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Wow, I cannot even believe I'll have a fourth grader next year. :eek:


I'm trying to start compiling a reading list for her. Some info. She will be turning 9 in the fall. She is reading above grade level BUT is still very much in the grammar stage. She is still 8yo. I'm not real sure what to expect from her in the coming year as far as deeper thinking goes. Sometimes we blows me away but much of the time she is still very much a facts kinda gal. Oh, and she loves history.


Just a smidge of what she has read this year includes,


Kate DiCamillo books

Bobbsey Twins

Sarah, Plain and Tall (all of them)

Narnia series (half of them)

Bill Wallace books (all of them, I think)

The Whipping Boy

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and the sequels)

Mary Poppins (and the sequels)

My Grandmother's Attic series

Justin Morgan Had a Horse (she only read the one so maybe she could read more of these)


She has a voracious appetite for books. So with all that in mind, do you have any suggestions for a 4th grade girl who still seems rather young and innocent? We are studying geography next year so it doesn't matter what we choose as far as history/literature goes.

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My son isn't reading at quite that level yet, so these may or may not be suitable:


He loved "Owls in the Family" by Farley Mowart

Mr. Popper's Penquins

The Call of the Wild by Jack London.


I've been collecting lists titled "fourth grade" though. Here's one from a Canadian catalogue called the Tree of Life:


From Tree of Life:


Owls in the Family by Mowat

Little House in the Big Woods by Wilder

Charlotte’s Web by

Helen Keller’s Teacher

Homer Price by McClosky

Pippi Longsticking by Lindgren

The Door in the Wall by De Angeli

Winnie the Pooh by Milne

Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink

Black Beauty by Sewell


There's the Sonlight list for grades 3 to 5.


These are from the Highland's Latin school summer reading program:


The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis

(first of Narnia Chronicles)

Little House Books (9 book series), Laura Wilder

The Trumpet of the Swan, 272 p., E.B. White

Little Lord Fauntleroy, 176 p., Frances Hodgson Burnett

Pinocchio, 192 p., Carlo Collodi

Ginger Pye, 300 p.(7 book series about the Moffats and Pyes), by Eleanor Estes

The Black Stallion, 200 p. (18 book series), Walter Farley

Misty of Chincoteague, 176 p., Marguerite Henry

Peter Pan, 240 p., J. M. Barrie

Freddie the Pig Series, 270 p., Walter Brooks

The Little Colonel Series, 114 p., Annie Fellows Johnson

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, 162 p., E.L. Konigsburg

Dangerous Journey, The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress, 126 p., Oliver Hunkin

Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark, 184 p., Gail Karwoski


and then these:


From School of Abraham Good Book Lists:

Fourth Grade (17 Books )


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Little Men by Louisa May Alcott


Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott


Captain's Courageous by Rudyard Kipling


The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle


Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle


Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne


The Boy Knight by G. A. Henty


Kidnapped by Robert Lois Stevenson


The John Carter Mars Collection by Edgar Rice Burroughs


The Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty


Story of a Bad Boy by Thomas Bailey Aldrich


The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty


The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain


A Tale of the Western Plains by G. A. Henty


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe


Call of the Wild by Jack London


Don't forget this list from Classical Christian Education.

and Ambelside On-line.



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- Mountain Born (Yates)

- The Hundred Dresses (Estes)

- Betsy-Tacy series

- Kildee House (Montgomery)

- The Toothpaste Millionaire (Merrill)

- Understood Betsy (Fisher)

- Plain Girl (Sorensen)




- Land of Oz; Ozma of Oz (Baum) -- lively sequels; skip Wizard of Oz (dull/long)

- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series (Betty MacDonald)

- Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis)

- My Father's Dragon (Gannett)

- Half Magic; Magic by the Lake, Knight's Castle; Time Garden (Eager)

- The Father Christmas Letters (Tolkien)

- The Ordinary Princess (Kaye) -- VERY fun and funny -- READ ALOUD

- The Borrowers (series) (Norton)

- Pippi Longstockings; Pippi in the South Seas (Astrid)




- The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (Dalgliesh)

- McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm (Fleischman)

- By the Great Horn Spoon (Fleischman)

- Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (Field)




- Skippack School (de Angeli) -- Colonial U.S.

