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3rd Grade Libri Aestivi

Libri Aestivi /ˈlibɾi aestīvī/ is Latin for "Summer Books".

Please select summer reading lIsts by Incoming grade:


For incoming 3rd graders, students are required to read two books before the end of summer. Students should choose both books from the curated list below. Learn more about Libri Aestivi guidelines and requirements.

Book Report Form

Download the book report form, and print out a copy for each of the books read. Book report forms are specific to each grade level and are not interchangeable. Both book reports are required to be submitted on the first day of school, and will result in a literature completion grade.

Choose 2 Books

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

by Richard Atwater

Mr. Popper starts out with one penguin in his house, but before he knows it there are twelve. ISBN 0-316-05843-2

A Bear Called Paddington

by Michael Bond

Life is never the same for the Brown family after they bring adventurous Paddington Bear into their home. ISBN 978-0-06-242275-0

Muggie Maggie

by Beverly Cleary

Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the third grade, until she discovers that knowing how to read and write cursive promises to open up an entirely new world of knowledge for her. ISBN 978-0-380-71087-4

Henry Huggins

by Beverly Cleary

When Henry adopts Ribsy, a dog of no particular breed, humorous adventures follow. ISBN 978-0-380-70912-0

Molly’s Pilgrim

by Barbara Cohen

Told to make a Pilgrim doll for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly is embarrassed when her mother tries to help her out by creating a doll dressed as she herself was dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom. ISBN 978-0-06-287094-0


by Roald Dahl

Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy deams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. ISBN 978-0-14-241038-7

Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl

Three farmers, each one meaner than the next, try all-out warfare to get rid of Mr. Fox and his family. ISBN 978-0-14-241034-9

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

by Roald Dahl

A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team composed of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. ISBN 978-0-14-241384-5 

The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. ISBN 978-0-06-052122-6

The Hundred Penny Box

by Sharon Bell Mathis

Michael’s love for his great-great-aunt who lives with them leads him to intercede with his mother, who wants to toss out all her old things. ISBN 978-0-14-240702-8

Chocolate Fever

by Robert Kimmel Smith

From eating too much chocolate, Henry breaks out in brown bumps that help him foil some hijackers and teach him a valuable lesson about self-indulgence. ISBN 978-0-14-240596-6

Abel’s Island

by William Steig

Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home. ISBN 978-0-312-37143-2

Trouble for Lucy

by Carla Stevens

As she and her family travel the Oregon Trail in 1843, Lucy’s puppies persist in creating trouble. ISBN 978-0-89919-523-0