I want your third grade 8- year old boys and girls to have lots of good chapter books to read. That’s why I’ve put together a list of all the books I’ve reviewed and recommend for 8- year olds in third grade.
LEXILE: A reader recently asked me to include the Lexile reading levels of the books on this list. If this is helpful, you’ll see a number followed by an L. The general reading levels for third grade are 330L to 770L according to the Lexile website. (If there is no number listed, it’s because I didn’t find it’s Lexile level.)
TOO CHALLENGING? If you see a book that you think will be interesting but too challenging for your child, use it for a read aloud at bedtime. Kids still need to be read to and hear as much story and vocabulary as possible. This is a great way to spend time together and to read more difficult books.
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Best Books for 8 Year Olds (Third Grade)
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka HUMOR
320L, Guided Reading Q, DRA 40
If you haven’t read these addictive and hilarious graphic novels, they are a must — anyone who has eaten lunch at school will appreciate the humor. BOX SET
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL
310L, Guided Reading R, DRA 40
The Zita books rock — they’re full of adventure, humor, and fantastic characters!! Zita is an awesome, courageous problem-solving heroine who accidentally gets stuck in space while trying to save her friend from kidnappers and save the universe.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar HUMOR
460L, Guided Reading P, DRA 38
Old school humor at it’s best! These books describe a wacky school with crazy teachers and even crazier students and events. BOX SET
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo HUMOR
Mercy lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. They feed her buttered toast and take her for drives in their convertible. One night, Mercy gets scared and decides to sleep with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Can you imagine what happens next? Hilarious and quirky, this is a silly series filled with many amazing adventures.
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce HUMOR
430L, DRA 40, Guided Reading R
We LOVE this hilarious series about Nate’s life at home, school, and sports. Some, like this one, are written in a combo of text and comics while others are graphic novels such as Big Nate Welcome to My World. BOX SET
Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows #1 by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay SCIENCE / FANTASY
580L, Guided Reading O, DRA 34
This is an entertaining story with the coolest mix of science and magic, a diverse main character, and fantastic illustrations that will get kids reading and learning. Zoey, like her mom, can see magical creatures and is tasked to care for any injured creatures that might need help. In this story, she uses her science skills (including research and the scientific method) to figure out how to care for a sick baby dragon.
Dog Man by Dav Pinkey GRAPHIC NOVEL / HUMOR
390L, DRA 38, Guided Reading P
Weird. Quirky. Funny. I think all three describe this new graphic novel from the creator of Captain Underpants. In the first story, a police officer and a dog are joined together — the top from the dog, the bottom from the officer to make: Dog Man. Dog Man solves crimes and has adventures, the likes of which will entertain 8-year-old readers for hours.
Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid
410L, DRA 24, Guided Reading M
Jessica Finch is a delightful early chapter book with exceptionally pleasing and colorful illustrations. Jessica wants nothing more than a pig for a pet. For her birthday. When a misunderstanding happens with her best friend, Judy Moody, she learns a valuable lesson about not making assumptions and calling people names. This is one of my top picks for an early chapter book, I loved it! BOXED SET
Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs! by Mike Lowery HUMOR SCI-FI
This book not only hooks the reader with its space-adventure plot and hilarious narrator Carl invites YOU to find the missing priceless artifact requiring bravery, heroism, and drawing. Yes, drawing. Along the journey to retrieve the artifact from Captain Sleezoog (he’s a slug,) you must do your part. So you’ll make sure (by drawing) that you’ve got a spacesuit, you’ve packed everything you need to bring, the rocket design is perfect plus has some silly (bandages!?) extras, and lots more as the adventure ensues. It may sound contrived but it’s a fun, engaging adventure that any kid, artist or not, will love. And there is MORE in the series! Also read: The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!
Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski FANTASY / HUMOR
Once upon a time, a regular girl and her brother accidentally went into a fairy tale. And messed it all up. (Whoops.) We love all the books in this series — they’re very clever and entertaining! BOX SET
Dragon Slayer’s Academy by Kate McMullan HUMOR FANTASY
When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers’ Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can’t even stand the sight of blood?
