Grade 4 Houghton Mifflin Reading


Theme 1: Journeys

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Recommended Leveled Books for Independent Reading

Below Level

Pioneer Girl by William Anderson
Harper 1998 (32p)
Anderson relates the life of the author of the Little House books.
Social Studies

Pigs Ahoy by David McPhail
Penguin 1995 (32p) also paper
Stowaway pigs wreak hilarious havoc on a cruise ship.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Dragonfly 1996 (32p)
A young girl travels the world for ingredients for an apple pie.

*The Lost Lake by Allen Say
Houghton 1989 (32p)
Luke and his father set off on a camping trip deep into the mountains.

Oregon's Journey by Louis Joos Rascal
BridgeWater 1994 (40p)
Duke, a clown, helps Oregon, a circus bear, get from Pittsburgh back to the woods of Oregon.

The Way Home by Nan Parson Rossiter
Dutton 1990 (32p)
A boy and his father rescue an injured Canada goose.

Tea With Milk by Allen Say
Houghton 1999 (32p)
Born and raised in the United States, Masako is unhappy when she moves to Japan.

*Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
Clarion 1996 (32p)
Marianne travels west on an Orphan Train hoping to meet her mother.

Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea by Vera B. Williams
Scholastic 1998 (48p) also paper
Stringbean Coe describes his trip to the West Coast with his big brother, Fred, and their dog, Potato.

True Heart by Marissa Moss
Harcourt 1999 (32p)
Bee, who works as a freight loader on the Union Pacific Railroad, finally gets a chance to drive the True Heart.

The Return of Freddy LeGrand by Jon Agee
Farrar 1992 (32p) also paper
Freddy LeGrand runs out of gas on his transatlantic flight and arrives in Paris on a bicycle.

On Level

Dashing Through the Snow: The Story of the Jr. Iditarod by Sherry Shahan
Millbrook 1997 (48p)
The Junior Iditarod is an annual dogsled race held in Alaska for young people.

Rachel Field's Hitty: Her First Hundred Years adapted by Rosemary Wells
Simon 1999 (112p)
In this adaptation of the 1930 Newbery winner, the doll Hitty recalls her adventures.

* Peacebound Trains by Haemi Balgassi
Clarion 1996 (32p)
During the Korean War, Sumi anxiously waits at the train station for the return of his mother, a soldier.

On the Frontier with Mr. Audubon by Barbara Brenner
Boyds Mills 1997 (96p)
Thirteen-year-old Joseph Mason joins John James Audubon on a trip to record America's birds.
Social Studies

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Harper 1980 (96p)
Willy must race against the legendary Stone Fox.

Racing a Ghost Ship: The Incredible Journey of Great American II by Rich Wilson
Walker 1996 (48p)
Wilson sails from San Francisco around Cape Horn to Boston.

My Name Is Not Gussie by Mikki Machlin
Houghton 1999 (32p)
Grandmother Gussie relates her youthful experiences journeying with her family from Russia to America in the early 1900s.

Searching for Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Reader's Journey By Kathryn Lasky
Aladdin 1998 (48p)
Meribah goes to see some of the places Wilder wrote about.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Harper 1953 (238p) also paper
Laura and her family spend a winter deep in the Wisconsin woods.

Above Level

Longwalker's Journey by Beatrice O. Harrell
Dial 1999 (144p)
A Choctaw family is forced to leave its Mississippi home for Indian territory.

A Titanic Journey Across the Sea 1912 By Laurie Lawlor
Mistrel 1999 (202p)
Two young sisters leave Sweden for America on board the Titanic.

Dominic by William Steig
Farrar 1972 (146p) also paper
Dominic sets off on a journey in search of whatever he may find.

Stagecoach: The Ride of a Century by A. Richard Mansir
Charlesbridge 1999 (32p)
The history of the stagecoach is recounted through historical documents, maps, and journal entries.

Recommended Books for Teacher Read Aloud

The Huckabuck Family by Carl Sandburg
Farrar 1999 (32p)
From Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, this is the humorous tale of the Huckabuck family.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Many editions
This beloved classic first appeared in 1907.

Voyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson White
Scholastic 1998 (206p)
Orphan Margaret Ann Brady, hired as a companion to a wealthy lady, keeps a diary of their voyage.

* = Included in Houghton Mifflin Classroom Bookshelf, Level 4