Books Announced for the 2020-2021 Third Grade Reading Challenge


Since 2014, Sno-Isle Libraries has been offering the Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge. The program is a literary trivia program for students enrolled in public schools throughout Snohomish and Island counties.

The program encourages third graders to have fun and enjoy reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the program will include the following 5 titles. Long-time favorite local author, Patrick Jennings is back with his book Odd, Weird, & Little. Who is Toulouse? Could the secret be in the title?

Last year, for the first time, third graders were asked to nominate a book that other third graders would enjoy as part of the reading program. Sno-Isle Libraries received hundreds of nominations. Rescue on the Oregon Trail a story about a time-traveling golden retriever is the very first Kid’s Choice Book! 

2020 Otter Award Nominee, Mac Undercover is based on the real-life adventures of author, Mac Barnett, kid spy. What do you do when the Queen of England gives you a spy assignment? You say yes and hop on a plane!

Magic goes a bit "wonky" in Upside-down Magic. Together Nory and her fellow classmates learn to accept the differences in each other and themselves. Humor and authentic characters make this a spellbinding read.

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, she's a spunky third-grader who misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home. 

These books are chosen by a team of librarians to represent a wide range of reading levels, genres, diverse characters and interests. Many of the selected titles are part of a series, which we hope will inspire future continued reading and excitement!

After reading 5 books, students at participating schools will compete in first round, semi-final and final Reading Challenge online events. These competitive online events are styled like a knowledge quiz bowl, testing the teams' knowledge of the books.

These books are recommended reading for any third grader, whether participating in the program or just for reading on your own or as a family read-aloud.

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