We just got our son’s results from his 3rd grade STAAR Test. We were hoping for better results, but there’s room for improvement. So with that, I’m preparing him for success with a reading course at a local venue and this Grade 4 Summer Reading List.
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Reading is such an essential part of childhood. Books can open the doors to a more profound imagination, a stronger vocabulary, and a better overall academic experience. It’s proven time and time again that children who are raised to read regularly tend to score higher on tests and have a wild imagination. Whether your child is an exceptional reader or needs to improve, I am featuring the top 10 summer reading books for grade 4 so that you can encourage a love of reading all summer long.
Grade 4 Summer Reading List
- Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #7) By Dav Pilkey, This is pre-order only. We pre-ordered this book for my son. He can’t wait until August 13th. It looks like another Dave Pilkey book will be released later this year as well: Dog Man: Fetch-22 (Dog Man #8) on 12/10/2019. We’ll be getting that one too.
- Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School: Book 1 by Julie Falatko
- A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
- Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
- The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
- Maxi’s Secrets (Or What You Can Learn From a Dog) by Lynn Plourde
- The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey
- The Wishmakers by Tyler Whitesides
- Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
- The Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson
This summer reading list is intended to get your kids reading all through the summer and ready for the 4th grade. Whether you go by this list or not, always have a book available to them, even if they don’t like to read. My son does not particularly want to read; however, he will read any Dog Man book there is. These books are funny, and he can relate. I’ve read many times that if you find books your child loves, whether they’re your favorite or not, let them read it. After all – they are reading, and that’s what we want.
Why Reading is So Important
Kids entering the 4th graders who have sharpened their reading skills during the summer have a real advantage. They gain months of progress and get a jump start in 4th grade. On the first day of school, they feel confident and motivated to succeed. That’s what my husband and I want for our son, Brody.
Brody struggles to read. He passed the STAAR Test, but barely. I don’t want him to get behind any more than he already is. Just yesterday, we went to the Perot Museum in Dallas and saw the cutest show called SUPERPOWER DOGS. It was about six dogs who help rescue people. We loved that story, and we love the main dog in that story. Her name is Halo. After the movie ended, we went to the gift shop, and there was this book about Halo. I bought that book for Brody. We started reading it together last night.
According to the reading course (by TCU) my son will take later in the summer, it says, “Fourth graders learn to think about the deeper meaning of what they read and to relate it to their own lives. They also start to develop more independence as both students and readers”. I’m taking this to heart.
The more kids read, the more rapid, smooth, and accurate their reading becomes.
Grab a couple of books from this Grade 4 summer reading list and let your kid(s) read throughout the summer months. School will be here before we know it.
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