3rd Grade Chapter Books

Are you looking for some book recommendations for 3rd grade chapter books? This is typically the age when children start developing a love of reading and figuring out what they like and dislike. If they can find a book that is fun to read AND challenges them a little bit, that’s even better!

Here are some popular titles for those in 3rd grade that can be found in our library. For a full list, visit http://www.bookriot.com. If you’re looking for more book recommendations, please see our Children’s Department staff.

Lost Treasure of the Emeralde Eye (Geronimo Stilton #1) – Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo run a newspaper, but his true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here on Mouse Island, his books are all bestsellers!

Mermaid Tales – Debbie Dadey
It’s MerGirl Shelly Siren’s first day at a new school, and she is nervous from the tip of her head to the end of her sparkling mermaid tail. How will she ever fit in at the prestigious Trident Academy?

The Chicken Squad – Doreen Cronin
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.

Lola Levine, Drama Queen – Monica Brown
Lola Levine is given a non-speaking part after getting stage fright during her class play audition. She saves the play after a couple of obstacles with the help of her grandmother.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue – Kate DiCamillo
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

Miss Daisy is Crazy (My Weird School #1) – Dan Gutman
Miss Daisy’s unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J.

The Kicks: Saving the Team – Alex Morgan
After moving to California, seventh-grader Devin is afraid she will not make the soccer team but finds, instead, a team is so bad that she is compelled to take the lead and turn it into something the players and coach can all be proud of.

The Princess in Black – Shannon & Dean Hale
Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort have plans…mysterious plans, like a princess play date! They dress-up slam! They karaoke jam! They playhouse romp and snack-time stomp! But then a shout from outside Princess Sneezewort’s castle interrupts their fun. It’s a monster trying to eat someone’s kitty! This is a job for the Princess in Black.



3rd Grade Graphic Novels

Finding a book for a 3rd grader can be somewhat challenging. What do they like? What are they expected to read for school in the fall? A book should be fun, enjoyable to read and build one’s reading skills. Many kids enjoy graphic novels because of the colorful pictures and fun format. While some might just see them as a comic book, they’re so much more than that!

If you’re looking for graphic novels for this age range, here are some helpful suggestions that can be found at our library. For a more complete list, visit http://www.bookriot.com.

If you need further book recommendations, READO lists, or want to know what is recommended reading as your child enters school, please see our Children’s Department staff!

Ghosts – Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

Mighty Jack – Ben Hatke
Jack might be the only kid in the world who’s dreading summer. But he’s got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson
Do you believe in unicorns? Phoebe does. She has no choice. One day she skipped a rock across a pond, and hit a unicorn in the face. This resulted in a lasting friendship between Phoebe and the unicorn, one Marigold Heavenly Nostrils.

Real Friends – Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham
Hale and Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends–and why it’s worth the journey.

The Last Kids on Earth – Max Brallier
After a monster apocalypse hits town, Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

Secret Coders – Gene Luen Yang
Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

Zita the Spacegirl – Ben Hatke
When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire series) – Tui Sutherland
The MudWing dragonet knows war is raging between the dragon tribes in the world outside – a war that he and four other dragonets are destined to end, according to the mysterious prophecy they have been taught.


Afternoon Book Club (July)

(July) Americanah
Summary – Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Ifemelu heads for America, where she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Obinze had hoped to join her, but instead he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed this book, here are a few others that are similar. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin, and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

Book Club – Americanah is Carol’s book club selection for July. Book discussion will be held in the Spruth Room on Tuesday July 24th at 2:00pm. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. You don’t have to attend book club to check out the book…but it helps!


World Cup 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is an international football tournament. Currently, the games are taking place in Russia from June 14th to July 15th. For more information about the games and the playing schedule, visit http://www.fifa.org/worldcup.

Our first floor display currently features titles about soccer, the World Cup, and noteworthy soccer players.

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil – Dave Zirin
The people of Brazil celebrated when they learned that in two years their country would host the world’s two largest sporting events: the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Now they are protesting in numbers the country hasn’t seen in decades.

Encyclopedia Blazertannica – Roger Bennett & Michael Davies
The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life.

