3rd Grade and 4th Grade

Picture Books

List of 7 items.

  • 5 O’Clock Band

    Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier
    New Orleans is an amazing town, which young African-American musician Trombone Shorty learns when he misses a meet-up with his band.
  • The Princess and the Pit Stop

    Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Dan Santat
    Outta the way, Danica Patrick! This princess, with light brown skin and black hair, is gonna waste all the fairy tale creatures on the racetrack! (Releases July 10th)
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
    (2018 Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor) Follow the journey of an African-American boy as he celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly cut hair. 
  • Let the Children March

    Monica Clark-Robinson
    When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comes to speak at her church, an African-American girl and her brother volunteer to march in their parents' stead. The narrative explains why the Children's March was a necessary logistical move, one that children and parents made with careful consideration despite fear.
  • Write to Me : Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind

    Cynthia Grady
    Based on a real story: During World War II when many Japanese-American families were sent to internment camps, several children wrote letters to their white librarian, Miss Breed.
  • Drawn Together

    Minh Le with Dan Santat
    This wordless picture book is about a Thai-American boy and his grandfather, who doesn’t speak English. Drawing draws the two together.
  • Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

    Liz Garton Scanlon and Lee White
    When blustery winds at the top of a steep hill prove troublesome for a white neighbor, young Kate, a white girl, thinks of an environmentally sound solution and pushes a wheelbarrow full of young trees up the hill to plant as a protective barrier.

Chapter Books

List of 12 items.

  • Mega Robo Bros

    Neill Cameron
    (Graphic Novel) Two sentient robot brothers, living in a diverse, multicultural future London, are challenged by other evil robots.
  • Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

    Angela Domiguez
    Stella, a Latina girl, sometimes accidentally mixes Spanish with her English, which makes it hard to communicate as herself sometimes. She’s determined to make some friends in 3rd grade anyway.
  • Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny

    Jon Himmelman
    (Series) In the fourth book about this martial arts expert female bunny, she faces her most terrifying opponent yet: herself!
  • Zayd Saleem, Chasing a Dream: On Point

    Hena Khan
    (Series) Fourth grader Zayd, determined to be the first Pakistani-American basketball star, has hit a problem: his best friend is no longer holding his own on the court. What can Zayd do? Sequel to Power Forward.
  • The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl!

    C. Alexander London, illustrated by Frank Morrison
    (Graphic Novel) Janice is Power Girl and her father is the superhero Wrong Man, for whom no crisis is too small: he can screw up anything! Both heros are African-American.
  • Bob

    Wendy Mass
    When white American Livy visits her grandmother’s house in Australia, she discovers she left someone there five years ago: a small, greenish man named Bob who lives in the closet.
  • Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol: Night of the Zombie Zookeeper

    Andres Miedoso
    (Series) In the fourth book about the creepy things in their town, Andres, a constantly-terrified Latino boy, tells how he and his African-American friend Desmond defeat zombies.
  • Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea

    Lynne Rae Perkins
    Alix and her older sister, both white girls, have never been to a beach before, but this summer will bring all sorts of new adventures!
  • Mr. Wolf’s Class

    Aron Nels Steinke
    (Graphic Novel) If you’re missing school over the summer, jump into Mr. Wolf’s classroom instead! Follow various animal students as they get used to their new fourth grade. (Releases June 26th)
  • Road Trip with Max and His Mom

    Linda Urban
    In this sequel to Weekends with Max and His Dad, Max, a white boy, is going to miss his weekends with his dad while he’s out with his mom. Won’t his dad be lonely without him?
  • New Shoes

    Sara Varon
    (Graphic Novel) Set in Guyana, this shoemaker donkey undertakes a dangerous journey into the wilderness to get materials for a special order.
  • Absolutely Alfie: The Worst Best Sleepover

    Sally Warner
    (Series) Known to many readers as Ellray Jake’s little sister, African-American seven-year-old Alfie now stars in her own series with a diverse cast. In this third installment, Alfie’s friend Lulu is only allowed to invite 5 of the 12 girls in her class to her sleepover.


List of 10 items.

  • La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papá

    Alfredo Alva, with Deborah Mills, and Claudia Navarro.
    The true story of Alfredo Alva’s immigration journey over the border from Mexico with his father. Written in both English and Spanish.
  • Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code

    Joseph Bruchac
    The true story of one of the Navajo Code Talkers and his experiences both at a residential school and in the army during World War II.
  • Shaking Things Up

    Susan Hood
    Meet 13 important real life famous girls of various backgrounds through poetry, paired with art by renowned female illustrators.
  • Stinkiest! 20 Smelly Animals

    Steve Jenkins
    The newest title in illustrator Steve Jenkins’ “Extreme Animals” series focuses on the stinky ones! Did you know birds can fart?
  • Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night

    Rob Laidlaw
    Bats are so much more than we assume. Here Laidlaw examines the animals and how we can be involved in saving them.
  • All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

    Meghan McCarthy
    The true story that sparked the recycling movement.
  • Rodent Rascals

    Roxie Munro
    Life-size rodents… learn all about them!
  • The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art

    Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola
    This secret artist in India created a beautiful rock garden out of other people’s trash.
  • Itch! : Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch

    Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Gilbert Ford
    Just in time for summer mosquitos: all about what makes you itch… and how to deal with it!
  • The Slime Book

    DK Publishing
    30 recipes for different varieties of our favorite, icky, gloopy fidgets!

Summer Reading Challenge

Submit a photo of yourself reading a book by August 31. All participants will get a prize!

What's the prize? Here's a hint: It’s something you can squeeze.

Feel free to be creative!

Email your photo to library@gds.org.


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