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Summer Reading: Grades 3 and 4See more

Grade 3 and 4
Our staff hand-picked and reviewed each book in this year's summer reading lists. Click on the book titles to add them to your cart!

Third Grade


Sheep by Valerie Hobbs

A great read for dog lovers! A sheepdog pup learns the ropes of herding on the ranch and experiences adventures that are both frightening and heartwarming.


Waylon: One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker

A fun, fun read! Waylon Jennings Zakowski is the kid everyone goes to for science answers, but he’s beset by personal problems. His fourth grade class is splintering into groups, and at home the problem is his older sister. Waylon to the rescue!  


Race the Wild: Rain Forest Relay by Kristin Earhart

Quick-moving and exciting, this is first in a series of four. Russell talks his friends into entering a contest that awards a survivor-like experience in four different locales around the world--but he’s put on a team to compete against them!


The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place by Bill Doyle

Full of humor and craziness, this is the story of a quirky 11-year-old kid who tricks his family into participating in the Great Grab contest where a family can win a certain amount of time to grab everything they can from the Wish Shoppe.  


Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight

Quirky and comical. A mom who allows you not to clean your room sounds like every kid’s dream. Frankie’s imagination, and his trusty dog, Argyle, run wild. Yikes! But even Frankie is shocked when the closet “explodes”!!


Moo by Sandra Creech

Written in verse, this is a funny and tender story. Reena’s family moves from the city to rural Maine and she finds herself helping a quirky old lady manage her farm animals/pets, including a pig, parrot, snake, cat and one very ornery cow.


Liberty by Kirby Larson

Engaging story with memorable characters, set in the 1940s and which delves into wartime and racial issues. A lonely boy and his African-American friend attempt to rescue a stray dog.

Fourth Grade


Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Now in paperback, this heartwarming story explains dyslexia in a way that can help kids see how amazing they are. Ally’s story is a game changer for kids with dyslexia.


A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

A powerful and timely examination of friendships and an insight into the lives of fruit-picking migrant workers in Maine. A blind dog called Lucky brings unlikely friends together when they need it most.


The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Now in paperback this award-winning debut novel is a beautiful story of friendship and tragedy. And the things you’ll learn about jellyfish! Refreshing and mind blowing!!


Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

Funny and full of hope. Gertie is a girl determined to be THE BEST, the best student, the best actress, the best at everything, so that her mother will stay in their hometown. Gertie’s character is one kids will relate to on so many levels.


Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Enlightening and surprisingly witty, this is a story in verse of Ha and her family’s escape from Vietnam. Life in the US is filled with strange customs, food and personalities.  


The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick

HIlarious fast-moving graphic tale about Hilo, the robot alien who fell to Earth. Hilo and D.J. must rescue Gina who has disappeared into a mysterious portal. Third in the series.


The Kidnappers by Willo Davis Roberts

Fast-paced, tense and funny! Joey Bishop has told so many wildly imaginative stories that nobody believes him when he sees the school bully being kidnapped. As much as he hates the bully, he knows he has to save him.  


And don’t forget....

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

Love that Dog and Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech

Sisters and Smile by Raina Telgemeier

13-Story Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths