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3rd Grade Reading List

by | May 21, 2022 | curriculum, reading | 0 comments

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 alphabetical order by title. For additional book options, also check out our lists for other grades.

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A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Reading to Kids has discussion questions, vocabulary words, and craft ideas for the book.

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.

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

This lapbook set from Homeschool Share includes printable activities based on two books: Betsy-Tacy and Betsy-Tacy and Tib. It covers plot points, characters, the author, and more.

The Betsy-Tacy Society put together this reading guide that includes discussion questions for Betsy-Tacy and several other books in the series. Scroll about halfway down the page and click “Reading Guide for Parents, Teachers & Librarians.”

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

At Garden of Praise, you’ll find comprehension worksheets for each chapter of the book.

Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin

Garden of Praise has comprehension worksheets for 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.

Donavan’s Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross

This worksheet set, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, includes vocabulary words, comprehension questions, and more.

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.

Hannah by Gloria Whelan

Garden of Praise has worksheets that cover vocabulary words and comprehension questions.

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.

Joan’s Quest by Carolyn Cooney

Mercy for Marthas‘ study guide provides comprehension questions for the book.

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.

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Rise to Reading offers comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and writing prompts.

Homeschool Share’s lapbook includes many printable activities for the book.

This short comprehension quiz can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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.

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.

The Secret School by Avi

This worksheet set, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, includes vocabulary and comprehension questions for each chapter.

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.

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.

Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla

This lapbook from Homeschool Share has discussion questions and activities related to the book, including Viking history and geography.

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.

I hope your child enjoys reading these books!

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.

3rd grade reading list

Note: This post was originally published on May 23, 2021, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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