Last April, during one of my many school visits, I had the opportunity to just sit with one of the 4th grade classrooms while we waited for the other classes to be ready. We talked about books, of course. I asked them to tell me some of their favorite books and they made me quite a list. I thought I’d share it with all of you. I think there’s something for everyone on this list.

THE HOBBIT J.R.R. Tolkien

LIAR AND SPY Rebecca Stead

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Katherine Applegate

TURTLE IN PARADISE Jennifer Holm

ONE FOR THE MURPHYS Linda Mullaly Hunt

LONG WALK TO WATER Linda Sue Park

BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX Laurel Snyder

IVY AND BEAN Annie Barrows

WONDER R.J. Palaccio

CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST Charles de Lint and Charles Vest

OUT OF MY MIND Sharon M. Draper

HOW TO STEAL A DOG Barbara O’Connor

A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT Linda Urban

THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING Linda Urban

TANGLE OF KNOTS Lisa Graff

HATTIE BIG SKY Kirby Larson

FRINDLE Andrew Clements

THE HUNGER GAMES Suzanne Collins

LUNCH LADY Jarrett J. Krosoczka

WONDERSTRUCK Brian Selznik

THE WHITE PONY Sandra Byrd

WHO WAS JACKIE ROBINSON? Gail Herman

BABYMOUSE Jennifer L. Holm

THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWN JESTER by Barbara O’Connor

AMULET (Series) Kazu Kibuishi

IF WISHES WERE HORSES Sibley Miller

THE MUD PONY Shony Begay

SMILE Raina Telgemeier

THE LIGHTNING THIEF Rick Riordan

MAL AND CHAD Stephen McCraine

HOLD FAST Blue Balliet

HATCHET Gary Paulsen

SHOELESS JOE AND ME Dan Gutman

OUR ONLY MAE AMELIA Jennifer L. Holm

FAKE MUSTACHE Tom Angleberger

MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD Lincoln Collier

BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Kate DiCamillo

CAPTURE THE FLAG Kate Messner

PETER NIMBLE Jonathan Auxier

EIGHT KEYS Suzanne LaFleur

 


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