Summer Reading Resources

Book Suggestions- Grades 4-5:

Realistic Fiction
Double Fudge by Judy Blume
Superfudge by Judy Blume
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Blast from the Past by Meg Cabot
Moving Day by Meg Cabot
Stage Fright by Meg Cabot
Fear Itself by Andrew Clements
Frindle by Andrew Clements
The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clements
The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
Lost and Found by Andrew Clements
No Talking by Andrew Clements
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Heat by Mike Lupica
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

Mystery Stories
We the Children by Andrew Clements
The 39 Clues
A to Z Mysteries
by Ron Roy

Adventure Stories
Survival by Gordon Korman
Shipwreck: Island- Book 1 by Gordon Korman

Historical Fiction
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Unsinkable by Gordon Korman
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Fantasy Books
The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal by Emily Rodda
Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
Holes by Louis Sachar
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar

Historical Fiction/Fantasy Books
Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
Roberto & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman

Series Books- Historical Fiction
(Boys) My Name is America
(Girls) Dear America
(Girls) The Royal Diaries

Authors of Interest for 4th and 5th Grade Students:

Judy Blume
Meg Cabot
Andrew Clements
Sharon Creech
Christopher Paul Curtis
Kate DiCamillo
Dan Gutman
Carl Haissen
Gordan Korman
Gail Carson Levine
Mike Lupica
Gary Paulsen
Emily Rodda
Louis Sachar

Websites with Booklists (award-winning books and books on specific topics):

American Library Association

Golden Kite Award

Children’s Book Council

Scholastic Books

Websites for Skill Practice (all subject areas):

American Library Association– great websites for kids

Awesome Library– links to reviewed resources for kids, teens, parents, teachers, and librarians

eLearning for Kids– interactive games and learning activities for kids based on grade level

CarrotSticks– online interactive math games for grades 1-5

Where’s Everyone Going– a game that takes the website visitor on a path through America’s history

The Franklin Institute– interactive page for students

Dositey– math and language arts activities

Interactive US History Map

Book Pals– online video streaming program where students can listen to books read by readers from the Screen Actors Guild

Kids Know It Network– educational games and learning activities

Summer Calendars:

These “Summer Calendars” contain a variety of reading and writing activities that your child can do each week.  I suggest choosing a minimum of 2 activities to complete per week.







Cut out pictures of food items from a newspaper or magazine and create a food pyramid.  Write a description for each section. Estimate (and write down your prediction) how many times you need to swallow to finish a glass of water.  Try it and see.  Were you right?  Explain your results. Spend 20 minutes on NASA for Kids’ website. (TypeNASA for Kids   into your search engine to find the website.) Write a paragraph about what the most exciting thing would be about blasting off in a rocket. Put an egg in a glass half full of water.  Stir in salt.  Keep adding salt until something   happens.  Write about what you see.
Pretend you are leaving on a trip to Mars.  List ten things you will have to make sure you take with you.  Tell an adult why you’d take those things with you. What do the wordspledge, allegiance, republic, andindivisiblemean?  Write down the   definitions in words that make sense to YOU!    Tell an adult about your findings. Parent Choice: Choose an academic area you know your child needs practice with. How many ways can you make $1.56?  Write it out in word form.  Try it with real money to check your answers. Make a card for your dad or a male in your life.  Tell him what   makes him special.
Watch a movie with   friends.  Pick a character and compare and contrast their life to yours. Spend 20 minutes on Reading Is Fundamental’s website for kids. (
Ask your parent for a set of 8 math problems (adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing—depending on your grade level).  Write a word problem for two of them. Use a white crayon to write someone a message on a blank sheet of paper.    Explain to them how to cover the paper with black paint to reveal the message you have written to them. Compare and contrast your favorite things to do on a sunny day with your favorite things to do on a   rainy day.
If you could redesign the U.S. flag, what changes would you make?  Draw the new flag and write a paragraph telling why you made the changes. Read two sports articles in the local newspaper.  Underline all of   the verbs in the articles. Write what you would do if you would come home and all the doors and windows were locked and no one was home. Use the newspaper to find a comic strip.  Rewrite the words for the characters using the pictures that are already there. Go to the public library and pick out a book to read.








