Fourth Grade Summer Reading List

Fiction

  • Applegate, Katherine. Crenshaw – Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?
  • Arnold, Louise. Golden & Grey: An Unremarkable Boy and a Rather Remarkable Ghost – When a downhearted ghost becomes the “invisible friend” of an 11-year-old boy who is an outcast in his new school, the two help each other find their place.
  • Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street – The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating.
  • Birney, Betty G. Humphrey (series) – Join Humphrey the hamster as he takes on all kinds of adventures!
  • Clements, Andrew. No Talking – The noisy fifth grade boys challenge the equally noisy girls to a “no talking” contest.
  • Colfer, Eoin. The Legend of Spud Murphy – Dropped off at the library several afternoons a week, William and his brother dread boredom and the really scary librarian.
  • Collins, Ross. Medusa Jones – In ancient Greece, a gorgon and her friends are mocked and sneered at by the other Acropolis Academy children whose parents are kings and gods.
  • Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon – The adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass an important Viking initiation test.
  • Creech, Sharon. Moo – When Reena found out she was moving to Maine, she pictured lighthouses and lobsters, not a neighbor with a zany cow named Zora.
  • Fleming, Candace. The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School – An unlikely teacher takes over a disorderly fourth-grade class with surprising results.
  • Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little – With summer coming to an end, Moxy does a 100 different things to avoid doing her required reading.
  • Gutman, Dan. Nightmare at the Book Fair – Fifth-grader Trip Kindleman, who does not like to read very much, is hit on the head by a heavy box and becomes a character in a series of different books.
  • Holm, Jennifer L. Full of Beans – In Depression era Key West, Beans Curry and his barefoot gang of friends try various schemes to make easy money in this laugh-out-loud historical novel.
  • Jonell, Lynne. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat – Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways.
  • Laybourn, Emma. Missing Magic – In a world where everyone has magical abilities, 11-year-old Ned has none, but when the world turns upside down, his lack of powers turns out to be his best asset.
  • Martin, Ann. The Doll People – A family of dolls that has lived in the same house for 100 years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn’t follow “The Doll Code of Honor.”
  • Mlynowski, Sarah.  Whatever After– Siblings Abby and Jonah have a magic mirror that leads them into different fairy tales, from Snow White to Rapunzel to the Little Mermaid.  In each fairy tale, Abby and Jonah accidentally change the story.
  • O’Connor, Barbara. How to Steal a Dog – Living in the family car after their father leaves, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog.
  • Palmer, Iva Marie. Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook – Series about a Latina pitcher who loves baseball.
  • Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl – In her Bangladesh village, 10-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas and helps her impoverished family financially when she disguises herself as a boy.
  • Prineas, Sarah. The Magic Thief – A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard.
  • Raczka, Bob. Wet Cement: A Book of Concrete Poems
  • Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures – When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
  • Vande Velde, Vivian. Three Good Deeds – Howard is cursed to be a goose, becoming human again only by doing good deeds.

Nonfiction

  • Barton, Chris. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
  • Bertholf, Bret. The Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music
  • DK Publishing.  Everything You Need to Know About Snakes and Other Scary Reptiles – From speedy slithering creatures and living dragons to snakes that fly and shed skin, Everything You Need to Know About Snakes explores the fascinating world of reptiles.
  • Hillman, Ben. How Big Is It? A Big Book All About Bigness – How big is a glacier? How immense is a submarine? How long is a giant squid? You will see, in awesome photos, how huge they are when compared with the city of Chicago, a baseball diamond and a house.
  • Hinshaw Patent, Dorothy. Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes – More than 2,500 different kinds of snakes slither and creep throughout the world.  Snakes come in only one shape, but they come in any patterns and sizes.
  • I Survived: True Stories (series) – This series appeals to those who enjoy historical fiction filled with fun and adventure!
  • Markle, Sandra. Rescues! – A collection of disaster stories and rescues around the world including an avalanche, a hurricane, and the 2004 Tsunami.
  • Miller, Debbie. Survival at 120 Above – This book records a day in the life of the Simpson Desert as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants revel in the glory of water and relative coolness of the world’s largest parallel sand dunes.
  • Murrie, Steve. Every Minute on Earth: Fun Facts That Happen Every 60 Seconds
  • Thimmesh, Catherine. Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11
  • Wargin, Kathy-Jo. Win One for the Gipper: America’s Football Hero – George Gipp enjoyed playing sports, but even as a small boy, his athletic skills set him apart from the others.  When he is awarded a baseball scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, his future is set.
  • Who Was (series) – A series of illustrated biographies for readers featuring significant historical figures, including artists, scientists and world leaders.

Graphic Novels

  • Bell, CeCe. El Deafo (Graphic Novel Memoir) –  In this funny, poignant graphic novel, author CeCe Bell shares her experience with hearing loss at a young age.
  • Martin, Ann.  The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix Book (series) – Graphic novel series about members of the Baby-Sitters Club overcoming obstacles and developing friendships along the way.
  • Griffith, Saul. Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless – Part comic strip and part science experiment, this book demonstrates how to find new uses for common household items like soda bottles, duct tape and mops.
  • Kibushi, Kazu. Amulet, Book 1: Stonekeeper – After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous.
  • Varon, Sara. Robot Dreams – The enduring friendship between a dog and a robot is portrayed in this wordless book.