Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 4th Graders

Greetings Parents and Students


The books, stories and poems have been carefully selected to foster an enjoyable and thoughtful reading experience. Enjoy this special time with your child. These assignments are meant to be enriching and meaningful.

Be sure to balance the assignments with lots of fun, enjoyable time outside with family and friends. Best to you and your family.

Mrs. Karen Tessier

Assistant Head Master

Saint John Academy

Core Elements for Rising 4th Graders

  • You will need a writing journal
  • Reading List

  • Choose 3 to read (Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry is required). For each book draw a picture of something interesting from each book. Write 1-2 paragraphs describing each picture inside of your journal (pictures may be drawn and placed inside journal if you would like).

By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Peter Pan by James Barrie
Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Singing Hill by Meindert DeJong
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
The Boy Knight by G.A. Henty
The Box of Delights by John Masefield

  • Poems

Read all four recommended poems, copy one into your journal and memorize one to recite at home.

"Be Strong" by M.D. Babcock

"George Washington" by Stephen and Rosemary Benet

"Jim" by Hilaire Belloc

"The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Spiritual, The Rosary: Luke 2: 1-20 (Nativity)

Imagine you are a shepherd at the seen of Christ’s birth, describe in your journal seeing the angels and hearing the message and discovering Jesus in the cave, what was Joseph like? Please examine N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations “On Christmas Night in Bethlehem Town” and Henry Ossawa Tanner’s “Angel’s Appearing Before the Shepherds”, these illustrations will help you understand the story of the Nativity.

Be sure to read what is required but also read books that you love!

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