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

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 (J-Award)
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.

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Just after twelve-year-old Emily moves to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend to follow clues in book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends. (Part of the Book Scavenger 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 War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote island with no memory of where she is from and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

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)

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.

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (J-Award)
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.

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.

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Through the powers of a book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. (The Land of Stories series)

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.

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (J-Award)
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
A brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy, considered by many to be mentally retarded, discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Took by Mary Downing Hahn
A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is 'took' to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years.

Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm
Ten-year-old Beans Curry engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn rundown Key West into a tourist resort.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (J-Award)
A funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view, two boys and two girls, the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner hero.

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)

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.

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)

The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
In this futuristic adventure, humanity clings to cities on mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E.

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)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (J-Award)
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.

I Survived the American Revolution 1776 by Lauren Tarshis
Eleven-year-old Nathaniel had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops. All Nate wanted was to find his father ... and to get out of here alive. (I Survived series)

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)

Frazzled by Booki Vivat
Nervous about middle school, Abbie Wu searches for her own passion before discovering a knack for leadership when injustices in the cafeteria come to light.

J Graphic Novels

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. (Amulet series)

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who make costumes from cardboard and use their imagination to create adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Every time it is invaded the City gets a new name, but to the natives in the Nameless City, and they survive by not letting themselves get involved--but now the fate of the City rests in the hands of Rat, a native, and Kaidu, one of the Dao, the latest occupiers, and the two must somehow work together if the City is to survive. (Nameless City series)

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
An adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.