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2020 Summer Reading Program: Grades 3-4

Below are the books for grades 3-4 that are part of our our Summer Reading Program in 2020. Be sure to add the free bookmark below to your cart (or download one here) to check them off as you read. Learn more about our Summer Reading Program here.

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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781681196954
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - August 28th, 2018

Aventurine is a frustrated young dragon. No one takes her seriously because she’s young (twelve is especially young for a dragon). So, she breaks the rules and ventures down the mountainside where she meets a tasty-looking human... who’s clever enough to save his skin by offering her enchanted hot chocolate, which turns Aventurine into a human! As a human girl, Aventurine is still very dragon-y and I loved her hilarious interactions with actual humans. The enchanted hot chocolate is the beginning of an obsession and Aventurine apprentices herself to a chocolatier, meets lots of great characters in the process, and eventually saves the day. This one’s perfect for fans of fun adventure fantasy with heart—and some chocolate sprinkled in! —Stephanie


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Dragons in a Bag Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Geneva B (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524770488
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Published: Yearling - August 13th, 2019

When Jax’s mom leaves him for the day with Ma, the woman who raised her, it seems like Ma doesn’t want him around, but it becomes apparent that’s at least partly due to a mysterious package she’s received. Jax soon discovers that Ma’s a witch and that Ma’s package contains... baby dragons! The dragons need to be taken to the magical realm but challenges abound and-- surprise--the dragons grow exponentially every time they’re fed, which becomes a problem thanks to Jax’s best friend’s nosy little sister. Resourceful Jax enlists the help he needs in his magical quest to save the day and the baby dragons in this fun fantasy caper with a contemporary realistic feel. —Stephanie


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El Deafo Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Amulet Books - September 2nd, 2014

Through charming rabbit anthropomorphization, Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir explores her childhood experience of deafness. Having lost her hearing at age four due to meningitis, she struggles with the desire to fit in and the feeling that she will never be accepted by her peers. It’s the 1970’s, and her hearing aid is large and clunky, and becomes a physical manifestation of her embarrassment about being different. It centers around her conflicting feelings about her deafness, but it is also about the meaning and importance of having a true friend. While the subject matter sounds heavy, Bell manages to infuse it with light, adding plenty of visual humor and goofy childhood antics. A must for young graphic novel fans. —Molly

 


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The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780425290422
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Published: Puffin Books - July 17th, 2018

María Luisa, or Malú as she prefers, wants nothing more than to be punk. Being forced to move from her hometown? Not punk. Being forced to remove her makeup by the principal? Not punk. Terrified of what her mother will do if her secret band is discovered? Definitely not punk. Malú will have to overcome all this more if she wants to discover what punk means for herself. Malú’s fears of not being punk enough for herself and not the perfect señorita for her mother resonated with me. This is a perfect book for kids who love Front Desk, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, and realistically drawn fiction. —Ivy


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Inside Out and Back Again Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780061962790
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013

“Our lives will twist and twist intermingling the old and the new until it doesn’t matter which is which.” Ten-year old Ha, who leaves Vietnam with her mother and three brothers while bombs are still dropping in Saigon, is a character you’ll never forget. Her feelings and thoughts about leaving Vietnam and travelling somewhere unknown (Alabama) reveal her resiliency. Based on the author’s own life, Ha tells her story in a poetic voice that reveals much about leaving home, trusting strangers, facing discrimination, and coping with the crazy rules of the English language. This book is an amazing read! —Noreen


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Mighty Jack Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626722644
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Published: First Second - September 6th, 2016

A graphic novel retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. When Jack trades his mother’s car at the flea market for a box of magic seeds, his quiet summer of taking care of his sister is suddenly upended. Working together they plant the seeds, after which magic and violence ensues. Can Jack keep both his sister and the magic garden safe? Using interesting stylized art the story unfolds leaving the reader to puzzle what Jack should do with the magic seeds. —Kathy


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Science Comics: Crows: Genius Birds Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626728028
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Published: First Second - March 24th, 2020

With the tagline “Get to know your universe!” the Science Comics series is the go-to source for kids and adults alike looking for an accessible introduction on a variety of science topics. From dinosaurs and robots to the digestive system, these graphic novels are an engaging way to jump into a new field. With so many crows calling to each other in my neighborhood, I was especially excited to read about these genius birds. The illustrated conversation between a crow (with ulterior motives) and Buddy the dog turns a friendly jaunt into a lesson on both the behavior and neurophysiology of the genus Corvus. Most inspiring are the explanations of several experiments conducted by scientists to piece the crow story together. The whole volume has been expertly fact checked, with plenty of citations for those who want to delve deeper. —Michelle


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The Season of Styx Malone Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524715984
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Published: Yearling - December 3rd, 2019

Two small town boys meet a cool teenager from the city in this middle grade coming-of-age novel. It’s summertime in Indiana and brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene are getting ready for the season in their small town of Sutton. Caleb longs for more adventure and it’s delivered to him in the form of 16-year old Styx Malone. Cue a wild summer no one will forget. This award winning story is great for fans of Merci Suárez Changes Gears and other well-written works of contemporary realistic fiction. —MJ


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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1) Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781419715174
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - March 10th, 2015

Meet Dwight, a sixth grade oddball who's mysteriously talented at folding his own original origami finger puppet of Yoda. This prophetic paper-made Jedi predicts the future and offer's advice that works in tricky situations.For Dwight's friend,Tommy, “The Big Question: Is Origami Yoda real?” He wants to know how Origami Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is Origami Yoda real or is Dwight smarter than anyone expected? This book is Tommy’s “investigative files” into "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda." Invited you are, Star Wars fans, for yourselves must you decide. Is the Force strong with you, too? Then try to figure out the mystery and fold your own Origami Yoda finger puppet! This first book in Tom Anglerberger's bestselling series also includes activities and group discussion questions so you can read it with a sibling or friend! —Azia


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The Terrible Two Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jory John, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781419727375
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - October 3rd, 2017

“On your first day at a new school in a new town, you got to decide what kind of kid you were going to be... and be that kid for the rest of your life.” Our everykid Miles chooses to be the school’s prankster but almost immediately gets outpranked by a mysterious someone else. Once the ensuing prank war is out of the way, these two pranksters team up to carry out the quintessential April Fool’s Day prank. With Captain Underpants sensibilities and Encyclopedia Brown ingenuity, this engaging tale shows just how far a little teamwork and a lot of research can get you. Translated into over 20 languages and sparking at least three more books in the series, The Terrible Two delivers shenanigans in spades. —Michelle