Best Books for Fourth Grade Readers

Posted on March 29, 2021

by Erin D

Find your next favorite book on this list of our favorite fourth grade titles.

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As Brave as You
By Jason Reynolds

eBook   |   eAudiobook

Genie and his older brother leave Brooklyn for the summer, spending time in the country with their grandparents. When discovering unexpected surprises during their visit, Genie contemplates the true meaning of bravery.

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Kristy’s Great Idea: a Graphic Novel (The Baby-Sitters Club)
By Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier


Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-Sitters Club. Whatever comes up–cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls–you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn’t always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Spoken CD   |   eAudiobook

By creating a windmill made of old bicycle parts and scrap metal, William Kamkwamba was able to bring electricity and water to those in need during a desperate time. In this memoir, William tells the story of how he saved his village through research, determination, and ingenuity.

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Bridge to Terabithia
By Katherine Paterson

Book Kit   |   Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook

Jess and Leslie fall into an unlikely but inseparable friendship. Their summer is filled with imagination and adventure, creating the magical world of Terabithia, until disaster strikes.

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The First Rule of Punk
By Celia C. Pérez

Spanish   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Malú (or María Luisa, if you’re mad at her) has a rough start on her first day at a new school, unintentionally upsetting school administration, the queen bee, and her mother with her punk rock style and attitude. After forming a band with like-minded misfits, she discovers the first rule of punk might make her life simpler: be yourself!

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By Andrew Clements

Book Kit   |   Spanish Print   |   Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   OverDrive eBook Kit

In this upbeat, funny, and heartwarming story, cheeky Nick Allen invents a new word to spite his teacher. In doing so, the word reaches national attention and causes a series of events which spiral out of control. This story will grab you from the beginning and have you laughing all the way through!

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By Louis Sachar

Large Print   |   Book Kit   |   Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla Study Guide

As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a family curse, innocent Stanley ends up at a reform camp for boys in the middle of the desert. Enjoy this comedic tale of dealing with adversity and failure and choosing to do what’s right.

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Honeybees and Frenemies
By Kristi Wientge

Flor’s plans for an awesome summer were thwarted when her best friend went away to band camp and Flor was forced to work the annual Honey Festival with her ex-bestie, Candice. Follow Flor’s journey as she navigates friendship troubles, family issues, accepting change and learning to bee heard!

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More to the Story
By Hena Khan

Jameela, who was just chosen to be feature editor of the school newspaper, attempts to write an article riveting enough to enter a national media contest and make her father proud. When devastating events occur at home, her world is turned upside down. Enjoy this heartfelt, wholesome retelling of Little Women.

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The Night Gardener
By Jonathan Auxier

Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

This story is not for the faint of heart! Molly and her brother, Kip, are hired to work at the sinister Windsor house, which is built around a mysterious tree tended by the Night Gardener. Discover what creepy secrets are waiting for you in this atmospheric tale.

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Rain Reign
By Ann M Martin

Spoken CD   |   eBook

Rose, who has Asperger’s, feels wholly alone in the world except for her unconditionally loving dog, Rain. But when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose must push her limits and show more courage than she thought she had to find her pet.

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Real Friends: a Graphic Novel
By Shannon Hale


Shannon and Adrienne have been friends since they were little. But everything starts changing when Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class. Follow Shannon’s rollercoaster ride of a school year as she navigates all the changes involved in shifting relationships.

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The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series, Book 1)
By Kazu Kibuishi


Em and her brother Navin’s worlds are turned upside-down in this graphic novel when their mother moves them into their deceased great-grandfather’s (rumored to be haunted) house. What they discover in the basement takes them to a world inhabited by talking animals, robots, elves, and other creatures. Em is tasked to become the Stonekeeper, sending her on a harrowing adventure to save those she loves.

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
By Judy Blume

Large Print   |   Book Kit   |   Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook

Peter cannot stand his annoying, destructive little brother, Fudge. He gets all the attention, never gets in trouble, and Peter has HAD IT! What will Peter do to win back the attention of his parents?

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The Terrible Two
By Mac Barnett and Jory John

eBook   |   eAudio

Witness pranking at its best as Miles goes head-to-head with his new school’s mystery master prankster When the two decide to join forces, they push pranking to its limit!

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The Wild Robot
By Peter Brown

eBook   |   eAudiobook

This is the ingeniously imaginative story of Roz the robot who wakes up on an animal-only inhabited island, surrounded by robot parts. Shunned by the other residents, Roz must adapt to her new surroundings and eventually wins them over by raising the gosling she accidentally orphaned. When an outside threat appears, it’s her new-found family that comes to her aid. This book will spark discussions of technology and the environment, and what it means to be alive.

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The Year of the Dog
By Grace Lin

eBook   |   eAudiobook

During her family’s celebration of the Chinese New Year, Taiwanese American Grace Lin discovers that during the Year of the Dog, you are supposed to find your best friends as well as yourself. Follow Grace on her journey as she navigates the ups and downs of fitting in at school and discovering herself.

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