Series for Third Grade

Third grade is a big year for series. Kids at this age can decode proficiently and are working towards accumulating longer stories with more sophisticated plot lines. Series are a great way to support students’ understanding of character development and a motivating way to keep them reading.

Series Books for Third Grade

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I am by Brad Meltzer
Reading level: N-O
Biographies are made accessible and enjoyable in this series. Each book focuses on a different American and engages the reader with a conversational tone, cartoon-like illustrations, and speech bubbles.


Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan, Illustrations by Jason Kraft
Early 3rd grade
Galaxy Zack is a bedtime staple in our household these days. When Zack’s dad is transferred to the planet Nebulon for work, Zack must adjust to life in a whole new galaxy. The futuristic setting throws an interesting twist into this series with relatable plot lines.


Heidi Heckelbeck by Wanda Coven, Illustrations by Priscilla Burris
Early 3rd grade
Another one of our favorite series for third graders–Heidi is a normal kid except for the fact that she’s also a witch. This series is well written and most stories incorporate a positive message.




Claudia Cortez by Diana Gallagher
Reading level: M
A great realistic fiction series about a regular kid grappling with kid situations.



Jim Nasium by Marty McKnight
Reading level: L-M
This funny series follows Jim, who happens to be a bit of a klutz, as he tries different sports to try to find his niche.




The Amazing Adventures of Superman by Yale Stewart
Reading level: L
A great early chapter book for fans of superheroes.




The Critter Club by Callie Barkley, Illustrations by Marsha Riti
Reading level: M
A series with a diverse set of characters and many adorable animals. What’s not to love?



UnknownThe Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, Illustrations by LeUuyn Pham
Reading level: M
This is one of our favorite new series–princesses and girl power all in one. Princess Magnolia’s kingdom is right next door to Monsterland and the monsters are constantly causing trouble. Fortunately, Princess Magnolia moonlights as the Princess in Black and works tirelessly to keep her kingdom safe from the monsters. The glossy full-color pages highlight Pham’s beautiful illustrations.


Captain Awesome by Stan Kirby, Illustrations by George O’Connor
Reading Level: O
This adventure-filled series is funny and supportive of early third-grade readers.



Who Would Win? by Jerry Pollatta, Illustrations by Rob Bolster
Reading level: O-Q
“What would happen if a killer whale met up with a great white shark? What if they had a fight? Who do you think would win?” Each highly engaging and informative book in this series presents a series of facts about each animal in the match up and leaves it up to the reader to decide who would win before pitting them against each other in a final battle.

Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald, Illustrations by Erwin Madrid
Early 3rd grade
Judy Moody and her brother Stink have been third grade favorites for years. Each of the books in this fully illustrated, full-color offshoot follow one of their friends in their own adventure.



Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko
Reading level: M-O
Silly, fun, and a bit mysterious, this series is a hit. When Gordon and his cousin, Benedict, fall into a vat of toxic sludge they gain superpowers and embark on a series of adventures.



The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings
Reading level: N-P
Moving to a new town is hard, but it’s even harder when that town is full of balloon goons and everywhere he turns his new town is creepy too.



Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe by Noah Z. Jones
Reading Level: N-O
Princess Pink travels through her refrigerator into the land of Fake-Believe in this series of wacky fractured fairy tales.



Here’s Hank by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, Illustrations by Scott Garrett
Reading level: O
Yes, you read that correctly. This set was cowritten by The Fonz. Having grown up dyslexic, he wanted to write a series of books featuring a kid who has experiences similar to the ones he faced as a child. These books are entertaining, relatable, and well written.


Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Middle 3rd grade
This series is just delightful. Dory is the youngest of three children and desperately wants her siblings’ attention. Being the baby of the family, her older brother and sister want nothing to do with her. Dory’s wild imagination keeps her (and the reader) entertained.



The Misadventures of Salem Hyde by Frank Cammuso
This funny series follows Salem Hyde, an impulsive and independent witch along with her over-anxious cat Whammy.



The Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn, Illustrations by Robert McPhillips
Middle 3rd grade
Prince Lucas and his best friend Clara encounter many adventures as they explore the Kingdom of Wrenly. Our boys love referring back to the map at the beginning of each book to follow Lucas and Clara’s travels to Primlox (the island of fairies), Crestwood (the island of dragons), Mermaid’s Cove and the other magical lands.

Roscoe Riley Rules by Katherine Applegate, Illustrations by Brian Biggs
Middle 3rd grade
It’s hard not to love Roscoe, the well-intentioned kid who narrates this series. These books are fast paced, funny, and a hit with avid and reluctant readers alike.


Zeke Meeks by D.L. Green, Illustrations by Josh Alves
Middle 3rd grade
Another funny series with shorter chunks of text and lots of pictures. Zeke Meeks is especially appealing for reluctant readers.



Dragon Masters by Tracey West, Illustrations by Graham Howells
Reading level: N-P
Drake didn’t believe in dragons until he was taken by one of the king’s soldiers to begin training as a Dragon Master. At the castle he befriends three other Dragon Masters in training and works to discover his dragon’s special powers.


The Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe, Illustrations by Jana Christy
Reading level: O
After happening upon a fairy while playing soccer one day, four friends are transported to Pixie Hollow where they meet Tinkerbell and the other fairies of Neverland.




Looniverse by David Lubar, Illustrations by Matt Loveridge
Reading level: O-P
When Ed discovers a coin inscribed with the words “strange, stranger” bizarre things begin happening all around him.



Like Pickle Juice by Julie Sternberg, Illustrations by Matthew Cordell
Reading level: O
When Eleanor’s beloved babysitter moves away, Eleanor is devastated. We love novels in verse and were delighted to find this series in verse for transitional readers. Kids can read from cover to cover for the full story or dip in and out to explore various poems.


The Other Side of the Story by Jessica Gunderson, Illustrations by Denis Alonso
Middle 3rd grade
As the series title suggests, this entertaining set of fractured fairy tales tells the villains’ side of the story in several popular fairy tales.



Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, Illustrations by Marla Frazee
Reading level: O-P
Well-meaning Clementine is constantly getting herself in trouble in this funny and relatable series.



Eerie Elementary by Jack Chabert, Illustrations by Sam Ricks
Reading level: O
When Sam is made hall monitor on his first day of school, he finds out that the school is alive… and evil. He must keep his classmates safe in this fast paced series.



Jake Maddox Sports Stories by Jake Maddox, Illustrations by Sean Tiffany
Reading level: M-Q
The Jake Maddox books are a huge hit with tons of sports-loving third graders.



Jake Maddox Girl Sports Stories by Jake Maddox, Illustrations by Katie Wood
Reading level: M-Q
Jake Maddox hasn’t forgotten about gymnastics, figure skating, horseback riding, and dance. While we aren’t huge on the “girl sport” label, this set is deservedly popular.



The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler, Illustrations by Aurore Damant
Reading level: P
Claire can see ghosts and when she meets a friendly ghost named Kaz they become friends and a mystery-solving team.


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