Fourth Grade

Incoming Fourth Grade Summer Reading 2017

Incoming Fourth Grade students are required to read 5 books. They do not have to read all of the books on their own—parents, older siblings, etc. can read to them! There is one required title which everyone must read—the other four books are free choice. Please read the required title in August—that way the story will be fresh in your mind for the start of fourth grade! You and your classmates will discuss the book and have a related writing assignment.


Author Gordon Korman will visit Gilman School on October 12, 2017. We encourage students to read any books by Gordon Korman that are of interest, as knowledge of the author’s work will help make his visit even more meaningful. All incoming fourth grade students will read Mr. Korman’s book, Schooled. Cap lives with his grandmother, a former hippie; but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in a public school.

Suggested Reading:

Baddiel, David. The Parent Agency.
Barry Bennett is sick of his parents. They’re boring, they’re too strict, and it’s their fault his name is Barry. So he makes a wish for better ones—and is whisked away to the Parent Agency, where kids get to pick out their perfect parents.

Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot.
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.

Creech, Sharon. Hate that Cat.
Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous works and how they relate to his life.

Davies, Jacqueline. The Lemonade War. (series)
Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade. As the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars.

Lin, Grace. When the Sea Turned Silver.
Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Gutman, Dan. Jackie and Me.
With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson. There are numerous titles in this series.

Hale, Nathan. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor.
Relates, in graphic novel format, the story of Araminta Ross, who was born a slave in Delaware but eventually escaped north to freedom. Changing her name to Harriet Tubman, she became an "abductor" on the Underground Railroad, risking her life to help other slaves reach freedom.

Holm, Jennifer. Full of Beans.
Beans Curry, gets his own starring role in this standalone prequel set in 1934 Key West. With his dad out of work and his mom taking in laundry to help make ends meet, Beans looks for odd jobs where he can find them. Things get shaken up when a team of New Dealers descends on the town to turn it into a vacation hot spot, but Beans doesn’t appreciate these visitors, until he runs into a bit of trouble while trying to make some easy money.

Lloyd, Natalie. A Snicker of Magic.
The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle, she hopes to bring the magic back.

Mass, Wendy. The Candymakers. (series)
Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?

Selznick, Brian. The Houdini Box.
A chance encounter with Harry Houdini leaves a small boy in possession of a mysterious box--one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground.
Clayton is forbidden by his mother from playing the blues after his grandfather dies and runs away to the subways to join a band.

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