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a bunch of the books to teach reading strategies from the lessons in "Strategies that Work". If you don't have that book, it's a must for 4th grade. It has an appendix with MANY picture books. I also love a lot of the ones used to teach writing from

*I have no idea why the link won't work. It is writing fix (no spaces) instead of the #

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Laura Klug 03-16-2018 04:55 AM

These are all great suggestions AND I would add any books by Eve Bunting:

The Wall ( Vietnam)
Someday Tree
Fly Away Home
October Picnic ( Immigration)
One Green Apple
Terrible Things( allegory of the Holocaust)
Train to Somewhere
The Memory String
Cheyenne Again
Smoky Night
Gleam and Glow
How Many Days to America ?

Mariely 07-31-2011 06:05 AM

Some of my favorite picture books to use with my 4th graders are:

The Three Questions by Jon J Muth (based on Leo Tolstoy)
I even created a reading booklet for the students to complete while I read the story aloud to them. Another book by the same author is Zen Shorts.

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Great to read aloud at the beginning of the year to spark conversation about making friends with new people.

Books by Margie Palatini some of which include:

  • Bedhead
  • Piggy Pie
  • Broom Mates
  • Zoom Broom
The last three mentioned above are based on the same character, Gritch the Witch. I always love to read Piggy Pie (first book with Gritch) and use a witch's voice when I read it. Students LOVE these books. The Bedhead book is super funny and has onomatopoeia in it. I also get into character when reading these books.

All Books by Chris Van Allsburg
I end up doing an author study with these.

All Books by Patricia Polacco
A favorite one to start the year is Thank You, Mr. Falker (as also mentioned above). I even have students recreate the beginning when the grandfather pours the honey on the cover of the book. I actually give students a graham cracker and I drizzle honey over it. I also created a reading booklet for students to complete while I read this story aloud. Another MUST read Patricia Polacco book to go along with this one is The Bee Tree which is based on her mother as a young girl and has the same concept at the end of the book as the beginning of Thank You, Mr. Falker.

All Books by Janet Stevens some of which include:
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy
  • Plaidypus Lost
  • Tops and Bottoms
  • And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
  • Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!
  • The Big Dog
  • Jackalope
  • The Little Red Pen
  • Epossumondas
Her books are really funny and they really engage students in reading. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person along with her sister who co-writes the books and they are a great inspiration.

All Books by David Wiesner some of which include:
  • Flotsam
  • Tuesday
  • Sector 7
  • June 29, 1999
  • Free Fall
  • Hurricane
His books are very quirky and have very unusual interesting thing things happen in them. In addition, most of his books are more pictures than words so they may be used to inspire students to write about what's going on in the pictures and how they relate to the book. I LOVE his books. They are absolutely amazing!

Those are the main picture books that pop in my head. If I think of others, I'll add them to the list. Take care!
debadee 07-31-2011 04:13 AM

I don't have any of these books but I think I'm going to do a Donors Choose project for the series. I've checked some out at the local library before. They're about different historical time periods/events. Some of the titles are: You Wouldn't Want to Be on the Mayflower, Sail the Titanic, a Roman Gladiator, a Victorian Schoolchild, an American Colonist. They are very high-interest and I know my students would love them!

debadee 07-31-2011 04:06 AM

This thread is great! I too moved up from 1st to 4th last year and have amassed a pretty large chapter book collection. I was so sure that I would be good at incorporating picture books for older kids since I was so familiar with them from the lower grades, but I was not sure which to use. This thread definitely has some great ideas.

I'm pretty sure Nancy Boyle's resource book That's a GREAT Answer has a book list with picture books for older students. I'll check for you when I go into my classroom next week.

TGall 07-27-2011 03:38 PM

I LOVE Chris Van Allsburg, especially Harris Burdick which I use for story starters...
I also have a vast assortment of math picture books since I usually use them to introduce topics...anything by Greg Tang is good.
I am interested too in the suggestions you have received. I feel 4th graders still like to be read to and look at beautiful books!!

basketball777 07-27-2011 03:13 PM

Patricia Palocco's Thank You Mr Faulkner (sp?)
Grandfather's Journey
The Other Side

1956BD 07-27-2011 02:47 PM

The Secret Knowledge of Grownups/ two books in the series

The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery From History

Marevelous Mattie: How Margaret E. knight Became an Inventor

Private I. Guana (on story line online)

Grandpa's Teeth


Polar The Titanic Bear

One Grain of Rice

If You Hopped Like a Frog

The Great Kapok Tree

The River Ran Wild


Rocks in His Head

The Pain and The Great One

Anything by Chris VanAllsburg, Patricia Palocco, Greg Tang or Jane Yolen.

PEPteach 07-27-2011 02:09 PM

a bunch of the books to teach reading strategies from the lessons in "Strategies that Work". If you don't have that book, it's a must for 4th grade. It has an appendix with MANY picture books. I also love a lot of the ones used to teach writing from

*I have no idea why the link won't work. It is writing fix (no spaces) instead of the #

Ms. Prince 07-27-2011 12:28 PM

I am moving to 4th from 1st and have collected a good stash of 4th grade novels. Does anyone have a list of your picture books that you could share, maybe catalogged online or something? Thanks!

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