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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Third Grader Reading at a Sixth Grade Level

Responding to a parent request for books that would interest her third-grader-reading-at-a-sixth-grade-level, we crowd-sourced a list. Big thanks to Sara Alcott, Linda Baie, Lesley Mandros Bell, Karen Cramer, Caren Creech, Melinda Fant, Ellen Klarreich, Vickie LoPiccolo, Ellen McEvoy, Laura Moe, Tunie Munson-Benson, Vicki Palmquist, Carrie Shay, Faythe Dyrud Thureen, Cindy Walker, and Sharon J. Wilson.

Unlike our usual annotated booklists, we are presenting this one in alphabetical order by book title due to the length of the list. We hope you find books here that lead you to read more books by these authors. Of course, there are many more just-right books to suggest for this type of reader–we’ve included only books suggested by our “crowd.”

bk_alcaponeshirtsAdam Canfield of the Slash, Michael Winerip

Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great (Knights Tales series), Gerald Morris

Al Capone Does My Shirts (series of 3 books), Gennifer Choldenko

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Betsy-Tacy Treasury (series, Betsy and friends get older in the books), Maud Hart Lovelace

BFG, Roald Dahl

Birchbark House, Louis Erdrich

Black Stallion (series), Walter Farley

Boggart, Susan Cooper

Catherine, Called BirdyBook of Three (Prydain series of 5 books), Lloyd Alexander

Borrowers, Mary Norton

Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis

Catch You Later, Traitor, Avi

Catherine, Called Birdy, Karen Cushman

Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliet

Children of Green Knowe (series), Lucy M. Boston

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Dark is Rising (series of 5 books), Susan Cooper

Dragons in the Waters, Madeleine L’Engle

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking RatEmmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Lynne Jonell

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabenstein

Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, Candace Fleming

False Prince (series of 3 books), Jennifer A. Nielsen

Flora & Ulysses, Kate DiCamillo

Frindle, Andrew Clements

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsberg

Girls Think of Everything, Catherine Thimmesh

Greenglass House, Kate Milford

Half Magic, Edward Eager

HatchetHarriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (series of 7 books), J.K. Rowling

Hatchet, Gary Paulsen

Holes, Louis Sachar

Home of the Brave, Katherine Applegate

How to Steal a Dog, Barbara O’Connor

How to Train Your Dragon (series), Cressida Crowell, “It’s funny, sophisticated, appealing, and has 12 volumes.”

Indian Shoes, Cynthia Leitich Smith

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (series), Lauren Tarshis

Invention of Hugo CabretInvention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth, E.L. Konigsberg

Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George

King of the Wind, Marguerite Henry

Lightning Thief (many books in this series and other series), Rick Riordan

Lincoln and His Boys, Rosemary Wells

Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park

Making Friends with Billy Wong, Augusta Scattergood

Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli

Old WolfMother-Daughter Book Club (series of 7 books), Heather Vogel Frederick

Mozart Season, Virginia Euwer Wolff

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien

Nation, Terry Pratchett. “A bit mature for the average third grader, but this doesn’t sound like an average kid. Make it a point of discussion.”

Old Wolf, Avi

On My Honor, Marion Dane Bauer

One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate

One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia

Owls in the Family, Farley Mowat

People Could FlyPeople Could Fly, Virginia Hamilton

Peter Nimble and the Fantastic Eyes, Jonathan Auxier

Pushcart War, Jean Merrill

Randoms, David Liss

Savvy, Ingrid Law

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (especially around Halloween), Alvin Schwartz (these are scary, so please know your child’s ability to handle this book)

Scooter, Vera B. Williams’

Stella by StarlightSingle Shard, Linda Sue Park

Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White, Melissa Sweet

Stella by Starlight, Sharon M. Draper

Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome

Tales from the Odyssey, Mary Pope Osborne

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge series), Judy Blume

Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

Uncertain Glory, Lea Wait

Untamed: the Wild Life of Jane GoodallUntamed: the Wild Life of Jane Goodall, Anita Silvey

Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech

Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

Whales on Stilts! M.T. Anderson

When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin

Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth Speare

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

5 Responses to Third Grader Reading at a Sixth Grade Level

  1. lindabaie November 1, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Wow, what a wonder of a list! I will share with my former colleagues. I previously taught at a school for gifted students and this was always a search for the young, but advanced readers!

    • Vicki Palmquist November 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

      Happy to know you’ll be sharing the list, Linda. Isn’t it good to know what we can create when we collaborate?

  2. Merrilee Hindman November 5, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    You need to add Maxi’s Secrets by Lynn Plourde. Actually it is a book for all ages!

  3. robe0255 November 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for helping with this! Perfect before Christmas : )

    • Vicki Palmquist November 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      So glad you’ll find this useful. Stay tuned. We have a holiday gift list coming up next week.

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