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Recommended 4th Grade Reading List

282xNxrecommendedreadinglist4th.jpg.pagespeed.ic.PWxg_I2F3D200xNxmrpopperspenguins.jpg.pagespeed.ic.lbE2SpSFUGAre you searching for a 4th grade reading list to supplement your child’s other studies? Here are some recommended books for fourth grade students.

We included a list of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and classic novels that you may even remember reading when you were younger. If you missed them as a kid, you may still enjoy them now.

Click on the story name link for a book description and reviews from Amazon if you want to learn more.

Contemporary Fiction

Tia Lola by Alvarez

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Angleberger

Humphrey by Birney

Kinda Like Brothers by Booth

Because of Mr. Terupt by Buyea

Room One: A Mystery or Two by Clements

Hate That Cat: A Novel by Creech

The Lemonade War by Davies

Salsa Stories by Delacre

The Magician’s Elephant by DiCamillo

The Spiderwick Chronicles by DiTerlizzi

Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It by Frazier

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Gantos

The Homework Machine by Gutman

When Mules Flew on Magnolia Street by Johnson

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Kinney

Inside Out and Back Again by Lai

Dumpling Days by Lin

Alvin Ho by Look

Ruby Lu by Look

Rain Reign by Martin

11 Birthdays by Mass

Shiloh by Naylor

Wonder by Palacio

Big Nate by Peirce

Becoming Naomi Leon by Ryan

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Snicket

4th Grade Rats by Spinelli

No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay) by Trueit

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Woods

Peace, Locomotion by Woodson

Informational Books

Millions, Billions, & Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers by Adler

Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Albee

Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Arnosky

Buried Beneath Us: Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas by Aveni

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Bang

Dinosaurs in Your Backyard by Brewster

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Burns

Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces by Everett

Locomotive by Floca

The Wolves Are Back by George

Galaxies, Galaxies! by Gibbons

The Reasons for Seasons by Gibbons

Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Jenkins

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery by Markle

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Morrison

Polar Bears by Newman

How to Clean a Hippopotamus by Page

Volcano Rising by Rusch

Discovering Black America by Tarrant-Reid

Separate Is Never Equal by Tonatiuh

Insect Detective by Voake

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Secrets of Droon by Abbott

Jinx by Blackwood

Dragon Castle by Bruchac

The Sisters Grimm by Buckley

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III by Cowell

Half Magic by Eager

The Dream Stealer by Fleischman

Zita the Spacegirl by Hatke

Warrior by Hunter

A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon  by Lin

Dragon Slayers’ Academy by McMullan

The Magic Thief by Prineas

The True Meaning of Smekday by Rex

Harry Potter by Rowling

The Night Fairy by Schlitz

The Books of Elsewhere by West

City of Fire/City of Ice by Yep


Historical Fiction

American Girl – History Mystery series:

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Fighting Ground by Avi

Journey to Freedom a Story of the Underground Railroad by Courni C. Wright

Night Journeys by Avi

The Orphans’ Journey series by Arleta Richardson:

Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Whispering Cloth: a Refugee’s Story by Pegi Deitz Shea

General Fiction

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B.White

The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth

Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl

Gentle Ben by Walt Morey

Hang Tough Paul Mathier, by Alfred Slote

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Mandie Books by Lois Gladys Leppard

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O’Brien

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

The Paint Brush Kid, by Clyde Robert Bulla

The Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor

Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardner

Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne

General NonFiction

The Astronomy Book by Dr. Jonathan Henry

Dinosaurs by Design by Duane T. Gish

From Sea to Shining Sea for Children by Peter Marshall & David Manuel

The Light and the Glory for Children by Peter Marshall & David Manuel

Sounding Forth the Trumpet by Peter Marshall & David Manuel

The Weather Book by Michael Oard


All God’s Children: a Book of Prayers, by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Cricket Never Does; a Collection of Haiku and Tanka Poetry by Myra Livingston

Hand in Hand; An American History Through Poetry collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Oxford Book of Christmas Poems edited by Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark

Poetry in the Holy Bible: Psalms 1, 8, 23, 24, 46, 91, 100, 119:1-8, 121, 150

Poem Stew by William Cole, Harper Collins

Poems for Youth, by E. Dickenson. Little, Brown, & Co.

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