It can be hard to find the perfect book for a 4th grade reader. Students are in a transitional phase, not quite a small child but not yet ready for young adult novels. However, there are numerous choices that you as a teacher can choose from that are sure to cover a range of genres and interests.
From our top pick of “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White which is a timeless tale of friendship between a spider and a pig that is perfect for animal lovers; to books on fantasy, historical events and moral dilemmas. There is something for all abilities and maturity levels
Must read 4th Grade Books
With so many great titles available, here is our curated and constantly updated list of 4th grade books your young learners are sure to love.
1. Charlotte’s web
“Charlotte’s Web” is a children’s novel written by E.B. White and published in 1952. The story tells the tale of a young pig named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte, and how their friendship saves Wilbur from being slaughtered. The novel has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, with the most famous adaptation being the 1973 movie starring Debbie Reynolds and Henry Fonda.
2. Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing: In the 1970s, author Judy Blume wrote a series of novels for young readers that followed the life of Fudge Hatcher, a 4th grade boy with an unforgettable personality. Fudge was always getting into trouble, and his antics kept readers entertained. Though these books are now considered children’s literature, they are still enjoyed by adults who can appreciate Fudge’s mischievousness. If you’re looking for a good laugh, or if you’re just looking for a light read, check out Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing.
3. Fourth Grade Rats
“Fourth Grade Rats” is a book about growing up, getting older an now needing to act a certain way because you’re a 4th grader now. Follow Sud on his difficulty adapting to being a bigger kid at school and how his friend Joey helps him become a 4th grade rat instead of a 4th grade wimp.
4. The Invisible Boy
“The Invisible Boy” is the story of a young boy’s journey to find his place in the world. He has been moving from family to family for as long as he can remember, and he has always felt like an outsider. He doesn’t quite fit in with any of the families he has lived with, and he doesn’t quite know who he is. Finally, he decides to take matters into his own hands and set out on a journey to find himself. Along the way, he meets new friends and learns more about himself than he ever could have imagined. This is a powerful story about love, loss, and belonging.
5. The Day You Begin
“The Day You Begin” is about how we all feel different for various reasons. Maybe it’s our physical appearance or the way we speak, or perhaps it’s due to our upbringing; maybe it’s our dietary habits, or something entirely random. It’s not easy gathering up the courage to walk into a room full of strangers, but we do it anyways.
“Refugee” is an amazing multi-story book about how three different children (A Jewish boy, a Cuban girl and a girl from Syria) seek refugee in a far away land, a culture totally different from what they’ve known.
7. The bad Guys
“The Bad Guys” is a series of books (we suggest starting with #1 of course) coving how Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark may look like the villains they’re commonly made out to be, but they’re out on a mission to turn that image around.
8. The Name Jar
The Name Jar: Did you ever read a book that made you feel so many different emotions? The Name Jar is one of those books. It’s about a girl who moves to America from Korea and has to choose a new name. She goes through so many different names, but she can’t seem to find the right one. This book is full of emotion and will make you laugh and cry.
Wishtree: Are you looking for a thought-provoking book to read? Wishtree is sure to captivate you. This novel tells the story of a tree that is decorated by people in the community, who then make wishes on behalf of themselves or others. As the novel progresses, we see how the tree and its surrounding community change and grow.
10. Dinosaurs before dark
“Dinosaurs Before Dark” is about four young siblings are transported back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The siblings must use their wits and teamwork to make it back to the present before nightfall. This interesting adventure story is perfect for elementary-aged children. Osborne’s descriptive writing brings the dinosaurs to life, and her plot will keep readers engaged until the very end. If you’re looking for a good read aloud for your next family night, be sure to check out “Dinosaurs Before Dark.”
11. The Sneetches and Other Stories
If you’re looking for a way to entertain and engage your young readers, look no further than The Sneetches and Other Stories. This fabulous collection of stories by Dr. Seuss is sure to hold the attention of your little ones, as they follow the whimsical adventures of the characters. From the star-bellied sneetches who are constantly at odds with one another, to the zax who stubbornly refuse to move out of the way, there’s something for everyone in this delightful book.
