Class Reading LIsts

Read Alouds


Book Title - Author
What Makes It Great
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -Kate DiCamilo
Great vocabulary and imagery. It is a truly heart-wrenching story that will lead to many discussion of love and how to treat others.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever -Barbara Robinson
Very funny! Good character traits and development. It has a wonderful moral and is nice to read right before winter break.
Number the Stars -Lois Lowry
Newberry winner. WW II historical fiction. Excellent character development, story pacing, suspense, and some figurative language. It's engrossing and students will have lots of questions.
How to steal a Dog-Barbara O'Connor
So many fantastic opportunities for discussions. Excellent character development! added by sfillner
Where the Red Fern Grows-Wilson Rawls
Great story! Guaranteed tear-jerker!added by sfillner
Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins
I waited until the end of the year to read this! I was on the fence about it, but had SO many try and read it on their own, I decided to read it to discuss so themes. I also loved the heroic femal character. Hard to find! added by sfillner
Being Teddy Roosevelt-Claudia Mills
Short but funny. We read before we hosted our own wax museum.added by sfillner
Skeleton Cree-Partick Carman
How can you not show this around Halloween? A great way to show the future of literature. Great hook for non-readers.added by sfillner
The Last Holiday Concert-Andrew Clements
Excellent story regarding student leadership and initiative. added by sfillner
The Lost Hero-Rick Riordan
Most of my students had devoured the Percy Jackson series, so I read this the day it came out! Kids loved it! Great character development. Also, the 2nd book comes out October 4th.added by sfillner
A Dog's Life-Ann M. Martin
Love this book because it is written from the Dog's point of view. Kids loved it and there is a follow up written from Bone's (main character) family member's perspective.added by sfillner
Fablehaven-Brandon Mull
This book is the first of a fantastic series! We used this novel almost in the same way we use an anchor text. We kept coming back to it all year for visualization and character development.added by sfillner
My Side of The Mountain
Ultimate survival story, exposes kids to wilderness-many have never been. Big vocab words to learn about together. Many read the sequels on their own when we are done!
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Classic story by Judy Blume about a 4th grader's trials and tribulations with his family and friends - great for beginning of the year
Rosie Swanson: Fourth Grade Geek for President
Hilarious book by Barbara Park (of Junie B Jones fame) about the challenges a fourth grader in school, themes of individuality, bullying, and setting goals - read after Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing then compare and contrast the characters, themes, etc.
Ida B
great tie for grade 4 science themes, a heart warming story to read aloud and use for comprehension strategies during reading responses - k.crosby

Picture Books

Book Title - Author
What Makes It Great
I Wanna Iguana -Karen Kaufman Orloff
It's pretty funny. The students enjoyed it. I used it as a spring board to teach persuasive letter writing.
Anything by Patrcia Polacco
Always wonderfully written personal narratives. added by sfillner
Fireflies-Julie Binckloe
Excellent personal narrative that many children can relate to.added by sfillner
Dogbreath-Dav Pilkey
Hilarious!added by sfillner
Owl Moon-Jane Yolen
Excellent personal narrative filled with picture painting detail. Used for anchor lessons regarding similies.added by sfillner

Literature Circles or Book Clubs

Book Title - Author
What Makes It Great
Frindle -Andrew Clements
Funny story with very relatable characters. It's fairly short and easy to read. Great for lower readers, but my GT loved it too!
Swindle-Gordon Korman
Funny story! There are two follow up books as well that are very engaging to my readers. Appealed to both girls and boys.added by sfillner