Grade 4 and 5 Summer 2017

Note – titles in black are texts recommended by my Grade 4 and 5 2016/2017 class. Titles in blue are titles I have added over the summer. So keep checking back! All titles I add are available through the Vancouver Public Library.

Top Ten Must Reads (showing up on everyone’s lists!)

  1. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  2. El Deafo by Cece Bell
  3. The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
  4. The Hilo series Judd Winick
  5. The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey
  6. Narwhal series by Ben Clanton
  7. Rutabega series by Eric Colossal
  8. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  9. The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  10. Sisters and Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Other graphic novels that are loved:

  1. Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
  2. Real Friends by Shannon Hale
  3. The Lumber Janes series by Noelle Stevenson
  4. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
  5. Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey
  6. Zita the Space Girl series by Ben Hatke
  7. Jellaby (series) by Kean Soo
  8. The Babysitters Club (graphic series) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
  9. Baby Mouse (series) by Jennifer Holm
  10. Bird and Squirrel series James Burks
  11. Squish by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
  12. The Great Pet Escape (series) by Victoria Jamieson
  13. CaveBoy Dave: More Scrawny than Brawny by Aaron Reynolds and Phil McAndrew

Realistic Fiction:

  1. My Last Best Friend by Julie Bowe
  2. Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick
  3. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  4. A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
  5. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
  6. Ivy and Bean series by  Annie Barrows
  7. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie (series) by Julie Sternberg
  8. Piper Green series by Ellen Potter
  9. Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
  10. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  11. Rules by Cynthia Lord
  12. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
  13. Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
  14. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  15. Matylda Bright and Tender by Holly M. McGhee
  16. Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  17. Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt
  18. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (verse)
  19. Summerlost by Ally Condie 
  20. The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
  21. Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder
  22. Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai
  23. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  24. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry  (verse)


  1. The 13 Story Tree House series by Andy Griffiths
  2. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
  3. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
  4. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  5. Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
  6. Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key
  7. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  8. Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Fantasy/Magical Realism:

  1. Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  2. Upside Down Magic series by Sarah Mylnowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
  3. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
  5. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  6. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager 
  7. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell


  1. The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
  2. Doll Bones by Holly Black


  1. Arnie the Donut series by Laurie Keller
  2. Dory Fantasmagory series by Abby Hanlon

Historical Fiction:

A Night Divided

  1. Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  2. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  3. The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats
  4. The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
  5. Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
  6. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 
  7. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia 
  8. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia