Gr. 3 Lit. Survey

a one-year survey of 52 novels for third-grade students

If you read one novel per week, you will have read all these books by the end of a year. And you will have been introduced to many great authors from around the world!

Great Stories
Abbott, Tony. The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet. (American; AR 2.9)
Adler, David A. Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery. (American; AR 3.3)
Andrews, Jan. Pa’s Harvest: a True Story Told by Ephrem Carrier. (Canadian; AR 3.5)
Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. (American; AR 3.3)
Brouwer, Sigmund. Timberwolf Chase. (American; AR 3.0)
Bulla, Clyde Robert. The Sword in the Tree. (American; AR 3.2)
Byars, Betsy. Beans on the Roof. (American; AR 2.4)
Cameron, Ann. Julian, Secret Agent. (American; AR 3.1)
Christopher, Matt. The Kid Who Only Hit Homers. (American; AR 3.9)
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona and Her Mother. (American; AR 4.8)
Cleary. Beverly. Ramona the Pest. (American; AR 5.1)
Cohen, Barbara. Molly’s Pilgrim. (American; AR 3.0)
Cone, Molly. Mishmash. (American; AR 4.2)
Cowley, Joy. Snake and Toad. (New Zealand; AR 3.4)
Dadey, Debbie. Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots. (American; AR 3.8)
Dahl, Roald. The Enormous Crocodile. (British; AR 4.0)
Dahl, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox. (British; AR 4.1)
Fleischman, Sid. McBroom’s Ghost. (American; AR 4.0)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Say What? (American; AR 4.1)
Haywood, Carolyn. Back to School with Betsy. (American; AR 3.7)
Hill, Kirkpatrick. The Year of Miss Agnes. (AR 4.5)
Hurwitz, Johanna. Busybody Nora. (American; AR 4.1)
Hurwitz, Johanna. Rip-roaring Russell. (American; AR 3.8)
King-Smith, Dick. The Mouse Family Robinson. (British; AR 4.3)
King-Smith, Dick. Sophie’s Snail. (British; AR 3.9)
Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry Moves Up to the Third Grade. (American; AR 3.2)
Lowry, Lois. All About Sam. (American; AR 4.0)
Mills, Claudia. 7 x 9 = Trouble. (American; AR 4.3)
Moses, Shelia P. Sallie Gal and the Wall-a-kee Man. (American; AR 4.1)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Boy with the Helium Head. (American; AR 3.8)
Osborne, Mary Pope. Good Morning, Gorillas. (American; AR 3.3)
Park, Barbara. Junie B., First Grader. (American; 3.1)
Peterson, John. The Littles Go to School. (American; AR 3.5)
Pinkwater, Daniel. The Hoboken Chicken Emergency. (American; AR 4.9)
Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms. (American; AR 3.5)
Rylant, Cynthia. The Lighthouse Family: the Storm. (American; AR 4.4)
Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Super Fast, Out of Control! (American; AR 3.6)
Scieszka, Jon. It’s All Greek to Me. (American; AR 3.7)
Speck, Katie. Maybelle in the Soup. (American; AR 4.1)
Spinelli, Jerry. Fourth Grade Rats. (American; AR 2.6)
Stilton, Geronimo. Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye. (Italian; AR 3.7)
Smith, Robert Kimmel. The War with Grandpa. (American; AR 3.9)
Titus. Eve. Anatole. (American; AR 3.9)
Warner, Gertrude. The Boxcar Children. (American; AR 3.9)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Christmas in the Big Woods. (American; AR 3.8)
Wishinsky, Frieda. A Bee in Your Ear. (Canadian; AR 3.5)

Newbery Winners
The Newbery Award was named after a British bookseller who lived in the 1700s: John Newbery. Every year, the American Library Association recognizes one author for making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Note that this is an American award and so many outstanding books from other countries are not eligible. Therefore, it is important to also read great literature from other countries. Keeping that in mind, here are some Newbery novels especially suitable for third grade students.
Dalgliesh Alice. The Bears on Hemlock Mountain. (1953 Honor Book; AR 3.5)
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Together. (1973 Honor Book; AR 2.9)
MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. (1986 Medal Winner; AR 3.4)
Mathis, Sharon Bell. The Hundred Penny Box. (1976 Honor Book; AR 3.9)
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. (1953 Honor Book; AR 4.4)

Click HERE for stories for children beginning to read novels.

Click HERE for more stories for 8 to 10 year old children.


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2 thoughts on “Gr. 3 Lit. Survey

  1. Hello Wendy,

    I had started a very brief list – only 2 entries so far – of novels suitable for children beginning to read novels:

    I do have an extensive list of picture books for children two to nine-years-old:

    If you are interested in finding more novels, rather than picture books, for grade 2 students, please let me know! I will happily make a list for you. There as so many ideas in my head that I tend to make lists upon request.

    wishing you hours of fun with books,

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