I feel so fortunate that The Boy has my love of books and reading. During the school year, homework is 15 – 20 minutes of reading each day. We live 20 minutes away from school and The Boy reads in the car, so we are able to check off that task as soon as we open the homework binder!
Included on this summer reading list are a suggestion of books in a series. Series books are wonderful for younger readers as emerging readers often feel connected to the characters and want to learn more about them! This third grade summer reading list, perfect for ages 8 – 9, is a great way to keep your kiddos reading and prevent the dreaded summer slide!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
This series follows Greg Heffley’s daily adventures. The books include fun whimsical drawings and hand-written notes.
Margaret and The Moon by Dean Robbins
Telling the tale of how Margaret Hamilton saved the first lunar landing!
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Two is a crowd when Peter and his little brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. From throwing temper tantrums to smearing mashed potatoes on the wall, Fudge causes mischief wherever he goes!
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
Big Nate Series by Lincoln Pierce
Big Nate follows the adventures and misadventures of Nate Wright, a spirited and rebellious sixth-grader, along with his classmates and teachers. He is portrayed as a boy with little interest in studies or conforming to standards.
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
Before he is known as the Babe, George Herman Ruth is just a boy who lives in Baltimore and gets into a lot of trouble. But when he turns seven, his father brings him to the gates of Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and his life is changed forever. Every day, he plays baseball. He grows as a player and as a person.
What books would you add to a third grade summer reading list?