Short Books for Grades 4-5

Posted on April 22, 2021

by Joyce S

Are you looking for short books to read to your big person? Look no further than these great recommendations: best short books for every fourth and fifth grader! A Library card and PIN will be required to access many of the resources listed.  Need help with your card or PIN?  Contact your nearest location or call 419-259-5200. Need a new card?

Cover of Fresh Princess

Fresh Princess
By Denene Millner

eBook   |   hoopla

Inspired by Will Smith’s Fresh Prince, this is the story of Destiny, a girl who moves to a new neighborhood and learns to be courageous as she makes new friends.

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Ravi’s Roar
By Tom Percival

While he has never minded being the smallest in his family, Ravi notices one day that his short arms can’t reach the monkey bars. He also can’t seem to find anyone during hide-and-seek, and he’s too small to ride the big slide. But he can ROAR LIKE A TIGER! Oh my!

Cover of The Very Impatient Caterpillar: Am I a Butterfly Yet?

The Very Impatient Caterpillar: Am I a Butterfly Yet?
By Ross Burach


For lovers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this is the story of a caterpillar who must be patient while trying to metamorphosize!

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I am Enough
By Grace Byers

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

From Empire actor and activist Grace Byers comes a lyrical ode to loving who you are while respecting and being kind to others. A simple reminder that we are all here for a purpose, we are more than enough, and we just need to believe it.

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Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
By Joanna Ho

eBook   |   hoopla

A confident, strong girl loves her Asian eyes, which resemble those of her Amah and little sister.

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Be You!
By Peter H. Reynolds

eBook   |   hoopla

From the creator of The Dot, Happy Dreamer, and The Word Collector, this book is a reminder that every child is unique and special. Be your own work of art, patient, persistent, and true. There is one, and only one, YOU!

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The Boy with Big, Big Feelings
By Britney Winn Lee

There is a boy with a heart so big that his feelings glow from his cheeks, spill from his eyes and jump in his chest! When the people he loves have a hard day, he feels their emotions, too. He tries hard to bury his feelings, then realizes they should be celebrated.

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I Talk Like a River
By Jordan Scott

hoopla eAudio   |   hoopla Video   |   hoopla Read Along

A father helps his child after a “bad speech day” at school by offering a new perspective.

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The Quiet Book
By Deborah Underwood

eBook   |   hoopla

Explore the many kinds of quiet that can exist throughout the day.

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If You Come to Earth
By Sophie Blackall

eBook   |   hoopla

This is a beautiful story about a little boy who writes a letter to aliens, explaining what they need to know about Earth and its people.

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Our Little Kitchen
By Jillian Tamaki


A village of resourceful neighbors comes together to prepare a meal for their community.

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Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind
By Jessica Hische


A follow-up to Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave, this book offers inspirational words and lovely scenes to uplift and encourage kids.

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Just Like Me
By Vanessa Newton


A collection of poetry about girls of all kinds: happy, sad, scared, powerful, girls who love their bodies, girls that don’t, country, girls, city girls, girls who love their mothers, and girls who wish they had fathers. This book invites readers to reach deeply to find themselves and each other.

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No More Naps!
By Chris Grabenstein


A cute story by the author of the Mr. Lemoncello series, about a girl in a stroller who refuses to take a nap. She meets many people along her walk who would love to trade places with her. What happens when there are no more naps? Will there be an extra nap to spare?

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Cool Cuts
By Mechal Renee Roe


From the creator of Happy Hair comes Cool Cuts, celebrating boys with natural Black hair. Boys will love seeing strong reflections of themselves in this book full of different hairstyles, from a ‘fro-hawk’ to mini-twists, crisp cornrows, cool curls and waves!

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Who Will You Be?
By Andrea Pippins

A book exploring how family and community come together to shape the wonderful people our children are bound to become.

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Wild Symphony
By Dan Brown

Spot the clues that Maestro Mouse leaves behind as he is getting ready for a symphonic surprise! What do you think he is up to?

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