Looking for the best books for third graders who like to read? In the right place! As an adult, I like middle-grade books the best. Chapter books would be my next favorite thing. They help new readers learn how to read longer stories. Chapter books, or “early readers,” are sometimes called that because they help new readers learn how to read longer stories. Kids in kindergarten to second grade usually have less pages, shorter chapters, and bigger fonts when they choose books (expect a post on those soon). They also go a step further with chapter books for third graders, though. In the United States, third graders are usually about eight years old, so just to be clear: This list might help you find a big reader who isn’t afraid to read younger middle-grade books like some of these. As a general rule, most eight-year-olds like shorter chapter books with a lot of pictures and bigger fonts than the typical middle-grade book. There are a lot of books on this list that are part of a series. Kids at this age also like series because they want to stay in the same world for as long as possible.
You can read them on your own, or you can read them aloud to your third-graders! All but one of them are very well-illustrated, and I’ve tried to pick picks for a wide range of interests.
Best Books for Third Graders
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say
It was released on January 16, 2018, and it was
Stella Diaz is a big fan of marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. She’s not a better fish, though. Fish like to be alone, but Stella likes spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny, as well as with her best friend Jenny. Jenny is in a different class this year, and Stella is very lonely. This is why.
Because she sometimes talks in Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, Stella turns into a “turnroja.” When a new boy comes to Stella’s class, she wants to be his friend. She also has to speak in front of her whole class at school for a big presentation. But she has to get over her fears soon, because Stella Daz has a message for her. Stella Daz Has Something to Say introduces a new character that is both relatable and adorable in black and white. Simple Spanish words are also used in the text, giving it a bilingual element.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Series)
August 23, 2005: This was written.
In the eyes of Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is more than just a pig. She’s a porcine wonder! As for Mercy, the Watsons are great for buttered toast, as well as the buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them, which makes her happy. Not so good for the Watsons’ bed, but this is not a bad thing. CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy flees in a flash, “to call the fire department.” Isn’t it possible that Mercy has something else on her mind, like a sudden desire to eat their neighbors’ sugar cookies? It’s time to enter the world of Mercy Watson, an energetic character for young chapter-book readers in a series that’s going to be a hit for years to come.
Maya and the Robot
On July 13, 2021, it will be out.
Maya is afraid of fifth grade. Keep calm: She tells herself that she knows what to expect. But then she learns that this year won’t be the same as last year. For the first time since kindergarten, her best friends Jada and MJ are in a different class without Maya. Maya, who is introverted, has a hard time making new friends.
When they’re in fifth grade, she puts on a brave face, but Maya is afraid. In the back of Mr. Mac’s store, she finds a robot named Ralph. As soon as she uses her science skills to get him up and running, a whole new world of connections opens up. Ralph becomes a member of Maya’s family and Maya starts to use her own power more. Ewing weaves together a story about how people can adapt to changes and the magic of ingenuity into this heartfelt book. It reminds young people that they can always turn to their own curiosity when they feel lost.
Lola Levine Is Not Mean
At this time, it was published on November 3, 2015.
Lola Levine likes to write in her diary, drink her mom’s coffee with milk, eat her dad’s matzo ball soup, and play soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. She doesn’t always fit in.
Juan Gomez, a friend of Lola’s from school, was hurt when Lola hurt him in a soccer game at recess. Mean Lola Levine is now the name of everyone who calls her that. Having help from her family, her super best friend, Josh Blot, and a little “pencil power” might help Lola get her life back on track. Children will be inspired by Lola’s big heart and creative spirit in this first book in a series. She learns how to navigate second grade in true Lola style.
A Boy Called Bat
It was published on March 14, 2017, and it was
People who are called Bat have a lot of surprises in their lives that are both good and bad. But today is a good-surprise day. Until she can give him to an animal shelter, Bat’s mom is taking care of the baby skunk. However, when Bat meets the kit, he knows right away that they belong together. And he has one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might be a good pet.
J.D. and the Great Barber Battle
This was written on February 23, 2021.
He has a big problem: It’s the night before third grade, and his mom just gave him his first and worst home haircut. It gets to the point where J.D. takes matters into his own hands and finds out that, unlike his mom, he’s a master with the clippers and doesn’t have to be told how to use them. People talk about his work, and he has enough hair business to open a barbershop from his bedroom. His work makes people talk about him. That isn’t true at all. When Henry Jr., owner of only official barbershop in town, finds out that he’s losing clients to J.D., he tries to shut him down for good. It’s hard to find out who the best barber is in Meridian, Mississippi, so how do you find out? With a GREAT BARBER WAR!
Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles
After that, it was published on December 17, 2013.
When you’re the first person at Carver Elementary, it’s hard to fit in. There were a lot of people who were good friends with Gavin at his old school. The kids here don’t even know that he’s good at skateboarding or soccer. His classmate Richard comes over and the boys get into trouble. Not only does Gavin risk losing his new friend, he also has to take care of his great aunt Myrtle’s dog as punishment. To make things even worse, the school bully seems to be interested in Gavin. The skate park is dangerous. Will he be able to avoid getting hit? And how is he going to show that he’s cool with a yappy little Pomeranian with a pink bow at his side?
Jada Jones: Rock Star
A post was made on September 19, 2017.
She hates going to school when her best friend moves away. She’d rather go outside and look for interesting rocks to add to her collection than make new friends. It’s easier to find rocks than to make new friends. So when Jada’s teacher says that they’re going to do a project on rocks and minerals, she finally feels like she’s in her place. There is only one problem with Jada’s ideas: one of her teammates doesn’t seem to like any of them at all. As far as I can tell, she doesn’t like Jada very much, either. Can Jada come up with a way to win a science project and make a new friend at the same time?