By the time third graders arrive on the first day of school, they’ve heard (several times) a lot of the most popular first day of school books for 3rd grade.
So teachers need to search a little deeper to find a first day of school read aloud book that third graders haven’t yet heard.
This list of first day of school books for 3rd grade helps with that.
It’s full of classic titles along with “new” finds that are sure to engage third grade students.
Keep this list of first day of school books for 3rd grade handy as you plan for back to school.
Related: first day of school books for 2nd grade
First Day of School Books for 3rd Grade
Following you will find a variety of books to read aloud on the first day.
- A Bad Case of Stripes (David Shannon)
- The Best Part of Me (Genia Connell)
- Different is Good (Rebecca J. Jackson, Phelan Good)
- Happy Dreamer (Peter H. Reynolds)
- Ish (Peter H. Reynolds)
- Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration (Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita)
- Nerdy Birdy (Aaron Reynolds, Matt Davies)
- Rot, the Cutest in the World! (Ben Clanton)
- Spork (Kyo Maclear)
- Sticks (Diane Alber)
- The Story of Z (Jeanne Modesitt, Lonnie Sue Johnson)
- The Way I Feel (Janan Cain)
- We All Belong (Nathalie Goss, Alex Goss, Goss Castle)
- What I Like About Me (Allia Zoloel Nolan, Miki Sakamoto)
- You’re Here for a Reason (Nancy Tillman)
- Your Name is a Song (Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow)
Virtual Learning/Building Community
- A Little SPOT Learns Online: A Story About Virtual Classroom Expectations (Diane Alber)
- All Are Welcome (Alexandra Penfold)
- The Big Umbrella (Amy June Bates)
- Our Class is a Family (Shannon Olsen)
See brain breaks for online learning.
Beginning of Year Anxiety
- A Tiger Tail (Mike Boldt)
- Amelia’s Notebook (Marissa Moss)
- First Day Jitters (Julie Danneberg)
- The Class (Boni Ashburn)
- The Cool Bean (Jory John, Pete Oswald)
- Do Unto Otters (Laurie Keller)
- The Juice Box Bully (Bob Sornson, Maria Dismondy)
- The Recess Queen (Alexis O’Neill)
- The Weird Series (Erin Frankel)
Ice Breakers/A Good Laugh
- Dear Teacher (Amy Husband)
- The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School (Albert Lorenz)
- How Not to Start Third Grade (Cathy Hapka, Ellen Titlebaum)
- It’s Back to School We Go! First Day Stories From Around the World (Ellen Jackson, Jan Davey Ellis)
- School’s First Day of School (Adam Rex)
- Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! (Rob Scotton)
- The Twig (Aura Parker)
More Favorite Back to School Read Alouds for 3rd Grade
- A Little SPOT of Optimism (Diane Alber)
- A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure (Angeline Sparagna LoPresti)
- After the Fall (Dan Santat)
- The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes (Mark Pett)
- How to Read a Book (Kwame Alexander, Melissa Sweet)
- Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind (Judy Fincher)
- Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It (JoAnn Deak PhD, Sarah Ackerley)
See positive affirmations for kids.
- Back to School Rules (Laurie B. Friedman)
- Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Julia Cook, Anita DuFalla)
- My Mouth is a Volcano (Julia Cook)
- Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathmann)
- Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria (John Grandits, Michael Allen Austin)
- Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus (John Grandits, Michael Allen Austin)
- The Thingumajig Book of Manners (Irene Keller)
- What If Everybody Did That? (Ellen Javernick)
See essential routines and procedures to discuss on the first day of school.
- The Gigantic Turnip (Aleskei Tolstoy, Niamh Sharkey)
- Narwhal (Ben Clanton)
- The Chalk Box Kid (Clyde Robert Bulla)
- The Clue of the Left-Handed Envelope: Third Grade Detectives (George E. Stanley)
- EllRay Jakes Series (Sally Warner, Jamie Harper)
- Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet (Megan Frazer Blakemore)
- How to Be Cool in the Third Grade (Betsy Duffey, Janet Wilson)
- How to Survive Third Grade (Laurie Lawlor Ernest)
- I Was a Third Grade Spy (Mary Jane Auch)
- Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (Nikki Grimes)
- The World According to Humphrey (Betty G. Birney)
Planning for the first day of third grade just got a bit easier with this super list of first day of school books for 3rd grade.