Books & Reading

Books for Kids in 4th Grade

These books may be found in the fiction stacks shelved alphabetically by the author’s last name.

J/Fic/Amato  Please Write in this Book
When Ms. Wurtz leaves a blank book in the Writer's Corner with a note encouraging those who find it to "talk to each other" in its pages, the student's entries spark a classroom-wide battle.

The PenderwicksWhile vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

The World According to HumphreyHumphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.  Look for sequels.

Ida Early Comes Over the MountainTough times in rural Georgia during the Depression take a lively turn when spirited Ida Early arrives to keep house for the Suttons.

Ramona and Her FatherThe family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job. Look for more books about Ramona and her family.

The Landry NewsA fifth-grader starts a newspaper with an editorial that prompts her burnt-out classroom teacher to really begin teaching again, but he is later threatened with disciplinary action as a result.

Love That DogA young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Amber Brown Goes FourthEntering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her parents divorce. Look for sequels.

ClementineWhile sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Spring-Heeled JackThree children make their escape from a London orphanage and after a series of misadventures are reunited with their father through the efforts of the legendary Spring-Heeled Jack.

Who Let the Ghosts Out?A boy suddenly finds himself haunted by the friendly ghosts of two children while being pursued by an evil being. Look for sequels.

Melvin Beederman Superhero: The Curse of the Bologna SandwichAfter graduating from the superhero academy, Melvin Beederman heads for Los Angeles, where he unexpectedly teams up with Candace Brinkwater, school play actress, to nab the evil McNasty Brothers. Look for sequels.

J/Fic/Van Draanen
Shredderman: Secret IdentityFifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity Shredderman! Look for sequels.

Key LardoWhen the new penguin at school turns out to be a private eye, Chet Gecko confronts not only a devious sparrow but also his own jealousy.  Look for other Chet Geko Mysteries.

Akiko on the Planet SmooTen-year-old Akiko has an unexpected adventure when she is whisked away to a distant planet and put in charge of the rescue mission that must search for the kidnapped Prince Froptoppit. Look for sequels.

Seabiscuit: the Wonder HorseThe true story of Seabiscuit, the grandson of one of the greatest racehorses of all time, but he'd lost nearly every race he'd run. Automobile tycoon Charles Howard took a risk and purchased Seabiscuit for a bargain price. With a clever new trainer and a loving jockey, Seabiscuit began winning. But could he really beat the Triple Crown Champion?

Anansi and the Moss-Covered RockAnansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.

J/Fic/Montgomery (Series)
Choose Your Own Adventure You are the main character in each book, and you get to decide what happens next!


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