Write down all the possible uses for an old tree stump.  Make some drawings to illustrate your uses. Read all of the directions to a game.  Now play the game with your friends or family. Read a book outside on a blanket for 30 minutes. Play catch with a friend or family member using something other than a ball.  Write a few sentences about this experience. Parent Choice: Choose an academic area you know your child needs practice with.
Spend 20 minutes on Reading Is Fundamental’s website for kids. (
Use the following words in a paragraph:vacation, excitement, disappointed, travel.    Make a picture to go with your paragraph. Watch a cartoon on television.  Write 5   examples of personification (ways the characters acted like real people) throughout the cartoon. Draw a design that represents you.  Use descriptive words to explain why you chose that design. Write a paragraph as if you are an ice cream cone.  What is your daily life like?    What do you like or dislike about being a cone?
Mix 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, and 1/3 cup of water to make your own modeling clay.  Create something and write a sentence to describe it. Choose a newspaper article.  Circle all of the punctuation marks.  Make a list, tally   sheet, or bar graph of what was used. Write a different ending for a book you read. Read the recipe on the back of a cake or brownie mix.  Help an adult make the recipe.  How does it taste?  Describe it to an adult. Choose a book with an interesting character.  Draw the character in a new setting.  Write a sentence about how the character feels.
Write a poem that describes summer. With an adult, spend 20 minutes searching an online phonebook ( to   make a count of how many local businesses are in your area (for example: pizza places, fast food, gas stations, and more).  Compare the numbers of each. Ask your parents for permission to stay up 15 minutes longer.  Spend the 15 minutes reading a bedtime story. Come up with your own knock-knock joke to tell a friend or an adult.  Be creative! Write a paragraph about what you would do if you won a million dollars.
Use comics from a newspaper and cut them apart.  See if you can put them back into the correct sequence. Read a book under a tree for 30 minutes. Look up the ten-day weather forecast.    Compare and contrast the weather throughout the days of the week. Spend 20 minutes on the website playing scatter for any vocabulary terms that relate to your grade level.  Search the site to find your grade! Write a letter to your teacher for next year introducing yourself to him or her.








Say “Sally sells sea shells by the   seashore” ten times fast.  Make up your   own tongue twister using alliteration. Come up with a list of the 10 best things to do on a rainy day. Go outside with your family and look up at   the stars.  What do you see?  What does this make you feel like? Write about it. Try to sing your favorite song with your tongue sticking out.  How does this make you feel?  Why do you think it   feels so silly?  Write down your thoughts. Make a list of how many words you can create with the letters in your first and last names.
Create a menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Make sure you have all of the   food groups. Suppose a friend from another country is   visiting.  List 3 places you’d take him or her and tell why. Parent Choice: Choose an academic area you   know your child needs practice with. Make a list of 5 things you can do with an old tire.  Draw a picture of each. Go on a walk.  Tell someone five things you observed while walking.
Have a member of your family pretend they are an alien.  Give them step-by-step directions on how to make a sandwich.  They may only do what you tell them to! Spend 20 minutes on Reading Is Fundamental’s website for kids. (
Make a boat out of foil.  Float it in water.  Predict how many pennies you can add until it will sink.  Add the pennies. Write what you observe.  Was your prediction correct? Design a postcard of where you live.  On the back, write a short letter to someone telling about your picture. When riding in the car to somewhere you know, see if you can give mom or dad directions!  Try it more than once if it’s hard at   first.
Pretend you are a teacher.  Make a list of supplies you need for the start of the school year. Spend 30 minutes reading a book at the local park. Pretend you are a basketball.  What would you say to the player who was going to use you in a game? Find two grocery ads in the newspaper.  Compare the prices of one to the other.  Where would you like to shop? Make a story about an animal you have seen this summer.  Pretend this animal is your new pet.  What is your life like now?