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2022 Fourth Grade Summer MUST READ Book List

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Let’s INSPIRE summer reading! I spent the last month interviewing students, parents, and teachers about what books should make our Summer Must-Read Lists. One response was, “This series required some emergency trips to the library!” I hope that every child feels that excited to rush off to the library to get the next book. If you need some additional summer reading inspiration, check out our annual, 7 Tips to Encourage Reading and Avoid Summer Slide.

Each grade level has a 2022 “Must Read” list that includes 9 titles. I chose these books because they are inspiring, diverse, age-appropriate, and most importantly, adored by real kids!

The books chosen for the 4th grade list were selected for independent readers. They are high-interest, popular books that will foster a love of reading for pleasure. If your child is not able to read one or more of these books independently, use this selection to read together or listen to an audio book. It will build excitement, expose your child to rich vocabulary, encourage conversations and connection, and develop a love for reading! If you would like to find out more about why audio books are helpful for striving readers, click here. If you’d like to find out ways to help your striving reader find success, visit our website’s Just for Parents page.

The Mysterious Miss Snoddy is a series written by a local Colorado author, J. Campain. When three friends, Ava, Ellie, and Griffin get a new teacher they begin to suspect that something is not quite right.

Miss Snoddy wears old fashion clothes and know A LOT about history. When the children peak into her old, tattered journal, they find personal notes to her from some really important people in history. They decide to sneek into her house in search of more clues. And, when they see a picture of Miss Snoddy in a history book, she finally confesses her secret.

These kids are about to learn history in a whole new way!

Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, is a beloved classic. Marty is a boy who has always wanted a dog, but his family can’t afford one. While out on a walk one day, a beagle follows Marty home. Marty names him Shiloh, but soon discovers that the dog belongs to Judd Travers. Judd is a mean man who drinks too much, hunts where he’s not allowed, and… abuses his dogs.

Marty soon finds out that the “right thing” is not always black and white. He also learns that one lie tends to perpetuate another. How far will Marty go to save the dog that he suddenly loves more than anything?

The Wishing Spell is the first in The Land of Stories 6 book series.

It cleverly combines modern day life with classic fairy tales. Alex and Connor Bailey are twins who could not be more different. They’ve had it rough lately, but a magical birthday gift from their grandmother, sends them into the fantasical land of stories!

In order to leave, they must collect items to complete a wishing list. But you’ll soon discover that are not the only ones on a quest and getting back to reality might not be as easy as they had hoped!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is an action-packed book your child won’t be able to put down. Percy Jackson is away at boarding school and everything seems to be going wrong! His mother finally admits that she has a secret: Percy is a demigod and his father is Poseiden, God of the Sea!

Percy goes to Camp Half Blood where he meets kids just like him. Together, they set off on an adventure to try and stop a war between the Gods that could end life as we know it!

Kate DiCamillo is my favorite children’s author. She’s best known for Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. But, the book that changed my heart the most is The Miraculous Adventures of Edward Tulane!

“Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.

And then, one day, he was lost.”

This is the story of Edward’s life as he finds the greatest love and most tragic loss. In the end, he learns the most valuable of all lessons.

I discovered the picture book Alfred Nobel; The Man Behind the Peace Prize years ago. It is the capivating story of one man’s invention of dynamite and how its grave misuse broke his heart.

Because my students were so entralled, we began exploring the people who were honored with Nobel’s Peace Prize. Peace and Me is an artistic collection of biographies including some of the less-known Peace Prize laurettes. Each page begins with “peace is… inspired by the life of …”

It has created a launch pad for so many amazing conversation. What is peace to you? What would your life inspire in others? Who do you know that lives a life worthy of a peace prize?

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accidents. ~Mark Twain

Each of the forty sections shows how common things we take for granted were discovered by mistake!

Potato chips? A cook was angered that a customer complained his fried potatoes were not thin enough!

Cheese? A goat herder’s milk was put in a bag on a journey across the country. When he arrived, the milk had turned into cheese! I guess he thought to try it, and discovered that it was delicious!

Let this be a lesson about making mistakes! Mistakes that Worked has an old and newer version.

This historical fiction series has excited even the most reluctant readers!

Each short book takes a terrifying, real event from history and places a fictional character right in the middle of it!

How will George Calder survive when he’s on the unsinkable ship, the Titanic in book #1?

Chet Roscoe is alarmed when the talk of the town turns to the great white shark attacks happening just off the coast of his home town in book #2. But, when he comes face to face with a real shark…what will he do to survive?

Listen, How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker is an inspiring true story and brand new picture book.

Evelyn Glennie has won two Grammy Awards, has been knighted by the queen, and was the first professional, solo procussionist.

However, Evelyn endured unimaginable trials on her path to success. Evenlyn was born able to hear. She loved music. Then, at a young age, she lost her hearing. She vowed that wouldn’t stop her from becoming a musician! She faced rejection and descrimination, but was determined to make her dreams come true!

You can listen to Evelyn’s TED Talk here.

Download our Student Must Read Rating Sheet for FREE in our resource library. You can also find our Primary Summer Reading Challenge there too. Let’s make summer reading FUN!

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