FOURTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2017
The fourth-grade summer reading list has two parts.
PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS
Students will choose at least two novels from the list below to read prior to their return in August.
The Magician's Elephant - Kate DiCamillo
Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Pax - Sara Pennypacker
Pie - Sarah Weeks
Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate
Wish - Barbara O'Connor
PART 2: ENRICHMENT READINGS
One of the best ways to keep students reading over the summer is to take full advantage of the reading programs available to children. There are programs all over the city, including the Dallas Public Library, Highland Park Library, University Park Library, and Richardson Library. In addition, try your local Barnes and Noble or Half Price Books.
If you or your student is at a loss on what books to pick out, both Great Schools and Goodreads are fantastic resources that are perfect for your students as they start their fourth grade adventures. Great Schools provides lists are curated by professionals, while Goodreads lists are based on the number of times users have put these books on shelves listed as fourth grade.
One of the best things about the library is sharing the excitement over something you just read. Students have two ways to do that over the summer. Option one is to mail in postcards where they write a little about the book and provide an illustration or two about their favorite part(s) of the books they read Students will also have the opportunity to use a service called Flipgrid where they can post 90 second videos talking about books they're reading and enjoying/books they recommend to their friends. flipgrid.com/6r1upt8
Summer is also the perfect time to get a jump start on reading books for the Flying Angel and Bluebonnet reading programs. Please refer to the Library course on Schoology or the library section of the website for more information on these two optional reading programs.
Needing direction to help find books for your students? Here are some great resources for finding lists:
- The Association for Library Service to Children puts out such awards as the Newbery, Caldecott, and (Theodore Seuss) Geisel awards.
- Great Schools has fantastic reading lists that are organized by category, and can be filtered by grade
- The International Literacy Association (along with the Children’s Book Council) puts out both the Children’s Choice Booklist selected by students around the country. This guide is well-organized, comes with photos of the covers, and gives reviews of each book on the list.