Ada, Alma Flor. My Name Is Maria Isabel. J FIC Ada
Third grader Maria Isabel, born in Puerto Rico and now living in the U.S., wants badly to fit in at school; and the teacher’s writing assignment “My Greatest Wish” gives her that opportunity.
Ain, Beth. Starring Jules (As Herself). J FIC Ain
Jules is an ordinary seven-year-old girl, concerned with school and friends and other ordinary things–until a chance meeting with a casting director leads to an audition for a television commercial.
Almond, David. The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon. J FIC Almond
Helped by a very long ladder, some unusual acquaintances, two rather worried parents, and a great deal of community spirit, a young English boy makes an astonishing discovery when he embarks on a mission to prove that the moon is nothing but a big hole in the sky.
Asch, Frank. Gravity Buster: Journal #2 of a Cardboard Genius. J FIC Asch
Now that Alex Archer has created his latest cardboard invention, the Anti-Graviton, he and his co-pilot Zoe Breen plan on visiting Jupiter, but Alex’s pesky little brother Jonathan may just create a setback for the two adventurers.
Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice. JPB B
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.
Bowe, Julie. My Last Best Friend. J FIC Bowe
After her best friend moves away, fourth-grader Ida May is determined not to make another best friend, despite the efforts of a new girl in her class.
Butler, Dori Hillestad. The Haunted Library. J FIC Butler
When his haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, Kaz befriends human Claire, who has the ability to see ghosts, and helps her investigate a haunting at the local library.
Cleary, Beverly. Muggie Maggie. J FIC Cleary // JPB C
Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the third grade, until she discovers that knowing how to read and write cursive promises to open up an entirely new world of knowledge for her.
Cronin, Doreen. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure. J FIC Cronin (SERIES)
When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object. SEQUEL: The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (2014).
DiCamillo, Kate. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up. J FIC DiCamillo (Tales From Deckawoo Drive SERIES)
Forging an instant bond with spaghetti-loving horse Maybelline, horseless cowboy Leroy Ninker inadverently risks eternal loneliness when he forgets a vital rule about Maybelline’s care. SEQUEL: Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Racoon (2015).
Duffey, Betsy. How To Be Cool in the Third Grade. J FIC Duffey // JPB D
When Robbie York is marked as a target by a bully at school, he decides that the only way to survive the third grade is by being cool.
Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses. J FIC Estes // J PB E
In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.
Faber, Polly. Mango & Bambang The Not-a-Pig. J FIC Faber
An unlikely friendship blossoms between Mango, a little girl with an assortment of talents, and Bambang, an Asian tapir.
Fine, Anne. The Return of the Killer Cat. J FIC Fine
Tuffy the pet cat narrates his escapades as he attempts to escape his family’s cat-sitter and suffers through a humiliating episode of mistaken identity. When Ellie tells Tuffy the family is leaving for the week, Tuffy couldn’t be more thrilled. A whole blissful week of rolling around in the flower bed and lounging on top of the TV? Tuffy can’t wait! But the cat sitter the family procures doesn’t understand Tuffy’s refined feline palate, and Little Miss Soppy next door seems intent on dressing Tuffy in a nightie and calling him Janet. To get out of such a terrible mess, Tuffy is going to have to rely on his comical killer instincts.
Fox, Paula. A Likely Place. JPB F
A little boy who can’t spell or ever seem to please his parents spends a week with a kooky babysitter and makes a special friend.
Gale, Emily. My Explosive Diary. J FIC Gale
Eliza Boom is the daughter of a spy gadget inventor who hopes to create a great invention like her father, but first she needs to get a roll of her father’s top-secret film back from the class bully Zoe Wakefield.
Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. J FIC Gardiner / J PB G
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
Gifford, Peggy Elizabeth. Moxy Maxwell does not love Stuart Little. J FIC Gifford
With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.
Gilson, Jamie. Chess! I love it, I love it, I love it! J FIC Gilson
When second-grader Richard and three other members of the Sumac School Chess Club compete in their first tournament, they each learn something about luck, concentration, and teamwork.
Griffin, Adele. Oona Finds An Egg. J FIC Griffin
Oona finds a giant egg and brings it back to West Wog to care for it, and see what hatches–but others in the cave want to claim her egg, particularly the nasty kid Bruce Brute, and when the baby stegosaurus hatches it will have to choose who it wants to live with.
Hale, Bruce. Big Bad Detective Agency. J FIC Hale
Accused of ransacking the houses of the Three Little Pigs, Wolfgang is given one day by the ruler of Fairylandia to find the real culprit, aided by a fourth pig.
Han, Jenny. Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. J FIC Han
Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.
Hanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory. J FIC Hanlon (SERIES)
Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts. SEQUEL: Dory and the Real True Friend (2015).
Hapka, Cathy. How Not to Start Third Grade. J FIC Hapka
The first day of school becomes chaotic when third-grader Will’s younger brother, Steve, arrives for kindergarten.
Harper, Charise Mericle. Just Grace. J FIC Harper
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.
Harper, Jessica. Underpants On My Head. J FIC Harper
When Cleo and her family go on vacation, they experience a freak August snow storm while hiking on Mt. Baldy.
