Tuesday, July 9, 2013

4th Grade Reading Recommendations

One of the many book stacks
I've built to bring with me to 4th grade!

Every time I see my former students, we always seem to get into a conversation about what we're reading. We've built that reading relationship through our year together, and it follows us when we meet again. I'm fortunate to still be in touch with many of the families I've worked with over the years. Those families have all been so helpful and supportive as I get myself ready for 4th grade!

Just the other day, I asked one special family to chat with their daughter about books she thinks I MUST have in my 4th grade library. K was in my 1st grade class and will be going into 4th grade this year. The two of us grew together as readers and still enjoy recommending books to each other. These are the books she has read this summer that MUST be in my classroom, according to K...

Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine

The Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett

The Secret Series books by Pseudonymous Bosch

100 Cupboards series by N.D. Wilson

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (which she read because I recommended it to her!)

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (also recommended by me!)

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham

The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Swindle and Zoobreak by Gordon Korman

The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson

The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown by Betsy Byars

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

I immediately thanked her and returned the favor by recommending both Rump by Liesl Shurtliff and The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher. I know I have a few of K's "best books" already in my inventory, but you can bet that I'll be adding the rest! What books would your students recommend as "must haves?" I'd love to hear from you!


  1. What a great list! There are a few on here we plan to buy. Thanks for sharing. Also a great idea for teachers to do with their students at the end of the year.

    1. Thanks, ladies! I've bought a few of them, too. I loved asking my first graders to compile a list of their favorites from our year together. They made individual lists as well as a class list. It gave them ideas for summer reading, as an added bonus!

  2. My fifth graders came up with the following list of must-reads at the end of the school year... http://mrswilliamsreads.blogspot.com/2013/05/5th-grade-must-reads_23.html

    1. Thanks for sharing those! I own some but there are many new titles for me to investigate!