Students Entering Grade 4: Required Summer Reading List
Choose your title and complete the Summer Reading Reflection Post Card worksheet.
- "Animals Nobody Loves" by Seymour Simon
In an introduction to twenty animals with bad reputations, the author asks readers to examine our prejudices and biases. You may never love a rattlesnake or a cockroach, but perhaps you can understand and appreciate them for what they are.
- "The Case of the Lost Boy (Buddy Files Series #1)" by Dori Hillestad Butler
While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.
- "Clementine" by Sara Pennypacker
Clementine is not having a good week. On Monday, she’s sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair. On Tuesday, Margaret’s mother is mad at her. On Wednesday, she’s sent to the principal again. As the week gets even more disastrous, see how this ingenious third grader manages to come out on top.
- "Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume
More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe — for fifty cents. That’s a lot of money to Andrew, but he decides to accept Sharon’s offer. After school, Andrew rushes home and begins to mix the strange combination of ingredients — and immediately runs into some unforeseen problems.
- "Frindle" by Andrew Clements
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
- "Julian, Secret Agent" by Ann Cameron
When Julian, his little brother Huey, and their friend Gloria decide to be “crime busters,” they find themselves in one adventure after another.
- "Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic" by Emily Jenkins
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic...well, Plastic isn’t quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows — a very nice person to belong to. But outside of the Little Girl’s room things can be confusing. Enjoy the unforgettable adventures — and misadventures — of three extraordinary friends.
- "Who Was... (series)" by various authors
The Who Was... series offers a detailed account of a famous figure's life. Click here to see some of the titles in the series.
- "Wild River" by P. J. Petersen
Ryan would be the first to tell you that he didn’t want to go at all. When teenage Tanner convinces Ryan, his video-game-obsessed 12-year-old brother, to join him on an exciting camping trip, neither of them has a clue what’s in store. A fun kayak down the Boulder River starts off well enough, but when an unexpected accident leads to Tanner’s being injured, it’s up to Ryan to get help. Ryan must fail repeatedly before hitting on the right solution that will save his brother’s life.