Summer 2013 Recommended Reading List

Rising Fourth Grade 2013-2014

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Nonfiction Books

Fraction Fun by David AdlerFraction Fun
Adler, David
Call Number: J 511.4 A
1996
Bright illustrations enliven a creative introduction to fractions that incorporates common cents (money) and “pizza math.”
Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari AsimFifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
Asim, Jabari
Call Number: J 921 WASHINGTON
2012
This illustrated introduction to the life of Booker T. Washington focuses on his hard work and determination to earn a college degree.
Weird but True Space Facts by Carmen BredesonWeird but True Space Facts
Bredeson, Carmen
Call Number: J 520 BRED
2012
Find out about gravity, Ida the asteroid, the Berringer meteor crater, the moon, and other weird space facts.
Redwoods by Jason ChinRedwoods
Chin, Jason
Call Number: J 585.5 CHIN
2009
A young city boy, riding the subway, finds an abandoned book about redwoods. He finds himself in the very forest described in the book. After finishing the book, he leaves it for someone else to read.
Cool Careers Series (Various authors) by  Cool Careers Series (Various authors)
This series introduces readers to the skills, tasks, and expectations of pursuing a career in a wide range of fields. Titles include: Sports Medicine Doctor, Choreographer, FBI Special Agent, and many others.
Journeys in Time: A New Atlas of American History by Elspeth LeacockJourneys in Time: A New Atlas of American History
Leacock, Elspeth
Call Number: J 973 L
2001
Journeys in Time takes you on twenty journeys that have shaped our national past, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of the real people who made American history.
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper by Ann MalaspinaTouch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper
Malaspina, Ann
2010
Coachman was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal and was recognized at the 1996 Olympics as one of the one hundred best athletes in Olympic history.
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo NapoliMama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
Napoli, Donna Jo
Call Number: J 921 MAATHAI
2010
The story of the woman who helped plant over 30 million trees in Kenya to combat deforestation and soil erosion, and who became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack PrelutskyI’ve Lost My Hippopotamus
Prelutsky, Jack
Call Number: J 811 PREL
2012
This anthology of more than 100 never-before-published poems will delight Prelutsky's many fans.
What if There Were No Gray Wolves? by Suzanne SladeWhat if There Were No Gray Wolves?
Slade, Suzanne
2010
What difference could the loss of one animal species make? Follow the chain reaction, and discover how important gray wolves are.
The Edmund Fitzgerald: The Song of the Bell by Kathy Jo WarginThe Edmund Fitzgerald: The Song of the Bell
Wargin, Kathy Jo
Call Number: J 977.49 WARG
2003
Experience the voyage and sinking of the giant transport ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald, which was caught in a raging storm while crossing Lake Superior in November, 1975.
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah WinterSonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx
Winter, Jonah
Call Number: SPANISH J 921 SOTOMAYOR
2009
The story of how Sotomayor overcame poverty and with determination and a will to learn became the person she wanted to be, our first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. (A bilingual book)

Fiction Books

How Tía Lola Saved the Summer by Julia AlvarezHow Tía Lola Saved the Summer
Alvarez, Julia
Call Number: J ALVA
2011
When three girls and their father visit Miguel’s house for a week in the summer, it takes Tía Lola to make him forget his unhappiness and embrace the adventures that ensue.
Wild Card by Tikki BarberWild Card
Barber, Tikki
Call Number: J BARB
2009
Through the course of a difficult season, Ronde learns that his coach is right about football being a mental game, as he tries to fill in as kicker while he and his identical twin, Tiki, help Adam improve his grades.
Danitra Brown: Class Clown by Nikki GrimesDanitra Brown: Class Clown
Grimes, Nikki
Call Number: J 811 GRIM
2005
In this story told in a series of rhyming poems, Zuri faces her fears about starting a new school year with the help of free-spirited best friend, Danitra.
Dumpling Days: A Novel by Grace LinDumpling Days: A Novel
Lin, Grace
Call Number: J LIN
2012
When Pacy, her two sisters, and their parents go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma's sixtieth birthday, the girls learn a great deal about their heritage.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore LookAlvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
Look, Lenore
Call Number: J LOOK
2008
A young boy who loves superheroes and whose ancestors were Chinese warriors must overcome his fears to make friends.
Word after Word after Word by Patricia MacLachlanWord after Word after Word
MacLachlan, Patricia
Call Number: J MACL
2010
Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy, Henry, Evie, Russell, and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing.
Stink: Solar System Superhero by Megan McDonaldStink: Solar System Superhero
McDonald, Megan
Call Number: J MCDO
2010
Stink launches a campaign in his classroom to restore Pluto's status to that of a full-fledged member of the solar system.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKayLulu and the Duck in the Park
McKay, Hilary
Call Number: J MCKA
2011
Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned her from bringing animals to school ever again.
Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure by Thea StiltonThea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure
Stilton, Thea
Call Number: J STIL
2011
Thea and her sisters go on a series of adventures all over the world and even to the moon. Look for other books in the series.
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up by Melissa ThomsonKeena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up
Thomson, Melissa
Call Number: J THOM
2010
When she accidentally leaves her journal in Tiffany's apartment, Keena is afraid that Tiffany will reveal all of her secrets.
Invasion from planet Dork: Melvin Beederman Superhero Series by Greg TrineInvasion from planet Dork: Melvin Beederman Superhero Series
Trine, Greg
Call Number: J TRIN
2010
Melvin gathers his superhero friends to face a trio of extraterrestrial kidnappers.
EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally WarnerEllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken
Warner, Sally
Call Number: J WARN
2011
Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week. Not defending himself against Jared, the class bully proves to be a real challenge.