St. Francis Required Summer Reading - Rising 4th Grade

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For rising 4th graders

Dear Parents, 

Learning and Reading researchers continually trumpet the fact that reading is the single most effective activity to prevent summer learning loss (a.k.a. the Summer Slump). Studies show that students who read as few as six books during the summer months gain or maintain reading skills achieved during the preceding school year, while students who don’t read during the summer may fall back as much as a grade level in their skills.

This summer your child will need to read two books and complete a writing assignment. One book may be anything s/he chooses, but the other must be a realistic fiction book about a child's summer adventure. Some suggestions are below.

BOOK LIST

  • Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee

  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

  • Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume

  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume

  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  • Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen

  • The Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sarah Pennypacker

  • Aurora County All Stars by Deborah Wiles

  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald

  • Summer Reading is Killing Me! by Jon Scieszka

  • How Tia Lola Saved the Summer by Julia Alverez 

Writing Assignment:

Who doesn't love summer vacation? It's nearly three months of sleeping in, playing outside, drinking lemonade, and creating unforgettable memories. The characters in our summer reading all share their tales of unforgettable summers. Think of an exciting, fun, tragic, or hilarious story about your summer that you would like to share with your classmates. If you're feeling imaginative, you may even stretch the truth a little and make your story more dramatic.

Your piece should...

-be written and edited by you alone. It should reflect your abilities, not those of someone who helped you.

-be handwritten on wide ruled notebook paper

-have a title

-have your name and date at the top

Reader's Choice: In addition to the summer adventure book you read, you will need to read an additional book of your choice. You do not need to write about this book this summer; we will do that together when school starts.

Seaglass Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375843990
Availability: The book is not currently in stock at our stores. Please call us for price and availability.
Published: Yearling - May 10th, 2011

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

Fudge-a-Mania Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142408773
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Puffin Books - April 5th, 2007

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142408797
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Puffin Books - April 5th, 2007

Because of Winn-Dixie Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536214352
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - January 26th, 2021

Harris and Me Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152058807
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Clarion Books - March 1st, 2007

Summer of the Gypsy Moths Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061964220
Availability: Not currently in stock, but we are happy to backorder and notify you when it arrives.
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 23rd, 2013

The Aurora County All-Stars Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152066260
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Clarion Books - February 1st, 2009

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer Cover Image
By Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781536200843
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

Summer Reading Is Killing Me! #7 (Time Warp Trio #7) Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780142401156
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Puffin Books - April 26th, 2004

How Tia Lola Saved the Summer (The Tia Lola Stories #3) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375866876
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Yearling - May 8th, 2012