Dear Students & Parents:
        It is recommended that third graders read 20-25 minutes every day.  You could read a newspaper, magazine, comic book, short story and, of course, a book.  The most important thing is to select “good fit” material.  Below is a list of suggested reading for 8-10 year olds.
         In addition to the list below, my personal favorite authors are Patricia Polacco, Dan Gutman, and Andrew Clements.  Any books by those three authors are fantastic choices.  Patricia Polacco stories are especially good to read with a parent.  Her stories generate a lot of great conversations about family traditions.  Andrew Clements writes fantastic stories about things that happen in school to many children.  Dan Gutman is a master at writing silly stories and baseball card adventures.  There is so much to connect to in these stories.  They also writes with a lot of humor and touches on people’s feelings.

    Ø  Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo

    Ø The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo

    Ø The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali, Leslie Garrett

    Ø Swindle, Gordon Korman

    Ø 11 Birthdays, Wendy Maas

    Ø A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray, Ann M. Martin

    Ø Main Street: Welcome to Camden Falls, Ann M. Martin

    Ø A Friendship for Today, Patricia C. McKissack

    Ø Julian Rodriguez: Trash Crisis on Earth, Alexander Stadler

    Ø Math Curse, Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

    Ø The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

    Ø Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White & Garth Williams

    Ø Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Lisa Yee

    Ø The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, Jeanne Birdsall

    Ø Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume

    Ø Room One: A Mystery or Two, Andrew Clements & Mark Elliot

    Ø Lost and Found, Andrew Clements & Mark Elliot

    Ø Medusa Jones, Ross Collins

    Ø  Spelling B And The Missing Magic, Lexi Connor

    Ø Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name, Sharon Draper

    Ø Hotel for Dogs, Lois Duncan

    Ø News for Dogs, Lois Duncan

    Ø Ibby’s Magic Weekend, Heather Dyer

    Ø Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning, Danette Haworth

    Ø Hottest, Coldest, Highest Deepest, Steve Jenkins

    Ø  Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi

    Ø Beyond Pluto (The Final Frontier in Space), Elaine Landau

    Ø Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Patricia Lauber

    Ø Cyberia, Chris Lynch

    Ø How to Steal a Dog, Barbara O’Connor

    Ø Safe at Home, Sharon Robinson

    Ø Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, Brandon Sanderson

    Ø Gully’s Travels, Tor Seidler & Brock Cole

    Ø Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case, Donald J. Sobol

    Ø Dolphin Song, Lauren St. John

    Ø You Wouldn’t Want to be an Egyptian Mummy!, David Stewart, David Salariya & David Antram

    Ø  Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents, George Sullivan

    Ø Animal Ark, Ben M. Baglio

    Ø Land of Elyon, Patrick Carman

    Ø Matt Christopher Sports Stories, Matt Christopher

    Ø Schooling Around, Andy Griffiths

    Ø Children of the Lamp, P.B. Kerr

    Ø On the Run, Gordon Korman

    Ø  Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Kathryn Lasky

    Ø The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

    Ø Comeback Kids, Mike Lupica

    Ø Baby-Sitters Club, Ann M. Martin

    Ø Main Street, Ann M. Martin

    Ø Rainbow Magic, Daisy Meadows

    Ø Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

    Ø A to Z Mysteries, Ron Roy

    Ø Dinosaur Cove, Rex Stone

    Ø Pet Trouble, Tui T. Sutherland

    Ø Dear America, various authors

    Ø The 39 Clues, various authors

    Ø Candy Apple, various authors