4th Grade Suggested Reading List
Summer Reading Program
Buckland Mills Elementary School
The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and to continue developing their
independent reading skills over the summer.
Participation is optional; students who choose to participate must read a minimum of 3 books.
The following titles are suggestions for summer reading. Other books selected by the student with guidance from a
parent/guardian and/or librarian are also acceptable.
Record on a sheet of paper the title, author, publishing information, and an explanation of the general topic or plot of each book
read. Publishing information will vary depending on the edition read and can be found on the title page and copyright page (ask a
librarian if you need help). This record must include a parent or guardian statement that the student completed the readings.
Students who participate in the Prince William County Public Library Summer Quest Program may use that documentation.
Documentation should be returned to school the first week of school. Completion of the summer reading will be recorded for
students by the end of the second week of school.
Students in fourth grade will receive an A (100) for each book completed for a total of three. Extra credit will count for 10% of the
student’s reading grade in the first marking period.
Call numbers with a * in front of them are on the 2009-10 Virginia Readers Choice list, a voluntary program in which Buckland Mills participates. Titles
are placed according to their VRC category-Primary (K-3) or Elementary (3-5). Their reading levels and maturity levels vary. Please read the
annotations to know if the book is appropriate for your child. BMES students who participate only need to read 4 books on the VRC list or have the book
read to them in order to vote in March.
To help in choosing books that can promote reading growth, this year each child’s 2009 English SOL score will include a Lexile Level. The
Lexile Level is based on a student’s SOL score on the English portion of the SOL and approximates his/her reading level. This means a
child should be able to read and understand books in a Lexile range of approximately 100 points below to 50 points above the designated
Knowing a child’s Lexile range can help to locate books that he/she might enjoy reading. Student interest and motivation for reading books
that are age appropriate are critical factors to consider as book choices are made. Remember that nothing replaces conversation with the
student, his teachers, and librarians in making great choices.
It is important to note that the Lexile measure does not address the content or quality of the book. Many other factors affect the relationship
between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile
measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, but parents should always consider these other factors when making a
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Title Lexile Genre PWPL
This list can be sorted by clicking on Table at the top, then Sort. Call #
Blume, Judy Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 470L Realistic J Fic Blume
Fourth-grader Peter Hatcher finds his demanding two-year-old brother an
Bowen, Fred Any title by this local author such as Winner Takes All 560L Realistic JPB B
When Kyle fakes a catch, his baseball team goes on to win the league
championship but Kyle doesn't feel good about winning by cheating.
Includes a section on the sportsmanship of Christy Mathewson, a pitcher
who played professional baseball in the early 1900s.
Bunting, Eve The summer of Riley 540L Realistic JPB Bun
Shortly after he gets the perfect dog, Riley, eleven-year-old William must
fight for his dog's life after Riley is taken away because he chases and
injures an elderly neighbor's old horse.
Christopher, Matt All-Star Fever 670L Realistic J Fic
Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Street Mudders, wants desperately to Christopher
be picked for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents' rules for
riding his new bike, and feelings of guilt affect his game.
Cleary, Beverly Socks 890L Realistic J Fic Cleary
The happy home life of Socks, the cat, is disrupted by the addition of a
new baby to the household.
Clements, Frindle 830L Realistic J Fic
Andrew When he decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher's love of the dictionary Clements
around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of
events that quickly moves beyond his control.
Clements, No Talking 820L Realistic *J Fic
Andrew The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the Clements
equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
Cole, Joanna The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane AD500L Nonfiction J 551.552
A special field trip on the magic school bus allows Ms. Frizzle's class to Mag
experience a hurricane firsthand, from air, sea, and land.
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Colville, Bruce My Teacher Fried My Brains 750L Science JPB Cov
Seventh-grader Duncan must find out which of the four new teachers in Fiction
his school is an alien before his brains get fried to a pulp.
Dakos, Dali Any poetry title such as If You’re Not Here, Raise Your Hand Please NP Poetry J 811.54
An illustrated collection of poems about a variety of elementary school (Non- Dak
Davies, The Lemonade War 630L Realistic *J Fic
Jacqueline Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that Davies
they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer
approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be
the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips
for running a successful lemonade stand.
