Summer Reading

Grade 4

This list is meant to be a launch point into reading options for your child. If your child is into a particular series or has books in mind that are not on this list, we encourage him/her (with your approval, of course) to read those books. We want the students to read for the love of reading!  

Award Winning Books 

Caterpillar Summer, Gillian McDunn
*Sounder, William H. Armstrong
*Crispin, the Cross of Lead, Avi
*Walls Within Walls, Maureen Sherry
The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
*Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate
Waiting for the Magic, Patricia MacLachlan
*One Handed Catch, Mary Jane Auch
Secret Zoo, Bryan Chick
The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L.
The Cricket in the Square, George Selden
Lunch Lady (Graphic Novel), Jarrett Krosoczka
Smile (Graphic Novel), Raina Telgemeier
Cardboard (Graphic Novel), Dog Ten Napel


Geronimo Stilton
Matt Christopher (Sports Series)
Judy Moody, Megan McDonald
*The Borrowers, Mary Norton
Encyclopedia Brown, Megan McDonald
Whatever After, Sarah Mlynowski
Spy School, Stuart Gibbs
Last Kids on Earth, Max Brallier and Douglas Holgate
Key Hunters, Eric Luper
39 Clues, various authors
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
Can You Survive Series
Rush Revere, Rush Limbaugh
Babysitter's Club (Graphic Novel)

Recommended Authors

Judy Blume
Kate DiCamillo
Katherine Applegate
Roald Dahl
C.S. Lewis
Beverly Cleary
Matt Christopher

Crown Books

Because of the Rabbit, Cynthia Lord
Best Family Ever, Karen Kingsbury
Carter Reads the Newspaper, Deborah Hopkinson
Code Word Courage, Kirby Larson
Life According to Og the Frog, Betty G. Birney
Louisiana's Way Home, Kate DiCamillo
Love Does for Kids, Bob Goff and Lindsey Goff Viducich
Saving Winslow, Sharon Creech
Who Are You Calling Weird, Marilyn Singer
The Friendship War, Andrew Clements

*denotes a more difficult reading level

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We read            hours and            minutes this summer!

We tracked our reading (check one)

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