Summer 2013 Recommended Reading List

Rising Third Grade 2013-2014

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Nonfiction Books

Under Michigan: The Story of Michigan’s Rocks and Fossils by Charles BarkerUnder Michigan: The Story of Michigan’s Rocks and Fossils
Barker, Charles
Call Number: J 557.74 BARK
2005
This is an enjoyable treatment of the beautiful and orderly layered rock ‘underworld’ of the Great Lakes region.
Backyard Detective: Critters Up Close by Nic BishopBackyard Detective: Critters Up Close
Bishop, Nic
Call Number: J 591.5 BISH
2002
Welcome to the fascinating world of your own backyard, where more than 125 bugs, worms, and small critters play out the drama of life in miniature.
The Rabbit and the Turtle by Eric CarleThe Rabbit and the Turtle
Carle, Eric
Call Number: J 398 AESO
2008
A collection of Aesop's fables.
The Friendly Four by Eloise GreenfieldThe Friendly Four
Greenfield, Eloise
Call Number: J 811 GREE
2006
Through individual poems and poems for multiple voices, four young people explore the bonds of friendship, family, and community.
Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money by Emily JenkinsLemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money
Jenkins, Emily
Call Number: JE JENK
2012
Pauline and her brother John-John set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade one cold, wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings.
Actual Size by Steve JenkinsActual Size
Jenkins, Steve
Call Number: JE J
2004
How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself—at their actual size.
Looking at Lincoln by Maira KalmanLooking at Lincoln
Kalman, Maira
Call Number: J 921 LINCOLN
2012
A young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and sets out to find out more about the life of the nation's sixteenth president.
Harvesting Hope: the Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen KrullHarvesting Hope: the Story of Cesar Chavez
Krull, Kathleen
Call Number: J 921 CHAVEZ
2003
A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.
Measuring Penny by Loreen LeedyMeasuring Penny
Leedy, Loreen
Call Number: J 530.81 L
1997
Lisa has an important homework assignment--to measure something in several different ways. Lisa decides to measure her dog, Penny.
Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux NelsonJuneteenth
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
Call Number: J 394.263 NELS
2006
Describes how the holiday of Juneteenth began and discusses its traditions, symbols, how the holiday haschanged, and how it is observed today.
The Legend of Michigan by Trina Hakes NobleThe Legend of Michigan
Noble, Trina Hakes
Call Number: J 398.2 NOBL
2006
An old warrior and a young boy travel through the frigid cold of the north to teach the fierce North Wind how to live peacefully with his brothers, allowing the formerly uninhabitable land of Michigan to be settled.
Tops and Bottoms by Janet StevensTops and Bottoms
Stevens, Janet
Call Number: J 398.2 STEV
1994
Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.

Fiction Books

Allie's Basketball Dream by Barbara BarberAllie's Basketball Dream
Barber, Barbara
Call Number: JE B
2012
Allie's determination and infectious optimism are sure to reach young readers, as Allie's Basketball Dream teaches gentle lessons about the rewards of perseverance.
Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick BarnesBrand New School, Brave New Ruby
Barnes, Derrick
Call Number: PBK J BARN
2008
When Ruby Booker starts third grade at the same school her three older brothers attend, she tries hard to make an impression of her own.
Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown is Tickled Pink by Bruce CovillePaula Danziger’s Amber Brown is Tickled Pink
Coville, Bruce
Call Number: J COVI
2012
Nine-year-old Amber is nervous and excited about her mother's wedding to Max, but Amber's father makes things complicated.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamilloMercy Watson to the Rescue
DiCamillo, Kate
Call Number: JE DICA
2005
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.
Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action by Jacqueline JulesZapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action
Jules, Jacqueline
Call Number: J JULE
2010
When a very important inventor needs rescuing, Freddie Ramos activates his special sneakers and becomes a superhero.
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses by Julius LesterBlack Cowboy, Wild Horses
Lester, Julius
Call Number: JE L
1998
Based on true accounts by Bob Lemmons, a former slave, "Black Cowboy, Wild Horses" chronicles Lemmons' adventures as he tracks wild horses across the plains.
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonaldJudy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
McDonald, Megan
Call Number: J MCDO
2012
Judy's big plans for the summer seem ruined when two of her best friends go away, and then her parents leave her and Stink with Aunt Opal, but a new "thrill-a-delic" plan has her racing toward fun.
Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story by Calvin A. RamseyBelle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story
Ramsey, Calvin A.
Call Number: JE RAMS
2011
In Gee's Bend, Alabama, Miz Pettway tells young Alex about the historic role her mule played in the struggle for civil rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes factual information about the community of Gee's Bend and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Absent Author (A to Z Mystery Series) by Ron RoyThe Absent Author (A to Z Mystery Series)
Roy, Ron
Call Number: J ROY
1997
Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace.
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen SayGrandfather’s Journey
Say, Allen
Call Number: JE SAY
1993
Three generations of the author's family highlight the emotions common to the immigrant experience.
Third Grade Angels by Jerry SpinelliThird Grade Angels
Spinelli, Jerry
George 'Suds' Morton competes with his third-grade classmates to earn the first 'halo' of the year for good behavior, but being good turns out to be more stressful than he anticipated.
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Herbert Wong YeeMouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends
Yee, Herbert Wong
Call Number: JE YEE
2009
When spring arrives, Mole and Mouse find a unique way to bird watch.