I saw my first firefly of the year tonight. I didn’t grow up with fireflies, but that hasn’t stopped me from marking summer by their arrival. Thank goodness. I’ve been trying to squash my urge to pack up the books and start summer vacation early. Now that the fireflies are back and we’re just a few days from the end of the semester at our house, it’s time to look back at what we read and loved this year. As always, I’ve marked the books that we all especially enjoyed. (Looking for younger grades? Here’s what we read in first grade and second grade.)
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Ben & Me by Robert Lawson
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
The books are getting longer as he gets older, which means the list is getting shorter. This is also the first year that I only kept track of books we read aloud as opposed to everything he read all year. I was worried the year’s reading would look pitiful as a result, but not so! I feel really happy looking back over this list.
Reading with the kids is still one of my favorite parts of parenthood. As happy as I am that summer is finally here, I’m already planning our book list for next year. So let’s hear it: what books should we put on our fourth-grade reading list?