Hayes, Geoffrey. The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost. J PB H
Otto and his Uncle Tooth track down the pirate ghost terrorizing Boogle Bay.
Henkes, Kevin. The Year of Billy Miller. J FIC Henkes
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.
Hiser, Constance. Dog on Third Base. J FIC Hiser
James and the gang are busy with spring baseball practice until James’s dog, Tag, whom they use for third base, disappears.
Hood, Ann. Angel of the Battlefield. J FIC Hood (The Treasure Chest SERIES)
When their parents divorce, twelve-year-old twins Felix and Maisie move with their mother to live in the attic of a historic Newport, Rhode Island, mansion where they discover a hidden room that carries with it an intriguing secret.
Jennings, Patrick. Odd, Weird & Little. J FIC Jennings
Befriending a very strange new student, Toulouse, helps outsider Woodrow stand up to the class bullies who have been picking on them both.
Jones, Miranda. Make a Wish! J FIC Jones
While shopping with her grandmother at a flea market, nine-year-old Ali buys an old lava lamp that turns out to have a wish-granting genie inside.
Kline, Suzy. Herbie Jones. J FIC Kline
Herbie’s experiences in the third grade include finding bones in the boy’s bathroom, wandering away from his class on their field trip, and being promoted to a higher reading group.
Klise, Kate. The Show Must Go On. J FIC Klise
Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus.
Krulik, Nancy. Super Burp! JPB K (George Brown, Class Clown SERIES)
When fourth-grader George starts at a new school, he vows to become a model student instead of the class clown he has always been, but just as his plan is going really well, he is overtaken by a magic burp that turns him back into a mischief-maker.
Lacey, Josh. The Dragonsitter. J FIC Lacey
Disaster ensues when Eddie is asked to care for his uncle’s pet dragon while the latter takes a week-long vacation.
McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody. J FIC McDonald // J PB M (SERIES)
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
McGhee, Alison. Firefly Hollow. J FIC McGhee
Because their dreams of daring adventures go against the cautious teachings of their nations, Firefly and Cricket set out on their own, find a home with kindly Vole, and together help a grieving “miniature giant” named Peter.
MacLachlan, Patricia. Waiting for the Magic. J FIC MacLachlan
When Papa goes away for a little while, his family tries to cope with the separation by adopting four dogs and a cat.
MacLean, Christine Kole. Mary Margaret and the Perfect Pet Plan. J Fic MacLean
During the summer that she turns nine, Mary Margaret tries very hard to persuade her parents to let her have a pet, makes a new neighbor friend and helps her brother keep an old one, and looks forward to the new baby’s arrival because then her mother will be less “crabby.”
Messner, Kate. Marty McGuire. J FIC Messner
When tomboy Marty is cast as the princess in the third-grade play, she learns about improvisation, which helps her become more adaptable.
Mills, Claudia. Kelsey Green Reading Queen. J FIC Mills
Kelsey is the best reader in her third grade class, and she is determined to lead her class to victory in the alll-school reading contest.
Montgomery, Lewis B. The Case of the Stinky Socks. J FIC Montgomery (The Milo and Jazz Mysteries SERIES)
Detectives-in-training Milo and Jazz join forces to tackle their first big case–finding out who stole the lucky socks from the high school baseball team’s star pitcher.
Mullarkey, Lisa. Uses Her Common Cents. J FIC Mullarkey (Katharine the Almost Great SERIES)
Katharine thinks her ideas for the school-wide service project will be a breeze but finds out differently. Will her cousin help convince everyone that their latest idea is a winner?
Pennypacker, Sara. Waylon! One Awesome Thing! J FIC Pennypacker
Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.
Salisbury, Graham. Calvin Coconut : trouble magnet. J FIC Salisbury
Nine-year-old. Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother’s best friend has taken over his room.
Scroggs, Kirk. Snoop Troop: It Came from Beneath the Playground. J FIC Scroggs (SERIES)
Fifth-grade private eyes Logan and Gustavo use their doodling and detective skills to solve the mystery of a group of moles that have stolen the amusement park merry-go-round. SEQUEL: Attack of the Ninja Potato Clones (2015).
Siegal, Ida. Big News! J FIC Siegal
Traces young Emma Perez’s journey into journalism, mystery solving, and fame when she investigates a worm found in a friend’s hamburger.
Sheinmel, Courtney. Stella Batts Need a New Name. J FIC Sheinmel (Stella Batts SERIES)
When a classmate makes fun of her name, eight-year-old Stella picks a new one for herself, but discovers that the name she abandoned suits her just fine. SEQUELS: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, Pardon Me, A Case of the Meanies, Who’s in Charge.
Smith, Robert Kimmel. Chocolate Fever. J PB S // J FIC Smith
From eating too much chocolate, Henry breaks out in brown bumps that help him foil some hijackers and teach him a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.
Springstubb, Tricia. Cody and the Fountain of Happiness. J FIC Springstubb (SERIES)
A girl named Cody is looking forward to a great summer vacation, but dealing with her mopey older brother, busy mother, and a father away on a long distance truck delivery don’t promise a good start, until she meets a new friend in search of a lost cat. SEQUEL: Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe (2016).
Willems, Mo. The Story of Diva and Flea. J FIC Willems
In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.