Stink and the Shark Sleepover by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds REALISTIC
550L, DRA 24, Guided Reading M
I loved this adventure because it’s exciting as well as it includes a lot of factual information about marine life. Stink gets to sleep over at the aquarium. While he’s there, he learns more about sharks, gets to solve a mystery, learns a ghost story, and has tons of fun. I like that kids can easily relate to the characters in the story, as well as the setting. Of course, the Peter H. Reynolds illustrations are ah-mazing as always.
The Philly Fake Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly, illustrated by Mark Meyers MYSTERY / SPORTS
Not only is this a well-written mystery, I loved how the author included so much history within the story about two young baseball fans who hope to show fans that the Phillie Phanatic isn’t to blame for their team’s losing streak.
Key Hunters and the Mysterious Moonstone(Key Hunters #1) by Eric Luper MYSTERY
In this first book, two friends discover a letter from their favorite librarian saying she’s trapped in a book. They decide to go into a book to rescue her. They arrive in 19th century England to help a detective find a stolen gem. Here the story starts racing along with perfect pacing and entertainment value.
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall ADVENTURE / HUMOR
510L, Guided Reading M, DRA 24
Get ready to laugh along with these charming young friends who are always involved in funny situations and problems. It’s a fantastic series about two girls with unique personalities.
Amelia Bedelia Unleashed by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril REALISTIC
I’ve been enjoying these updated Amelia chapter books by the original author’s son. In this story, Amelia searches for the perfect puppy. BOX SET
A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy
510L, DRA 30, Guided Reading N
The A to Z Mysteries series rocks! None of the books need to be read in any particular order, each has a self-contained mystery. I think my kids read most of the books in this series and several more than once. In this story, the famous writer that is coming to the bookstore doesn’t show up. Dink and his friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, must find out what happened and where the author is. BOXED SET
Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie HUMOR
I hate to compare books but this is like Calvin and Hobbs for the next generation. Funny and perfect for second and third graders.
Judy Moody Was in a Mood by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Want to get your kids reading a great series? Try Judy Moody. She’s a relatable third grader with a big personality, an annoying little brother, and a humorous antics.
Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan FANTASY
Mango and Bambang The Not-a-Pig by Clara Vulliamy REALISTIC
Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean by Cynthia Lord REALISTIC
Suzannah joins the Shelter Pet Squad because her apartment building doesn’t allow pets. She meets a sad girl who has to leave her guinea pig, Jelly Bean, at the shelter due to moving. Suzannah promises the girl she’ll find Jelly Bean a good home. Only it’s not as easy as she first thought. The Shelter Pet Squad works together to find the perfect home for Jelly Bean — a kindergarten classroom.
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert, illustrated by Sam Ricks ADVENTURE
Sam isn’t thrilled about becoming a hall monitor. Especially when he discovers that the school is ALIVE and trying to harm the students. Sam has quite a wild adventure trying to save the students from the school. I think kids who like sort of scary things (it’s not too bad) will enjoy this book.
Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties by Tom Watson HUMOR
Stick Cat and his neighbor kitty, Edith, want to save their neighboring piano man whose arms are stuck inside the piano. but HOW? Well, their rescue involves a laundry line 23 floors above the ground and the pockets of an apron. Even though the neighbor cat, Edith, isn’t the smartest, she helps Stick Cat and unknowingly ends up saving the day.
Good Crooks Missing Monkey! by Mary Amato, illustrated by Ward Jenkins REALISTIC
What a fun premise! These are children of thieves who really want to do good things, not bad things like their parents. So when their parents steal a monkey from the zoo, the kids must figure out how to return it without their parents figuring out that their children are up to some good.
Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight ADVENTURE HUMOR
Your kids will totally relate to this imaginative boy whose wild adventures are written in comic form — it’s funny and entertaining!
