Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program
JW Alvey 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. Student participation in the
program is voluntary. Students who choose to participate in the program are required to complete a
minimum number of readings over the summer.
Students in Grades 4 who participate will complete a list of books read. The documentation is to include the name of the
author, the title of the book, and a parent or guardian statement that the student has completed the reading. For Grade 4
students who participate in Prince William County Public Library's Summer Reading Program, the Public Library
documentation will apply. Students will receive an extra A (100) for each book completed, for a total of three. Summer
reading is due by the end of the first week of school.
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 score.
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 decision about which book to choose.
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PWCS Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program
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. Participation in the PWC Public Library Summer Reading Program and its documentation are
Author Title Pub. Lexile Annotation
Avi Poppy 1995 670 Poppy, a deer mouse, urges her family to move next to a
field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr.
Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
Base, Graeme Enigma: a magical 2008 230 When Bertie the badger visits his grandfather at a
mystery retirement home for magicians, he learns that his
grandfather’s rabbit, Enigma, has disappeared along with
everyone’s magical things, and the reader is invited to
help bread a code to find the items hidden throughout the
book. Includes a built-in decoder
Bulla, Clyde A lion to guard us 1981 360 Left on their own in seventeenth-century London, three
Robert impoverished children draw upon all their resources to
stay together and make their way to the Virginia colony in
search of their father.
Byars, Betsy My dog, my hero 2000 670 A panel of three judges has to decide which dog out of
Cromer eight finalists deserves to win the title of My Hero.
Christopher, Matt Tough to tackle 1971 680 Disappointed at first by not being large enough to make
quarterback, Boots discovers that there is as much
challenge in playing tackle.
Fritz, Jean George Washington’s 1969 710 Having the same name and birthday as George
breakfast Washington, a young boy wants everything else in his life
just as Washington had it, but he cannot find out what
Washington ate for breakfast.
Heller, Ruth Ruth Heller’s how to 1992 Rhyming text describes how various insects camouflage
hide a butterfly & other themselves to protect against predators.
Jenkins, Steve The Beetle Book 2012 An illustrated introduction to a variety of beetle species
with information on unique characteristics and how these
insects have adapted to survive.
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MacHale, D. J. Black Water 2004 680 15 year old Bobby Pendragon places himself, his friends,
and the people of Halla in danger in order to protect the
territories from a mysterious plague.
Meloy, Maile The Apothecary 2010 740 This story follows a 14 year old girl whose life
unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in
1952 and gets swept up on a race to save the world from
Munsch, Robert Lighthouse: a story of 2003 650 After her grandfather’s funeral, Sarah wakes her father in
remembrance the middle of the night so they can go to the lighthouse
her grandfather loved and remember other night-time
Paulsen, Gary Brian’s return 1999 1030 After his experience surviving alone in the Canadian
wilderness, sixteen-year-old Brian finds it increasingly difficult
to live as a normal high school student and begins planning to
return to the place where he feels he really belongs.
Reeder, Carolyn Acorss the lines 1997 1000 Edward, the son of a white plantation owner, and his black
house servant and friend Simon witness the siege of
Petersburg during the civil War.
Sachar, Louis There’s a boy in the 1987 490 An unmanageable, but loveable, eleven-year-old misfit learns
girl’s bathroom to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school
counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.
Spinelli, Jerry Stargirl 2000 590 At first the students at Arizona’s Mica High School are
captivated by Stargirl Caraway’s unusual, carefree behavior;
however, she is soon shunned for everything that makes her
unique in their story that pits individuality against conformity.
Wallace, Rich The Ball Hogs 2010 540 9 year old Ben, a natural athlete and member of the
Bobcats co-ed soccer team, wants to overcome his
inexperience and proves himself on the field, but his
obnoxious teammate, Mark, keeps hogging the ball.
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Prince William County Public Schools
Summer Reading 2011
Documentation Grade 4
Students in Grade 4 will receive an A (100) 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 student has read the above list of 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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