Books Every Third Grader Should Know
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Dinosaurs Before Dark
by Mary Pope Osborne
Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
by Arnold Lobel
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures
by Kate DiCamillo
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. Lexile 520
Ivy + Bean
by Annie Barrows
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.
by Megan McDonald
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage. Lexile 530
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton
Take a dip into a Graphic Novel with this fun underwater story. Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. Lexile 490
by E.B. White
The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.
The Sleepy Hollow Mystery
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
"In the town of Sleepy Hollow, the Aldens discover an old legend that's come back to life! Their friend's ghost-tour business is being disrupted by a spooky figure on horseback who throws pumpkins in the streets and frightens everyone. Has the headless horseman returned to haunt the town? The Boxcar Children must find out before the ghost tours are ruined!"--Jacket flap.