Students Entering Grade 4 and 5: Recommended Summer Reading List


The titles on our recommended reading list are popular with students of this age and vary by topic, interest and level of difficulty. The list will assist you in selecting engaging and appropriate reading material. Enjoy reading to and with your child; encourage independent reading as well.


Annie Barrows

  • "Ivy and Bean" (series)

Jim Benton

  • "Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist" (series)

Judy Blume

  • "Freckle Juice"
  • "Fudge" (series)
  • "The Pain and the Great One" (series)
  • "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing"

Matt Christopher

  • "Various Sports Titles"

Beverly Cleary 

  • "Dear Mr. Henshaw"
  • "The Mouse and the Motorcycle/Ralph the Mouse" (series)
  • "Ramona" (series)

Andrew Clements

  • "Extra Credit"
  • "Frindle"
  • "Jake Drake" (series)

Roald Dahl

  • "The BFG"
  • "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
  • "James and the Giant Peach"
  • "Matilda"
  • "The Witches"

Tomie dePaola

  • "Strega Nona" (series)

Dan Greenburg

  • "The Zach Files" (series)

Dan Gutman 

  • "My Weird School" (series)
  • "My Weirdest School" (series)

Katherine Hannigan

  • "Ida B...and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World"

Dori Hillestad Butler

  • "The Buddy Files" (series)
  • "The Haunted Library" (series)

James & Debra Howe

  • "Bunnicula" (series)

Jeff Kinney

  • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (series)

Gordon Korman

  • "Dive" (series)
  • "Everest" (series)
  • "Island" (series)
  • "Swindle" (series)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

  • "Comics Squad" (series)
  • "Lunch Lady" (series)
  • "Platypus Police Squad" (series)

Barbara Park 

  • "Junie B. Jones" (series)
  • "Skinnybones" (series)

Sara Pennypacker

  • "Clementine" (series)

James Preller

  • "Jigsaw Jones" (series)

Dav Pikley

  • "Captain Underpants (including Super Diaper Baby and Dog Man)" (series)
  • "Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot" (series)

Dietlof Reiche

  • "Golden Hamster Saga" (series)

Ron Roy

  • "A to Z Mysteries" (series)
  • "Calendar Mysteries" (series)
  • "Capital Mysteries" (series)

Louis Sachar

  • "Marvin Redpost" (series)
  • "Wayside School" (series)

Jon Sciezka

  • "Frank Einstein" (series)
  • "Time Warp Trio" (series)
  • "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs"

Lemony Snicket

  • "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (series)

Daniel J. Sobol

  • "Encyclopedia Brown" (series)

Jerry Spinelli

  • "Crash"
  • "Maniac Magee"

Geronimo Stilton

  • "Geronimo Stilton" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton & the Kingdom of Fantasy" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton Journey Through Time" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton Mice Kings" (series)
  • "Geronimo Stilton Spacemice" (series)


Matt Christopher

  • Various Titles/Biographies

Joanna Cole

  • "Magic School Bus" (series)

Bobbie Kalman

  • "Sports in Action" (series)

National Geographic Society

  • "National Geographic Science Chapters-Kids" (series)
  • "Weird But True" (series) 

Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne

  • "Magic Tree House Fact Tracker" (series) 

Seymour Simon

  • Various Titles

Various Authors

  • "Eyewitness Readers" (series)
  • "What Is/Was? (series)
  • "What on Earth (Life in the Desert, Life in the Rainforest)" (series)
  • "Who Is/Was" (series)
  • "You Choose Books: An Interactive History Adventure" (series)
  • "Wouldn't Want to Be..." (series)