12. I Survived the Battle of D-Day
The I Survived series is a gripping collection of true stories from people who have experienced harrowing events. In the latest installment, I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944, Author Lauren Tarshis tells the story of one young boy’s experiences on D-Day and in the days that followed. Through his eyes, readers get an up-close look at one of history’s most pivotal moments.
13. Out of My Mind
“Out of My Mind” tells the story of a fifth grade girl, Melody, who is living with cerebral palsy. What makes her story so amazing is that she has an incredibly sharp mind and is able to think more deeply than anyone else her age. The book follows Melody as she attends school and tries to find ways to communicate with those around her. Even though she faces many challenges, Melody never gives up on herself or stops trying to make her voice heard.
14. James and the Giant Peach
“James and the Giant Peach” is a children’s novel by Roald Dahl. The story follows James, who is sent to live with his wicked Aunts after his parents die. James is treated poorly by his Aunts, but one day he finds a bag of mystical crystals which grow a gigantic peach. James and his friends use the peach to escape from his Aunts, and they travel on an amazing adventure.
15. Island of the Blue Dolphins
In “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” Scott O’Dell tells the story of Karana, a young girl who is left behind when her tribe migrates from their island home. She is forced to learn how to survive on her own, using her knowledge of the land and its animals to hunting and gathering food. Over time, Karana comes to love her island home and the life she has created for herself. Even when adversity strikes in the form of shipwrecked sailors and wild animals, she remains determined to stay alive.
16. Girl who Drank the Moon
“The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill is a lyrical, enchanting story that celebrates individuality, kindness, and the power of magic. The book tells the story of Luna, a young girl who was raised by a kindly family of wise women who collect moonlight in bottles. On her thirteenth birthday, Luna inadvertently sets free a dark creature who had been imprisoned for years. In order to protect Luna and her townspeople from the creature’s destructive powers, they must figure out how to recapture it. With the help of a wizard and some unlikely friends, Luna discovers her own unique strength and learns to embrace her magical abilities.
17. The Books of Elsewhere
“The Books of Elsewhere” is a series written by Jacqueline West. The four-book series follows the story of Olive Silverlock, a young girl who moves into an old house and discovers a secret world hidden within its pages. With menacing creatures lurking around every corner, Olive must use her wits to unravel the mystery and save her loved ones. If you’re looking for a heart-pounding read, be sure to check out The Books of Elsewhere.
18. The Borrowers
“The Borrowers” tell the story of a family of small people who live in secret beneath the floorboards of a human home. They survive by borrowing what they need from the kindly humans who live above them, but when their tiny world is threatened, they must fight back to save their home. This charming and timeless story is perfect for young readers who love adventure and fantasy.
19. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” follows the life of Greg Heffley, a wimpy kid who hates school and has to deal with the everyday struggles of growing up. The books are hilarious and will keep your 4th grader entertained from start to finish. If you’re looking for a good laugh, then you should definitely check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
20. The Penderwicks
“The Penderwicks” is a heartwarming story about four sisters who spend the summer with their father at a cozy cottage in the country. The sisters are all very different, but they find ways to get along and have fun together.
Everyone who grew up in the 1990s remembers Goosebumps. In Night of the Living Dummy, Slappy is back and ready to rattle some chains! When Jillian and her twin sister Kris get a dummy for their ventriloquism act, they’re excited. But when they find out that Slappy is alive, things start to get creepy. Can Jillian and Kris stop Slappy before he goes on a rampage?
22. Harry Potter (Complete Collection)
Since its release in 1997, the Harry Potter series has captivated readers of all ages. J.K. Rowling’s magical world of witches and wizards has spawned eight movies, a hit stage play, and millions of devoted fans. Whether you’re a first-time reader or have followed Harry’s story from the beginning, this complete collection edition is an outstanding choice for any young reader.
23. Fantastic Mr. Fox
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” follows Mr. Fox as he and his family attempt to outsmart the farmers that are trying to catch them. This book is full of humor, adventure, colorful illustrations and is perfect for elementary age readers.
