The books and authors listed below are meant to give you a few suggestions to begin your search for books approriate for your child to read. 
     The list itself should not be interpreted as our recommendation for these specific books or authors, or their appropriateness for your child.
     The majority of these titles have been selected from lists provided by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in their books on Matching Books to Readers.  The Needham School System uses their book  leveling system in the developmental reading program.

Favorite Grade 3 Authors
Eloise Greenfield -sophisticated picture books
Faith Ringgold-             "     "       "   "

Patricia Polacco--            "   "        "   "
Tomie De Paolo
Clyde Bulla
Beverly Cleary
Joanna Hurwitz
Suzy Kline
Betsy Duffey
E.B.White (challenge)
Eve Bunting ( She has written a range of story topics. Some are children's stories and other books are commentaries about social issues that are written in a very child appropriate manner, but parent may want to read and discuss with child. Example: Fly Away Home)
Matt Christopher - sports books

Easy Grade 3 Series
Lionel – Krensky
Madeline – Bemelmans
M & M – Ross
Nate the Great – Sharmat
books by Nathaniel Benchley (historical fiction)

Beginning Grade 3/ End of Grade 2 Series
Amelia Bedelia –Parish
Aliens for.........- Spinner
Bridget series – Leverich
Deputy Dan – Rosenbloom
EEK stories - Sperengen
First Start Biographies- (Troll publishers)
Flower Girl – Leverich
Goliath – Terrance
Horrible Harry – Kline
Judy Moody- mcDonald
More Tales of Amanda Pig – VanLeeuwen
More Tales of Oliver pig – VanLeeuwen
Oliver and Amanda – VanLeeuwen
PeeWee Scouts – Delton
Pinky & Rex – Howes
Space Dog – Standiford
Triplet Trouble – Dadey & Jones

Slightly More Difficult Series
Bailey Street Kids – Dadey & Jones
Buster series – Marc Brown
Biographies by Adler
Jenny Archer – Conford
Junie B Jones – Barbara Park
Little House (younger book series) Laura Ingalls Wilder
Littles – Petersen
Magic Tree House - Osborne
Marvin Redpost – Sachar
Picture Book of ......... - Adler
Russell & Elisa series – Hurwitz
Sophie series – King Smith, Dick
Wonder Kid Meets....... - Duncan
Matt Christopher sports stories
    (range from beginning grade to grade 4.)

Middle Grade 3 Series
Amber Brown – Danziger
Adam Joshua's Capers – Smith
Captain Underpants -- Pilkey
Danger........(sport series) – Abbott

Herbie Jones – Kline
Julian Stories – Cameron
Leftovers – Tristan
Mary Maroney – Kline
Max Malone – Herman
Something Queer.... - Levy
Step Into Reading 3
Secrets of Droon - Abbott
Zack Files - Greenburg

End of Grade 3 Series
Angel Park Series – Hughes
Baby Sitters Club – Martin
Boxcar Mysteries – Warner
Captain Underpants – Pilkey
Henry & Risby – Cleary
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – MacDonald
My America series
Meg Mackintosh - Landon
Pony Pal series – Bentacourt
Ramona Quimby – Cleary
Story of......(biographies) – Davidson
Mysteries by Seymour Simon (science bent)
Spider Kane – Osborne
Matt Christopher sports stories
     (range from beginning grade 3 to grade 4.)

Challenge : Grade 3 Series
Animal Ark series – Baglio
Anastasia series – Lowry
American Girls series
Dragon..... - Killer
Dunc and Amos – Paulsen
Encyclopedia Brown – Sobol
Heather series – Sinykin
Help! I'm ....... - Strasser
If you (sailed/ lived) ........(non fiction) – McGovern
Joshua T Bates – Shreve
Little House on the Prairie series - Wilder
Magic School House books – Cole
Mysteries by Betty Ren Wright
Goosebumps - Stine
Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Sachar
Sports Mysteries – T J Edwards
Time Warp trio – Scieszka

Please note:  The above list of titles should not be interpreted as an endorsement.  The titles are provided for you as a reference point.  You may find some of these books more suitable for your child than others.
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