3rd Grade Reading List
Are you looking for reading material for your 3rd grader? This list has numerous books to choose from. There is also at least one free lesson for each book included on the list. These lessons vary from book to book. Some are comprehensive unit studies or novel guides, while others are simply a set of discussion questions.
All of the lessons below are free, but you will need to obtain the corresponding books. You can borrow them from the library, purchase them used, or click/tap on a book’s cover to buy it on Amazon.
How I Created the List
When creating this list, I looked at what books several different sources recommend for each grade. Often various curriculum providers and book lists will recommend a book for different grade levels. For this list, I used the average of the different recommended grade levels. Because of this, you’ll find that other sources may recommend some of the books on this list for 2nd, 4th, or even 5th grade instead of 3rd.
Please note: As values, beliefs, and standards vary widely by family, I have not attempted to screen these books for appropriateness. I recommend that you read several reviews before choosing books for your child to read. This post lists several resources you can use to help ensure the books you choose are appropriate for your family.
3rd Grade Reading List
The books below are listed in no specific order. For additional book options, also check out our lists for other grades.
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A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
This lapbook and printables set from Homeschool Share covers aspects of the plot, as well as, further learning on World War II, Germany, and Christmas.
Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
Homeschool Share’s unit study covers comprehension questions and vocabulary. It also includes lessons related to the story in science, social studies, grammar, writing, art, math, and more.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Prindle Institute provides a discussion guide and questions for the book.
Homeschool Share offers a unit study with activities focused on gardening, plant life, math, and more.
The Secret School by Avi
This worksheet set, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, includes vocabulary and comprehension questions for each chapter.
The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
Rise to Reading provides comprehension questions for each chapter of the book.
Tornado by Betsy Byars
This unit study created by Homeschool Share includes lessons in geography, social studies, science, vocabulary, writing, and more related to the book.
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Homeschool Share’s unit study provides comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and writing assignments. It also includes activities covering related social studies, science, and math topics.
Hannah by Gloria Whelan
Garden of Praise has worksheets that cover vocabulary words and comprehension questions.
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Kool Kids Sign offers worksheets that include comprehension questions and writing assignments. There is also a short online quiz.
Rise to Reading also provides comprehension questions for each chapter of the book.
To expand further on topics mentioned in the book, Homeschool Share’s lapbook covers occupations, transportation, geography, letter writing, weather, and much more.
Donavan’s Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross
This worksheet set, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, includes vocabulary words, comprehension questions, and more.
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
This unit study and lapbook from Homeschool Share covers reading skills, vocabulary, writing, and copywork. It also includes math, science, history, and geography lessons related to the book.
Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
Garden of Praise has comprehension worksheets for the book.
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Garden of Praise offers comprehension worksheets for each chapter of the book.
This unit study from Homeschool Share provides vocabulary words, comprehension questions, and essay questions. There are also activities that cover related science, geography, history, cooking, and more.
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Reading to Kids has discussion questions, vocabulary words, and craft ideas for the book.
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
Ms. Kendall’s website provides a 30-question multiple-choice quiz on the book.
You Are Special by Max Lucado
This activity guide from 7 Sisters Homeschool covers story elements, plot, phonics skills, vocabulary, and more.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
At Garden of Praise, you’ll find comprehension worksheets for each chapter of the book.
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
Reading to Kids provides discussion questions, vocabulary words, and craft ideas.
At Soft Schools, you’ll find a 10-question quiz for the book.
The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
Beginning on page 40 of Response Guides for Teaching Children’s Books, there are discussion questions, writing assignments, and activity suggestions for the book.
This teacher’s guide, made available by GV Libraries, includes a vocabulary and comprehension quiz, teaching tips, and activity ideas.
More Free Reading Curriculum & Resources
Grade Level Reading Lists – These are our reading lists for 3rd grade through high school. There is a free lesson or novel study for each listed book.
Free Language Arts Curriculum – Here you’ll find curriculum for reading, literature, phonics, book guides, and poetry. There are also options for grammar, composition, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting. There is something for every grade, from preschool through high school.
Free eBooks – This post tells where to find free eBooks for the entire family.
Free Audiobooks – This post shares where to find free audiobooks for all ages.
How to Choose Age Appropriate Books – If you need help choosing appropriate books for your children, this post includes several free resources you can use.
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