Summer Reading List for Incoming 3rd Graders

Your child is going into the third grade, and while they still love picture books, they’ve mastered some advanced reading skills and are reading for chapter books. This summer reading list contains a healthy combination to keep your child engaged and visiting his or her local library for the remaining weeks of summer.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
You thought you knew the story of The Three Little Pigs … you thought wrong. This hysterical picture book swaps the point of view from the pigs to the big bad wolf so readers can learn both sides of this classic fairy tale. You don’t want to miss this comical story so we suggest reading it with your child.

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
A city is running on a decreasing supply of magic when young Conn is pulled into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn is taken under his mentor’s wing when he pickpockets Nevery and touches the locus magicalicus and doesn’t drop dead.  Will Conn have time to search for his own stone while juggling wizard lessons and helping Nevery uncover who or what is depleting their city’s magic?

Crandalls’ Castle by Betty Ren Wright
This frightening story about twelve-year-old Charli seeing shadows without their owners and the sounds of crying babies without the babies will have your child turning every page faster and faster to find out what is happening at Crandalls’ castle.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Wanda Petronski claims she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home even though she wears the same faded blue dress every day. Her classmates know about her lie, and they don’t let her live it down. But when Wanda is pulled out of school, it’s too late for her bullies to apologize. One of Wanda’s classmates, Maddie, is determined to always stand up for what’s right. This timeless, moving story was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1945.

Esio Trot by Roald  Dahl
Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy’s plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it’s going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Losing a bet usually comes with unwanted consequences. So when Billy has to eat 15 worms in 15 days,  he gets creative at turning these into an amuse-bouche. But when it looks like Billy is going to win the bet, things change …

Secret Hero Society by Derek Fridolfs
This superhero-packed book will have your child wanting to dress up like Batman or Wonder Woman this Halloween. This inventive story shows what school may look like if Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman all went to the same school and joined the Junior Detective Agency club. Your child is sure to encounter some crime fighting in this fun detective novel.

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill a prophecy that’s said to bring peace to the nation. But not every dragonet wants this destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Eleven-year-old Turtle knows that life isn’t what Hollywood depicts in their movies. Turtle in Paradise takes place in 1935 when jobs and money are hard to come by. So Turtle gets a job housekeeping for a woman who isn’t keen on kids and has to say goodbye and move to Florida. The move brings many adventures and discovery in this coming of age novel for young readers.

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
A police dog named Greg and his cop companion are injured on duty, which results in a life-saving surgery that creates Dog Man. When Dog Man wakes up, he has the body of a human and the head of a dog. This heroic hound still loves to sniff out justice, but can he resist his innate urge to run wild?

With one more month of summer left, these books are sure to get your young reader back into the groove of reading daily before the first day of school!

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