24. Ella Enchanted
“Ella Enchanted” follows Ella, a young girl who is given a magical gift by her fairy godmother that forces her to obey any order she is given. As Ella navigates the challenges of her new life, she must figure out how to break the curse and become her own person.
25. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a must-read holiday novel tells the story of the Herdman siblings, who are known for being the worst kids in town. But when they decide to help out with the church’s Christmas pageant, everyone is in for a surprise. The Herdmans turn out to be natural performers, and somehow manage to steal the show.
26. The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1)
“The Field Guide,” the first book in The Spiderwick Chronicles. When the Grace family moves into the Spiderwick Estate, they are not aware of the enchanting creatures that live there. Soon they find themselves being watched by goblins and other magical beings.
27. Big Nate: Release the Hounds!
This latest installment in the popular Big Nate series features hilarious jokes, zany antics, and plenty of laughs, this book is perfect for anyone looking for a good time.
28. The Wild Robot
What would you do if you were the only robot on an island full of animals? That’s the question asked in Peter Brown’s book, The Wild Robot. At first, Roz seems to be adapting well to her new surroundings. She makes friends with a deer, a crow, and even a bear. But as winter approaches, Roz realizes that she is not like the other animals. While they can hibernate through the cold months, Roz must find a way to stay warm in this suspenseful.
“Holes” follows Stanley Yelnats, a teenager who is wrongly sent to prison and must dig holes in the hot sun as part of his sentence. Along the way, Stanley makes some unlikely friends and discovers some family secrets.
What would you do if you found a mysterious game board in the attic? That is exactly what happened to siblings Peter and Judy when they were younger. Upon playing the game, they were quickly sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji.
31. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
This story follows 12 lucky kids who are chosen to spend the night in the new town library built by local entrepreneur, Mr. Lemoncello. With only one rule- no leaving the library- the children are free to explore all of the amazing books and puzzles that Mr. Lemoncello has provided for them. But when morning comes, they realize that they are locked in and must find a way out before they’re caught!
32. Trapped in a Video Game
“Trapped in a Video Game” is a fun, exciting novel that will keep you hooked until the very end. Gamers will especially appreciate the references to popular video games and movies. Sounds fun, but the dangers of video games-and the people who make them-are made clear to the main character, 12-year old Jesse Rigsby.
33. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
“Hatchet” is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy, Brian Robeson, who is stranded in the Canadian wilderness after his plane crashes. With only a hatchet to help him, Brian must survive for weeks in the woods.
34. The Lemonade War
“The Lemonade War” is a delightful and engaging novel for middle grade readers. The story follows two young protagonists, brother and sister Evan and Jesse, as they wage a lemonade war in their neighborhood.
“Shiloh” is a classic novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor that tells the story of a boy who saves an abused dog and learns the true meaning of friendship in the process.
36. The One and Only Ivan
“The One and Only Ivan” is about a gorilla who has lived in a cage at a shopping mall for 27 years. When the mall undergoes renovations, Ivan is transferred to a zoo, where he meets Ruby, an elephant who has been isolated from her herd. Ivan and Ruby become friends and help each other escape from the zoo.
37. The Secret Zoo
“The Secret Zoo” follows the story of group of kids who sneak into a hidden zoo in their city, and they have to find their way out before they’re caught. The animals in the zoo are all very unusual, and the kids have to overcome several obstacles along the way as they discover there is much more to the Clarksville city zoo than the reader would expect.
38. The Lighting Thief
“The Lightning Thief” is an engaging book that tells the story of Percy Jackson, a teenage boy who discovers he is the son of Poseidon. Percy must set out on a quest to stop Zeus’ lighting streak from destroying Camp Half-Blood and Mount Olympus.
39. Tales of Desperaux
Despereaux Tilling is a small mouse with big ears and an even bigger heart. Born into a family of hunters, Despereaux rejects the traditional mouse lifestyle in favor of music, stories, and adventure. When he falls in love with Princess Pea, Despereaux’s quest to save her from an uncertain future takes him on a heroic journey that will change his world forever.
40. The Magician’s Nephew
“The Magician’s Nephew” is a prequel to the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. It tells the story of how Professor Kirke (from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) came to own Narnia, and how Aslan created the world.
