3rd Grade Summer Reading List (Ages 8 – 9)

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What kind of books does your 3rd grader enjoy reading? Here are my recommendations for ages 8 and 9 (third grade) summer reading.

Find funny books, fantasy books, friendship stories, adventure stories, and books about animals. These books will get your kids engaged and reading all summer long!

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Don’t forget that a summer reading program can be awesome motivation. Download my free printable summer reading packet to help your kids set goals and stay on track.

Make sure the book is at the “just right” reading level with the 5 Finger Test.

For book reviews, visit Best Books for 8-Year Olds Book Reviews.

More book lists:

2nd grade summer reading list
4th grade summer reading list
All reading lists by grade level

3rd Grade Summer Reading List (Ages 8 – 9)

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3rd Grade Graphic Novels

3rd grade graphic novels

If you like graphic novels, read these fantastic books:

3rd Grade Funny Books

If you like funny books, you’ll love:

3rd Grade Realistic Books


If you like realistic stories, you’ll love:

3rd Grade Adventure & Mystery Books

3rd grade adventure books

If you like adventure and mystery books, you’ll love:

3rd Grade Fantasy Books


If you like fantasy books, you’ll love:

3rd Grade Animal Books


If you like animal books, you’ll love:

If you like nonfiction books, you’ll want to read:

3rd grade summer book list for kids ages 8 and 9

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12 Responses

  1. Could you please send me the printable summer reading lists for Grade 3 and Grade 4? Thank you so much!

  2. Could you please send me the printable list? Thank you!

  3. Jennifer Hogsten says:

    Hello. I love your summer reading book lists but I cannot find printable copies of them. Do you have these available?

    Thank you!

  4. Are these books meant to be at a third grade reading level or simply of interest to 8 and 9 year old third graders? Some of the books would be of great interest to my third grade reader, but Scholastic lists several at 5th and 6th grade reading levels. Confused.

    1. Thanks for asking, Ashleigh. It’s always a bit tricky for me on these posts since kids can vary in reading comprehension levels within a grade level so I tried to recommend books that are both of interest and that on reading level.

      Although, if you think your child would like the story in the harder books, you might consider making them your bedtime story.

      Do you want me to list the reading levels for each book? Would that help?

      1. Please do not reconsider your list! As a teacher, I hear from my students all the time that they are “embarrassed” at some of the books the librarian has them check out. They have to stay within a certain reading level. It does not challenge them and stagnates their love of reading. Challenge them! My own kids were reading the Eragon series in third grade.

        I tell my kiddos to go by the five finger rule. If there are five words on a page you struggle with, you will want to pick the next level down. Three words, but the book interests you, keep going, but look those words up. One to two words, you are at a comfortable level. Never be afraid to challenge a child – they will amaze you!

  5. Looking for more good reading books for a 3rd grader and a 6th grader – both entering the 2015/2016 school year.

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