High Interest Books for Grades 4-8
“Wide reading” or “Reading for fun” builds good reading and learning habits because it gives students the experience of reading quickly and automatically. One of the keys to reading quickly and automatically is to provide readers with books that read fast and are hard to put down. “Wide reading” also expands a student’s knowledge base which makes future learning easier.
Books Currently Popular with Students in Grades 4-8
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians series; The Kane Chronicles (Egyptian mythology) Magnus Chase (Norse mythology) – Genre: Fantasy, detective fiction, mythology.
Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid series – Genre: Comedy & Humor, Graphic Novel, Diaries
Judy Blume – Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing – Genre: Comedy & Humor, Realistic Fiction
Erin Hunter – Warrior Series – Genre: Juvenile Fantasy, Animal Stories
Andrew Clements – Jake Drake; Keepers of the School – Genre: Realistic Fiction, Comedy and Humor;
Veronica Roth – Divergent Trilogy – Genre: Dystopia; Science Fiction
Kate Milford – Green Glass House, The Broken Lands – Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Pam Munoz Ryan – Echo, Esperanza Rising – Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy – Time Travel
Mike Lupica – Sports stories for young people – Genre: Fiction Sports Stories
Dan Gutman – Baseball Card Adventure Series – Genre: Historical fiction, historical fantasy, humor
Tom Angleberger – The Origami Yoda Series – Genre: Realistic fiction
For students who like to read about strange facts:
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not
- Weird, But True Books (National Geographic)
- Guinness Book of World Records
For students who like to read biography and history:
- The Who Was Series
Research has found that the amount of reading done by a student positively correlates with high academic achievement. It’s important to help students “fall in love” with books. It helps them develop automaticity as well as deep knowledge of subjects that are of interest to them. **Provide time for reading every day.** The only purpose of this reading time is pleasure and enjoyment.