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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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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”