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Fourth Grade Books

4th Grade Animal Books


By Katherine Applegate

Not only is Jackson worried that his family may move into their minivan again, but his old imaginary friend keeps showing up making him wonder if he’s losing his mind.

The One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate

After 27 years in captivity in a shopping mall, Ivan the gorilla gets a new companion who makes him see his home through new eyes.

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4th Grade Fantasy Books

Guinea Dog

By Patrick Jennings

Rufus has been dreaming of getting a dog, but not a guinea pig that thinks she’s a dog.


By Jacqueline Kelly

Calpurnia’s little brother Travis stumbles upon a baby skunk trapped under a log.  The pair bring the little creature home and attempt to nurse back to life while also keeping him a secret from their mother.

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Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

By Leslea Newman

Inspired by the true story of Ketzel the cat who walked across a piano and created a contest worthy tune. (Picture Book)

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4th Grade Fantasy Books

The Indian in the Cupboard

By Lynne Reid Banks

Omri’s life is changed forever after locking his toy Indian in his cupboard.


By Roald Dahl

Sophie is carried off in the middle of the night not by a bone-crunching giant, but one who is far too nice.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis

Four siblings walk through a wardrobe and into the frozen land of Narnia which has been enslaved by the powerful White Witch.

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The Doll People

By Ann M. Martin

Annabelle Doll has been eight years old for more than a hundred years and is quite

bored with her doll family until Funcrafts family moves in.

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

By Mo O'Hara

Tom's big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist

and dunk their goldfish in toxic green gunk.

House of Robots

By James Patterson

Sammy’s mom makes him take his robot to

school with him. Could anything be more


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4th Grade Funny Books


By Liesl Shurtliff

Twelve-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s jokes, but his luck changes when he

finds an old spinning wheel.

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

By Ursula Vernon

Being a princess is rather dull, until you

find out you are cursed to prick your finger on a

hamster wheel when you’re twelve and fall into a deep sleep.

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4th Grade Funny Books

Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Holder

By Molly B. Burnham

If you had 5 older sisters and a younger brother who pees in your bed, then you would move out and live in a tent in your backyard too.

The 13-Story Treehouse

By Andy Griffiths

Andy and Terry live in a treehouse with 13 stories, a bowling alley, swimming pool, secret underground laboratory, and marshmallow machine.

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The Willoughbys

By Lois Lowry

Timothy, his twin brothers, and little sister discover

their awful parents are hatching an evil plan to get rid of them.

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

By Will Mabbitt

Mabel is kidnapped by pirates and forced to serve aboard The Feroshus Maggot and they won’t let her go until she helps find the treasure they seek. A laugh out loud fun fantasy-adventure!

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Demon Dentist

By David Walliams

Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, kids are waking up to find dead slugs, live spiders, and even eyeballs under their pillows!  Alfie is convinced the new town dentist, Miss Root, is behind the mayhem and evil.

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4th Grade Mystery Books
4th Grade Mystery Books

Book Scavenger

By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book that may include details about the latest game created by her hero Garrison Griswold. 

The Fairy-Tale Detectives

By Michael Buckley

In book 1 of The Sisters Grimm series, orphans Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their eccentric grandmother, Relda, who lives in a town that experiences an extraordinary number of unusual crimes.

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The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse

By Bruce Hale

Chet’s classmate asks him to look for her missing brother and promises him a stinkbug pie in return.

Greenglass House

By Kate Milford

At the smuggler’s inn, known as the Greenglass House, the innkeeper’s son hears strange stories from the guests leading him on an adventure in this classic whodunit.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

Hugo lives all alone in the walls of a busy Paris train station until he befriends a young girl and old man who runs a toy booth in the station. Between his new friends, a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father, and a mechanical man, his secretive life is now in jeopardy.

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4th Grade Realistic Fiction
4th Grade Realistic Fiction

The Penderwicks

By Jeanne Birdsall

Summer adventures of four sisters on the beautiful estate of Arundel.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

By Judy Blume

Peter’s little brother Fudge gets away with everything, but when he walks off with Peter’s pet turtle, Dribble, it’s the last straw.

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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Like Stuart Little

By Peggy Gifford

Moxy does everything she can to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.

The Higher Power of Lucky

By Susan Patron

Fearing her guardian will abandon her, Lucky plans to run away with her dog, HMS Beagle, through the Mojave Desert.

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My Life as a Book

By Janet Tashjian

Instead of spending his summer throwing water balloons at the UPS truck, Derek’s mom forces the reluctant reader to attend Learning Camp.

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4th Grade Graphic Novels
4th Grade Graphic Novels

El Deafo

By Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends is tough enough without a hearing aid strapped to your chest.  

Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles

By Frank Cammuso

Artie King is pulled into a do-or-die dodgeball game with the school's toughest kids. 

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Apocalypse Bow Wow

By James Proismos III

The end has come! The world is in shambles! Everyone is gone…except for the dogs.

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

By Jarrett J. Krosoczka

This lunch lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes – she serves justice!

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Caveboy Dave: : More Scrawny Than Brawny

By Aaron Reynolds

His grandpa invented fire. His dad invented the wheel. How will Caveboy Dave leave his mark?

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

By Judd Winick

D.J. and Gina are normal kids until Hilo crashes down from the sky setting them on a

path to save the planet from destruction.

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4th Grade Nonfiction
4th Grade Nonfiction

Frightlopedia: An Encyclopedia of Everything Scary, Creepy, and Spine-Chilling, from Arachnids to Zombies

031.02 Winterbottom

Ghost stories, the origins of monsters, and creepy but true facts fill this collection with fright-o-meters to let you know just how scary each chapter may be.

Sarah Gives Thanks

394.264 Allegra

During the nineteenth century, groundbreaking writer, magazine editor, and

mother Sarah Hale dedicated her life to making Thanksgiving a national holiday.

The Slowest Book Ever

590 Sayre

Fascinating facts about all things slow, from sloths to birds that fly so slowly they fall out of the air mid-flight. If you think slowly enough the entire world is amazing.

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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands

597.3 Roy

Learn about the life-cycle and hunting habits of these awesome creatures. 

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

792.842 Greenberg

Development of a modern dance piece from the score’s composition to the dancers’ rehearsals. 

Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass

921 Douglass

Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass escaped to the North at twenty and spread his abolitionist beliefs.

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Action Jackson

921 Jackson

Introduction to Jackson Pollock’s “Number 1, 1950” and the process of creating art. 

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

921 Sagan

A curious boy brought the cosmos into homes across America.

Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley

973.757 Jerome

The C.S.S. Hunley was the first submarine

in history to sink an enemy ship.

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