Third Grade Reading List

Third Grade Supplemental Reading List

Bible Stories and Catholic Stories:

Dictionary & Thesaurus:

  • The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin (available at
  • The American Heritage Children’s Thesaurus, Houghton Mifflin (available at

Recommended Anthologies:

  • American Cardinal Readers, Book Three (available at  Book Three contains fifty-two stories and poems, including the following titles: The Pied Piper; The Annunciation; The Christ Child in the Temple; A Child’s Evening Prayer; The Grateful Indian; Indian Children; The Story of Tiny Tim, Charles Dickens – adapted; The Lamplighter, Robert L. Stevenson; Abraham Lincoln’s Education; St. Christopher; The Wind, Robert L. Stevenson; Fairies, Sisters of Charity; The Silver Bell, Mary Frary and Charles Stebbins – adapted; St. Tarcisius, Sisters of Charity; and A Child’s Wish, Father Ryan.
  • What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (available at
  • Listen, My Children: Poems for Third Graders (available at
  • Read and Learn with Classic Stories, Grade 3 (ISBN: 1-56189-684-5 available at
  • Early Saints of God, by Bob Hartman (
  • The Children’s Book of Faith, edited by William J. Bennett
  • Treasury of Christian Classics for Children, adapted by Rhonda S. Hogan and Mary Hollingsworth
  • One Hundred and One Read-Aloud Classics, edited by Pamela Horn
  • One Hundred and One More Read-Aloud Classics, edited by Pamela Horn

Foreign Languages and Cultures:

International Children’s Digital Library (available at

Children’s Classic Myths and Legends:

  • A Children’s Treasury of Mythology, illustrated by Margaret Evans Price, – reprinted from
  • A Child’s Book of Myths (1924) and Enchantment Tales for Children (1926) (Barnes and Noble Edition available at
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch, Charlotte Craft, Kinuko Craft
  • The Dancing Stars: An Iroquois Legend, Anne Rockwell
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, John Steptoe

Parent References: Children’s Classic Myths and Legends:

  • A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Tanglewood Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls, Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls, Oxford University Press, by N. Hawthorne, illustrated by W. Crane
  • Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America : An Anthology, by Jake Page, David Adams Leeming
  • Oxford Myths and Legends, Oxford University Press, (

Book Review Books: Favorites from My Childhood (Now I Can Read Them Myself!)

  • The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
  • Blueberries for Sal, and Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey
  • Raggedy Ann Stories, by Johnny Gruelle (unabridged edition)
  • Raggedy Andy Stories, by Johnny Gruelle (unabridged edition)
  • The Magical Land of Noom, by Johnny Gruelle (unabridged edition)
  • Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales, The Original and Authorized Edition – F. Warne & Co.
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne
  • The Complete Poems of Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne
  • Paddington Treasury, by Michael Bond
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection, (unabridged edition) by Reverend W. Awdry

Book Review Books: Saints

  • Encounter the Saints Series (available at  Titles include:  Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto: Shepherds of Fatima; Saint Anthony of Padua: Fire and Light; Saint Bernadette Soubirous: Light in the Grotto; Saint Edith Stein: Blessed by the Cross; Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Daughter of America; Saint Francis of Assisi: Gentle Revolutionary; Saint Ignatius of Loyola: For the Greater Glory of God; Saint Joan of Arc: God’s Soldier; Journeys with Mary; Saint Isaac Jogues; Saint Juan Diego; Saint Julie Billiart; Saint Maximilian Kolbe; Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
  • Kate from Philadelphia: The life of Saint Katharine Drexel for Children, by Patricia Edward Jablonski (
  • St. Francis of Assisi, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (Saints You Should Know Series –
  • Kateri Tekakwitha, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (Saints You Should Know Series –
  • Saint Joan of Arc, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (Saints You Should Know Series –
  • Saint Patrick, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (Saints You Should Know Series –
  • Saint Nicholas, by Ann Tompert, Michael Garland (Illustrator)

Zaner-Bloser Non-Fiction Literacy books: Fluent Level

U.S. Landmarks & Symbols (

Book Review Books: Dorling Kindersley Level 4 Readers

  • Robin Hood; Black Beauty (This book may be used as a supplement to the Grade 4 unabridged edition.)
  • Joan of Arc (Supplement this secular picture book with a Saint Joan of Arc book listed above.)
  • Other tiles include: Days of the Knights; Volcanoes and Other Natural Disasters; Secrets of the Mummies; Pirates; Horse Heroes; Trojan Horse; Micromonsters; Going for the Gold; Extreme Machines; Flying Ace – the Story of Amelia Earhart; Free at Last! The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.; Spooky Spinechillers; Welcome to the Globe: The Story of Shakespeare’s Theater; Space Station: Accident on Mir; Antarctic Adventure; Atlantis: The Lost City; Antarctic Adventure, Exploring the Frozen Continent; Pirates; Dinosaur Detectives; Crime Busters; Danger on the Mountain. ( (Photographs and facts)

Book Review Books: Children’s Books

  • Chanticleer and the Fox, by Barbara Cooney (introduces the child to a story from Chaucer)
  • Ox-Cart Man, by Barbara Cooney
  • Twenty and Ten, by Claire Huchet Bishop (parental guidance suggested)
  • Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh
  • John Henry: An American Legend, by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Reckenka’s Eggs, by Patricia Polacco ( This book illustrates the home and church of an Eastern Catholic woman, including icons and pysanki (painted eggs).

Book Review Books: Children’s Classic Literature

  • Pinocchio, unabridged edition by Carlo Collodi or abridged edition adapted by Sue Kassirer
  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, abridged by Vivian French (Candlewick Press)
  • The Arabian Nights and Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, by Andrew Lang
  • Pippi Longstocking, series of books by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Happy Prince and Other Stories, by Oscar Wilde
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, retold by Gerald McDermott
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin, by Robert Browning – original edition and the retelling by Dorothy Hautzig

Recommended Publishers: