Third Grade

Incoming Third Grade Summer Reading 2017

Incoming third grade students are required to read 5 books. They do not have to read all of the books on their own—parents, older siblings, etc. can read to them! There is one required title which everyone must read—the other four books are free choice. Please read the required title in August –that way the story will be fresh in your mind for the start of third grade!


Author Gordon Korman will visit Gilman School on October 12, 2017. We encourage students to read any books by Gordon Korman that are of interest, as knowledge of the author’s work will help make his visit even more meaningful. Gordon Korman primarily writes for the middle grades. With that in mind, we have chosen a book that is available in multiple formats so that it can be read in many ways and along with a parent, caregiver, or older sibling. All incoming third grade students will read Mr. Korman’s book, Unsinkable (Titanic, Book 1). The Titanic is meant to be unsinkable, but as it begins its maiden voyage, there is plenty of danger waiting for the young passengers. This is the story of the lives of four passengers that will be forever linked with the fate of Titanic. And the farther they get from shore, the more the danger looms...

Suggested Reading:

Alexander, Kwame. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets.
Out of gratitude for the poet's art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, presents original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors' hearts sing.

Bruchac, Joseph. The Warriors.
An Iroquois boy and star lacrosse player moves to Washington D.C. where he has to work out how to deal with his coaches’ misunderstandings of native people.

Clark, Henry. What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World.
When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle of a plot to conquer the world!

Chick, Bryan. The Secret Zoo. (series)
Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to the zoo. Megan is the first to notice the puzzling behavior of some of the animals. One day Megan disappears, and her brother and their friends realize it's up to them to find her. Their only choice is to follow a series of clues and sneak into the zoo. But once inside, will they discover there's much more to the Clarksville City Zoo than they could ever have guessed?

Christopher, Matt. Football Double Threat.
Rocky Fletcher is being stretched to his limit. Until recently, he'd only played wide receiver for the Pythons. Now his coaches want him to learn the safety position, one that opened up when Bobby, Rocky's best friend, broke his leg.

Korman, Gordon. Slacker.
Cameron is a gamer and he doesn't like to do anything else. Spending every moment he can playing video games, he sometimes gets carried away. This is how the kitchen burns down and he loses his gaming privileges. His parents decide he needs to get involved in a group and interact with other kids his own age. So he and his friends create the Positive Action Group as a front so they can simply continue gaming. Things get hairy when people become interested in actually joining the group and it gets a faculty advisor!

Lin, Grace. Year of the Dog.
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

Messner, Kate. Ranger in Time: Escape from the Great Earthquake. (series)
Ranger travels to San Francisco and meets Lily Chen. She was sent from China to America to work as a young servant, but she dreams of studying to be a doctor. When the Great Earthquake hits, Ranger arrives in time to rescue Lily from falling beams in the mission house where she lives.

Mlynowski, Sarah. Upside Down Magic. (series)
Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are just four of the students in Dunwiddle Magic School's Upside-Down Magic class. In their classroom, lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments.

Pearce, Jackson. The Doublecross: (and other skills I learned as a Superspy).
Everyone in twelve-year-old Hale's family is a spy going way back. They've all worked for the Sub Rosa Society, an elite organization that's so top secret that new agents aren't recruited; they're born. His parents may be the ultimate spy team at SRS, but Hale isn't your typical stealthy spy. Still, he's convinced he will someday be a great field agent. After all, it's his legacy.

Pennypacker, Sara. Waylon!: One Awesome Thing.
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.

Russell, Rachel Renee. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero. (series)
Max, who was previously home-schooled by his grandmother, is having a hard time adjusting to life at his new public school.

Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society. (series)
Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities? When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. But in the end just four very special children succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete!

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