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.