Tuesday, May 01, 2012

On My TBR List

When I found out I was going to be teaching 4th grade next year, I immediately emailed Tony Keefer (@tonykeefer) to recommend some great books that beginning 4th graders (especially boys) might read--books that I would not normally pick up on my own.  I love having Tony as one of my reading friends--we enjoy some of the same books but overall, our tastes are different. So I can always count on Tony to recommend good books I may not have discovered on my own.  Here are three of the books he recommended that I picked up today. They are series that I have dabbled in but I really need to commit to so I'm ready for lots of different 4th grade readers in the fall.




Any other suggestions for great books for early 4th graders?


  1. Congrats on going back to the classroom!
    The Mason Dixon series ia a great series for 4th grade boys so add that to your TBR pile if you haven't read them yet.

  2. Anonymous7:08 AM

    Congrats on fourth grade! My early boy 4th graders loved the I Survived Series, Cabin Creek Mysteries, Cabin at Trouble Creek (Hatchet-like but takes place in Ohio and less complex, focuses on survival), the graphic novel Lunch Lady, and the biography series Who Was... Also, many of my dormant readers were attached to The Big Book of How, the Big Book of Why, and the Time for Kids Almanac. Can't wait to hear everyone titles!

  3. So excited for you to be going back to the classroom! I love fourth and taught it for 10 years. Hmm. Favorites were similar to my 5th graders - Lightning Thief, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, (any graphic novel - Babymouse, Lunch Lady, Bone, Amulet), Clementine series, and I'm sure more will come to mind. :) Congrats!

  4. Fourth and fifth grade are such wonderful years o teach in the classroom. I do find that my boys in the classroom have a difficult time finding books that strike their interest. We had an author study in our classroom and I realized how interested in books boys can be if the books strikes them! My boys and girls in the class also love Diary of a Wimpy Kid and American Chillers. It is so exciting to watch studnets love what they are learning!

  5. I am ditto-ing the Lunch Lady...also Franny K. Stien and Frankly Frannie also Gordon Korman's series of trilogies.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  6. Hi Franki - a year of changes, ahead! Fourth grade is really an amazing year, and you have a great support network, as well. The series I've been excited to share with our teachers is Bruce Hale's Underwhere series. Like Frankie Pickle, this is a blended traditional novel and graphic novel with great kid appeal. It's a little longer than Frankie Pickle.

    I also posted about our top circulating chapter books last year - no new titles, but lots and lots of favorites:

    Best of luck!
    Mary Ann

  7. My 4th grade boys have LOVED the I Survived series. I have turned very reluctant readers into readers with that series this year. I have went through multiple copies of each book and there are wait lists for all of them. It's hard to find easy historical fiction for boys, so I have encouraged this series.


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