Entering Grade Four

Hampden Meadows Summer Reading List



A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

Falling In by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland

Creature from My Closet series by Obert Skye

Realistic Fiction

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Wissinger

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack

The Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies

Mallory series by Laurie Friedman

Historical Fiction

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Sports Fiction

Unstoppable by Tim Green

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

On the Line by Jake Maddox


The Genius Files series by Dan Gutman

What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud


Smells Like Dog series by Suzanne Selfors

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

Who Could It Be at This Hour? By Lemony Snicket

Tower of the Five Orders by Devon Hicks


Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy

The Tree that Time Built by Mary Ann Hoberman

Outside the Box by Karma Wilson

Graphic Novels

Olympians series by George O’Connor

Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

Explorer by Kazu Kibuishi

Big Nate graphic novel series by Lincoln Peirce

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Percy Jackson and the Olympians graphic novel series by Robert Venditti



The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

Bats: Biggest! Littlest! By Sandra Markle

Can You Survive the Titanic? An Interactive Survival Adventure By Allison Lassieur

Born and Bred in the Great Depression by Jonah Winter

Locomotive by Brian Floca

101 Great Science Experiments by Neil Ardley

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

Treasury of Egyptian Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli

Millions, Billions and Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers by David Adler

Gravity by Jason Chin

How To Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships by Steve Jenkins

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth

23 Ways to Get to First Base by Gary Belsky

Hey, Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell


The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

The Tree Lady by Joseph Hopkins

The Woman Who Invented Windshield Wipers by Sara L. Latta

Summer Challenges


This site gives you the opportunity to learn something new each day. Why not take five minutes to read some nonfiction and dazzle your family at the dinner table with your knowledge?


This site is a place where you can keep track of books you read, learn about books you want to read, and blog about books. It's a Goodreads for kids. It might be a fun place to connect with others who love reading too!

2015 RI Children's Book Award Nominees

This Barrington Public Library site brings you to the list of the 2015 RI Children's Book Award nominees. It's no coincidence that many of the titles are on the summer reading lists. Why not challenge yourself to read all 20 by the time you vote in February?

John Newbery Award Winning Books

This site lets you take a quiz to see how many Newbery award winning books you've read. Why not challenge yourself to read as many as you can this summer? They became Newbery winners because a panel of readers thought they were the very best of their year.

Scholastic Summer Reading Program

This site lets you sign up for a summer reading program though Scholastic. If you're reading anyway, why not log the books in here?

Review a Book

This site was designed by a librarian who wanted readers to be able to review books and read the reviews of others. She invites students to write a review for her site. If you like writing, here's your chance to get a world-wide audience!

Form a Book Club

Talk to a few of your friends about reading the same title and having a book club. Books are so much more fun when you have people to talk to about them!

Genre Challenge

There are 8 weeks of summer. Why not challenge yourself to stretch outside your comfort zone and read a book from every genre? It's a great way to find a new type of book you may not have considered before. It's summer time- time to get a little wild!

Join the Barrington Public Library Summer Reading Program

You have a phenomenal public library in town. And the best part of public libraries is that if you request a book title that is currently unavailable, they can get it from any of the other public libraries in our state. What an awesome deal!

Learn About Money

This site will help you learn more about how to save money and how to become financially responsible. You're at a great age to start thinking about this. Before you know it you'll have a part time job and you'll be planning for the future.