Summer Reading Fun

Summer Reading Fun!

Check out this leveled book list that Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Nadler recommend:Level Book Suggestions incoming 4th graders

Below you will find a small selection of Chapter Books and Chapter Book Series we recommend!


  • The Good Dog
  • Crispin: The Cross Of Lead                                  
  • Iron Thunder

Beverly Cleary:

  • Strider
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw                                            
  • Muggie Maggie

Andrew Clements:

  • Lunch Money
  • No Talking!
  • The School Story                                            


Bruce Coville:

  • My Teacher is an Alien                                    
  • Space Brats

Roald Dahl:

  • The BFG
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory                      
  • The Twits

Kate DiCamillo:

  • Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane                 
  • The Magician's Elephant
  • Because of Winn-Dixie

Candace Fleming:

  • The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School                                           

Cornelia Funke:

  • Inkspell
  • The Thief Lord
  • The Dragon Rider                                          

Dan Gutman: 

  • The Homework Machine
  • Back in Time with Benjamin Franklin                   
  • Nightmare at the Bookfair


Lois Lowry:

  • Gossamer
  • The Willoughbys                                                  

Louis Sachar:

  • Small Steps
  • There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom                      
  • Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

Jerry Spinelli:

  • Crash
  • Loser
  • Eggs                                                                

Judy Blume:

  • The Fudge Books
    • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
    • Superfudge                                               

Georgia Byng:

  • Molly Moon Books
    • Incredible Book of Hypnotism
    • Stops the World
    • Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure                  

Meg Cabot:

  • Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Books
    • Moving Day
    • The New Girl
    • Stage Fright                                            

Matt Christopher:

  • Sports Books
    • Stealing Home
    • Skateboard Tough
    • Lacrosse Firestorm                                    

Beverly Cleary:

  • Henry Huggins Books
  • Ramona Quimby Books
  • Ralph S. Mouse Books                                        

Eion Colfer:

  • Artemis Fowl Books
    • The Artic Incident
    • The Eternity Code
    • The Opal Deception                                    

Suzanne Collins:

  • Underland Chronicles Books
    • Curse of the Bane
    • Curse of the Warm Bloods
    • Marks of Secret                                        

Cressida Cowell:

  • How to Train Your Dragon                                   
  • How to be a Pirate                                       

Jack Gantos:

  • Joey Pigza Books
    • Joey Pigza Loses Control
    • What Would Joey Do?
    • I am not Joey Pigza                                 

Peggy Elizabeth Gifford:

  • Moxy Maxwell Books
    • Does Not Love Practicing the Piano
    • Does Not Love Stuart Little                         

James Howe:

  • Bunnicula Books
    • Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow
    • Bunnicula Strikes Again!
    • Howliday Inn                                          

Jeff Kinney:

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books
    • Rodrick Rules
    • The Last Straw
    • Dog Days                                                 

C. S. Lewis:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia Books
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    • Prince Caspian
    • The Last Battle                                       

Lois Lowry:

  • Anastasia Krupnik Books
  • Sam Krupnik Books
  • Gooney Bird Greene Books                                  

Megan McDonald:

  • American Girls Books
  • Dear America Books
  • Judy Moody Books                                            

Jenny Nimmo:

  • Children of the Red King Books                             
  • The Snow Spider Books
  • Griffin's Castle

Rick Riordan:

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians Books     
    • The Sea of Monsters
    • The Titan's Curse

J. K. Rowling:

  • Harry Potter Books
    • The Chamber of Secrets
    • The Prisoner of Azkaban
    • The Goblet of Fire                                   

Louis Sachar:

  • Marvin Redpost Series  
  • Stories from Wayside School Series                     

Lemony Snicket:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Books
    • The Reptile Room
    • The Wide Window
    • The Miserable Mill                                   

Gertrude Chandler Warner:

  • The Boxcar Children Books
    • Surprise Island
    • Blue Bay Mystery
    • Snowbound Mystery                                  

Jane Yolen:

  • Young Merlin Trilogy
  • Tartan Magic Trilogy                                        

Summer Reading Contests:

The Public Libraries have contests with tons of fun prizes! Go to the library this summer and ask about their summer reading contest!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading: Students read 8 books and log them on Barnes and Noble’s book log form. Students bring the form into the store and choose a free book from the list on the back of the reading log.

Chuck E. Cheese Rewards Calendars: Students read for ten days, log it on the rewards form, and they will receive 10 free tokens.

Scholastic Summer Challenge: Allows students to earn digital awards by entering the number of minutes they read each day.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program: Read 10 books, log them onTD Bank’s form and receive $10 for your saving account.

Websites to Support Summer Reading:

Book Spot:
Links to dozens of other sites.

Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site:
Starred reviewed titles for grades K to 6th+.

Dewey Browse:
A good search “by Dewey” website for students familiar with the Dewey Decimal System.

Guys Read:
A website collection of titles that appeal to young guys, middle guys, and older guys (and perhaps some girls) to encourage their interests and reading.

Inventive Kids:
This website gives third grade+ students an opportunity to explore the books available about inventors and/or inventions. Includes quiz to see if they have what it takes to be an inventor.  

Kids Reads:
Lists of book reviews from A-Z and more for kids of all ages|

Read Kiddo Read:
A terrific new website for parents, teachers, librarians and kids to help them find unforgettable titles.

The Reading Corner:
For grades 2-8th, this website offers lists for all categories such as new books, non-fiction and fiction titles, and award-winning books, to name a few.

Reading Rockets:
Summer buying guide for children’s books to enjoy.

Side Kicks
Graphic novels’ website offers choices in this new format for kids.


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