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser MYSTERY
Another enjoyable book in the Nancy Clancy series. In this book, Nancy and her best friend, Bree, decide to play matchmaker for Nancy’s babysitter, Annie, and her guitar teacher, Andy. Funny and fun! BOX SET
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Matthew Cordell REALISTIC
I really loved this story told in first person from Eleanor’s point of view. It’s about the challenges when Eleanor gets jealous of a new girl she thinks her best friend Pearl might like better than her. This made my top five list of best books for the year.
Here’s Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver
Catnapped! Puppy Pirates by Erin Soderbergh ADVENTURE
Calling all dog lovers! Read about the most awesome pirate puppies who due to an unfortunate prank one pulled, are now prisoners on the pirate kitten’s ship –with no escape. This is a charming and funny rollicking adventure and #3 in the new Puppy Pirate series. See also: Puppy Pirates #1 Stowaway and Puppy Pirates #2 x Marks the Spot.
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door by Hilary McKay REALISTIC
This is one of my favorite early chapter books this year! I loved this story of how Lulu and her cousin help their neighbor Arthur learn to love and care for his rabbit. She does this by writing George the rabbit notes and giving him gifts — not from her but from her pet rabbit named Thumper. (I also appreciate that the main characters are diverse – Lulu and her family have brown skin!!)
Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley HUMOR SCI-FI
I resisted reading this for a while but after seeing so many kids LOVING it, I knew I should give it a go. Now I know what the fuss is all about — it’s got non-stop action and danger, potty humor, space adventures, zombie aliens, mutant worm wrestling, a misunderstood evil princess, good friends, video games, and a diabolical, hunting-them-down evil queen. Not to mention the loads of cartoon illustrations throughout and hilarious writing with a gazillion exclamation marks!!!! I see what kids are loving now — and see why it’s totally up some kids reading alleys. (Book 2, The Weiner Strikes Back is also out now.)
The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler MYSTERY
My daughter and I loved this entertaining new series about a boy ghost, Kaz, who is blown away from his family and into a new haunt – a library. But who is the library ghost — it’s not him. He and his new friend, Claire, decide to be detectives and discover the secret of the ghost.
Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon REALISTIC
Dory is one of my favorite book characters because her imagination is THE BEST! She has three imaginary friends: one monster friend, one fairy godmother that’s actually not a lady, and one bad lady nemesis. I love this story because she meets a real-life friend who understands all about imaginary friends and together, they’re the perfect match.
Geronimo Stilton #1 Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton
530L, DRA 34, Guided Reading O
Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper writer/adventurist. These books share his adventures with interesting fonts and colorful illustrations. I personally find the design of the books distracting as did my kids but for many kids, the style adds to the engagement and entertainment factor.
Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
Illustrated with comics, hilarious, relatable, this book has it all. Awesome.
Stella Diaz has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez REALISTIC
Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown SCI- FI (series!)
650L, DRA 40, Guided Reading R
Engaging from the first page, this is a relatable graphic novel adventure story about a young boy, Roan, who dreams of becoming a pilot . . . but gets into Jedi school instead. He’s the oldest new student, everyone else started long before him. Roan has ups and downs, as one does at a new school, but finds his place at the school and new friends. Highly recommended!
Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
REALISTIC / HISTORICAL FICTION / BOOKS ABOUT DOGS
You will love this story about a real dog’s life. From his beginnings as a maltreated German police dog to subsequent adoption and new life as a beloved movie star, this suspenseful story is filled with both love and hope along with false accusations and jail time. Readers will zip through this heart-warming story with fascination; dog lovers will be extra impressed with this German Shepard’s incredible story. Fantastic black-and-white illustrations throughout and easier text, make me think this is about 2nd or 3rd grade reading level.
A Topps League Story: Book One: Jinxed! by Kurtis Scaletta illustrated by Eric Wight MYSTERY
This is a story that will appeal to readers even if they don’t love baseball as much as Chad, the main character. He’s thrilled to be a bat boy for the summer but can’t understand why his classmate Dylan isn’t as thrilled. Nor can Chad figure out how to help his favorite player who can’t seem to stop all his bad luck. Is he jinxed?
