Books for 4th Graders

The following titles are appropriate for those reading at a 4th Grade level. Click the titles to locate or reserve a book.

J Fiction Books

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
A shy middle-school student and her best friends race against the clock to foil a plot to conquer the world with an army of whales. (Part of the M.T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales series)

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out if the puppet can really predict the future. (Part of the Origami Yoda series)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Eleven-year-old Ellie Mcdoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle. (Part of the Ellie McDoodle series)

Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever-increasing problem. (Part of the Fudge series)

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Two 11-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality. (Part of the Secret series)

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. (Part of The Sisters Grimm series)

Moving Day by Meg Cabot
Nine-year-old Allie Finkle has rules for everything, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town. (Part of the Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Twelve-year-old Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Frindle by Andrew Clements
When clever Nick Allen decides to turn his teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, he invents a new word and begins a chain of events that moves beyond his control.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his baby sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger a battle involving bats, rats, roaches, and spiders. (Part of the Underland Chronicles series)

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
A young student comes to love poetry through an understanding of what different famous poems mean to him and an appearance at his school by Walter Dean Myers.

The BFG by Roald Dahl
Snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), Sophie concocts a plan to save the world from other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India describes her first summer in Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.

The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi
When the Grace children stay at Great Aunt Lucinda's Victorian house, they discover a fascinating guide and begin to have some unusual experiences. (Part of the Spiderwick Chronicles series)

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, a silver dragon is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven.

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus. (Part of the Baseball Card Adventures series)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister but try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost to her doom.

Ida B…: And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan
Fourth-grader Ida B. spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until circumstances force her parents to sell the orchard and send her to public school.

Letters to Leo by Amy Hest
In a series of letters to her new dog, fourth-grader Annie relates her daily exploits and remembers her mother.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Florida.

Swindle by Gordon Korman
After a greedy collector cons him out of a valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back. (Part of the Swindle Mystery series)

The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
A barn owl suspects trouble when he arrives at a school for orphaned owls. With a new friend he embarks on a perilous journey to save all owls from danger. (Part of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series)

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
After celebrating their first nine birthdays together, Amanda and Leo prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately. But, peculiar things happen as their birthday begins to repeat itself.

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie's life undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. (Part of the Children of the Red King series).

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in a scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward.

Big Nate: In a Class By Himself by Lincoln Peirce
Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement. (Part of the Big Nate series)

Dork Diaries: Tales from the Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Russell
Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school. (Part of the Dork Diaries series)

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Emma-Jean Lazarus thinks she can use logic to solve the "messy" everyday problems of her seventh-grade peers. The more she gets involved, the messier her own life gets.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Zoe Elias has big plans to become a child prodigy like Vladimir Horowitz. One problem: she doesn’t have a piano. When her dad buys a brand new organ, her dreams change.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an underwater tour from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks. (Part of the Dragonbreath series)

J Award Books

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
In letters to his favorite author, 10-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world. (Winner of the Newbery Medal)

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess and a devious rat determined to ruin them all. (Winner of the Newbery Medal)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
When a 12-year-old orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and biggest secret are jeopardized. (Winner of the Caldecott Medal)