Third Grade Summer Reading List (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 4, 2014

Our 2010 Third Grade Summer Reading Picks

The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow by Tim Kehoe. A sweet and ingenious boy. An eccentric inventor. A contest of wit and creativity. Sound familiar? This wonderful book has all the delicious plot trappings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, except this tale is all about inventing the most amazing toys you've never thought of. A water gun that never runs out of a water. A windless kit. Bubbles that can record sound. These ideas all come to Vincent in blinding visions that everyone else thinks is epilepsy, until he has the opportunity to show his gift to the world in a contest hosted by legendary toymaker Howard G. Whiz. An awesome story that's just begging for a sequel. (Little, Brown and Company, $10.19) 

Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback. For the sensitive or art-loving kid, it doesn't get much better than this whimsical, thoughtful hardcover about a little girl with a big imagination. Whether she's showcasing her ingenious body painting or elaborate performance art, Noonie's masterpieces generally go misunderstood, especially by her "temporary" family--the aunt, uncle, and cousin she's been living with since her mom died. Noonie knows she could be the next Vincent Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo, if only she could get her dad back in the picture. She devises a plan: win the Grover Cleveland Art Contest, and her dad will simply have to come home. The problem? Classic artist's block. This touching book teaches kids that a brilliant artist never quits. It's not action packed, but for the right reader, the poignant storyline and splendidly eccentric illustrations make it downright magical. (Chronicle Books, $18.99)

Hank Zipzer, The World's Greatest Underachiever: A Brand-New Me! by Henry Winkler. This final installment in an ambitious 17-book series follows the engaging, relatable Hank Zipzer, as he gets ready to graduate from elementary school. Hank is stunned to discover that his two best friends will be attending Anderson, the "genius" school, while he'll be stuck at MS 245 with all the "regular" kids. But Hank sure doesn't feel like an ordinary kid! Based on the experiences of Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie in Happy Days, but grew up with dyslexia, this heartwarming story prompts the realization that everyone has their own unique strength, whether it be academic or otherwise. Moving and clever, it manages a gentle, lighthearted approach in dealing with learning differences. (Penguin, $4.99)

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. This is a classic fairy tale with a modern message about knowing when to be tough and when to negotiate. Not long after Flory was born, her wings were damaged when a bat mistook her for a moth. Now she is forced to live as a day fairy in a human garden, getting the occasional ride from the idiotic and always-hungry squirrel. As she grows older, she discovers that not every creature in the garden will bend to her will, and sometimes you have to give more than you get--a great lesson for blossoming egos. Full-page paintings by illustrator Angela Barrett are interspersed throughout the book, and give the reader a hook on which to suspend their disbelief. If you don't believe in fairies after this, there's no hope for you. (Candlewick, $11.55)

Star in the Forest by Laura Resau. Sometimes when you're down on your luck, all you need is a great dog. This well-written tale details tough times for Zitlaly: her father gets deported to Mexico on her eleventh birthday and her mother sells the truck to pay for a coyote to bring him back. In the midst of this drama, Zitlaly finds a stray dog tied to a rusted truck in the "forest" of junk behind her trailer. She befriends the dog, names him Star for a marking on his fur, and secretly begins to feed and care for him. On the day Star goes missing, Zitlaly's family looses contact with her father, and she realizes that Star is her father's spirit animal. Will her father, and Star, ever find their way home? A big-hearted story your child will remember for a long time. (Random House, $10.79)

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