In the past I have detailed reading lists for the Early Years and then each grade, grades one through four. Here is the list for grade four here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2011/06/02/waldorf-homeschooling-fourth-grade-reading-list/
Some of my favorite books from this year never made it onto that preliminary list, so I thought I would share here. One of these is the book “Rascal” by Sterling North. This book was a favorite for the year. You can see the review Sheila over at “sure as the world” gives it here: http://sureastheworld.com/2012/05/14/read-this-book/ You could work this book into one of your Man and Animal blocks, but also into a U.S. Geography block. There is also the book, “Pagoo”, about a hermit crab, from Holling C. Holling, that I think should be on your list as well.
Speaking of Holling C. Holling brings me to something else. My plan was to do local geography and US geography this year. We never did make it beyond the starting point of U.S. geography and decided to study this in the fall of fifth grade instead. Books that are really helpful to that block include the ones by Holling C. Holling: “Sea Bird”, “Tree in the Trail”, (and other titles), although I have a confession to make: we made it through “Minn of the Mississippi” but my voracious reader didn’t like it at all! There are many long, lyrical descriptions, and I felt like the action of the book was buried under those to the point where my fourth grader often asked for clarification of the plot… So, we are taking a break from those books and hope to return to them in the fall.
One book that could tie into geography but really is just a good read anytime is, “Swift Rivers” by Cornelia Meigs (Amazon link here: http://www.amazon.com/Swift-Rivers-Cornelia-Meigs/dp/0802777031/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341853721&sr=8-1&keywords=swift+river) This is the story of eighteen-year-old Chris Dahlberg, who decides to run logs from the North Territory all the way down the Mississippi River in order to financially help his grandfather. The descriptions of the Mississippi, running the logs, and life during this time period were just spot-on terrific.
I would love to hear your favorite books for fourth grade!