- The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh) -- Colonial US

- Sarah Whitcher's Story -- Colonial US

- Phoebe the Spy (Griffin) --American Revolution - true story

- Sarah Plain and Tall; Skylark; Caleb's Story (MacLachlan) -- US - pioneer times

- Caddie Woodlawn (Brink) -- pioneer times US




- The Door in the Wall (de Angeli) -- Medieval England

- Twenty and Ten (Bishop) -- WWII French children hide Jewish children

- The Little Riders (Shemin) -- WWII occupied Europe

- Number the Stars (Lenski)-- WWII Dutch girl helps her Jewish friend




- The Story of Thomas Alva Edison (Davidson)

- Helen Keller (Davidson)

- Louis Braille (Davidson)

- Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman (Henry) -- inventor of steam engine as a boy

- Naya Nuki: The Shoshone Girl Who Ran -- friend of Sacajewea

- Behind Rebel Lines (Reit) -- teen girl disguised as a boy / Union spy in Civil War

- Lincoln: A Photobiography -- beautiful photos / text telling Lincoln's life



ANIMALS (real)

- Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa (Kalney)

- Daughter of the Mountains (Rankin)-- Tibetan girl tries to recover her dog

- Rascal (North)

- Shiloh (Naylor)

- Ginger Pye (Estes)



ANIMALS (talking)

- Charlotte's Web; Trumpet of the Swan (White)

- The Mouse and the Motorcycle (McCleary)

- Ben and I (Lawson)

- The Rescuers, Miss Bianca, Miss Bianca in the Orient (Sharpe)

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Some other books my oldest enjoys:


The Black Stallion series

Misty of Chincoteague and other horse books by this author

The Secret Garden

A Little Princess

The Wizard of Oz and its sequels

Five Children and It and others by this author


You could also try looking at the booklists on www.amblesideonline.com. I'm trying to use these as a guide to help me plan a bit more scheduled reading and literature for next year.



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Okay, it's nuts but she has read the vast majority of those books. There are some sprinkled throughout that she hasn't read so I'm going to compile a list. Thank you so much. I just cannot keep up with this girl. She pretty much reads a 3rd/4th grade level chapter book every day!!! I need to get her to try more of the M. Henry Horse books and I hadn't started her on Pyle or Henty (guess I thought they were older). I have the following books but didn't know she could handle the themes in all of them. Can any of you give me a heads-up with these?


Esperanza Rising

Red Cap

Freedom Train (Harriet Tubman)

Amos Fortune

Bud, Not Buddy

Old Yeller



I have By the Great Horn Spoon and I have her reading it next week while we study CA. I just realized she hasn't read My Side of the Mountain yet. BTW, my DS 6yo just wants to look at Star Wars books all day, so my DD is the odd one. :D I also don't want her reading all these books and missing the deep stuff, KWIM? It is hard to find good stuff for her to read and she doesn't want to read a book more than once (she's just like me).

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Wow, Daisy, she's reading at a much higher level than I realized! Okay, then how about the following, at a 5th-6th grade reading level (the previous list was at a 3rd-4th grade level):



- A Little Princess (Burnett)

- The Secret Garden (Burnett)

- Paddle-to-the-Sea, Tree in the Trail, Seabird, Minn of the Mississippi (Holling)

- Island of the Blue Dolphins(O'Dell)

- From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Konigsburg)

- Family Under the Bridge (Carlson)

- The Wheel on the School (de Jong)

- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (Lord)

- Treasures of the Snow (St. John)

- Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)

- Five on a Treasure Island (Blyton)




- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Aiken) -- Victorian-like setting

- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll)

- Half Magic; Magic by the Lake, Knight's Castle; Time Garden; Seven Day Magic (Eager)

- Five Children and It; The Phoenix and the Carpet; The Amulet (Nesbit) -- READ ALOUD

- The Book of Dragons (Nesbit) -- 7 short stories; very fun and creative -- READ ALOUD

- The Ordinary Princess (Kaye)

- The Princess & the Goblins; The Princess & Curdie (MacDonald) -- READ ALOUD

- The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster) -- boy journeys through a mathematical land

- The Hobbit (Tolkien)




- The Great Turkey Walk (Karr)

- Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (Field)

- Holes (Sachar)

- The Twenty-One Balloons (DuBois) -- Jules Verne-like story, 1800s inventor




- Diary of an Early American Boy (Sloane)

- The Journeyman (Caldwell) -- Colonial US

- Calico Bush (Field) -- Colonial US

- The Great Wheel (Lawson) -- building of the first Ferris Wheel in 1893




- The Roman Mysteries series (Lawrence)

- Snow Treasure (McSwigan))-- WWII Norweigan children hide the country's gold

- Catherine Called Birdy; Midwife's Apprentice (Cushman) -- Medieval England

- Adam of the Road (Gray) -- Medieval England

- The Master Puppeteer (Paterson) - 1700s Japan

- Case of the Baker Street Irregular (Newman) -- 1890s boy helps Sherlock Holmes




- Indian Captive (Lenski)

- Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun (Blumberg)

- Born in the Year of Courage (Crofford)



ANIMALS (real)

- Rikki Tikki Tavi; The Jungle Book (Kipling)

- The Black Stallion, The Black Stallion Returns, Island Stallion (Farley)

- My Side of the Mountain (George)

- Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls)




ANIMALS (fantasy)

- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien)

- The Reluctant Dragon (Grahame)

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