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Books and Book Series for Boys at the 3rd Grade Reading Level

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This Ask Me Monday (AMM5) question covers books for boys at the 3rd grade reading level.

Submitted Question:

Where can I get reading material (preferably for kindle) for a struggling reader? Most things that are at his reading level are not interesting to him. Thank you!!! (3rd grade level for an 11 year old)

Places to Find Books

Most of the books I recommend below are available through Amazon in kindle format. You may also be able to borrow digital copies through your library system. Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon monthly subscription program where you can get access to certain books from the Amazon store as part of the subscription. You can search through Amazon’s Kindle Store specifically for “Kindle Unlimited” books. I did a search for “3rd Grade Books for Boys” and checked the “Kindle Unlimited Eligible” box and 70 options came up.

Book Series for Boys at the 3rd Grade Reading Level that I Can Personally Recommend

Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland

The Wings of Fire series is one of my all-time favorite book series about dragons, war, and their adventures. There are currently 10 books in the main series. There are also some rminibooks filling in other parts of the story called Winglets of Fire. This book series is recommended for grade levels 3-7. The author’s writing gets better with each book. The first two books in the series are a little more difficult to follow. The third book and all subsequent books in the series are absolutely phenomenal.

Araminta Spookie by Angie Sage

There are 5 books in the Araminta Spookie Series. These are recommended for grades 1-5. The books are about a girl named Araminta who lives with her aunt and uncle. Araminta has adventures with ghosts and other characters in the books. The Sword in the Grotto (Book 2) is my favorite in this series.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

This is another dragon series, but is about a boy and his dragon. There are 12 books in this series that is recommended for grades 3-7. My husband and son came across the How to Train your Dragon series in the library. I have not read any of the books yet as I prefer to read on my Kindle app. (They are available in a Kindle format, I just haven’t bought any yet.) I can highly recommend this series based on how much my husband and son loved the books.

The 13 Story Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths


This Treehouse series is about 2 boys who live in a treehouse. The books are contain a lot of illustrations, so there are fewer words on each page. My son loved reading the ones that were available in our library.

Bunnicula Series by Deborah and James Howe

It has been a long time since I have read the Bunnicula series, but I remember my Mom and younger brother enjoying them a lot. The 7 book series is recommended for grades 3 and up.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner


The Boxcar Children series is about 4 orphaned children. The books are recommended for grades 1-5. I have not read these myself, but my son enjoyed the series.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary


This 3 book series is recommended for grades 3-7. The books are about Ralph Mouse and the boy who gives the mouse his toy motorcycle.

Indian in the Cupboard Series by Lynne Banks

This trilogy is recommended for grades 3-7. It is about a boy who has a magic cupboard that brings his toy indian figures to life.

Individual Books for Boys at the 3rd Grade Reading Level that I Recommend

Books by Roald Dahl


The Witches, The BFG, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are some of my favorite Roald Dahl books. His books are recommended for grades 3-7.

Books by E.B. White

Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and the Trumpet Swan are all excellent books. They are recommended for grades 3-7.

Additional Books for Boys at the 3rd Grade Reading level to Consider

I have not read the following books; however, they may also be high interest reading options for your child.

Treasure Hunters Book Series by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein


This 5-book series is recommended for grades 3-7. The topics of treasure hunting, saving parents, and pirates are likely to appeal to boys.

Storm Runners Trilogy by Roland Smith

In this series, recommended for grades 3-7, the characters chase after storms, such as tornados, hurricanes, and floods.

Possible Books, but not available in Kindle Format

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren 

Although the main character in this book series is a little girl, her quirky personality, super strength, and adventures may appeal to both boys and girls. This 3 book series is recommended for grades 3-7.

Summary of Books for Boys at the 3rd Grade Reading Level

Finding books that interest boys can be a challenge. The previously listed books are all possible options that may interest an 11 year old boy. Most of the options are available in digital format for reading on a Kindle. I give my highest recommendations to the Wings of Fire series, How to Train Your Dragon, and books by Roald Dahl. The other listed options may also work well for your child.

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