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Ages 9-12

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.
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Magic Treehouse
Fables by Arnold Lobel
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.
John Henry by Julius Lester
Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.
Judy Moody 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
Many Moons by James Thurber
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.
Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry Allard
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Willimas-Garcia
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Paul Bunyan: A Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg
Recounts the life of the extraordinary lumberjack whose unusual size and strength brought him many fantastic adventures.
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
Six-year-old Ramona tries to cope with an unsympathetic first-grade teacher.
Stuart Little 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 Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
This is the story of a little cat who came to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brought him good fortune.
The Great Smelling Bee by R.L. Stine
In order to hide a bulldog in his no-pets-allowed dorm, scheming fourth-grader Bernie Bridges enrolls his pet as a transfer student.
The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie DePaola
Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset down to the earth.
The Paper Crane by Molly Bang
A mysterious man enters a restaurant and pays for his dinner with a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances.
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.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.
Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.
Updated 03/08/2019