Searching for summer reading books for children in third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade. Check out our guide to the best summer reading books that are sure to get them interested in reading as a hobby and not just something they have to do!

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit

By Laurie Keller

Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books, 2013

Arnie may only be a dog, but it’s up to him to figure out why his owner keeps throwing gutter balls! Who is the culprit behind the mysterious lane changes?

Out of My Mind

By Sharon M. Draper

Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2010

When a brilliant and intellectually gifted fifth-grader with cerebral palsy is given a new technological device, will she be able to find her voice and open up doors to a new life?

The Birchbark House

By Louise Erdrich

Hyperion, 1999

Omakayas, a young Ojibwa girl living on Lake Superior in the 1800s, comes to terms with white settlers beginning to pour in on her family’s land while caring for her brother and dealing with her own daily life. First in a series.

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster

By Matt Phelan

Candlewick Press, 2013

An ordinary, sleepy town is suddenly brought to life by a troupe of vaudeville performers, including the young Buster Keaton. They decide to make camp and bring life back into the town.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By Grace Lin

Little, Brown, 2009

Minli is having family troubles, so she sets out with a dragon companion to look for the Man in the Moon, who may have the answers to her problems. Read our interview with Grace Lin here!

Tuesdays at the Castle

By Jessica Day George

Bloomsbury, 2011

Castle Glower seems to have the magic ability to rearrange itself, but only Tuesdays. When the castle is ambushed, the only person that can save it is Princess Celie. First in a series.


Weird but True: 300 Outrageous Facts

National Geographic Children’s Books, 2013

You’ll find it hard to start flipping through this book of outrageous, wacky, funny and weird facts – all of which are completely true!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

By Stephan Pastis

Candlewick Press, 2013

Got a problem? Head to Total Failure Inc., a local detective agency run by eleven-year-old Timmy Failure and his partner Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear. First in a series.

Serafina’s Promise

By Ann E. Burg

Scholastic, 2013

Serafina’s biggest dream is to become a doctor, but she needs money and time. How does she find that when her family needs help with chores, and damages from earthquake-ridden Haiti keep setting them back?

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

By Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Abigail Haplin

Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2011

Bollywood fan Dini is moving to India, and is on a quest to track down her favorite movie star. Will she succeed?

The Day-Glo Brothers

By Chris Barton

Charlesbridge, 2009

When two brothers are messing around in their basement, they discover something incredible – colors that can glow in the dark! Based on a true story.

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy

By Tui T. Sutherland

Scholastic, 2012

The only way to end a terrifying dragon war is for five young dragons to team up and fulfill an ancient prophecy. Along the way they’ll have to deal with treachery, deceit and learn about teamwork.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

By Liesl Shurtliff

Alfred A. Knopf, 2013

In this re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, twelve-year-old Rump must go on a quest to find his true identity and break a magical curse.

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