Grade 4 Reading List

Reading List for Grade 4:

**Note: These books are suggestions based on the topics and time frames in the Big Ideas (below) of the BC Education Plan. These do not meet all of the standards below but can be used as part of your student’s learning plan.**

Please use at your own discretion.  Feel free to contact Pippa should you have concerns.

Overdrive Resources:

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Fiction: Social Studies

Barkerville Gold by Dayle Campbell Gaetz (Grades 4-8)

Betrayed: The Legend of Oak Island by Christopher Dinsdale (Grades 4-7)

By the Skin of His Teeth by Ann Walsh (Grades 4-7)

Catla and the Vikings by Mary Nelson (Grades 4-7)

Escape to Gold Mountain by David H.T. Wong (Grade 6 and up)

Ghost Train by Harvey Chan (Grades 3-5)

Gold Rush Winter by Claire Rudolf Murphy (Grades K-3)

Jo’s Journey by Nikki Tate (Grades 4-8)

Jo’s Triumph by Nikki Tate (Grades 4-8)

Lucky’s Mountain by Dianne Maycock (Grades 4-8)

Moses, Me and Murder by Ann Walsh (Grades 4-7)

Stowaway by Karen Hesse (Grades 4-8)

Tales of Gold Mountain by Paul Yee (Grades 1-5)

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French (Grades 4-8)

Viking Quest by Tom Henighan (Grades 4-7)

Viking Ships at Sunrise and Vikings Fact Tracker by Mary Pope Osborne (Grades 3-5)

Voyage with the Vikings by Paul McCusker (Grades 2-4)

Warbird by Jennifer Maruno (Grades 4-7)

The West is Calling by Sara Harvey (Grades 1-7)

West to Grande Portage by Joan Donaldson-Yarmey (Grade Level 5-12)

White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson (Grades 4-8)



Champlain: Peacemaker and Explorer by Mary Beacock Fryer

Discovering the Arctic: The Story of John Rae by John Wilson

James Cook by Trish Kline

Mapping the Wilderness, The Story of David Thompson by Tom Shardlow

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Fiction: Science

A Day on the Mountain by Kevin Kurtz

Afternoon on the Amazon and Fact Tracker Rainforest

All the Stars in the Sky by C.J. Taylor

D is for Desert by Barbara Gowan

Many Biomes, One Earth by Sneed B. Collard III

Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder

The Sea Wolves by Ian McAllister

Learning Standards:

Language Arts:

Exploring text and story helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and the world.

Texts can be understood from different perspectives.

Combining different texts and ideas allows us to create new understandings.

Texts are created for different purposes and audiences.


All living things and their environment are interdependent.

Matter has Mass, takes up space and can change phase.

Energy comes in a variety of forms that can be transferred from one object to another.

The motion of Earth and the moon case patterns that affect living and non-living systems.

Social Studies:

The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people and communities of Canada.

Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and co-operation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.

Demographic changes in North America created shifts in economic and political power.

British Columbia followed a unique path in becoming a part to Canada.

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