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Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading grades 3 and 4

Students entering grade 3 or 4 in September

Choose at least two books from this list to read over the summer and be ready to share which book was your favorite (and why) in reading class in September!

List of 22 items.

  • A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon

    A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon. Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in a bad case of stripes.
  • Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

    Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer
    Holm and Matthew Holm (or any book in the
    series)
    An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of
    the world, but will settle for an invitation to the
    most popular girl's slumber party.
  • Being Bee by Catherine Bateson

    Being Bee by Catherine Bateson
    Bee faces friction at home and at school when
    her widowed father begins seriously dating
    Jazzi, who seems to take over the house and
    their lives, but as shared secrets and common
    interests finally begin to draw them together,
    Jazzi accidentally makes a terrible mistake.
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

    Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (or any book
    in the series)
    While sorting through difficulties in her
    friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eightyear-
    old Clementine gains several unique
    hairstyles and also helps her father in his efforts
    to banish pigeons from the front of their
    apartment building.
  • Face to Face with Frogs by Mark Moffett

    Face to Face with Frogs by Mark Moffett (or any other book in the “Face to Face” series). This series goes behind the scenes with the people who research and photograph wild animals to put the reader right in the action. Each title includes an experiment, glossary, and Facts at a Glance section.
  • Frankly, Frannie: Here Comes the ... Trouble by AJ Stern

    Frankly, Frannie: Here Comes the ...
    Trouble by AJ Stern (or any Frankly, Frannie
    book in the series)
    Mayhem ensues when Frannie, thrilled to be the
    flower girl in the wedding of her best friend’s
    mother, discovers her latest calling--wedding
    planning.
  • I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

    I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll. One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Ethan knows that without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn’t stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they’ve got the right equipment for the job—pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail—but none of them proves scary enough for Ethan. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. It turns out that Gabe didn't enjoy fishing because the fish scared too easily.
  • Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

    Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (or any other book by Van Allsburg). Caldecott Honor. Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement that they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle
    adventure board game.
  • Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford

    Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
    by Peggy Gifford
    With summer coming to an end, about-to-befourth-
    grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred
    different things to avoid reading her assigned
    summer reading book.
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

    Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (or any Ramona or Henry Huggins book).
    Ramona meets lots of interesting people in school, including Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss, and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.
  • Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen

    Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen (or
    any other in the Shredderman series)
    Creating a secret identity for himself when he
    writes an exposition of a bully for the school
    newspaper, Nolan Byrd launches
    Shredderman.com, a place where truth and
    justice prevail—and bullies get what’s coming
    to them.
  • Some Birthday! by Patricia Polacco

    Some Birthday! by Patricia Polacco (or any other book by this author). The entire family has forgotten Patricia’s birthday. And to make matters worse, Dad has proposed an evening trip to the Clay Pit at the edge of town— “one of the scariest places on earth.” Armed with campfire provisions and outfitted in rain gear and galoshes, Dad, Patricia, her brother Rich and cousin Billy embark on the eerie adventure. But when Dad walks off to investigate a mysterious rustling, the children are certain they've spotted the notorious Clay Pit Monster and run screaming all the way home. Belly laughs abound as Dad reveals the monster’s true identity, and then the real fun begins-a party for the birthday girl, complete with cake
    and presents.
  • Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

    Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by
    Brandon Mull (or any other Spirit Animals
    book)
    As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of
    Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young
    strangers who each have forged a rare bond with
    their spirit beasts--a bond that gives great
    powers to all of them.
  • The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

    The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (or
    any book in the series)
    Follows the efforts of Andy and Terry to meet a
    latest book deadline despite numerous
    distractions in their sophisticated tree house
    home, including flying cats, giant bananas, and
    sea monsters pretending to be mermaids.
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

    The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her
    chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self discovery.
  • The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein

    The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein
    When a scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes
    himself off as a magical animal companion to
    Jack, a young wizard in training, Aldwyn and
    his fellow “familiars,” a know-it-all blue jay and
    bumbling tree frog, must save the kingdom after
    the evil queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two
    other wizards.
  • The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

    The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by
    Barbara O’Connor
    After Owen captures an enormous bullfrog,
    names it Tooley Graham, and then has to release
    it, he and two friends try to use a small
    submarine that fell from a passing train to
    search for Tooley in the Carter, Georgia, pond it
    came from, while avoiding nosy neighbor Viola.
  • The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

    The Magic Thief (or any book in the Magic
    Thief series) by Sarah Prineas
    A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and
    adventure after picking the pocket of the
    powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has
    returned from exile to attempt to reverse the
    troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

    The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four
    Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting
    Boy (or one of the sequels) by Jeanne Birdsall
    National Book Award for Young People’s
    Literature
    While vacationing with their widowed father in
    the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters,
    ages four through twelve, share adventures with
    a local boy, much to the dismay of the boy’s
    snobbish mother.
  • The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M.T. Anderson

    The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M.T. Anderson. Rhyming text tells of a sea serpent that plays off the coast of Massachusetts the summer of 1817. Upon the serpent’s return the following year, adventurers from far and near come to hunt it down. Includes a page of facts upon which the story is based.
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

    The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. Ferdinand is the world’s most peaceful – and beloved – little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork
    tree.
  • The Thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff

    The Thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff
    In this touching story peppered with comedy,
    nine-year-old Georgie Bishop struggles to grow
    up when he isn’t getting any taller.

