The third and fourth grades are a crucial time in the reading career of most students when reading either becomes a chore or a life-long hobby that not only helps to improve comprehension and communication skills, but also endows avid readers with a wealth of knowledge. Ensure that your third and fourth graders have books that they can fall in love with. Here are a few that we recommend:
Wily and the Hairy Man: Adapted from an American Folk Tale by Molly Bang
This is a great book and an adaption of an Alabama folk tale about courage and addressing your greatest fears. The Hairy Man lives in the swamp and is a magic creature who can change shape. When Wiley has to go with his dogs to the swamp to cut bamboo, his mother fears for his safety. But Wiley and his mother work together to outfox the Hairy Man and banish him from the swamp.
Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
When Jack and his younger sister find a mysterious tree house filled with books, they have no idea that it is a magic time-traveling tree house. When Jack wishes he could see the Pteranodon dinosaur he found in a book, the children are whisked away to the Cretaceous period and have to figure out a way home while being chased by a T-Rex. A brilliant novel for dinosaur lovers.
Pirateology: the Pirate Hunter’s Companion by Dugald A. Steer
Nyarrr! Attention landlubbers; this is the quintessential resource for swashbucklers the world over featuring sailor’s knots, ocean navigation, battle strategy, and weapons of every description. Examine gold dust and interpret pirate maps as you read the chronicles of Captain William Lubber’s attempts to capture the dastardly pirate Arabella Drummond. This is a great novel for facts about real-life pirates of the past, mastering navigation skills and broadening geographical knowledge.
Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth by Nicola Davis
An engaging and informative look at creatures who live in the most extreme climates and the lengths they go to in order to survive. From red-hot volcanoes to the freezing arctic where humans wouldn’t make it for more than a couple of seconds, Davis takes a light and interesting look at the animals who call these places home.
Amulet Collection Books 1-5 by Kazu Kibuishi
A wonderful Manga series with beautiful illustrations, suspense and excitement on every page. After the tragic death of their father, siblings Em and Navin move with their mother to their ancestral home where they are lured into a scary underground world. With only the magic amulet and some new friends to protect them, Em and Navin must face many dangers in their quest to get back home.