I am trying to come up with a list of books for my two dd's for fourth grade to read throughout the year.
The books could be anywhere from 4th to probably 6th grade level. I have been looking using bookadventure and arbooklist. However, having a hard time finding anything that looks good and is actually still in print.
Books they have read in the past year:
Little house in the Big Woods (I have read all of the books to them, but they are reading themselves).
Magic Tree house (books 1- 12)
Nancy Drew (1st book, but they have the first 4 - not very interested in them)
Pixie Hollow Books
they are very interested in Pyramids, mummies, and spiders. (Not sure where they get that from, but it has been a fascination of theirs for a long time).
I like classical books, but not sure they are "ready" for them yet (such as LIttle Women).
Thanks for any help.
Pyramids, mummies and spiders! Ick! Well, at least for the spiders. LOL!
Do you have a kindle or ipad, or nook? If so there are tons of free downloads available. My girls have been thoroughly enjoying many of the books on the Robinson Curriculum reading list. They especially enjoy the Tom Swift series. Also, the Dottie Dimple books as well the "Tale of...." Arthur Scott Bailey animal series. One dd is now reading Five Little Peppers and How They Grew and she loves it. Here's a link to these books. You can almost all of them on the public domain.
Here's an older thread that might interest you. There's mention of and links to a couple or more book lists.
This book site has great reviews.
My personal suggestions include:
Betsy-Tacy book series by Maud Hart Lovelace
Roald Dahl books
Misty of Chincoteague or any other Henry title
A Wrinkle in time or any other L'Engle title
Oh, I love book lists! Great suggestions already. Here are a couple series I really enjoy for young girls:
The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
The Five Little Peppers series by Margaret Sidney
Also, the Melendy series by Elizabeth Enright is on our list to read for 4th grade, but we haven't read it yet. Looks like fun though!
My son is going to be 4th grade this fall and this is the list I have for him to read independently. Maybe there will be some here that you can use. Some of them are historical fiction that will coordinate with our study of Canadian history this year.
The Twenty One Balloons
Henry Reed, Inc.
By the Great Horn Spoon
Star of Light
They're Off: The Story of the Pony Express
Ben and Me
Dragons of the Deep
Sign of the Beaver
Lassie Come Home
Tales from Dust River Gulch
Harriet the Spy
The Geology Book
Twenty and Ten
Jeremy's War 1812
The Wright Brothers (Landmark)
Mr. Revere and I
Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman
Little Miriam of Galilee
Thornton Burgess books
Conrad Cunningham: Scripture Sleuth
Smoky the Cowhorse
Building Our Lives (Pathway reader)
Bridges Beyond (CLE reader)
The Secret at Pheasant Cottage
Henry's Red Sea
The New Way Things Work
Raiders from the Sea (Viking Quest)
Many of the Illustrated Classics are at the 4th-6th grade level. They basically take a classic story, like Moby Dick or Gulliver's Travels, and adapt it down to the 4th or 5th grade level. My daughter read a lot of wonderful classic stories this year (her 4th grade year) from the Illustrated Classics books. Eventually, of course, she will read the original versions when she reaches the appropriate grade level. However, the stories themselves are really wonderful and are not harmed by being adapted. And now she has a working knowledge of the plots already. She actually like the books, rather than feeling forced to read them for school. I think this will translate well for her experience of the original versions some day. (Proud Mama Moment: We were at Burger King with her cousins, and there was a Gulliver's Travels toy in the Kid's Meal, and her cousin asked "What's Gulliver's Travels" and my dd goes on to explain the plot of the story to her (no she has not seen the Jack Black movie. She read the Illustrated Classic).)
This was my son's reading list for his 4th grade year. And he still talks about "By the Great Horned Spoon" being one of his favorite books of all time : )
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Robinson
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Shoes For Everyone by Barbara Mitchell
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao
Arrow Over the Door by Joseph Bruchac
By the Great Horned Spoon by Sid Fleishman
Turn Homeward Hannah Lee by Patricia Beatty
William Wilberforce by John Holzman
The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds
Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling
If You Grew Up With George Washington by Ruth Gross
Sing Down The Moon by Scott O’Dell
Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
Helen Keller by Margaret Daividson
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
I didn't read every reply so some of these might have been mentioned but here is a list of books to be read throughout 4th grade.
Higgins and the Great Big Scare
Two Log Crossing
The Light Princess
Big Men, Big Country
By Secret Railway
Suzannah and the Secret Coins
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
The Truthful Harp
Tales from Shakespeare
Bard of Avon
The Little Match Girl
Escape from Warsaw
Number the Stars
These Are My People
A Child's Garden of Verses
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin
Black Jack: The Last of the Big Alligators
Owls in the Family
Adam Mouse's Book of Poems
Out of the Dark
Hip Hop Tales
The First Ride
A Brighter Garden
The Little Fox
Tales from Gust River Gulch
What's Cooking, Jenny Archer?
A Tree for Peter
The Flag We Love
By the Dawn's Early Light
George Washington: A Picture Book Biography
Brave the Wild Trail
Benjamin Franklin by d'Aulaire
A Stargazer's Guide
The Young Astronomer
Adam and the Golden Cock
The Spirit of Saint Louis
Bird Life in Wington
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Blind Connemara
Hailstones and Halibut Bones
Alexander Graham Bell
Trial by Poison
Courage by Darkness
Also look at Heart of Dakota's website for books lists by grade under the Drawn Into the Heart of Reading section and look at the independent history booka for Preparing Hearts and Creation to Christ. Those books will be around a 4th, 5th grade reading level.
Hope that helps