Fun Summer Reads for Third and Fourth Graders

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These titles for soon-to-be third and fourth graders are so spellbinding they’ll be able to compete with TV, apps, and other distractions. 
Courtesy of Random House Children’s Books
Courtesy of Random House Children’s Books

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

By Chris Grabenste

It’s Charlie and the Charlie Factory meets Night at the Museum in this suspenseful story about students who have to find their way out of a locked library. 

Courtesy of Abrams Books 
Courtesy of Abrams Books 

El Deafo

By Cece Bell

In this graphic-novel memoir, Bell (who called herself El Deafo in childhood) explores what it was like having to navigate first-grade with a hearing aid. Your child will find the dialogue amazingly relatable. 

Courtesy of Scholastic Publishing 
Courtesy of Scholastic Publishing 

A Snicker of Magic

By Natalie Lloyd

Intricate plots and subplots about a magical town will keep your kid reading. And this book in particular is a great vocabulary booster!

Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books
Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia

By C.S. Lewis

This story of four siblings who step through a wardrobe to find themselves in a land threatened with an eternal winter by an evil witch will keep your kid in suspense. Watch the movie with your child afterwards, and talk about the similarities and differences. 

Courtesy of Disney Publishing
Courtesy of Disney Publishing

Clementine, Friend of the Week

By Sara Pennypacker

Kids who like books that delve into school drama will be engrossed in this plot: When it’s the third-graders turn to be line leader and class helper, something goes wrong and threatens Clementine’s friendships.

Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers
Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers

The BFG

By Roald Dahl

Suggest your child read it before the Stephen Spielberg-directed movie debuts on July 1. BFG stands for big friendly giant, and his job is to deliver pleasant dreams to a Sophie, an orphan. No spoilers!

Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books
Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books

Little House in the Big Woods

By Laura Ingells Wilder

The first book in the Little House series depicts pioneer life for 4-year-old Laura and her family. Ask your child about the problems and solutions that the story portrayed about life in the frontier. 

Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers
Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers

Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing

By Judy Bloom

Remember Fudge, Peter, and Sheila from your childhood? It’ll be cool to see what your kid thinks of these characters, and how the book stands the test of time.  

Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books
Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books

Beezus and Ramona

By Beverly Cleary

School-age kids with preschool or toddler siblings will relate to the squabbles between the two title characters. It’s written from the perspective of 9-year-old Beatrice, aka Beezus.  

Courtesy of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Courtesy of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

By Nick Bruel

Comical black-and-white illustrations add to the hilarity of this tale about a cat that wishes for a special gift.

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