Grades 3 and 4



Nonfiction Authors

David Adler Jim Arnosky Nic Bishop Sneed Collard
A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson by David Adler Shimmer & Splash by Jim Arnosky Snakes by Nic Bishop Lizards by Sneed Collard
Steve Jenkins
David MacCaulayOrdinary People
Change the World
Greg Tang
The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins
The Way Things Work by David MacCauley
I am George Washington

April Pulley Sayre
Seymour Simon
Melissa Stewart Who Was...
Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davies
Extreme Oceans by Seymour Simon
Amphibians by Melissa Stewart
Who Was Harry Houdini?
Who Would Win?
Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs Great White Shark

Student Picks

Student Recommendations

Grade 3

National Geographic Weird but True Wonderstruck Sidney and Sydney Unlikely Friendships

Smile Sisters Who Was Babe Ruth I Survived...the sinking of the Titanci Amulet Series

Grade 4

Jack Stalwart Series Genius Files Out of My Mind Walls Within Walls

Wonder The Land of Stories Treasure Hunters Warriors series


Recommended Series

Ivy + Bean The Lemonade
Jack Stalwart
Ivy and Bean Series The Lemonade War Series

Ballpark Mysteries Series

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Series

Jake Maddox
Dragon Slayers
The Penderwicks I Survived
Jake Maddox Series

Dragon Slayers Academy Series

The Penderwicks Series

I Survived Series

Nutmeg Nominees Grades 2-4

Nutmeg Nominees Grades 2-4

Elizabeth Queen of the SeaElizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynn Cox
Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she may be in danger, so they tow her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch.The volunteers catch her again and again--each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away--but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.

When the Beat was Born

When The Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Hill Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc, Clive Campbell. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. This was...When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx,this book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids began to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

Finding WinnieFinding Winnie: True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. This story shares the amazing journey--from the fields of Canada, to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England...And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Lindbergh: Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!

A Dance like Starlight

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey Little Ballerinas have big dreams. Dreams of pirouettes and grande jetes, dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing starring roles on stage. But in Harlem in the 1950s, dreams don't always come true—they take a lot of work and a lot of hope. And sometimes hope is hard to come by. But the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, did make her dreams come true. And those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere, showing them that the color of their skin couldn't stop them from becoming a star.

BlizzardBlizzard by John Rocco
Blizzard is based on John Rocco's childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island. The book opens with a boy's excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood's immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street.

Mango, Abuela, and MeMango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English, and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it's still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better.

Miss Mary ReportingMiss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy

Mary Garber was a pioneering sports journalist in a time where women were rarely a part of the newspaper business. Women weren't even allowed to sit in the press boxes at sporting events, so Mary was forced to sit with the coaches' wives. But that didn't stop her. Garber was a sportswriter for fifty-six years and was the first woman to receive the Associated Press Sports Editors' Red Smith Award, presented for major contributions in sports journalism.

Wet CementWet Cement by Bob Raczka

Who says words need to be concrete? Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! This collection of poems plays on words in more ways than one!

HippopotamisterHippopotamister By John Patrick Green

The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run-down and falling apart. Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he'll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He's a good employee, whether he's a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

My Pet HumanMy Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

A cat that enjoys his carefree life gets some treats and backrubs from the humans who have just moved into his favorite abandoned house. He then sets out to train them properly, all the while protesting to his friends that he has no interest in being tied down to a human pet.

Pugs of the Frozen NorthPugs From the Frozen North by Philip Reeve

True Winter comes once in a lifetime. New friends Sika and Shen try to beat the odds and win the Great Northern Race--in a sled pulled by a team of sixty-six pugs--in hopes of meeting the Snowfather and having him grant their wish

Tales of Bunjitsu BunnyBunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.

Upside Down MagicUpside-Down Magic by Sarah Milynowski

Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy, Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different.

The Year of Billy MillerThe Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Seven year old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister and his parents and learned many important lessons.

Nutmeg Nominees Grades 4-6

Nutmeg Nominees Grades 4-6

Brown students read at both the Intermediate and Teen levels of this popular annual Connecticut Program. Nutmegs are nominated by a committee of students and librarians in various grade levels. The Intermediate titles are listed below. Please visit the Nutmeg Nominee website for more information about the Connecticut Nutmeg Program.

Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger by Chambliss Bertman, Jennifer

Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a tree by Hunt, Lynda Mullaly

Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read.

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle

Gabriel Finley & the raven's riddle by Hagen, George

Eleven-year-old Gabriel, with the help of the young raven Paladin, with whom he has a magical bond, travels to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face challenges and unanswerable riddles to rescue his long-missing father.

Kinda Like Brothers

Kinda like brothers by Booth, Coe

When his mother takes in a twelve-year-old foster boy, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy


Ratscalibur by Lieb, Josh

When Joey is bitten by a rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent, and unwittingly unlocks the sword Ratscalibur.

The Tapper Twins Go to War(with each other)

The Tapper twins go to war (with each other) by Rodkey, Geoff

Twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price.

Took: a ghost story

Took : a ghost story by Hahn, Mary Downing

A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is 'took' to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years.

Under the egg

Under the egg by Fitzgerald, Laura Marx

Her grandfather's dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.

The War that saved my life

The war that saved my life by Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

A whole new ballgame

A whole new ballgame by Bildner, Phil

From the first morning with their odd new teacher fifth grade is full of shocking surprises for best friends Rip and Red.

Welcome Message

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!

Please fill out a Summer Reading Recording Sheet and hand it in to your teacher in September.

Happy Reading!