GARY PAULSEN books at the 3rd Grade level (Young Children)

Gary Paulsen is so prolific that we couldn't reasonably squeeze all of his books at the 3rd Grade level onto one page. (Imagine the scrolling... and scrolling!) So we are breaking them down into groups based on interest level.  NIGHTJOHN, for example, is definitely not for little ones.  It's a Young Adult book with some heavy themes.

The books on this list are at the Third Grade Reading level, but they are for young children.


bookcover of Full of Hot Air by Gary PaulsenFULL OF HOT AIR
Launching, Floating High, and Landing

4.4 STARS from 5 GoodReaders

Couldn't find a copy to review so we'll have to resort to the backcover description which says, "Gary Paulsen knows a lot about hot air ballooning, and he shares the information in witty high style. Illustrated with glorious color photographs taken by an internationally known balloonist."

No longer in print. This book is available on the used market --and at some lucky libraries.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 782
Accelerated Reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 7567


bookcover of WORKSONG by Gary PaulsenWORKSONG
illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen

3.53 avg rating — 34 ratings

People work. And in this book Gary and his wife, Ruth, celebrate all the different sorts of jobs and work that people do.

Personally, I like the artwork more than the poem.  But this is still a lovely book to share. One that can get conversation flowing...
It is keening noise and jolting sights,
and hammers flashing in the light,
and houses up 
and trees in sun,
and trucks on one more nighttime run. 
sample page #1 from WORKSONG by Gary Paulsen

sample page #2 from WORKSONG by Gary Paulsen

Word Count: 177
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: 3.1 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 35675
Lexile: AD290L

bookcover of DOGTEAM by Gary PaulsenDOGTEAM
illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen

3.54 avg rating — 61 ratings

In Dogteam, Paulsen draws upon his experience as a musher to bring to life a night run. The air is crisp..., frigid, and the dogs are eager to run. You will feel like you are whisking over the snow, past shadowed trees and wildlife on a moonlit night.

I really like this book. Here is a sample of the verse:
Wolves.
They come alongside in the moonlight,
moonwolves, snowwolves, nightwolves,
they run with us,
pace the dogs, pace our hearts and our lives
and then turn, turn away into the blue dark.
Ruth Wright Paulsen accompanies her husband's text with perfect images that capture the cold and motion and excitement of racing through the dark.

sample page #1 from DOGTEAM by Gary Paulsen

sample page #2 from DOGTEAM by Gary Paulsen

Word Count: 469
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: 3.2 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 61739
--sample pages available


bookcover of CANOE DAYS by Gary PaulsenCANOE DAYS
illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen

3.72 avg rating — 67 ratings

Canoe Days takes a look at the life in and around a lake. The book begins with at paddler launching a canoe. It talks about the wonder of silence and beauty of sliding across the water. Children get to see a pike moving in the murky depths, and animals like foxes and racoons that frequent the shore in search of food and a drink.

The colors in Canoe Days are sunny. Bright blues and cheerful greens that are evocative of spring and summer. The text is lyrical and describes what the paddler hears and sees.

Sample:
Sometimes when it is still so still,
you can hear the swish
of a butterfly's wing --

sometimes when it is that still I take the canoe
out on the edge of the lake.

One stroke of the paddle and we are gone, the
canoe and me, moving silently.
sample page #1 from CANOE DAYS by Gary Paulsen

sample page #2 from CANOE DAYS by Gary Paulsen

sample page #3 from CANOE DAYS by Gary Paulsen

Word Count: 379
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: 3.5 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 31078
Lexile: AD840L
--sample pages available


To Find Gary Paulsen books at the 2rd Grade level, click here.

compiled by Pam
updated July 2014

GARY PAULSEN BOOKS at the 2nd Grade reading level

Gary Paulsen has written some lovely books for very young readers. These books can be shared and integrated in social studies and science classes. They can also be used as practice readers.