Forward – Abby Wambach
Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation’s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup Championship.

The Ugly Game – Heidi Blake
This meticulously reported account by two award-winning, investigative journalists explains how the 2022 World Cup was secured for Qatar—a key element in the ongoing, international FIFA controversy.

The Sun and Other Stars – Brigid Pasulka
Adrift in a soccer-obsessed seaside village on the Italian Riviera, a young man who has recently lost his mother and brother struggles to bond with his emotionally absent father before being drawn into the world of a scandalous soccer star and his tough-love sister.

Quality Control: Coaching Youth Soccer – Mark A. Perdew
Over 100 activities, games and practices! An excellent resource for beginning and experienced coaches alike!

Upon Further Review – Mike Pesca
From Mike Pesca, host of the podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee’s call had just gone the other way.

When Nobody Was Watching – Carli Lloyd
The celebrated star of the U.S. women’s national soccer team chronicles her amazing journey to the top.


Happy Father’s Day

On June 16th, we honor Father’s Day, a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Here are some books, that you can find in our library, that celebrate Father’s Day and the importance of the relationships that children have with their fathers.

The staff at the Lake Bluff Library wishes all fathers have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!

A Father’s Day Thank You – Janet Yolen
Harvey the bear searches for the perfect Father’s Day present and decides that thanking his dad is the best gift of all.

My Family Four Floors Up – Caroline Stutson
Illustrations and rhyming text follow a young girl and her father as they share a busy day at the park before returning to their fourth-floor apartment.

Owl Moon – Jane Yolen
On a winter’s night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Tad and Dad – David Ezra Stein
A growing tadpole loves his frog dad so much he never gives him a moment’s peace

The Daddy Book – Todd Parr
Represents a variety of fathers, with lots of hair and little hair, making cookies and buying doughnuts, camping out and taking naps, and hugging and kissing their children.


LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Here are some books you can find in the library about LGBT related topics and stories with related themes. For more titles about LGBT, please visit the adult non-fiction section under 306. We also have similar books in our Children’s Department and our Teen collection. For more information about LGBT Pride Month, you can visit http://www.adl.org.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children – Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents all while trying to come out as transgender.

Binge – Tyler Oakley
The prominent LGBTQ YouTube social rights advocate presents a first collection of essays, written in his signature witty and uproarious style, that reveal such mishaps as a Cheesecake Factory meltdown, a fashion stand-off with the White House Secret Service, and an embarrassing car crash.

Coming Around – Anne Dohrenwend
A resource for understanding and coming to terms with a child’s sexual orientation and maintaining a dialogue between parent and child.

Hunger – Roxanne Gay
Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls ‘wildly undisciplined.’ She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens, and twenties and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera
Juliet is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing.

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens – Kathy Belge
A humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.

Speaking Out – Steve Berman
Stories of overcoming adversity and experiencing life after coming out.

Stonewall – Ann Bausum
A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

The Gay Revolution – Lillian Faderman
A chronicle of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights draws on interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists and members of the LGBT community to document the cause’s struggles since the 1950s.

This Book is Gay – Juno Dawson
This candid and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums.


Summertime at the Movies

It’s summer and there are tons of awesome movies out right now! Come visit our first floor display featuring popular books, soundtracks, and video games that are being adapted into movies.

Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer
Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet – Ta-Nehisi Coates
T’Challa confronts a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil.

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
A breakthrough in genetic engineering leads to the development of a technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA, a method that brings about the creation of Jurassic Park, a tourist attraction populated by creatures extinct for eons.z

Mamma Mia! (Broadway Original Cast Album)
The original Broadway cast album featuring music by Swedish pop group, ABBA.

Notorious RBG – Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself.

Star Wars: Lando – Charles Soule
You know him…you love him…now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own book!

Tomb Raider (PlayStation 4)
The cinematic action-adventure that forced Lara Croft to grow from an inexperienced young woman into a hardened survivor has been re-built for Xbox One and PS4, featuring an obsessively detailed Lara and a stunningly lifelike world.

Solo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Featuring songs from the recent motion picture composed by John Williams.