Wednesday, June 4, 2014

4th Grade Independent Reading Book List

Browsing in the wonderful children's section at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Rd., London
Here's my annual list of "chapter books" that N. read this year (my list of the year's read-alouds is here).  He was 9 years old and in 4th grade this year.  As always, this doesn't include picture books, which he still very much enjoys.  It also doesn't include Trains Magazine and Classic Trains Magazine, as well as National Geographic, Smithsonian, or our local newspaper, all of which feature in his daily reading.  He also reads widely from our collections of books about trains and architecture, which I have not listed here, since they've been part of his book diet for years (I will make a list of trains books and another of building books sometime though!).  This year I also noted books that he began but put aside because I am intrigued by this practice.  Some of his favorites on this list include the Cat Club books by Esther Averill, Asterix, and Horton's Mysterious Mechanisms.
  • On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells (first 1/3)
  • Secret Letters from 0-10 by Susie Morgenstern
  • Tintin: The Black Island by Herge
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume (read about half)
  • Tintin: Red Sea Sharks by Herge
  • Tintin: Tintin in America
  • Asterix #1
  • The New Treasure-Seekers by E. Nesbit
  • Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
  • Asterix #2
  • Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton
  • Asterix #3
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  • The Zack Files: Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box by Dan Greenburg
  • The Zack Files: Through the Medicine Cabinet by Dan Greenburg
  • The Zack Files: A a Ghost Named Wanda by Dan Greenburg
  • Asterix #4
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
  • Asterix #5
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Rides Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Asterix #6
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time by Frank Cottrell Boyce (read 1/2, abandoned)
  • Asterix #7
  • Roland Chambers' unpublished MS
  • Asterix #8
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read 1/4)
  • Asterix #9
  • Horton's Mysterious Mechanisms by Lissa Evans
  • Asterix #10-12 omnibus
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster (selections)
  • Bird in a Box (started, put aside)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8 Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
  • Asterix #13-15 omnibus
  • Jane Austen's juvenilia (selections)
  • Horton's Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans
  • King Solomon's Mines(read 1/4)
  • The Hotel Cat by Esther Averill
  • The Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee by Eleanor Estes
  • Captains of the City Streets by Esther Averill
  • The School for Cats by Esther Averill
  • Jenny's Moonlight Adventure by Esther Averill
  • A Word to the Wise by Alison Cragin Herzig and Jane Lawrence Mali
  • Calvin & Hobbes: The Days Are Just Packed by Bill Watterson
  • Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
  • Jenny's Birthday Book by Esther Averill
  • The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
  • Jenny Goes to Sea by Esther Averill
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Whittington by Alan Armstrong
  • The Wizard of Oz (graphic novel) by Eric Shanower and Scottie Young
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (3rd time!)
  • Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitrou et. al.
  • The Zack Files: Dr. Jekyll, Orthodontist by Dan Greenburg
  • The Zack Files: I'm Out of my Body... Please Leave a Message by Dan Greenburg
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart (read 1/4)
Previous lists of independent reading are here:


Previous lists of read-alouds are here:


Do you have any recommendations for N.'s reading in the coming year?  

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