Dyer, Heather The fish in room 11 780L Fantasy J Fic Dyer
Toby, an orphan who has always lived in a hotel by the sea, finally finds
the love and support of a real family when he meets Eliza Flot, the
daughter of mermaid parents who are stranded under the dock.
Etra, Jonathan Aliens for Breakfast 420L Science J Fic Etra
Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the Fiction
extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is
masquerading as a student in Richard's class.
FitzGerald, Vinnie and Abraham 880L Biography *J Bio
Dawn Tells the story of Vinnie Ream, an aspiring artist living in Washington D.C. Ream
during the Civil War, who gained a reputation as a sculptor and succeeded
in persuading President Abraham Lincoln to sit for her--an honor that led
to her winning a government commission to create a statue of Lincoln
after his assassination.
Fleishman, Sid Whipping Boy 570L Historical J Fic
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they Fleischman
inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous
Fleming, Lowji Discovers America 510L Realistic J Fic
Candace A nine-year-old East Indian boy tries to adjust to his new life in suburban Fleming
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Friedman, Laurie Mallory vs. Max 620L Realistic *J Fic
Eight-year-old Mallory feels left out when her older brother, Max, gets a Friedman
dog that becomes the center of attention.
Fritz, Jean Who's saying what in Jamestown, Thomas Savage? 810L History J 975.502
A biography of Thomas Savage, one of the early colonists of Jamestown, Fri
Virginia, who was sent to live among the Native Americans in order to
learn their language and become an interpreter.
Funke, Cornelia Igraine the Brave 900L Fantasy *J Fic
The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing Funke
more than to be a knight; and when their castle is attacked by a
treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine
has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.
Gibbons, Gail Galaxies, Galaxies! IG880L Nonfiction N/A
An illustrated introduction to galaxies, discussing their physical
characteristics and the methods used to observe them.
Giff, Patricia Eleven 600L Mystery *J Fic Giff
Reilly When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just
before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories and questions about
Greenfield, Honey I Love NP Poetry J 811.54
Eloise A collection of sixteen poems that speak of love and the joys of everyday (Non- Gre
life, as experienced by a child. Prose)
Haddix, Margaret Say What? 740L Realistic J Fic
When their parents begin saying the wrong thing every time six-year-old Haddix
Sukey and her older brothers misbehave, the children discover that it is a
plot and fight back with their own wrong phrases.
Hamilton, The People Could Fly:American Black Folktales 680L Folktale J 398.2
Virginia Retold African-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, Ham
and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in
Howe, Deborah Any title from the Bunnicula series beginning with Bunnicula 700L Animal J Fic Howe
and James Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his
human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
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Jonell, Lynne Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat 780L Humor *J Fic Jonell
When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being
drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in
frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible
to return things to normal.
Kassem, Lou A Haunting in Williamsburg 590L Mystery JPB Kas
Staying in Colonial Williamsburg in a former ancestorial house, Jayne
meets an old family ghost, Sally Custis, who begs Jayne to help her set
right a wrong done over 200 years ago.
King-Smith, Dick Babe: the Gallant Pig 1040L Animal J Fic King-
A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is Smith
adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.
Look, Lenore Ruby Lu, brave and true 640L Realistic J Fic Look
"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes
to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has
adventures with both old and new friends.
MacLachlan, Arthur for the Very First Time 660L Realistic J Fic
Patricia Arthur spends a summer with his unconventional aunt and uncle and MacLachlan
begins to look at life, his family, and himself differently.
McCloskey, Homer Price 1000L Humor J Fic
Robert Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his McCloskey
pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the
McGovern, Ann The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson 590L Biography J Bio
A brief biography of the woman who disguised herself as a man and Gannett
joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
McKenna, Fourth Grade Is a Jinx 720L Realistic JPB M
Colleen When fourth grader Collette sees her own mother take over the job of
teaching her class, life becomes more embarrassing and chaotic than she
Mills, Claudia 7 X 9 = Trouble 590L Realistic J Fic Mil
Third-grader Wilson struggles with his times-tables in order to beat the
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Nelson, Vaunda Mayfield Crossing 720L Realistic J Fic
M. When the school in Mayfield Crossing is closed, the students are sent to Nelson
larger schools, where the black children encounter racial prejudice for the
first time. Only baseball seems a possibility for drawing people together.
