Peggy Bessent Library

Third Grade Summer Reading

Welcome to the Third Grade!

This year's theme is "Unraveling the Mysteries of the Past".

Third grade is an exciting year filled with discovery and adventure. You will study the ancient cultures of the buried city of Pompeii, ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Learning about these very old places and people is like solving a mystery. Since it was such a long time ago, you have only bits and pieces of information, very much like puzzle pieces or clues. And like a detective solving a mystery, you will carefully study the clues which will help you to understand the wonderful magic of these ancient cultures.

All entering third graders are required to read "The Key to the Treasure" by Peggy Parish.

This classic novel introduces young readers to the important elements of a mystery through a plot that intrigues, amuses and satisfies them. The novel is out of print, so you won't find it on the shelves at your local bookstore. It is available on-line at several sites including, and Gently used copies can be found for less than a dollar! You may also find it at your local library, and there will be several copies in the Lower School office available to borrow.

In addition, two more mysteries and two general reading books are required, for a minimum of FIVE books to be read over the summer. Listed below are suggestions to help you fulfill the summer reading requirements. Feel free to read other authors and titles over the summer.

Record all the books you read (as well as those which are read to you) over the summer on the Summer Reading Log (or a sheet of lined paper). Bring the completed log on the first day of school for your teacher. Click the button below for a printable copy of the log.

Suggested Mysteries (read at least two):

Adler Cam Jansen Adventure series Howe Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
American Girl American Girl History mysteries Joose Wild Wilie Mystery series
Avi Who Stole of the Wizard of Oz? Keene Nancy Drew Notebooks series
Bulla The Ghost of Windy Hill Levy A Hare Raising Tale: A Fletcher Mystery
Campbell Trixie Belden series Roy The A-Z Mystery series
DeFelice The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs Sharmat Nate the Great series
Warner The Boxcar Children series


Suggested General Reading

Atwater Mr. Popper's Penguins
Barrows Ivy and Bean series
Bergen Sophie series
Black The Spiderwick Chronicles series
Cameron Stories Huey Tells
Cheng Year of the Book,
The Year of the Baby,
Only One Year
The Year of the Fortune Cookie
The Year of the Three Sisters
Child Clarice Bean series
Clements Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet
Clifford Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library
Cooper Gettin' Through Thursday
Danziger Amber Brown series
Duey The Unicorn's Secret series
Gilson Bug in a Rug
Gutman My Weird School series
Harper Just Grace series
Kipling Jungle Book Stories
Levine Cinderellis and the Glass Hill
McDonald Judy Moody series
Miller Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail
Mills 7x9 = Trouble
Pennypacker Clementine series
Rodowsky Not My Dog
Smith Chocolate Fever
Wallace The Meanest Hound Around
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