Best Books for 4th graders: Classic Fourth Grade Books 4th Graders Should Read

Best Books for 4th graders: Classic Fourth Grade Books 4th Graders Should Read

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Many people wonder, what should my 4th grader be reading? Here are some classic books at 4th grade level, approved by reading teachers. Whether using for read aloud, for reading these books oneself, here are some of the fourth grade books that capture students’ interest. I think you will enjoy this list of award winning 4th grade books.

You will also be able to find these 4th grade books online, through ebook, audiobook, and on your local library services like Hoopla and Kanopy.

 

Award-Winning 4th Grade Books about Differences

Physical Disabilities


Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

A book about kindness, and physical differences. Auggie is entering school, and his face looks different.

 

Add in the movie: Wonder (2017), online.


Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper

This book also has a character with a disability. Melody is not able to talk or walk, due to her cerebral palsy. However, she is incredibly smart, with a photographic memory. Through the book, readers get to see how Melody is treated just like her sister by her parents, how other students sometimes think of her as “broken” and not capable, and how she can contribute her incredible talents through her own way, with the help of technological assistance. This book is a wonderful antidote to bullying, and a helpful reminder of how physical limitations do not lessen a person’s worth, as millions of people will undergo physical disabilities at some point in their life.

Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick

This is part of a 2-book series for 4th grade readers. This 4th grade book about friendship features Maxwell and Kevin, who are nicknamed Mighty and Freak (Mighty because Maxwell is big and strong, and Freak because Kevin is smaller and sickly in stature.) But Max and Kevin become close friends, knowing that differences make us stronger. They go on adventures together, and … the book is pretty sad. But

There’s a sequel, Max the Mighty.  Max partners up with his new friend, “Worm.”

El Deafo, by Cece Bell

This graphic novel for 4th graders, El Deafo won the Newbery book prize in 2014. This book is also important as it is a memoir, too. Cece lost her hearing at the age of 4, after a bout of meningitis. She has a hearing aid, and faces struggles from other kids. However, she soon realizes she has a superpower. The later parts of the book transfer back and forth between Cece and her superhero alter-ego, El Deafo. It is a great book for that time in childhood where you feel left out, feel different, and want to belong.

As it is a graphic novel, this book is excellent for getting reluctant 4th grade students to read the book, as the writing is in the pictures of the comic strips. It does not work great as a read-aloud.


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, by Dusti Bowling

This is the first book in the 4th grade book series called “Life of a Cactus.” The second book in the book series is called Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus. It features a main character who was born without an arm, and follows her on her ordinary or “insignificant” adventures as she finishes elementary school.

4th Grade Books about being America

Front Desk, by Kelly Yang

Who isn’t interested in a book about a ten-year-old running the front desk of a hotel? Mia loves her family, and stands up for what is right. She works hard at the front desk of the hotel, meeting many people and making sure things run well, to ease her family’s troubles. There are many Chinese American characters and stories of their heritage and immigration journeys featured in this book, which is set in California. Author Kelly Yang also captures the power of writing, and how a little writing can go a long way in improving the community around oneself.

Save Me A Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

 

Wild Robot, by  x3

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4th Grade Books about Being Clever

Frindle, by Andrew Clements

Nick Allen is a 5th-grader who has come up with a new invention: a word. He decides to call his pen a ‘frindle’, because why not? The book goes into the events that follow, and the power and change that simple words can have. Will the word Frindle go beyond Nick’s fifth grade classroom?

 

 

 

Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies

This 5-book series are engaging chapter books about 4th graders learning how to sell lemonade. The book begins competitive, between Evan and little sister Jess, and their business and entrepreneurial skills grow as they work to make the best Lemonade Stand ever.

 

4th Grade Reading Books: Mysteries Needing Solved

These 4th grade chapter books come with mystery and intrigue. Will the young reader be able to collect the clues and discover the message?

The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

This fourth grade book is amazing, but it definitely helps to have a cast list so you can try to solve the mystery. Uncle Sam has died, on the 4th of July, and sixteen apartments come available in the new condo that has opened at Westing Tower. Nothing is as it seems, and the reader is trying to find out what happened in the death (was it a murder), how the new residents of the apartment are connected, and who will solve the mystery to earn the inheritance.

The puns and puzzles don’t stop coming at the reader, making it a clever book for fourth graders who are ready for a fun mystery.

 

Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson

A family in South Carolina must solve the mystery of letters in the attic. This mystery takes them into the history of their town in the 1950s and 1960s. A great way to combine history-learning and mystery.

 

4th Grade Reading Books: Action

Some 4th grade readers want a ton of action, daring adventure. These books for 4th graders will get children a dose of fiction that they don’t want to put down.

 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

4th grade book series about Greek mythology. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a classic book series for fourth graders.

   

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky, by Kwame Mbalia

This is book 1 in the book series. The second novel in the book series is Tristan Strong Destroys the World. These chapter books use African mythology as a jumping off point for big adventures.

 

 

Many people wonder, what should my 4th grader be reading? Here are some classic books at 4th grade level, approved by reading teachers. Using them for read aloud or for self-directed reading, here are some of the very best fourth grade books that capture so many students’ interest. I think you will enjoy this list of award-winning 4th grade books, that you found a book to read next!

You should also be able to find these 4th grade books online, through ebook, audiobook, and on your local library services like Hoopla and Kanopy. Public libraries are great ways to get 4th grade books free, and schools often have subscriptions to programs like Epic which allow students to read books online for free.

Hope you enjoyed these classic fourth grade books for reading and for read-aloud, there’s so many good books on list!

This 4th grade books list should help get your fourth grade reader engaged in a good book, and visit new situations through reading.

 

Which 4th grade book is your favorite? Do you have any other books for fourth graders to suggest, in the comments below?

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