Third graders are all over the place with reading, so when we make up our "Silver Knight" list for grade 3, we are sure to include chapter books at various levels and various interests in mind. Here's the full list.
Here are three engaging chapter books that particularly suit third grade BOYS.
Ball Hogs, by Rich Wallace
This is the first in the "Kickers" series all about soccer. Boys at AISB are already really enjoying this book. It's about Ben and his friends in grade 4. The chapters alternate between action on the soccer field and action at recess on the four-square court. No matter what field he's on, Ben's nemesis, Mark, is bigger and stronger, and he's arrogant enough to drive a boy mad. Ben wants to win at everything he does, but his team can't win a game as long as Mark hogs the ball. Will they ever learn to play as a team? Illustrated. 128 pages.
Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake!, by Trudi Trueit
Ten year old "Scab" is trying to get up the courage to swim in the deep end of the pool, but instead of facing his fears he tries all kinds of tricks to get out of swimming lessons. In this transitional reader, there are plenty of funny scenes, text boxes with quirky observations about life, and a main character with lots of spunk. And the dinosaur? Oh, it's part of the story, but not in the way you might think! It's a fun read. Illustrated. 160 pages.
The Case of the Lost Boy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
This is the first in the "Buddy Files" series. Buddy is a lovable golden retriever who solves mysteries with his nose and by making lists. He narrates the action so we get the dog's eye view on human behavior and how dogs think. In this volume, his boy is lost. We're nervous about this since there's a "stranger danger" possibility that's a bit scary. A compelling conflict (hard to find in transitional readers) and engaging voice make this a winner. Illustrated. 128 pages.