41. Where the Red Fern Grows
“Where the Red Fern Grows” is timeless classic tells the story of a young boy’s love for his two dogs, and their adventures together in the Ozark Mountains. Whether you’re a dog lover or not, this book is sure to touch your heart.
42. The Tiger Rising
“The Tiger Rising” is about a young boy who is trying to cope with the death of his mother. Through his interactions with others and his own inner thoughts, Rob comes to understand some of the difficult truths about life and death.
43. The Cricket in Times Square
“The Cricket in Times Square” is the story follows the lives of Mario, a young immigrant from Italy, and his new friend, the cricket Cricket, who he meets one day in Times Square. The two quickly become friends, and Mario does everything he can to protect Cricket from being captured by the nefarious subway rat Lou.
44. The Titans Curse
“The Titans Curse” is about how Grover sends out a plea for help right before winter break. He’s found two demigods, Bianca and Nico. Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia go to Bar Harbor immediately. Artemis arrives with her band of Hunters to assist the half-bloods in fighting the manticore (a human-like creature) and its hired humans.
45. The Wishing Spell
“The Wishing Spell” is the first in the “Land of Stories” series, and it tells the story of two siblings who are transported into a magical world. There, they must save the land from a curse that has been put on it.
46. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Zhang Xianliang’s “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” is a coming of age story following Minli, a young girl who sets off on a journey to find the legendary Dragon King in order to ask him to bring her family good luck. Along the way, she solves riddles, makes new friends, and learns more about herself and her place in the world.
47. Indian no More
Regina Petit has always been apart of the Umpqua tribe, and has only ever known living on the Grand Ronde reservation. Regina is only ten years old, but her worry that Sasquatch may be real seems minuscule when the government passes a bill saying her tribe no longer exists, making Regina “Indian no more.”
Arnold Lobel’s Fables is a wonderful collection of stories that teach children about morality and wisdom. The characters are engaging and the stories are cleverly written, making them perfect for reading aloud.
49. The Phantom Tollbooth
“The Phantom Tollbooth” is a delightful book that follows the story follows Milo, a young boy who is bored with life until he receives a mysterious package that transports him to another world. There, he meets a variety of colorful characters and embarks on an exciting adventure.
50. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is a novel written by Lewis Carroll and first published in 1865. The story follows the adventures of Alice, a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantastical world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures. In this strange land, Alice has many surreal experiences, often culminating in speeches delivered by the bizarre inhabitants of the world.
51. Six Dots by Jen Bryant
“Six Dots” tells the story of Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman who revolutionized the way blind people read and write. He lost is sight when he was just 5 years old and wanted to read and write like others. So He came up with his own alphabet—a new system of writing that could be read by touch. A system so clever that it is still used by the blind community today.
52. George’s Marvelous Medicine
George is home by himself with his grandma. The rudest, grizzliest old woman ever. She needs something stronger than her daily medicine to fix her grouchiness. A specific potion remedy that can solve any problem. Grandma is in for a surprise and so is George at the results his mixture creates. Checkout “George’s Marvelous Medicine.”
53. Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye
“Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye” is about a young boy who lives in a haunted hotel with his great-grandfather and ghostly friends. When Warren discovers a mysterious eye in the attic, he learns that he must use its power to save his family and hotel from being destroyed.
54. The Jungle Book
“The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling is a children’s book that follows the story of a boy named Mowgli who is raised in the jungle by animals. The story is full of adventure, mystery, and suspense. A 100 year old classic, perfect for your 4th graders.
55. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tale
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tale: In the Royal Mews lives a small mouse who doesn’t even know his own name. On an adventure throughout Buckingham Palace, he seeks advice from Queen Victoria in order to learn more about himself and where he came from. Along the way, he visits some strange and wonderful places.
Nick Allen is often seen as a troublemaker, but all he really wants to do is add some excitement to school. Nick comes up with his best idea yet after learning about how words are created, and soon enough the whole town is using his new word – frindle.
