Recommended Reading for 4th Graders

The following books have been recommended by librarians, teachers and students for students in 4th grade. The list is by no means exhaustive and is meant as a guide for students and parents. If you have any suggestions for the list please let us know.

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One ordinary summer evening, 10 year old Eric Banks is turned into a dog!

Allan Ahlberg PE Ahl

Mr Popper's Penguins

This classic tells the story of Mr. Popper, the small-town housepainter who dreamed of exploring Antarctic regions, and Captain Cook, the mighty penguin who turned Mr. Popper's world upside down.

Richard Atwater



F Atw

PE Atw

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

This funny story is about the trials of fourth grade Peter and his painful little brother, Fudge.

Judy Blume


PE Blu
F Blu


Danny, the Champion of the World

Danny's father had looked after him ever since his mother had died when he was just four months old. Danny loved his father, and his father loved him, and that's why Danny was so surprised to discover that his father had a secret that was to lead them both into a wild scheme.

Roald Dahl PE Dah
F Dah

Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade without a Clue

When his father rejoins the Navy and moves the family to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, ten-year-old Jack becomes confused by a crush on his teacher, contradictory advice from his parents, and a very strange neighbor.

Jack Gantos F Gan

My Side of the Mountain
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains, including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship

Jean Craighead George PE Geo

The Zack Files (series)

Zack is a 'normal' 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations.

Dan Greenburg PE Gre
F Gre

Maximum Boy (series)

Max is an Everykid hero--always picked last for sports, hopeless in math, and the passive victim of the school bully, Trevor Fartmeister. As a superhero, he has the opportunity to crush bullies.

Dan Greenburg

PE Gre

Chet Gecko (series)

Great mystery series about Chet Gecko and a lizard!

Bruce Hale


Ghosts in Fourth Grade

James and his friends turn the old Hathaway house into a haunted house to scare Mean Mitchell, the class bully, on Halloween night.

Constance Hiser F His

The Kinetic City Super Crew (series)

This is a great series that involves six kids and a computer. They solve mysteries and have fun.


PE Kin

Lily Quench (series)

This is a fantasy series about a family of dragon slayers, the Quenches of Ashby. Lily, the last of the Quenches, must fight a dragon, save Ashby from destruction, and restore the lost heir to his throne.

Natalie Prior PE Pri

Poison Ivy and Eyebrow Wigs

Fourth grade Martin tries to find his own identity both at school and among his large and busy family.

Bonnie Pryor F Pry

Deltora Quest (series)

The evil Shadow Lord has invaded Deltora and stolen the kingdom's seven gems of great and mysterious power. With only a hand-drawn map to guide them, Lief and Barda begin their difficult quest to recover the stolen gems and rid their land of the tyrant. This is a great fantasy series!

Emily Rodda


PE Rod

The Time Warp Trio (series)

A great series about three friends and the adventures they have with 'The Book', a magic book that was a present from Joe's Uncle – a magician. Highly recommended!

Jon Scieszka PE Sci
F sci

The Series of Unfortunate Events (series)

These are delightful, funny, playful books, reminiscent of Roald Dahl. Follow the unlucky adventures of the three Baudelaire orphans.

Lemony Snicket F Sni

Fourth Grade Rats
Suds learns that

 You don't have to be tough to be a grown up fourth grader.

Jerry Spinelli

PE Spi
F Spi

Awfully Short for the Fourth Grade

Nine-year-old Noah disrupts the school when his wish comes true and he becomes small and his miniature toy men come to life.

Elvira Woodruff

F Woo

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