Fourth Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

Thanks to our outgoing 4th graders for offering up some of these titles for our rising fourth graders!

Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s classic is the perfect choice for summer reading. One summer, 10 year old Opal moves to a new hometown with her father and adopts a dog, Winn-Dixie. This goofy dog helps Opal unearth incredible, heartwarming and heartbreaking stories: stories of her absent mother, of her local librarian, and the wonderful townspeople she encounters. And ultimately, these stories and Winn-Dixie help Opal change her outlook on friendship and family.

Lost & Found, by Shaun Tan

The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits were three short graphic novels that garnered Shaun Tan critical acclaim throughout Australia, although they were never widely distributed in the United States. Lost & Found is the official release of these incredibly loved imaginative stories.

Dying to Meet You, by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise (illus.)

Hoping to escape distractions and work on his novels, a former best-selling children’s author named Ignatius B. Grumply moves into a mansion only to discover that it’s already occupied by a boy, his cat, and a ghost.


Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick

In 1972, a boy named Ben wishes for a father that he’s never had. In 1927, a girl named Rose creates a scrapbook to keep track of the life of a famous actress. Both children start exciting journeys of discovery in this wonderful story that weaves together the stories of Rose and Ben into a unique adventure.

Lincoln’s Graverobbers, by Steve Sheinkin

When a lead conspirator finds himself in jail, his cronies hatch a plan: steal Lincoln’s body from its grave and hold it until the feds release their boss and cough up some cash. This thriller chronicles the secret service agents, the vigilantes, and the gangsters themselves in an action packed mystery and adventure.

Other Recommendations

The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau

The Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon, by S.S. Taylor and Katherine Roy (illus.)

Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch


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