Nixon, Joan Any title from the Young Americans: Colonial Williamsburg series such 670L Historical J Fic Nixon
Lowery as Ann’s Story Fiction
In partnership with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation come authentic
novels set in the 18th century about actual people, places, and events in
this celebrated Virginia town.
Park, Barbara Skinnybones 590L Realistic JPB Par
Alex's active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart,
make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world.
Paton Walsh, Jill The Green Book 980L Science JPB Pat
As their small stock of essential supplies dwindles, a group of refugees Fiction
from Earth struggles to make their strange new planet provide life's
Polacco, Patricia Pink and Say 590L Historical J Fic
Chronicles the frienship of Pink, a fifteen-year-old African-American Union Fiction Polacco
soldier, and Say, his poor white comrade, as one nurses the other back to
health from a battle wound and the two of them are imprisoned at
Andersonville. Based on a true story.
Rockwell, How to eat fried worms 650L Realistic J Fic
Thomas Tells a story about a boy who sets out to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days Rockwell
in order to win a bet.
Sachar, Louis Any title from the Wayside School series such as 460L Humor J Fic
Sideways Stories from Wayside School Sachar
Presents humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of
Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one
classroom on each story.
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Scieszka, Jon Any book from the Time Warp Trio series such as 610L Science J Fic
Summer Reading Is Killing Me! Fiction Scieszka
The wacky trio, Joe, Jodie, and Anna, keeps warping in and out of
Brooklyn in these space-and-time, travel adventures. At the beginning of
summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their
summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters
from well-known children's books.
Sharpe, Susan Trouble at Marsh Harbor 720L Mystery J Fic
An environmental mystery set in Chesapeake Bay. Sharpe
Smith, Lane John, Paul, George & Ben N/A Historical E Smi
A humorous look at the early lives of five founding fathers of the United Fiction
States, including George Washington, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Ben
Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.
Sobol, Donald J. Any mystery in the Encyclopedia Brown series such as 660L Mystery J M Sobol
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints
The ten-year-old detective continues his war on crime in Idaville through
ten more cases, for which the reader is invited to guess the solution before
it is revealed.
Spinelli, Jerry Fourth Grade Rats 340L Realistic J Fic
Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough Spinelli
guy, a "rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.
St. George, The Ghost, the White House, and Me 800L Mystery * J Fic
Judith Shortly after their mother takes the office of president, KayKay Granger StGeorge
and her sister begin to suspect that Abraham Lincoln's ghost is haunting
the White House and begin to investigate.
Tripp, Valerie Any title from American Girl such as Meet Felicity 600L Historical J Fic
In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse Fiction American
who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.
Uhlberg, Myron Dad, Jackie, and Me 610L Historical * E Uhl
In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and Fiction
tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball
and the Dodgers' first baseman, Jackie Robinson.
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Urban, Linda A Crooked Kind of Perfect 730L Humor *J Fic Urb
Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign
herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a
positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school
Varies Any title from the My America series such as Five smooth stones 640L Historical Varies
In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding Fiction
the beginning of the American Revolution in Philadelphia in 1776.
Wallace, Barbara The Twin in the Tavern 910L Historical JM
A young orphan, afraid of being sent to the workhouse, finds himself at the Fiction Wallace
mercy of the unsavory owner of a tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, while he
tries to solve the mystery surrounding his past and a missing twin.
Whelan, Gloria Friend on freedom river N/A Historical E Whe
The Winter of 1850 finds young Louis alone with his mother when his Fiction
father heads north for work, but when runaway slaves ask Louis for help
being ferryed across the Detroit River he wonders what his father would
Documentation form found on next page.
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Buckland Mills Elementary School
Summer Reading Record – 4th
Students in 4th Grade will receive an extra A for each book completed, for a total
of three. Please include the name of the author, the title of the book, and a parent
or guardian signature stating that the student has completed the reading.
Book Title Author
My child has read the above books.
Parent or guardian signature
**Please note students may also participate in the Prince William County Public
Library Summer Quest Program, and the Public Library documentation will apply.
Student’s Name Classroom Teacher
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