Best Books for 3rd Graders [2023]

As you browse through the book section at the store, you’ll notice that there is a big mixture of classic favorites and new best-sellers.

When it comes to understanding which are the best books for 3rd graders in today’s world, how do you choose?

We’ll help you understand what to look for as you choose and highlight some of the top choices on our list below.

Turn off the Play Station and turn off the computer games. It’s time to read some books!

Print or Digital?

Some food for thought: there are benefits to both printed books and digital books, so let’s have a look at them:

  • Print. Ah, the classic printed book. Where has it gone?

Oh wait, it’s still around! Nothing beats the feel, the smell and the vibrant colors that pop from the pages of a printed book. Printed books give children a hands-on experience and it helps them focus more on the art of reading rather than being distracted by the lights, music, and animation that you find in digital books.

  • Digital. Well, these are certainly more convenient. The e-Readers have become more affordable and for parents on the go, it’s handy to have a slim, compact digital device that allows them to purchase numerous books and store them all in the same place.

On an airplane, in the car or at home, these are handy just about everywhere.

They do, however, have their downsides. Children will strain their eyes looking at screens all day (just as adults do) and so much interaction with technology can create dependencies on such devices (fast forward to the teen years and the cell phone addiction you may have been feeding!).

As we mentioned above, they can also be more distracting than printed books, but that might depend on entirely upon the child.

Find What’s Best for the Child

We all have different learning styles, so choose a book that will help nurture and nourish the third grader’s reading level.

Example: If you’re purchasing a book for a math whizz whose reading skills aren’t quite as strong, look for a math-related book that helps them enjoy what they read. They’ll work on their reading skills while discussing a subject they already know and like, a great connection that will help them improve.

Reading level and interests are key because not all children in the 3rd grade are at the same level, so get something that helps them and that they can relate to!

Top 6 Best Books for Third Graders Comparison Table

Picture Name Price Rating (1-5)
1. The Boxcar Children Books 1-4 $$$$ 4.8
2. Pippi Longstocking $$$ 4.6
3. The Secret Zoo $$ 4.6
4. The Indian in the Cupboard $$$ 4.6
5. TRamona Quimby, Age 8 $ 4.6
6. The Chocolate Touch $ 4.5

Top 3 Best Books for 3rd Graders Reviews

Generally speaking, these are the best books for 3rd graders, however, we do realize that they aren’t right for every single third-grader out there!

If that’s the case, have a look at the three other great options on our list. You’re sure to find one they like!

1. Gertrude Chandler Warner The Boxcar

The Boxcar Children series is proof that books can withstand the test of time, cultural differences and an evolving planet.

Written by Gertrude Chandler Warner in the early 1900’s, the book highlights the rags-to-riches tales of four orphans who make their home in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. Eventually, they discover their grandfather, a wealthy man, and he moves the boxcar to his home so the children can continue using it as a playhouse.

They’re great for kids with reading difficulties (the vocabulary is learner-friendly).

A timeless classic!

2. Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking

Chances are you or your third grader have seen the film, and if they liked the film, then they’ll love the book.

This book was originally published in Sweden, written by Astrid Lindgren, a story that she had written for her own daughter.

Her wild adventures, superhuman strength, and playful personality are appealing to those who read the story, making reading a fun and adventurous experience rather than a chore.

This is another classic that children adore, but if your third grader isn’t interested, try the next book.

3. Bryan Chick The Secret Zoo

The Secret Zoo is a mystery/fantasy series of books that hooks readers right from the start.

The story focuses on siblings Noah and Megan along with their best friends Richie and Ella. All live next door to the zoo. Strange things happening at the zoo, along with the disappearance of Megan, lead the three other characters to search for her by sneaking into the zoo.

Mystery and surprise lie on each page, making this an excellent book to read aloud to a class or for individual reading for advanced 3rd-grade readers.