Gr. 4 Lit. Survey

a one-year survey of 52 novels for fourth-grade students

This reading list that will introduce you to many different genres, to many different authors and to some of the classics. If you read one novel per week, you will have read all these books by the end of a year!

Canadian Authors
These novels will introduce you to a few great Canadian writers.

Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. (AR 4.1)
Ellis, Deborah. The Several Lives of Orphan Jack. (AR 4.1)
Korman, Gordon. The Sixth Grade Nickname Game. (AR 4.4)
Little, Jean. From Anna. (AR 4.0)
Mowat, Farley. Owls in the Family. (AR 5.0)
Richler, Mordecai. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. (AR 5.2)
Stuchner, Joan Betty. Honey Cake. (AR 4.0)

International Authors
These novels will give you an overview of some great writers from other countries.
Avi. Poppy. (American; AR 4.5)
Bishop Claire Huchet. Twenty and Ten. (American; AR 4.0)
Byars, Betsy. A Blossom Promise. (American; AR 4.1)
Cleary, Beverly. Beezus and Ramona. (American; AR 4.8)
Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle. (American; AR 5.1)
Clements, Andrew. Frindle. (American; AR 5.4)
Coville, Bruce. Aliens Ate My Homework. (American; AR 4.8)
Cowley, Joy. Chicken Feathers. (New Zealand; AR 4.1)
Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. (British; AR 4.8)
De Paola, Tomie. 26 Fairmount Avenue. (American; AR 4.4)
Eager, Edgar. Half Magic. (American; AR 5.0)
Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy. (American; AR 4.5)
Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. (American; AR 4.0))
Gleitzman, Morris. Toad Rage. (Australian; AR 5.2)
Hesse, Karen. Just Juice. (American; AR 3.8)
Hill, Kirkpatrick. Toughboy and Sister. (American; AR 4.8)
Holling, Holling. Paddle-to-the-Sea. (American; AR 5.4)
Howe, Deborah. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. (American; AR 4.2)
Hurwitz, Joanna. Baseball Fever. (American; AR 5.0)
King-Smith, Dick. Sophie’s Tom. (British; AR 4.7)
Lasky, Kathryn. The Capture. (American; AR 4.8)
Le Guin, Ursula. Catwings. (American; AR 4.3)
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking. (Swedish; AR 5.2)
Lowry, Lois. Attaboy, Sam! (American; AR 4.6)
MacLachlan, Patricia. Three Names. (American; AR 4.1)
Millard, Glenda. The Naming of Tishkin Silk. (Australian; AR 5.3) Milne, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh. (British; AR 4.6)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Grand Escape. (American; AR 5.0)
Napoli, Jo. North. (American; AR 4.0)
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. (British; AR 5.3)
Park, Barbara. Don’t Make Me Smile. (American; AR 3.8)
Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. (American; AR 5.1)
Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms. (American; AR 3.5)
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square. (American; AR 4.9)
Smith, Doris Buchanan. A Taste of Blackberries. (American; AR 4.0)
Sobol, Donald. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. (American; AR 4.1)
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi. (Swiss; AR 5.1)

Newbery Winners

The Newbery Award was named after a British bookseller who lived in the 1700s: John Newbery. Every year, the American Library Association recognizes one author for making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Note that this is an American award and so many outstanding books from other countries are not eligible. Therefore, it is important to also read great literature from other countries. Keeping that in mind, here are some Newbery novels especially suitable for fourth grade students.

Carlson, Natalie Savage. The Family Under the Bridge. (1959 Honor Book; AR 4.7)
DeJong, Meindert. Shadrach. (1954 Honor Book; AR 4.9)
Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses. (1945 Honor Book; AR 5.4)
Estes, Eleanor. Rufus M. (1944 Honor Book; AR 5.2)
Fleischmanm, Sid. The Whipping Boy. (1987 Medal Winner; AR 3.9)
Sorenson, Virginia. Miracles on Maple Hill. (1957 Medal Winner; AR 4.9)
Steig, William. Abel’s Island. (1977 Honor Book; AR 5.9)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. On the Banks of Plum Creek. (1938 Honor Book; AR 4.6)

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