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Suggested Titles for Fourth Grade

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by Fourth Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for Fourth Graders can be found in a variety of locations, including J FICTION and KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Click on each title for location and availability.

Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household--a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits...and fangs! Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her experiences with the Phonic Ear, a powerful but awkward hearing aid. 

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel.  It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him.

 After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they've just moved into, Jared, his twin brother, Simon, and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there's a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own--the world of faerie. The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them...

Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

In order to teach her parents a lesson in appreciating her, Claudia ran away to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her brother. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: she felt just the same but wanted to feel different, and she found a statue at the museum so beautiful she could not go home until she had discovered its maker, a question that baffled even the experts.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. 

Also available in: e-audiobook | video

James Trotter loses his parents in a horrible accident and is forced to live -- miserably -- with his two wicked aunts. Then James is given some magic crystals that give him hope. But when he accidentally spills these crystals on an old peach tree, strange things begin to happen. A peach starts to grow and grow until James is able to climb inside and begin an amazing adventure!

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Four adventurous siblings -- Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie -- step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change...and a great sacrifice.

Love that Dog : a Novel by Sharon Creech

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments -- and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. 

Maniac Magee : a Novel by Jerry Spinelli

Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run -- and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced.  She is also smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom -- the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it...somehow.

Meet Mrs. Gorf, the teacher who turns the students in Wayside School into apples. Humorous episodes abound in this collection of stories from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways. 

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. How can Peter get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune.

Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. Ben is searching for someone, but he is not sure who. Rose is searching for something, but she is not sure what. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom's room, and a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, both children risk everything to find what's missing.

Nonfiction

Nonfiction titles for Fourth Grade can be found on many topics throughout the CHILDREN'S NONFICTION collection. Click on titles for exact location and availability.

Learn about 26 diverse, 20th-Century women who have made a difference in such varied fields as the arts, sports, journalism, science, and entertainment. The entries include Dolores Huerta, Frida Kahlo, Lena Horne, Maya Lin, and Patricia Schroeder. Determination, imagination, perseverance, and strength are what bind them together.

The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton

When an accident left one of them recovering in a darkened basement, two brothers began experimenting with ultraviolet light and fluorescent paints. Together they invented a whole new kind of color, one that glows with an extra-special intensity: Day-Glo. 

The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O'Connell

In the sprawling African scrub desert of Etosha National Park in Namibia, American scientist Caitlin O'Connell makes a groundbreaking discovery about elephant communication: elephants actually listen with their limbs.

Let science blow your mind with the Exploratorium! Take a good look around you, because the ho-hum spots you inhabit every day are actually secret laboratories full of fascinating and eye-popping wonder from the instant you wake up to the time you nod off at night! Discover these awe-inspiring scientific playgrounds with Exploralab.

Frances was nine when she first saw the fairies. Nobody but Frances saw them, so her cousin Elsie painted paper fairies and took photographs of them "dancing" around Frances to make grown-ups stop teasing. The girls promised each other they would never tell that the photos weren't real. But how were they to know that their photographs would fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, and who believed ardently in fairies and wanted very much to see one?

Historium by Jo Nelson

Welcome to the museum! Wander the galleries of this museum in a book whenever you wish -- it's open 365 days a year! -- and discover a collection of curated objects on every page, accompanied by informative text. Each chapter features a different ancient civilization, from the Silla dynasty of Korea to ancient Rome.

Two hundred years ago, the Brothers Grimm published their famous collection of folk tales, including these thirty much-loved stories of helpful elves, giants who can see into the next land, foolish but good-hearted lads, princesses with golden hair, faithful servants, and wicked queens.

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.  Find out about his formative years in this rollicking read.

Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon -- a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines.

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to dine on their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coasts.

From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown.

In Super Scratch Programming Adventure!, kids learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They'll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed (and played!) in an afternoon. 

With humor and flair, Michael Hearst introduces the reader to a wealth of extraordinary life-forms. Which animal can be found at the top of Mount Everest, 10,000 feet under the sea, and in your backyard? Which animal poops cubes? Which animal can disguise itself as a giant crab? These fascinating facts and hundreds more await curious minds, amateur zoologists, and anyone who has ever laughed at a funny-looking animal.

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes, determined owners, racial discrimination, international sportsmanship, fortunes won and lost, and triumphs and defeats on and off the field. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball. 

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