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New Canaan Public Schools


New Canaan, Connecticut

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Summer Reading

2017

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Children Entering Fourth Grade

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Newbery Medal Winner: Flora and Ulysses, An Illustrated Adventure

By Kate DiCamillo
Included in this list of suggested books are

the nominees for the 2018 Nutmeg Awards!
Websites for more ideas:
http://booksforkidsblog.blogspot.com

(A retired librarian’s excellent children’s book blog)


http://www.goodreads.com

(Current reviews and recommendations)


http://www.ala.org (American Library Association)

(All suggested titles are for reading aloud and/or reading independently.)
Compiled by Glenda Green, Language Arts Coordinator

Glenda.green@NCPS-k12.org

Some Recently Published Titles
(Reviews quoted from amazon.com)

The Candy Smash by Jacqueline Davis

“Jessie and Evan Treski have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial, and even unmasked a bell thief. Now they are at opposite ends over the right to keep secrets. Evan believes some things (such as his poetry) are private. Jessie believes scandal makes good news. When anonymously sent candy hearts appear in Class 4-0, self-appointed ace reporter Jessie determines to get the scoop on class crushes.”



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New and Noteworthy!


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
“Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.”




Winner of the Newbery Medal for 2012!



Who Could that Be at this Hour? By Lemony Snicket
“Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.”

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
“Take Timmy Failure — the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile — Timmy’s mom’s Segway — and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore.” (There are other books in this fun series.)



Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
“When you move to a new school, you get to decide who you want to be: front-row kid, kid with cool shoes, or smart kid. Miles Murphy has moved to a new town and a new school, but he doesn't want to reinvent himself. He wants to be who he has always been; a prankster. The problem is, that role has already been taken by a troublemaker who is even better than Miles, Niles Sparks, masquerading as a do-gooder. Niles respects Miles' skills and suggests they join forces as The Terrible Two.”



Hit & Miss by Derek Jeter

“Like his first foray into middle grade sports fiction, The Contract, Jeter presents a fictionalized story from his own childhood. Each title in the series is based on the principles of Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. Hit & Miss revolves around the maxim ‘Think Before You Act.’ Though the moralizing can veer a bit close to didactic, the sharp baseball action keeps the plot moving. This series will have no trouble finding an appreciative audience.”



FANTASTIC FANTASY

FOR FOURTH GRADERS
These make great read-alouds, too. Tip for parents—read the first book in a series aloud. Once your child is hooked, they’ll read every book!

Tony Abbott THE SECRETS OF DROON series



  • Very popular and accessible series for boys and girls. Watch for #32,

The Treasure of the Orkins, The coming to bookstores in June!
Holly Black/Tony DiTerlizzi THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES series

  • This series has three siblings as the main characters, a bit like the Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s not hard to read, and it’s very suspenseful!

  1. The Field Guide

  2. The Seeing Stone

  3. Lucinda’s Secret

  4. The Ironwood Tree

  5. The Wrath of Mulgarth

  • NEW! “Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles”

1. The Nixie’s Song
Michael Buckley THE SISTERS GRIMM series

  • NEW! Magic and Other Misdemeanors

Georgie Byng MOLLY MOON series



  • Molly is a down and out orphan who hypnotizes her way to adventure.

Bruce Coville THE MAGIC SHOP series



The Monster’s Ring Jennifer Murdley’s Toad

The Skull of Truth Juliet Dove, Queen of Love

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

Stacia Deutch/Rhody Cohan Blast to the Past series


  • This series combines fantasy (time travel) with historical fiction, as children travel back to different periods in history. It is very accessible for all levels of readers.

Cornelia Funke Dragon Rider



  • This is another wonderful fantasy by the author of Inkspell and Inkheart.

It is an easier book for children to read independently. All three are terrific.
Dan Gutman BASEBALL CARD ADVENTURE series

Abner and Me

Shoeless Joe and Me

Honus and Me
Ursula LeGuin CATWINGS series

  • Wonderful stories of four cats with wings!

Catwings

Catwings Return

Wonderful Alexander and the Catwing

Jane on Her Own
Kate McMullen THE DRAGONSLAYERS’ ACADEMY series

  • These books are easy, humorous spoofs of the Arthurian legend.

Jenny Nimmo THE CHARLIE BONE series


Kenneth Oppel Silverwing

Sunwing

Firewing
Ellen Potter Olivia Kidney

Olivia Kidney and the Exit Academy

Olivia Kidney Stops for No One

These stories have been compared to Alice in Wonderland.

Emily Rodda DELTORA QUEST series

There are monsters and magic in this series, as well as lots of action and the

powerful conflict between good and evil.


Jon Scieszka THE TIME WARP TRIO series
  • Guys love these goofy books, where kids have funny adventures when they go back in time. They are easy and absorbing summer reads. Start with the first in the series, Knights of the Kitchen Table, and you’ll be hooked. There are quite a few of these—at least 12.

Somper, Justin VAMPIRATES series



  • Blood Captain

  • Tide of Terror

  • Demons of the Ocean

(Lots of action—recommended for ages 9—12.)
Stanton, Mary UNICORNS OF BALINOR series

  • Join the princess and her magical unicorn in their adventure as they battle the dark forces to reclaim Balinor. Recommend ages 8—12.