Why does everything have to have a pre-determined name? Nick’s friends followed his lead when he began calling a pen by the made-up word, “frindle.” Then other people in town started using the term. It wasn’t long before school was thrown into chaos and Nick had become somewhat of a hero. His teacher wanted him to squash the new terms use, but unbeknownst to them all, it had already taken on a life of its own throughout the country.
57. Bud, not Buddy
If you’re looking for a heartwarming story that will make you laugh and cry, “Bud, not Buddy” is the book for you. Set during the Great Depression, this novel tells the story of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell and his journey to find the father he’s never known. Along the way, Bud makes some unforgettable friends and experiences some amazing adventures.
Jackson’s family is struggling to make ends meet. They can’t afford rent and they don’t have much food. His parents, sister, and dog may have to live in their minivan again.
Crenshaw is a big, chatty cat who only Jackson can see. He’s come back into Jackson’s life to help him at a time when the family is struggling. But can an imaginary friend do enough to save them from disaster?
59. Those Shoes
Jeremy’s grandma always tells him that they don’t have room in their lives for “want,” only “need.” However, when Jeremy’s old shoes fall apart at school and he sees everyone else wearing the latest style, he is more determined than ever to get a pair of “those shoes” – even if it means settling for a too-small thrift shop pair.
But having sore feet isn’t fun, and Jeremy quickly realizes that the things he does have are more valuable than the things he wants.
One is strange and powerful book. It is the story of color, courage, and unity. The characters are brilliantly drawn and the lesson profound. This is a must-read for anyone wishing to explore deeper meanings in life or to simply enjoy an amazing story.
61. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The story of a young boy who wins a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory has been captivating readers for decades. Only five children will be allowed in, come get the timeless classic your 4th graders will love from start to finish in this surprisingly wild and adventure filled book.
62. A Fish Out of Water
“A Fish Out of Water” is a children’s book written by “Mrs” Dr. Seuss (Helen Palmer). It tells the story of a fish who, due to his odd-looking appearance, is ridiculed and rejected by the other fish. He eventually manages to find a place where he belongs and becomes content with his life.
63. Who would win? Killer Whale vs Great White Shark!
Ever wondered who would win in a fight between a great white shark and a killer whale? This book will introduce you to these two ferocious underwater creatures, compare and contrast their anatomies, behaviours, and more. Packed with photos, charts, illustrations, and amazing facts kids are sure to love this nonfiction reader.
64. Chrysanthemum: A First Day of School Book for Kids
The first day of school can be a daunting experience for any child, but Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes, offers a reassuring perspective. It tells the story of a little girl named, Chrysanthemum who is just starting Kindergarten. As she tackles all new experiences like making friends and learning how to read, her loving family stands by her side cheering her on every step of the way. Illustrated in soft black and white tones, this touching story is perfect for kids starting their own academic journey.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh and cry, Matilda is the perfect choice. Roald Dahl’s story of a young girl with extraordinary powers is sure to entertain readers of all ages. Matilda is an intelligent, determined child who faces difficulties both at home and at school, but never gives up fighting for what she believes in.
“Restart” is a fresh and engaging read that addresses the challenges of high school life. The characters are well-developed and interesting, and the story moves quickly. This book is perfect for young adults who are looking for a compelling story with realistic characters.
67. Stuart Little
If you’re looking for a quick, engaging read that your kids will love, Stuart Little by E.B. White is a great option. The story follows the adventures of a small mouse who was born into a family of humans. Even though he’s small in size, Stuart is determined to do everything his brothers do and more.
Encourage your students to read independently on their own time
There are many benefits to reading, from developing imagination and concentration to expanding vocabulary and building general knowledge. As a result, it is important to encourage your students to read as often as possible.
One way to do this is by making sure there are plenty of books around the classroom for them to choose from. If you visit the school library together as well, let them pick out some books that they’re interested in. It’s also a good idea to set aside some class time each day for reading.
Must read 4th grade books for kids – Conclusion
Reading is one of the most important skills a child can learn, and it’s never too early to start encouraging your kids to read. The books on this list are perfect for fourth grade readers, covering a variety of genres and interests. Each summary provides key details about the book, so you can decide if it’s the right fit for your child.
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