Fourth Grade Supplemental Reading List

Bible Stories and Catholic Stories:

  • New Catholic Picture Bible (available at
  • Picture Book of Saints (available at
  • Lives of the Saints You Should Know, Volumes 1 and 2, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (
  • Catholic Stories for Boys and Girls, Volume 4 (available at
  • St. Patrick, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (
  • St. Joan of Arc, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (
  • St. Francis of Assisi, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (
  • Kateri Tekakwitha, by Margaret and Matthew Bunson (

Dictionary & Thesaurus:

  • The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin (available at
  • The American Heritage Children’s Thesaurus, Houghton Mifflin (available at

Recommended Anthologies:

  • American Cardinal Readers, Book Four (available at  Book Four contains fifty-three stories and poems, including the following titles: Christopher Columbus; Three of Our Lord’s Miracles; Autumn Fires, Robert L. Stevenson; The Wonderful Tar Baby, Joel Chandler Harris; A Mad Tea Pary, Lewis Carroll – from Alice in WonderlandThe Sermon of Saint Francis, Henry W. Longfellow; The Pine-tree Shillings, Nathaniel Hawthorne; What I Used to Love, St. Terese of the Child Jesus; The Legend of Saint Christopher; The Mass; The Lamb; Child’s Evening Song; Moni and the Goats, Johanna Spry – adapted from HeidiHiawatha’s Childhood, Henry W. Longfellow; The Race, Mary Mapes Dodge – from Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates; and The Children’s Hour, Henry W. Longfellow.
  • What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know (available at
  • Listen, My Children: Poems for Fourth Graders (available at
  • The Children’s Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett
  • The Children’s Book of America, edited by William J. Bennett
  • Treasury of Christian Classics for Children, adapted by Rhonda S. Hogan and Mary Hollingsworth
  • Hailstones and Halibut Bones, poems by Mary O’Neil
  • Founders of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series – (available at
  • Bearers of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series – (available at

Foreign Languages and Cultures:

International Children’s Digital Library (available at

Book Report Books: Saints

Mary Fabian Windeat Books (available at

  • Patron Saint of First Communicants
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • Saint Catherine of Siena
  • The Miraculous Medal

Vision Books (available at

  • The Curé of Ars
  • Saint Thérèse and the Roses
  • Father Marquette and the Great River
  • Saint Dominic and the Rosary

Unabridged Children’s Classics:

  • Bambi, Felix Salten
  • Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell (Note: Due to the excellent historical facts and pictures, the DK Eyewitness Classic edition may be used as a supplement to the unabridged edition).
  • Centerburg Tales, by Robert McCloskey
  • Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White
  • Hans Brinker, by Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
  • Lassie Come Home, by Eric Knight
  • Little House in the Big Woods, and other books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Misty of Chincoteague and Brighty of the Grand Canyon, by Marguerite Henry
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater
  • Peter Pan, unabridged edition by James Barrie
  • Sounder, by William H. Armstrong
  • Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Arabian Nights Entertainments , (and other stories) by Andrew Lang (Editor)
  • The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

Abridged Classics for Fourth Grade Students:

(available at

  • King Arthur and the Round Table, by Malory, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation
  • Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation
  • Robin Hood and His Merry Outlaws, by J. W. McSpadden, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation
  • Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Stevenson, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation

Dorling Kindersley Abridged and Supplemented Eyewitness Classics:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; A Christmas Carol; Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights; Black Beauty; Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Dracula; King Arthur; Little Women; Oliver Twist; Robin Hood; Robinson Crusoe; The Hunchback of Notre-Dame; The Nutcracker (

American Tales:

  • American Tall Tales, by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale, by Robert D. San Souci
  • Hiawatha, by Henry W. Longfellow
  • John Henry, retold by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
  • Johnny Appleseed, retold and illustrated by Steven Kellog
  • Paul Bunyan Swings His Axe, Dell J. McCormick
  • Paul Bunyan, retold and illustrated by Steven Kellog
  • Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry W. Longfellow
  • Pecos Bill, retold and illustrated by Steven Kellog


Look for books about American History and State History. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce and ask about sources of information for Fourth Grade state history. Contact the shrines and historical landmarks in your state and ask about their children’s books. Encourage your child to learn about other states, especially the sites of Catholic shrines. The following Web site contains links to state history resources:

Recommended Publishers:

Look for electronic editions of children’s classics from the web sites of libraries and bookstores.

  • DK Publishing (Eyewitness Classics)
  • Core Knowledge Foundation (adapted classics) (888) 876-2220
  • Puffin Classics paperback books, available at bookstores, (for information see
  • Books of Wonder (finest quality classic editions) (800) 835-4135
  • Viking, A Division of Penguin Putnam, “The Whole Story” classics, Customer Service 1-800-788-6262

Catholic Publishers:

Seton Educational Media
(540) 636-9996

Pauline Books and Media
(800) 876-4463

Ignatius Press
(800) 651-1531

The Neumann Press
(800) 746-2521

TAN Books
(800) 437-5876

Bethlehem Books
(800) 757-6831

Catholic Book Publishing
(888) 662-2356

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