Third Grade Mermaid by Peter Raymundo FANTASY
Shai and Emmie Star in Dancy Pants! by Quvenzhane Wallis with Nancy Ohlin, illustrated by Sharee Miller
Do you know the popular Goldie Blox STEM toys? Now kids can read about Goldie’s adventures in a chapter book. And much to my delight, this book is a very enjoyable, well-written adventure. Goldie’s unique school where she can be her quirky, inventor self is officially closing after she blew off the second story. Now she must attend a “high-performing” school. The other kids aren’t as out-of-the-box as Goldie but when she enlists her new classmates to help her reopen her old school, amazing transformations occur for both Goldie and her new friends.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo REALISTIC
Opal’s preacher father is always too busy and her mother has been gone since Opal was three, something Opal has always wondered about. But Opal finds someone to care, a stray dog that she names Winn-Dixie, and that dog brings hope and meaning into 10-year old Opal’s life. Brilliant.
Marguerite Henry’s Misty Inn Runaway Pony #3 by Kristin Earhart MYSTERY
While their parents finish fixing up the recently purchased house to be a bed and breakfast, siblings Willa and Ben help their grandmother take care of the pony’s she’s rehabilitating. Both kids can’t figure out why the pony’s keep escaping but they do know that they’d be the perfect new owners for Starbuck, their favorite pony. Children will find this to be a well-written and easy-to-read story with an interesting plot, especially for animal-lovers. It might be fun to read one of the books which inspired these stories such as Misty of Chincioteqgue, — but have an adult read it aloud because it’s a more difficult reading level. See other books in this easy chapter book series: Buttercup Mystery #2 and Welcome Home #1.
The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series) by Kate Egan and Mike Lane, illustrated by Eric Wight REALISTIC
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell REALISTIC / HUMOR
My daughter read this first and begged me to read it immediately. It’s SO funny! And, you can learn some valuable cow trivia. But, it’s mostly the hilarious adventure of two pranksters who eventually work together to pull off the biggest prank of all time — a prank that will ensure they get April Fool’s Day off from school.
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara HUMOR
Hysterical and totally believable . . . if your goldfish dies and you bring him back to life. It won’t work, your goldfish will be a zombie. One that can mesmerize you with his powerful eyes and you’ll do anything he wants. Aaaah! BOXED SET
Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner, illustrated by Kelley McMorris
Ranger, a golden retriever trained for search-and-rescue, travels back to the Oregon Trail to help a family in need. It’s a simple story that introduces the ups and downs of traveling on the Oregon Trail. (Also on: Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys)
Perfectly Princess FANTASY
A series of colorful princesses (printed on the same color paper) stories. My third grader loved these.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams REALISTIC
This story is a beautiful tribute to friendship that incorporates love and death as well. It’s a classic for a reason and one of the best-written children’s books in existence.
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater FANTASY
If you like mythical creatures, independent thinkers, and mysteries, you’ll love this first book in the Pip Bartlett series as much as me. Pip’s world is just like ours except for one significant difference — magical creatures exist and often are pets!
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon HUMOR
Hysterical! I couldn’t stop laughing! A fantastic read for 8-year olds. Danny Dragonbreath is a dragon without dragon fire and good friends who make his life more…complicated but interesting.
Stick Dog by Tom Watson
700L, DRA 38, Guided Reading P
Stick Dog is hilarious. Why is he called Stick Dog? Because our author/narrator can’t draw. And also, because he likes sticks. The funny cartoonish illustrations make this story of stray dogs easy to read, and very entertaining series for kids.
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg MYSTERY
What a lovely surprise this Sherlock inspired book is– it’s so well, written and tells a great story that kids will enjoy as much as me. John Watson moves with his mom who has recently left both the military and John’s dad to Harlem. There he meets a very unique girl named Shelby Holmes who reluctantly allows him to tag along with her as she solves her latest crime — who took a posh, show-dog from a classmate’s secure house.