There are no books at the 1st Grade level, but here is a delightful Non-Fiction book at the 2nd Grade level which is available in Spanish as well as English.  To Find Part I of Gary Paulsen books at the 3rd Grade level, click here.

bookcover of THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen
3.66 STARS from 28 GoodReaders
All 5 STARS from Amazon Reviewers

THE TORTILLA FACTORY is a beautiful little book from the Paulsens. With warm artwork and poetic text it describes how tortillas come from corn which is grown in the soil. And how that corn, when ground, makes its way from the fields to the kitchen table.

The Black Earth sleeps in winter.
But in the spring the black earth
is worked by brown hands
that plant yellow seeds,
which become green plants in rustling in the wind
and make golden corn to dry in
hot sun and be ground into flour
for the tortilla factory.
This slim volume is not only a great poetic read-aloud, it's useful. With text and pictures it introduces young children to patterns of life that they might not be aware of. It describes how the planting of corn is cyclical and in the rhythm of the seasons; and how the ground corn grain moves through our society so that it eventually nourishes those who grow it.

THE TORTILLA FACTORY
also here

Reading Information:
Word Count: 142
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 18383
--sample pages available
--other reviews available

sample page #1 from THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen



bookcover of Tortilla Factory by Gary PaulsenLa Tortillería

Brief Description: Las tortillas son clásicas de la cultura mexicana, ¿cómo se hacen? ¿con qué se hacen? Conoce esto y más en este interesante y poético libro.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 142
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 18383 SP
Lexile: 510L

sample page #2 from THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen

To Find Gary Paulsen books for young children at the 3rd Grade level, click here.

compiled by Pam
updated July 2014

BRANDON SANDERSON author reading index

BRANDON SANDERSON made his name writing Adult Fiction, but now he's just as popular in Young Adult circles.



STEELHEART / THE RECKONERS series reading infornation

BRANDON SANDERSON is best known for his adult series Mistborn, and for his work finishing Robert Jordan's fantasy series The Wheel of Time.  With THE RITHMATIST  Brandon made his first foray into the Young Adult market.  This series earned good marks from readers and the RECKONERS first book, STEELHEART, followed quickly.

**all ratings from GoodReads


**New York Times Bestseller**
bookcover of STEELHEART  (Reckoners, #1)   by Brandon SandersonSTEELHEART
(Reckoners, #1)
by Brandon Sanderson

**Starred Review** ALA BookList
4.13 avg rating — 31,415 ratings

The School Library Journal calls STEELHEART a 'fast-paced, futuristic science-fiction superhero story' and I think that's an accurate description.  

The backstory: One day the sky exploded and darkness came and stayed.  Even worse, some people developed super-human skills.  They are called Epics. And as it turns out they quickly become unpleasant people.

Enter David. When he was a young boy he went to the bank with his father. There they unfortunately crossed paths with Steelheart, the worst of the Epics, and their leader.  David's father is murdered and David swears to destroy Steelheart.  To this he worms his way into a group called the Reckoners.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 107,599
Page Count:  384
Accelerated Reader:  5.0 / points: 16.0
AR quiz: 161310
Lexile: 680L
--sample pages and reviews available

bookcover of MITOSIS  (Reckoners, #1.5) by Brandon Sanderson 

MITOSIS
(Reckoners, #1.5)

3.94 avg rating — 2,596 ratings

Mitosis takes place after the Reckoners reclaim Newcago --trying to fill the space left by the death of Steelheart.

Looking at the reviews at Amazon I'd say that most people loved the story BUT thought it was too short for the price. 

Look for it on sale.  (It does happen. Sometimes the e-stories will drop to 99cents in price.)

Page Count: 35
no reading information currently available
--sample pages and reviews available

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bookcover of FIREFIGHT  (Reckoners, #2) by Brandon SandersonFIREFIGHT
(Reckoners, #2)

YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL...  January 6, 2015.

Reading Information:
Page Count: 304
no reading information currently available
--sample pages and reviews available




compiled by Pam
updated July 2014