Fourth through Seventh Grade

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In the days when children were not pulled in so many different directions, these were often called  the golden years of children's reading. And the fortunate child who reads has a wealth of books to choose from.

Fourth through Seventh Grade
     Realistic Animal Books
     People and Places
     Funny Books
     Time-slip fantasies
     Try some good older books from Australia and NZ
     Historical Fiction and Adventure
     Science Fiction and Fantasy

Realistic Animal books
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Brighty of the Grand Canyon, King of the Wind* by Marguerite Henry
Prince Jan, St. Bernard by Forrestine Hooker
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Shiloh by Cynthia Rylant
Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders, probably the abridged version.
Biography of a Grizzly by Ernest Thompson Seton
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Lad, a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune*

People and Places
Little Women* by Louisa May Alcott, a last book to read aloud to your daughter!
Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
The Not-Just-Anybody-Family, and others, by Betsy Byars
A Room Without Windows by Eleanor Cameron
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
The Singing Cave by Eilis Dillon
A Family Project by Sarah Ellis
Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Willie Bea and the Night the Martians Landed, and Zeely by Virginia Hamilton
The Little Fishes by Erik Christian Haugaard
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
Jericho by Janet Hickman.
The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho
Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Park's Quest, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Baseball in April, Pacific Crossing, and others by Gary Soto
Ballet Shoes Shoes series, by Noel Streatfeild
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, the trilogy by Mildred Taylor
A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida
So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Watkins

Funny books
The Snarkout Boys and The Avocado of Death by Pinkwater
Frindle by Andrew Clements
The Bagthorpe Series by Helen Cresswell (Ordinary Jack, etc.)
Half-Magic and others by Edward Eager
When the Circus Comes to Town by Polly Horvath
Homer Price, Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey (read it again!)*
Dog Friday by Hilary McKay
They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? by Patrick McManus
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat
Mary Poppins* and others, by P. L. Travers

Time-shift fantasies
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston
The Watchers by Jane Louise Curry
Charlotte Sometimes, The Summer Birds by Penelope Farmer
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
Honus&Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn
Earthfasts by William Mayne*
Playing Beattie Bow by Ruth Park
The Minnow on the Say by Philippa Pearce
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Pope
A Chance Child by Jill Paton Walsh*

Some good older Australia/New Zealand books
Devil's Hill by Nan Chauncy*
Scrub Fire by Anne de Roo
The Runaway by Ruth Morris
Boy Alone; The Roan Colt; Rain Comes to Yamboorah by Reginald Ottley
Threat to the Barkers by Joan Phipson
The Switherby Pilgrims by Eleanor Spence
I Own the Racecourse by Patricia Wrightson

Historical Fiction/Adventure
El Guero by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino, Mexico
My Daniel by Pam Conrad, Westward Movement
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, Medieval Europe
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark, Peru: Incan Heritage
Hitty by Rachel Field. Really American History, not just a doll story*
Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes, American Revolution
Smith by Leon Garfield, Victorian London
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Jane Gray, Medieval Europe*
North to Freedom by Ann Holm, Cold War
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, WWII
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan, WWII
Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat, Canada
The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev, WWII
The Silver Sword (Escape from Warsaw) by Ian Serraillier, WWII
Warrior Scarlet by Rosemary Sutcliff, Early Britain
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Medieval Europe
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep, Aviation San Francisco Earthquake

Science Fiction/Fantasy
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Green Knowe Books by L. M. Boston, illus by Peter Boston
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Numerous illustrators: John Tenniel, Peter Newell, Arthur Rackham, Gwynned Hudson, Harry Rountree, Tove Jansson, and a new Alice for small children by Alison Jay
The Boggart, Over Sea Under Stone, etc., by Susan Cooper
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Escape of the Giant Hogstalk by Felice Holman
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes.
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy
Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Harry Potter books by Rowling
Holes by Louis Sachar