Misty the Abandoned Kitten (Pet Rescue Adventures) by Holly Webb REALISTIC
Louie Lets Loose! (Unicorn in the City #1) by Rachel Hamilton, illustrated by Oscar Armelles HUMOR
I saw this in a bookstore and just had to buy it because unicorns. I’m glad I did! Louie arrives in New York to be a superstar in a performing arts school. His hilarious cluelessness is the kind of humor that kids (and dorks like me) love because it’s paired with a genuine, caring heart. In this delightful first adventure, Louie and his friends help raise money for his faun friend’s glasses while getting customers for his favorite place — the Sunshine Sparkle Dust Cafe.
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown HISTORY / HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL
Little funny stories about the life of a Neanderthal family are intermixed with factual information about the actual history — hunting practices, size of large cats, that sort of thing — in this graphic novel from the author of the Jedi Academy series.
I Survived by Lauren Tarshis HISTORICAL FICTION / ADVENTURE
700L (depends on the title)
Wow – these are excellent, fast-paced adventures set during significant historical events. Your kids will zip through the adventures while learning about history. The books are always about a young person trying to survive the book’s historically important, life-changing event such as Pompeii, the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, or the Battle of Gettysburg.
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented: Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemir, illustrated by Tim Jessell SPORTS
Based on the real story of Amar’e Stoudemire, this is the story of when he was 11, a skateboarder, a basketball player, and a worker with his dad’s landscape company. When other kids start trash talking his friends, he uses his intelligence and basketball skills to find a solution.
The Year of the Book series by Andrea Chang REALISTIC
Growing up is challenging and in the first novel, The Year of the Book, Anna turns to books for company while she learns how to make friendships in real life. The subsequent books in the series are just as realistic and well-written. I highly recommend this series!
The Kicks by Alex Morgan REALISTIC
Finally, a fantastic book (series) for soccer girls! If you have a soccer player in your house, and I think a LOT of you do, you’ll want to get your soccer lover this book –actually, buy her the entire series. Written by Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Soccer team member (among other things), Alex Morgan, these are realistic stories of life, friendship, and playing soccer.
Spirit Animals by various authors FANTASY
Our main characters are some of the rare children who when of a certain age, can summon a spirit animal. These heroes must use their new bonds with their animals and each other to save the world from a dark and evil force. I haven’t read this series but my kids say it’s awesome.
Zoo Camp Puzzle by Gail Herman MYSTERY
The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
Class pet, Humphrey, is a hamster who travels to a students’ home on the weekends and has lots of adventures.
Get to Work, Hercules! (Myth-O-Mania) by Kate McMullan HUMOR / MYTHOLOGY
This book got us hooked on the Myth-O-Mania series. It’s hilarious! Hades narrates the TRUE stories of the Greek Myths with panache. (Apparently, his younger brother Zeus is a big fat liar and edited all the myths to make himself look good.) In this story, Hades watches over his young, not-too-smart nephew, Hercules whom Hera has it out for. LOVE it!
The Perilous Princess Plot (Buckle and Squash) by Sarah Courtlauld HUMOR/FANTASY
Very sarcastic and funny humor will keep you entertained throughout this book about a silly sister obsessed with princes and her more reasonable sister who ends up rescuing her from a kidnapping plot. Also, the great illustrations will help beginning readers enjoy this funny chapter book.
Dying to Meet You 43 Cemetary Road by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise HUMOR
L 730, DRA 50 Guided Reading U
The Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy Singleton MYSTERY
What a fantastic new book series — my daughter and I devoured it. (She’s currently enjoying the 2nd.) Three kids from seemingly different social circles band together to rescue kittens they found in a dumpster — and solve the mystery of who would try to kill the kittens.
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1: A Scare of a Dare by Herobrine Books SCI-FI
Short sentences with witty observations on life from the perspective of a Minecraft zombie that will crack you up. I was surprised that this was such an entertaining, funny read. Nothing scary. Just fun. Especially for Minecraft enthusiasts. (These are FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!)
Darling Dimple is thrilled to be moved from a kitchen scrubber to an upstairs dress presser for the princess. One day, she discovers a special closet of enchanted dresses. When Darling suspects a plot against the princess she uses dresses magic to help her investigate. Who is trying to free the dragons? Who wants to take over the kingdom? This lovable heroine and the charming magical plot will enchant readers.
Secret Agent, Jack Stalwart by Elizabeth Singer Hunt MYSTERY
In this action-packed new series, nine-year-old secret agent Jack Stalwart travels the globe in search of his missing older brother Max while solving international crimes for the Global Protection Force.
Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion by R. A. Spratt, illustrated by Dan Santat ADVENTURE
This quirky adventure is about a dad who detests his children and tries to get rid of them (to Nicaragua in this case) but their amazing nanny (who is a pig) always figures out how to outsmart the dad. I love Nanny Piggins!
Secrets of the Manor: Claire’s Story, 1910 by Adele Whitby HISTORICAL MYSTERY
I loved this beginning chapter book — it’s a captivating story about an orphan girl who moves to France to live with friends of her family. She befriends a servant girl and the duo realize there are mysteries that must be answered — like what happened to the daughter of the manor and why did her parents send her to this family. An excellent first book in a new series for early readers!
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets! by Kate Messner, illustrated by Brian Floca REALISTIC
Just like her mother, 3rd grader Marty loves animals. She wants to “adopt” a chimp in the chimp sanctuary. To raise money, she decides to pet sit. Soon she gets more pets than she and her friends can handle including a trash-talking parrot, a python who escapes, and a gerbil who might just be that big bulge in the snake. Luckily, Marty’s cool grandma helps save the pet-sitting business from total disaster. A well-paced adventure that kids will enjoy.
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors DIVORCE / HUMOR
Dog owners will nod along with the ADHD stream of conscious narration of Wedgie, the barkie dog who LOVES everything. Contrast this with the diabolical plotting narration of the evil genius guinea pig Gizmo who is horrified to be living in a Barbie house instead of his own “habitat.” The two pets point of views show a newly blended family which Gizmo’s servant/owner, Elliot, is not happy about. Selfors skillfully addresses this family in transition through the humorous lens of the two pets.
Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters by Alisa Wild, illustrated by Ben Wood REALISTIC
Power Forward by Hena Khan
Filled with Urdu and Pakistani culture, this is a short beginning chapter book about a boy who loves basketball. Unfortunately, he skips violin lessons and lies to his parents in order to go to extra basketball practices. Zayd learns some hard lessons both about honesty and communication with his family which, in the end, makes his life better.
Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Adventures #1) by Catherine Nichols REALISTIC
Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce REALISTIC / STEM
Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Science Bob Pflugfleder and Steve Hockensmith MYSTERY
Siblings Nick and Tesla are shipped off to live with their mad-scientist Uncle Newt for the summer while their parents are . . . doing something with soybeans in Uzbekistan. When left to fend for themselves, they discover something very suspicious happening at the old mansion down the street, more than just losing their rocket in that yard. Fun and adventurous!
The Case of the Claymore Diamond Math Inspectors by Daniel Kenney and Emily Boever MYSTERY
Viva math! These friends love math and are proud of it — in fact, they’re sure they can use their math skills to solve crimes. This first mystery is about a jewelry store robbery. And they do solve it by finding clues that the police miss, freeing an innocent man. This is a delightful easy chapter book series.
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts STEM
Andrea Beaty successfully writes her famous main characters of Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist into a fun-filled, STEM adventure chapter book. I loved this first book in the series from beginning to end. Rosie’s Aunt Rose and her WWII friends, the Raucous Riveters, need Rosie’s help. Their friend June broke both her arms and she needs an invention so she can paint in the upcoming art contest. Can Rosie and friends invent something to help June paint with her casts? After one disaster after another, including at the art contest, Rosie continues to persevere and problem solve to find a solution that will work.
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