3rd Grade Reading List

Instructor: Cara Rogers
There are endless options for third-grade teachers looking to fill their classroom reading curriculum. Take a peek at a few popular favorites in this list of third-grade-level books.

Literature for Third-Graders

1. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

First published in 1996, Falling Up remains a popular choice for young readers. Composed of a series of short poems, this book offers whimsical tales that are delightfully humorous and cleverly written so that students can easily fall into the rhyming patterns.

2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

This award-winning tale, first published in 1967, tells the story of Claudia and her little brother, Jamie. The two decide to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where their thrilling adventure begins.

3. ''Sarah, Plain and Tall'' by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall is another award-winner just waiting to be picked up. This historical story follows Anne and Caleb, two children who have grown up without a mother until their father arranges for Sarah to fill that missing space.

4. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Before Holes, Sachar graced us with the whimsical tales of Wayside School. This compilation of short stories is sure to have your third-grade students rolling in their seats, eager to read more and more.

5. ''Where the Wild Things Are'' by Maurice Sendak

This award-winning tale follows the story of a young boy as he finds an adventure in his own imaginative land. Explore the captivating illustrations and send your students off to romp with Max and the Wild Things.

6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a bright, caring little girl who is only a burden to her despicable parents. When she has a confrontation with the school principal, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda realizes how powerful she can actually be. This fantastical tale will leave your third-grade class feeling empowered and delighted by the whimsy of Dahl's childhood mastery.

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