And finally . . . Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (the author of The Invention of Hugot Cabret)

These websites are helpful in finding leveled books for independent reading:


http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/
http://www.leveledreader.com/
http://www.readinga-z.com/guided/

CLASSIC LITERATURE


Aesop Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop’s Fables

Illustrated by Helen Ward
Mary Pope Osborne TALES FROM THE ODYSSEY series

  • These stories are from The Odyssey, beautifully adapted for children.

  1. The One-Eyed Giant

  2. The Land of the Dead

  3. Sirens and Sea Monsters

  4. The Gray-Eyed Goddess

  5. Return to Ithaca

  6. The Final Battle

Remember: The very popular Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan, is based on Greek mythology. Having some knowledge of the Greek myths will help children enjoy Percy Jackson’s adventures even more!


Children’s classics:


(These are available in libraries as well as book stores!)

Judy Blume Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing


Superfudge!

Fudge-A-Mania

Double Fudge
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth
Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy
C.S. Lewis The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe


  • Share the original version as a read-aloud, or try the new version, abridged and simplified for young readers

Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking (New edition with great illustrations!)


Noel Streatfeild Ballet Shoes

Dancing Shoes

Theater Shoes

  • Meg Ryan mentions these in the movie “You’ve Got Mail.”



From Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh


NUTMEG AWARD BOOKS
There are two levels that apply to children entering 4th grade:
Elementary Award:  Grades 2-4 (15 nominees each year)

Intermediate Award:  Grades 4-6 (10 nominees each year)


Both categories have books at a variety of reading (and maturity) levels.

Books should be selected with the reader in mind!
2016 Nutmeg Award Winners

www.nutmegaward.org

Elementary:  Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Intermediate:  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


2017 Nutmeg Award Winners

www.nutmegaward.org

Elementary:  Hilo, the Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winnick

Intermediate:  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The nominees for the Nutmeg Book Award for 2018 are on the following two pages.

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Here are some short story anthologies written with boys in mind . . .



The “Guys Read” series by Jon Scieszka

True Stories

Other Worlds

Funny Business

The Sports Pages


For more suggestions for guys, go to www.guysread.com

Note to parents:

Eight and nine year olds still enjoy being read to, so please do not stop!

Here is Jim Trelease’s website with information about reading aloud:

http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/
Many suggestions for read-alouds are in The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease.

Finally, for some information about reading levels for most children finishing third grade, see the following pages.


When your child is reading at an M/N level:
Characteristics of Level M/N books:


  • Books are lengthy, often chapter books

  • Smaller print

  • Sophisticated vocabulary

  • Child must use what they already know to understand/interpret more abstract concepts

  • Story plot is complex


Important behaviors to notice and support with your child:

  • Uses decoding strategies and background knowledge to decode unknown words

  • Reading in a fluent manner, as if talking, over longer stretches of text

  • Reading silently

  • Able to remember plots and characters over several days

  • Demonstrates ability to understand/interpret different characters or plots

  • Able to search for and find information in texts



Here are some examples of M/N level books:


  • The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

  • Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne

  • Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

  • Judy Moody Around the World in 8 ½ Days by Megan McDonald

  • Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park
  • Jigsaw Jones books by James Preller


  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

(These titles are provided to be used as a point of reference when picking out books at this level.)


When your child is reading at an O/P level:
Characteristics of Level O/P books:

  • Books are lengthy, often chapter books

  • Smaller print, less pictures to support text

  • Sophisticated vocabulary

  • Child must use what they already know to understand/interpret more abstract concepts

  • Story plot is complex


Important behaviors to notice and support with your child:

  • Uses decoding strategies and background knowledge to decode unknown words

  • Reading in a fluent manner, as if talking, over longer stretches of text

  • Reading silently

  • Able to remember plots and characters over several days

  • Demonstrates ability to understand/interpret different characters or plots

  • Able to search for and find information in texts



Some examples of O/P level books:


  • Socks by Beverly Cleary

  • Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey

  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betsy MacDonald
  • Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. Sobol


  • Babysitter’s Club books by Ann Martin

  • Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • The Haunting of Grade Three by Grace Maccarone

  • Pony Pals books by Jeanne Betancourt

  • Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary

These titles provide a point of reference when choosing books at this level.



When your child is reading at a Q level:

Characteristics of Level Q books:

  • Lengthier and more complex texts

  • Smaller print

  • Sophisticated vocabulary and figurative language

  • More abstract concepts

  • Texts may have multiple meanings

  • Diaries and logs are often the format at this level


Important behaviors to notice and support with your child:

  • Uses decoding strategies and background knowledge to decode unknown words

  • Holding on to meaning over longer stretches of text

  • Reading silently

  • Able to remember plots and characters over several days

  • Understand figurative language and more complex vocabulary

  • Able to search for and find information in texts


Some examples of Q level books:


  • Addy Saves the Day (American Girl Collection)

  • Amazing But True Sports Stories by Phyllis and Zander Hollander

  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

  • Fourth Grade Celebrity by Patricia Reilly Giff

  • If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War by Kazy Moore

  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge by Judy Blume

These titles provide a point of reference when choosing books at this level. The complete packet of reading level information is on the website of each elementary school in the New Canaan Public Schools.



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