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  • 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

    100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
    After his parents are kidnapped, timid twelveyear-
    old Henry York leaves his sheltered Boston
    life and moves to small-town Kansas, where he
    and his cousin Henrietta discover and explore
    hidden doors in his attic room that seem to open
    onto other worlds.
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

    Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
    Newbery Honor
    During the summer that India Opal Buloni and
    her father, the preacher, move to Naomi,
    Florida, Opal goes into the supermarket—and
    comes out with a dog. Opal adopts the lovable,
    mangy dog whose personality changes her life
    and the lives of the quirky characters in this
    rural community.
  • Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

    Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
    Beezus Quimby’s four-year-old sister, Ramona,
    is exasperating. Ramona always manages to get
    her way. Poor Beezus! She must be the only tenyear-
    old in the world with such a pest for a
    sister. How can she learn to love and accept this
    four-year-old terror?
  • Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

    Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by
    Lynne Jonell
    When Emmy discovers that she and her
    formerly-loving parents are being drugged by
    their evil nanny with rodent potions that can
    change people in frightening ways, she and
    some new friends try everything possible to
    return things to normal.
  • Far-Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart

    Far-Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane by Paul
    Stewart (or any other book in the Far-Flung
    Adventures series)
    Nine-year-old Fergus Crane’s life is filled with
    classes on the school ship Betty Jeanne,
    interesting neighbors, and helping with his
    mother's work until a mysterious box flies into
    his window and leads him toward adventure.
  • Flight of the Phoenix by R.L. LaFevers

    Flight of the Phoenix by R.L. LaFevers (or any
    other in the Beastologist series)
    In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns
    that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins
    his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where
    they must oversee the death and rebirth of the
    phoenix, thus beginning his training as a
    “beastologist.”
  • Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by Wanda Coven

    Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by Wanda
    Coven (or any other Heidi Heckelbeck book)
    Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eightyear-
    old, but she has a secret: she’s a witch in
    disguise. Careful to keep her powers hidden (but
    excited to use them), Heidi is learning to live
    like any other kid—who just happens to be
    witch.
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

    Judy Moody (or any Judy Moody book) –
    Megan McDonald
    Third grader Judy Moody is in a first-day-ofschool
    bad mood until she gets an assignment to
    create a collage all about herself and begins
    creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
  • Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher
    Paul Curtis
    Flint Future Detective Club members Steven
    Carter, his friend Russell, and Russell’s huge
    dog Zoopy solve the mystery of a quadrilliondollar
    bill with the image of James Brown on it.
  • Out Standing in My Field by Patrick Jennings

    Out Standing in My Field by Patrick Jennings
    Although fifth-grader Ty Cutter is named after
    baseball great Ty Cobb, he is the worst player
    on the Brewer’s team—a team that happens to
    be coached by his overly-competitive father.
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

    Peter and the Starcatchers (or one of the
    sequels) by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
    Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from
    England on the ship Never Land, he befriends
    and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose
    mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust
    from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants
    of a remote island.
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord

    Rules by Cynthia Lord
    Frustrated at life with an autistic brother,
    twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal
    existence. Her world becomes even more
    complicated when she befriends a young
    paraplegic.
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law

    Savvy by Ingrid Law
    Newbery Honor
    This unforgettable story recounts the adventures
    of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday
    has revealed her “savvy” -- a magical power
    unique to each member of her family -- just as
    her father is injured in a terrible accident.
  • Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

    Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
    Odge Gribble, a young hag, joins an old wizard,
    a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on a journey from
    their magical island kingdom to London through
    a tunnel which opens every nine years for nine
    days, to try and rescue the young prince who
    had been stolen as an infant nine years before.
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor

    Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor
    Newbery Medal
    When Marty Preston comes across a young
    beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia
    home, it is love at first sight—and also big
    trouble. Marty tries to hide the dog from his
    family and from the dog’s real owner.
  • Soccer Halfback by Matt Christopher

    Soccer Halfback by Matt Christopher (or any
    other Matt Christopher book)
    All Jabber Morris wants to do is play soccer;
    that's what he does best. But almost everyone,
    including his mother, brother and uncle, wants
    him to give it up for football. Jabber has to
    decide what he wants.
  • Summer Reading is Killing Me! by Jon Scieszka

    Summer Reading is Killing Me! (or any book
    in the Time Warp Trio series) by Jon Scieszka
    At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam,
    and Fred find themselves trapped inside their
    summer reading list, involved in a battle
    between good and evil characters from wellknown
    children’s books.
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in
    Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick
    Caldecott Medal
    When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living
    and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris
    train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy
    seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life
    and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
  • The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor

    The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by
    Barbara O’Connor
    In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of
    Popeye’s summer is learning vocabulary words
    with his grandmother until a motor home gets
    stuck nearby and Elvis, the oldest boy living
    inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of
    strange boats floating down the creek.
  • The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

    The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (or any
    book in the Amulet series)
    After chasing the tentacled monster that
    kidnapped their mother, Emily and Navin find
    themselves in a magical but dangerous world of
    man-eating demons and shadowy enemies,
    where they must learn to control a powerful
    amulet given to them by their inventor
    grandfather.
  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins

    Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
    Subtitled “Being the Adventures of a
    Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little
    Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic,” this is a
    collection of six stories that relate the
    adventures of three best friends—who just
    happen to be toys.