Staff recommendations for children at a third grade reading level.
Elise Gravel (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Gravel)
Dr. Bugspit and his top-secret Fix-It-Up syrup treat a variety of strange maladies at his outer space clinic.
Jeanne Steig (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Ste)
Old favorites such as Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, and The Frog Prince.
Jen Bryant (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 759.13 Pippin Bry)
Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.
Deborah Hopkins (Juvenile Fiction - J Hopkins)
In Knob Creek, Kentucky, in 1816, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his best friend, Austin Gollaher.
Don Brown (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 910.453 Bro)
This is the captivating story of an amazing vessel, the people who built it, and its tragic demise during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Told through first-hand accounts and detailed illustrations of the events as they happened.
Paula Danziger (Juvenile Fiction - J Danzige)
The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state. Read more books about Amber Brown by this author.
Marissa Moss (Juvenile Fiction - J Moss)
Ten-year-old Amelia keeps a journal of the summer car trip she takes with her mother and sister to Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and their California home town to visit Amelia's best friend. Look for more Amelia titles and also the Max Disaster series by Moss.
Jennifer Holm (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Holm)
An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.
Steve Jenkins (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 573.76 Jen)
A guide to human and animal skeletons provides informative comparisons while sharing such facts as the number of bones in the human body and the ways that skeletal structures work. (Ask for other nonfiction books by Jenkins, too!)
Judy Blume (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Blume)
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.
Claudia Mills (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Mills)
Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class studies the solar system.
Cynthia Rylant (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Rylant)
While staying with their aunt for a year, three nine-year-old cousins keep busy baking and selling cookies, putting on a poetry and singing performance, and more. First in the Cobble Street Cousins series.
Jon Scieszka (Juvenile Fiction - J Scieszk)
Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land. First in the Time Warp Trio series.
Nic Bishop (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 595.789 Bis)
Engaging text presents both basic information and fun, quirky facts about the insects' appearance, habits, and life cycle. (Ask for other nonfiction books by this author, especially Frogs and Lizards.)
Karen English (Juvenile Fiction – J English)
When Nikki and her best friend, Deja, start a newsletter about what is happening on their street and in their school, they focus more on writing exciting stories than on finding the truth.
H.I. Larry (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Larry)
Separated from his parents and older brother, twelve-year-old Zac, a secret agent of the Government Investigation Bureau, must rely on his own skills to obtain the formula for Dr. Drastic's secret Solution X.
Wendelin VanDraanen (Juvenile Fiction - J Vandraa)
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity—Shredderman! First in the Shredderman series.
Dori Butler (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Butler)
While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy. Look for more Buddy File titles.
David Keane (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Keane)
A super-sleuth fourth grader solves the case of a neighbor's haunted toolshed. First in the Joe Sherlock series.
Eleanor Estes (Juvenile Classics - J Estes)
In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.
Susan Cooper (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Co)
When a boy working as a magician’s helper cannot find a puppet in the middle of a performance, the magician is furious. He points a long magical finger at the boy, and poof, the boy is suddenly in the strange Land of Story, where he must find the puppet he misplaced.
Beverly Cleary (Juvenile Fiction - J Cl)
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. Read more Ralph stories in Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse.
Jack Prelutsky (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 811.54 Pr)
Humorous poems about such strange creatures and people as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloopers.
Sarah Stewart (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ste)
A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life.
Ann Cameron (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Cam)
Laugh-out-loud tales of family life, including Julian’s attempt to grow taller, plant a garden, loose a tooth, and find a friend. Read more stories about Julian and his family by this author.
Emily Jenkins (Juvenile Fiction - J Jenkins)
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.
Alan MacDonald (Juvenile Fiction - J Macdona)
When the Trolls move next door to the Priddles, both families find the other strange, which causes many misunderstandings.
David Shwartz (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 590 Sch)
Ten creatures wait, camouflaged in artful, full-page photographs, while playful poems offer clues about each animal's identity and whereabouts. Includes pages readers can lift. Look for more related titles by this author.
Brian Karas (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 292.13 Kar)
This playful retelling of the myth of Zeus proves that being small (and young) doesn’t mean you can’t be the hero, reign supreme and have fun.