot, which has her going on a turnip diet to lose weight.
Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he's not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to find their missing siblings.
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Series: Tales from Deckawoo Drive
Forging an instant bond with spaghetti-loving horse Maybelline, horseless cowboy Leroy Ninker inadvertently risks eternal loneliness when he forgets a vital rule about Maybelline's care.
Locomotive by Brian Floca
It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and families are traveling together, riding America's brand new transcontinental railroad. The pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Series: Zita the Spacegirl
When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.
I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 by Lauren Tarshis
Series: I Survived
In 1937, eleven-year-old Hugo Ballard and his family are making a transatlantic journey on the Hindenburg zeppelin, but as the airship gets ready to land, a blast rocks it, sparking a fire that puts Hugo in a desperate race to escape the flames.
Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
Series: Hamster Princess
Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.
Attack of the Kraken by Kevin Sherry
Series: The Yeti Files
The merfolk of Atlantis have called in the yeti Blizz Richards and his team of cryptozoologists to capture the kraken that is attacking their city, but when he starts to investigate, Blizz realizes that there is a lot the merfolk are not telling him.
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.
Explore Fossils! by Cynthia L. Brown
Introduces the history of life on Earth as revealed by fossils, teaching how fossils form and about the different types of fossils and the world of long ago, its landscape, and the plants and animals that lived then.
Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Steve Jenkins
Cracks the code of the incredible egg, exploring how a simple, often colorful, sometimes surprisingly shaped package reveals nature's life cycle, unusual animal defensive strategies, parenting behavior, and evolution.
Hands-on!: Math Projects by Andrew King
Dive into learning with this hands-on book that explores math. Includes easy-to-make projects and colorful illustrations.
Bigfoot is Missing by J. Patrick Lewis
This book is a poetry collection about crypto-zoological creatures (the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, Chupacabra, etc.) from around the world. The rhymes take the form of wanted posters, newspaper clippings, posted signs, news broadcasts, and more.
2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids by Amy Zuckerman
By examining present day trends and technology, this book offers a look at how life will be for kids in the future through a review of the way the world will operate, the gadgets and products that will be made, the environmental changes that may take place, and more.