Grades 3 and 4

A Message to the Parents of Incoming 3rd & 4th Graders

Welcome 3rd and 4th graders! You know how to choose “just right” books from many fiction and nonfiction genres and have built stamina for reading at least 30 minutes at a time. We hope you will continue talking about reading with your friends and adults during the summer.

The Scranton Library is an invaluable resource to help you connect your child with books, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and opportunities to spend time with other readers.

This suggested summer reading list contains some of our favorite authors for second graders, student picks, and the 2018 Nutmeg Nominees.

You are free to read whatever you enjoy! Readers read what they love!


Fiction Authors and Series

Tony Abbott

Underworlds by Tony Abbott
Chris Van Allsburg

Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

Poppy by Avi
Judy Blume

Superfudge by Judy Blume

Andrew Clements

Keepers School by Andrew Clements
Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
Sharon Creech

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech
Dan Gutman

The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman

Laurie Keller

Arnie the Doughnut

Peg Kehret

Escaping by Peg Kehret

Kate Klise

The Show Must Go On by Kate Klise

Gordon Korman

Swindle by Gordon Korman

Megan McDonald

The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald

Patricia Polacco

The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco

Ron Roy

Who Cloned the President by Ron Roy

Jon Scieszka

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Sciezka

Bill Wallace

Goosed by Bill Wallace
David Wiesner

Mr Wuffles by David Wiesner

E. B. White

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Recommended Series

Annie Barrows Jacqueline Davies David Kelly Stan Kirby
Ivy and Bean The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Captain Awesome

Jake Maddox Kate McMullan Mary Pope
Lauren Tarshis
Jake Maddox

Dragon Slayers Academy

Tales from the Odyssey

I Survived...


Student Picks

Student Recommendations

Grade 3

AmuletWonderstruckNational Geographic Weird but True

Grade 4

WonderThe Land of StoriesTreasure Hunters

Nutmeg Nominees

Nutmeg Nominees for Grades 2-4

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Davis

This nonfiction book looks at George Washington Gale Ferris' invention, the Ferris wheel.

Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Menchin Hana Hashimoto

When a young boy learns about what makes art special--sometimes it's beautiful, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it tells a story--he realizes that these same characteristics are what make his grandmother special, too. As a result, he finds the inspiration to create his own masterpiece that's one of a kind.

Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

Sixth Violin by Uegaki Hilo

With the help of her memories of the time she spent in Japan with her ojiichan, which is a professional violinist, a young girl named Hana practices and practices playing her violin for her school talent show.

The Boy who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.

In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van

Moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again, Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home.

Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

When Lulu's parents go on vacation, the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky comes to babysit and Lulu behaves as badly as possible to get her to leave until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret.

One Plastic Bag by Paul Miranda

In Njau, Gambia, discarded plastic bags littered the roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. But Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. An inspirational true story.

Phineas L MacGuire...Gets Cooking byFrancis O'Roark Dowell

Phineas has a new chore of cooking dinner every night, but his kitchen experiments take a turn for the worse when the school bully takes a huge liking to Phineas's brownies.

Queen of the Diamond by Emily Arnold McCully

A picture book biography about Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game and the first person to play on both the New England and American leagues' all-star teams.

Quinny and Hooper by Adrianna Brad Schanen

Two polar-opposite eight year olds who become summer best friends find their friendship threatened by the uncertainties of a new school year.

Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner

Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue dog except for the squirrels, but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850, where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.

Skateboard Party by Karen English

Richard can't wait to show off his flat-ground Ollies at a friend's birthday party at the skate park, but a note home from his teacher threatens to ruin his plans. He really meant to finish his assignment on howler monkeys, but he just got . . . distracted. If only he could focus on his schoolwork, he wouldn't get into this kind of trouble! Can Richard manage to put off getting the note signed (and facing the consequences) until after the party, or will the deception make things even worse?

Star Stuff by Stephanie Roth Sisson

This book follows Carl from his days star gazing from the bedroom window of his Brooklyn apartment, through his love of speculative science fiction novels, to his work as an internationally renowned scientist who worked on the Voyager missions exploring the farthest reaches of space.

Winter Bees by Joyce Sidman

In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow.

Nutmeg Nominees for Grades 4-6

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend, Jonah the Beedle, she hopes to bring the magic back.

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Aboard "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Gaby Ramirez Howard volunteers at the animal shelter by writing adoption advertisements and would like to adopt a cat named Feather but with her mother deported to Honduras Gaby has no home herself.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

MasterMinds by Gordan Korman

A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas

After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart. For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school... in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors. Then Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there's foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it's a secret that could change everything for the Moonies—a secret someone just might kill to keep.

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Alison Dana Levy

Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys in Kindergarten through sixth grade, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.