childrens books The Best Books for Third Graders  

Stan Holton
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The best books for third graders include a lot of fantastical stories geared for kids ages 8, and many are classics. What are the best chapter books for 3rd graders? It does depend a great deal on a child's reading levels, because some kids might be ready for more advanced reading by grade three. This list includes a myriad of choices, from advanced chapter books like the 'Harry Potter' series and 'Bridge to Terabithia' to books for all ages. Vote for the third grade books you think are the most appropriate and/or enjoyable, and of course, please add any books that you think are perfect for this age.

Some favorite books for children in third grade include several in well-known chapter book series. Examples? The 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series by Jeff Kinney might be a good choice for this age group (again, depending on reading level). The 'Judy Moody' series by Megan McDonald might appeal to both girls and boys (Judy Moody is, after all, a tomboy), and, for children who love fantasy books, 'The Chronicles of Prydain' by Lloyd Alexander might be exciting.

One thing is indisputable: Roald Dahl books are always a hit with kids this age. From 'The Witches' (a great read around Halloween) to 'James and the Giant Peach,' 'The BFG' and 'The Twits,' it's hard to go wrong choosing a Dahl book for a third grader. His characters are often loveable and always unforgettable. Dahl books are among the the greatest books to read to kids. The same goes for the Andrew Clements books, and almost anything by Beverly Cleary.

What was your favorite book in the third grade? The chances are, if you remember it now, it's worth pulling out and giving to another child. Some books, like 'The Indian in the Cupboard,' 'The Tale of Desperaux,' 'A Little Princess' and 'The Cricket in Times Square' will remain popular forever.

For more reading suggestions that are age appropriate, check out these lists of the best books for second graders, first graders and board books for babies.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney

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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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The Twits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Twits Roald Dahl

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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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The BFG is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The BFG Roald Dahl

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How to Eat Fried Worms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Tale of Despereaux is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo

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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Beverly Cleary

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The Miraculous Journey of Edwa... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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The Penderwicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Penderwicks Jeanne Birdsall

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Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Peter Pan Ronald Kidd, Disney Enterprises Inc, Inc. Disney Enterprises

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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Witches Roald Dahl

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Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Doctor Judy Moody is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Judy Moody Megan McDonald

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Stellaluna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Bridge to Terabithia Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Bunnicula is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Bunnicula Jon Klein

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Frindle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Frindle Andrew Clements

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Pippi Longstocking is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren

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The Cricket in Times Square is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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George's Marvellous Medicine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Chocolate Fever is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Chocolate Fever Robert Kimmel Smith

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Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary

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Lunch Money is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Lunch Money Andrew Clements

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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothin... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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The Adventures of the Great Br... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Muggie Maggie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Muggie Maggie Beverly Cleary

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The Borrowers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Borrowers Mary Norton

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I Was a Third Grade Science Pr... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Gooseberry Park is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Gooseberry Park Cynthia Rylant

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Freddy the detective is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Freddy the detective Walter R. Brooks

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The Book of Three is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
The Book of Three Lloyd Alexander

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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King Arthur and his Knights of... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Half Magic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Half Magic Edward Eager

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Please write in this book is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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How to Be Cool in the Third Gr... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders

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Gregor the Overlander is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books for Third Graders
Gregor the Overlander Suzanne Collins