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Summer Reading 2018: Grades 3 and 4
Handpicked and reviewed by our staff for 2018 summer reading! Click on the cover images for more information.

Ugly Cat and Pablo by Isabel Quintero

The first of a series, this story is sprinkled with Spanish phrases and good humor. Pablo, an adventurous mouse, and his best friend, Ugly Cat, love excitement and FOOD!!


Princess Pulverizer by Nancy Krulik

Quirky, with good life lessons.  Princess Serena wants to be a knight because they have all the fun! But she can’t go to Knight School unless she proves she can behave like one.


Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg

Realistic fiction about learning to cope with new experiences. Eleanor is following a beloved family tradition and heading off to summer camp, but she hates it. How will she survive?


Animal Inn: A Furry Fiasco by Paul D. Jacobs & Jennifer Swender

First in a rollicking new series! The Animal Inn, a pet resort/hotel/center/spa that already houses dogs, cats, birds, an otter, a llama and more, learns that a dragon is coming to stay!


Rookie of the Year  by Phil Bildner

Memorable characters and fast-moving antics. Fifth graders and best friends, Rip and Red, live for basketball.  When a new girl arrives, they’re startled by her wit and basketball game!


Ada Lace on the Case  by Emily Calandrelli

Good mystery with a science bent. Bedridden Ada keeps a scientific field guide of notes and drawings about her new neighborhood and Nina is the partner she needs to investigate!


Louie Lets Loose by Rachel Hamilton

Louie, the star-struck unicorn is endearing with his kind, optimistic  and caring personality! He moves to New York to get into the School of Performing Arts and makes friends--and an enemy.


Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy

A clever feisty protagonist shines in this diary form novel with low density text. Dot loves running, working out puzzles and solving mysteries, like the sabotage of the school show.


Chicken Squad series: Dark Shadows by Doreen Cronin

Clever and funny series featuring four chickens solving “crimes”that only get worse when they get involved.  This is their darkest mystery: how to tackle mysterious shadows.


Hazy Bloom and Tomorrow Power  by Jennifer Hamburg

Funny magical realism. Hazy Bloom is a third grader who gets visual images that predict something that will take place by the next day.  The images don’t always help!


Slug Days by Sara Leach

Highly recommended. An inviting and effective story about fitting in. Lauren’s Autism Spectrum Disorder means she can misread social signals and doesn’t always react as people expect.


Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West

Great fantasy series with easy-to-read text and fast-moving plots for newly independent readers. Drake is chosen by the King to be a dragon master. But his dragon “Worm” lacks talent!


Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (more advanced)

A sweet, moving story in which Carol learns the secrets of her family, the richness of her culture and the connection she has to the grandmother she never knew.



Ben Franklin’s in my Bathroom  (History Pals)  by Candace Fleming

Told with humor and lots of historical information, this is the quirky tale of Ben Franklin time-traveling to the 21st century and discovering amazing advancements in American culture.  


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

The award winning author takes on immigration with humor and empathy. When a Muslim family moves into town, someone scratches: LEAVE into their oak tree. Told by the tree!


Why, Fly Guy? By Todd Arnold

Terrific fun read as Buzz and Fly guy ask questions that matter, like, why do my feet smell?


Road to Ever After by Moira Young

Beautifully written; a future classic. Miss Flint (suspected to be a witch) and young Davy couldn’t be more different, but  through a series of amusing and fantastic episodes they become friends.


Just like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard (more advanced)

This book brings to light what family really means.  Robbie lives with her grandfather, her only relative, and when his memory starts to fail she worries they will be separated.


And don’t forget these great series!

  • Who Is/ Who Was/What Is/Where Is: kid-friendly accounts of famous figures, landmarks and places around the world.

  • You Choose: the reader decides how historical stories should end

  • Blast to the Past: history comes to life in classroom 305--literally!

  • “I Survived” by Lauren Tarshis: riveting historical series covering dramatic events in history from the point of view of a child caught up in them.

  • Science to the Rescue series How Science can save your life in hostile environments.