One thing that will make an 8-year-old want to read more is a funny book. This list of 3rd grade books was made with that in mind. They will laugh at some of the books on this list for third-graders. All of the books on this list for third-graders will make them smile from ear to ear.
Then, whether you’re stocking up on books for after-school reading time or going to the library to fill up your book bag, these funny books for third graders will be right up your alley. If you click on the book cover or title, you will be taken to an affiliate link.
The Bad Guys (series) by Aaron Blabey
I read the first book in the series out loud and my 8 year old and I could not stop laughing! He subsequently gobbled up the next two books on his own. Mr. Wolf is on a mission to change his reputation and convinces his fellow reprobates, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha and Mr. Shark to join him in the Good Guys Club. Their first mission is to free 200 dogs from the Maximum Security City Dog Pound! Absolutely hilarious and extremely silly in the very best way.
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little (series) by Peggy Gifford.
A lot of the time, my son laughed when there were one word chapters. During the summer, Moxy is supposed to read Stuart Little as part of her reading assignment. She spends more time avoiding and justifying that avoiding than she does reading. Hilarious, and the text edition shows how Moxy’s procrastination skills are shown through clever use of photos.
All Paws on Deck (series) by Jessica Young, illustrated by James Burks
When my 7-year-old was laughing his head off, I decided to give this series a try. The word play was very funny to me, and I found the whole thing to be very funny. It helps kids learn more about words when they play with words in literature, and I think that’s why I like it so much. scottish dog Haggis plays straight man to Tank, who is always forgetful. Tank and Haggis set sail on an imaginary trip together, even though Haggis doesn’t want to go. This series, which is a mix of a graphic novel and a book, is a good choice for reluctant readers.
Babymouse (series) by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm
This comic book series about a brave mouse will keep your 3rd graders reading and reading (there are at least 20 books in the series). It’s a good way to get reluctant readers to read, so give this well-known series a try.
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Velde, illustrated by Steve Björkman
. I love adding this book to lists! It may have been the book that made us laugh the most (well, before we discovered Nanny Piggins). This is how the story starts: A dog chases a squirrel into a nearby elementary school. Chaos is left in its wake as the squirrel runs from one class to another. Each chapter is told in the first person by the different class pets that live in the classrooms. As you can see, the pets range from hamsters to snakes to fish and birds. Seeing their different perspectives on what is going on is very interesting, to say the very least. There’s now a second movie!
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive series) by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
It started with these two books by Kate DiCamillo. There is now a third book in the series about Baby Lincoln, which is about a baby named Lincoln. There is a lot of humor from the Mercy easy reader series in these longer chapter books. In Mercy Watson, both Leroy and Francine are supporting characters. They each have their own stories. For the first time, Francine, the animal control expert who has won many awards, meets the first animal that she might not be able to control. Funny as read alouds, too!
The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle, illustrated by Brain Ajhar
As long as you don’t want to read on your computer, you won’t be able to find this book in a library in the United States. But used copies can be found on the Internet. People who are “reluctant” to read this book will enjoy it, but if you don’t like the word, “poo,” don’t read it. I read it to my son on the subway and he laughed so hard that he couldn’t speak. Any author who was able to make the possibility that a man might step in dog poop so exciting is both amazing and funny. I have to say, I thought it was very funny and well-written.
Alvin Ho (series) by Leonore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
You should buy one of these books for your child again. I love Alvin Ho and can’t help but tell you that again. Alvin is afraid of a lot of things, which makes him mute at school. He has a lot of fun with his family, and his stories about how he deals with “scary things” never fail to make people laugh. Funny things happen here that some of the books on this list don’t, but they are still fun.
Thor’s Wedding Day: By Thialfi, the Goat Boy by Bruce Coville, illustrated by Matthew Cogswell
I didn’t think I’d like this book, but I did and my son did, too. We both laughed out loud as I read. A very funny twist on a well-known story from Norse mythology.
Calvin Coconut (series) by Graham Salisbury, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
In the meantime, Calvin will be able to get to know your kids. Calvin always does the right thing but can’t stay out of trouble. As you can imagine, there are some mishaps.
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery (series) by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
This series, which is based on hard-boiled detective novels, is great for kids who like tongue in cheek humor and mystery stories. A retired search-and-rescue dog named J. J. Tully can’t say no when two brave chicks promise him a cheeseburger in exchange for his help finding their siblings. Make sure you read the spin-off books about the chicks: