Lower School Summer Reading

Grades 4–5 Summer Reading Assignment
Over the summer, we want you to read something you’ll enjoy. Our book lists include many titles recommended by teachers and librarians, including several books that have won awards!

You may choose to read up a level but not down. (For example, an incoming 4th grader may read books at the 4th grade level or higher.)

Each book includes a Lexile score and, whenever possible, a Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) guided reading level.

Click here for more information on your summer reading assignment. The document also contains a printable graphic organizer to help you take notes as you read.

Learn more about books you may like to read by clicking the link for your grade below.
Grade 4 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 4 printable book list
Grade 5 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 5 printable book list

 

The Wild Robot

wild robotThe Wild Robot
Author: Peter Brown
Grade: 4
F&P Level: R
Lexile: 740

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.
Pages: 288
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Pugs of the Frozen North (A Not-So-Impossible Tale)

pugs 2.jpgPugs of the Frozen North (A Not-So-Impossible Tale)
Author: Philip Reeve
Grade: 4
F&P Level: P
Lexile: 880

Far away, in a winter wonderland, an amazing sled race is about to begin. The winner can make one wish, and it will magically come true! Two friends, Sika and Shen, want to win more than anything. But all they have is a pack of yappy, yippy, pug puppies.

Ten pugs can’t move their sled. Even with thirty, it doesn’t budge. But what about . . . SIXTY-SIX? With a little bit of luck, anything is paws-ible.

Pages: 240

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Willy Maykit in Space

willy maykit in spaceWilly Maykit in Space
Author: Greg Trine
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 580

Earth-dwelling fourth-grader Willy Maykit couldn’t be more excited about his school field trip to Planet Ed. Willy’s class will blast off for the afternoon, learn about outer space, and be home in time for dinner. But when he wanders off on his own, Willy ends up being left behind on Ed! Can Willy, along with his classmate Cindy and an alien boy named Norp, outsmart the big hungry monsters on Ed until someone rescues them? With a little help from an android who likes knock-knock jokes and a seagull with terrific aim, they just might!

Pages: 211

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What Was the Great Chicago Fire?

what was the great chicago fire.jpgWhat Was the Great Chicago Fire?
Author: Janet B. Pascal
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 720

On Sunday, October 8, 1871, a fire started on the south side of Chicago. A long drought made the neighborhood go up in flames. And practically everything that could go wrong did. Firemen first went to the wrong location. Fierce winds helped the blaze jump the Chicago River twice. The Chicago Waterworks burned down, making it impossible to fight the fire. Finally after two days, Mother Nature took over, with rain smothering the flames. This overview of a stupendous disaster not only covers the fire but explores the whole history of fire fighting.

Pages: 112

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The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series)

Vanishing Coin.jpgThe Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series)
Author: Kate Egan
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 560

Want to see something cool?
I can make that quarter vanish.
All it takes is a little magic…

Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start, but Mike’s already back in the principal’s office. He’s not a bad kid. He just can’t sit still. And now, his parents won’t let him play soccer anymore; instead he has to hang out with his new neighbor Nora, who is good at everything!

Then, Mike and Nora discover the White Rabbit. It’s an odd shop—with a special secret inside. Its owner, Mr. Zerlin, is a magician, and, amazingly, he believes Mike could be a magician, too. Has Mike finally found something he’s good at?

Pages: 160

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Almost a World Record Breaker (Teddy Mars Book #1)

teddy marsAlmost a World Record Breaker (Teddy Mars Book #1)
Author: Molly B. Burnham
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 620

Fans of Jeff Kinney’s humor and Sharon Creech’s heartfelt stories will love this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.

Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He’ll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy’s record-breaking plans!

Told in short, accessible sections, with memorable lists and winning illustrations, Molly B. Burnham’s Teddy Mars #1: Almost a World Record Breaker is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy’s never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and clamoring to break records of their own!

Pages: 240

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Detention of Doom (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #3)

detention of doom.jpgDetention of Doom (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #3)
Author: Derek Fridolfs
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 510

When Lex Luthor’s family company, Lexcorp(TM), invites kids from all over the country to attend an honors ceremony, Clark Kent is happy to participate. That is, until his award trophy creates a portal to another dimension and sucks him in! Lucky for Clark, his old friends Bruce and Diana along with newer friends Barry (The Flash(TM)) and Ollie (Green Arrow(TM)) are on the case! They’ll have to travel to an alternate dimension to free their friend from Lex Luthor’s grasp (and the worst detention ever) in this all-new adventure from Eisner Award winner Dustin Nguyen and Eisner Award nominee Derek Fridolfs.

Pages: 176

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The Quest of the Cubs (Bears of the Ice #1)

quest of the cubsThe Quest of the Cubs (Bears of the Ice #1)
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 650

For generations, the noble polar bears have ruled the Northern Kingdoms. But now, their society is on the brink of collapse. A group of power-hungry bears has seized control, and darkness is creeping across the snow.

Cubs First and Second don’t know any of this. Although they’re twins, they couldn’t be more different. First loves imagining stories, while his daring sister, Second, wants to live them.

When their mother is taken prisoner, the cubs’ world falls apart. They know they have to rescue her, but how can two cubs who’ve barely learned to hunt survive a treacherous journey across the ice? Their only chance is to learn to trust each other and–even more important–trust themselves.

But survival is only the beginning. And soon, these two unlikely heroes find themselves at the heart of a battle unlike anything Ga’hoole has ever seen.

Pages: 240

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