Bayside Third Graders Recommend Summer Reading Books

Compiled by Julie Ranelli, Children’s Librarian, Kent Island Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Free Library

Whoever said that reading for fun declines after children reach the age of 8 has not recently spoken with the enthusiastic third-grade readers at Bayside Elementary School in Stevensville. All six classes recently visited the Kent Island Branch Library on a field trip, and they recommended nearly 75 books that “kids won’t be able to put down” this summer! Some of their top responses are listed here and are also available to borrow, free of charge, at the Queen Anne’s County Free Library.

Picture Books:
The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane Auch
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judi Barrett
Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
stories by Dr. Seuss
Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea
Have I Got a Book For You by Melanie Watt

Series Books:
A to Z Mysteries
Edge Chronicles
Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House
Mostly Ghostly
Nancy Drew
39 Clues

Chapter Books:
Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Molly Moon by Georgia Byng
Allie Finkle by Meg Cabot
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Ramona Quimby by Beverly Cleary
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Wizards at War by Diane Duane
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Swindle by Gordon Korman
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
Stink by Megan McDonald
Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker
The Littles by John Peterson
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Graphic Novels:
Babymouse by Jennifer Holm
Amulet by Kazo Kibuishi
Pokemon  by Kusaka or Ihara
Bone by Jeff Smith

Ghosts (Call # 133)
Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz (J 398.25 S)
Dinosaur books (Call # 567)
Animal books (Call # 590s)
Never Smile At a Monkey by Steve Jenkins (J 591.65 Jen)
Dog and pet books (Call # 636)
Sports books (Call # 796)
Joke books (Call # 818)
History and foreign cultures (Call # 900s)

I Can Read Beginning Readers:
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Young Adult Books:
The Dork Diaries by Rachel Russell
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien