Grade 4 – Reading List

Month 1: Historical Fiction

“Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry – Witness the courage of a young girl named Annemarie as she helps her Jewish friend escape the Nazis during World War II.

“Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muñoz Ryan – Join Esperanza as she leaves her privileged life in Mexico and faces challenges as a migrant farmworker in California during the Great Depression.

“The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – Explore the story of Ada, a young girl with a disability, as she finds strength and freedom during World War II evacuations.

Month 2: Fantasy and Adventure

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – Enter the enchanting world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Harry Potter begins his magical journey.
“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien – Join Bilbo Baggins on his unexpected adventure with a group of dwarves to reclaim their homeland from a dragon.
“The Lightning Thief” (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series) by Rick Riordan – Discover the thrilling world of Greek mythology as Percy Jackson, a demigod, embarks on a quest to prevent a war among the gods.

Month 3: Biographies and Memoirs

“Who Was…? Series” by Various Authors – Learn about famous historical figures and their achievements through engaging biographies, such as “Who Was Abraham Lincoln?” or “Who Was Anne Frank?”

“I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” by Malala Yousafzai – Discover the inspiring story of Malala, a young advocate for girls’ education, and her fight against the Taliban in Pakistan.

“Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition” by Margot Lee Shetterly – Uncover the remarkable contributions of four African American women mathematicians during the Space Race.

Month 4: Animal Tales

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White – Form a heartwarming bond with Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig as they navigate friendship, life, and the power of words.

“Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo – Follow the heartwarming story of India Opal Buloni and her lovable dog, Winn-Dixie, as they bring friendship and healing to their community.

“The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate – Enter the world of Ivan, a gorilla living in captivity, as he finds hope, friendship, and a longing for freedom.

Month 5: Poetry and Verse

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein – Delight in the whimsical and imaginative poems of Shel Silverstein, exploring topics ranging from friendship to silly creatures.

“A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein – Continue the poetic journey with Shel Silverstein’s collection of humorous and thought-provoking verses.

“Love That Dog” by Sharon Creech – Follow the story of Jack as he discovers the power of poetry and finds his own voice through writing.

Month 6: Mystery and Detective Stories

“The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin – Solve the intricate puzzle and unravel the mystery of the Westing family fortune in this gripping and suspenseful novel.

“The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart – Join four exceptional children on a secret mission to save the world from a dangerous mastermind, testing their intelligence and teamwork.

“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg – Follow Claudia and her brother as they run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, uncovering a mystery along the way.

Month 7: Historical and Cultural Tales

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis – Follow the Watson family’s journey from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama, during a pivotal time in the Civil Rights Movement.

“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor – Experience the struggles and resilience of the Logan family as they face racism and injustice in 1930s Mississippi.

“The Birchbark House” by Louise Erdrich – Immerse yourself in the Ojibwe culture through the eyes of Omakayas, a young girl living on an island in Lake Superior in the mid-1800s.

Month 8: Science and Nature

“The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown – Follow the adventures of Roz, a robot stranded on a wild island, as she learns about nature, survival, and the power of friendship.

“The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill – Dive into a magical world where Luna, a young girl, discovers her extraordinary powers and the truth about her past.

“The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” by Jacqueline Kelly – Join Calpurnia Tate on her journey of scientific curiosity and self-discovery in Texas at the turn of the 20th century.

Month 9: Adventure and Survival

“Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen – Experience the gripping story of Brian, a young boy stranded in the Canadian wilderness, as he learns to survive with only a hatchet.

“Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell – Embark on an unforgettable journey with Karana, a young Native American girl, as she survives alone on an island off the coast of California.

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry – Enter a seemingly perfect society where Jonas discovers the dark secrets behind his community’s utopian facade.