The 20 Best Books for 4th Grade Readers: A booklist for teachers &
I’ve put together a list of the 20 best books for fourth graders, which encourage deep discussion and critical thinking about the text.
The 20 Best Books for 4th Graders
These 20 novels are fantastic reads for your fourth-grade students; I’ve included books for below, on-level, and advanced readers. Purchase them for your classroom library, add them to your read-aloud list, or use them for independent study.
1. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
One of my favorite 4th grade books is Island of the Blue Dolphins, which is based on a true story and provides plenty of opportunities for discussion.
2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Students follow Claudia and her younger brother as they decide to run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, carefully avoiding detection by museum security, managing their daily lives, and even solving a mystery.
3. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
After surviving a plane crash, Brian is in the fight of his life, and Paulsen’s writing captures the imagination of readers, drawing them into Brian’s journey. The book is chosen as a favorite book at the end of each year when we do our book showdown.
4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Wonder is an instant classic that your 4th graders will love to read about a young boy named Auggie who was born with a facial deformity. The author’s writing helps readers examine Auggie’s experiences through several lenses.
6. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Each chapter tells the story from inside the 30th-floor classroom of Wayside School, which features a zany cast of characters and a school built on its side. It’s a great way to talk about character traits, inferences, and a variety of other reading comprehension skills.
7. Frindle by Andrew Clements
Frindle is a realistic fiction novel that you will enjoy reading with your students, and you might even hear students using the word “frindle” in your classroom by the time they finish the text!
8. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
This book is about the adventures of a group of children living in Norway during World War II, and it is a great way to link social studies and reading. Peter and his friends work against the Nazi regime to smuggle $9 million in gold.
9. Save Me a Seat by Gina Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
With likable characters and situations that could happen in your own school or classroom, Save Me a Seat is a great novel for talking about learning differences, fitting in, and avoiding assumptions. The plot is a great opportunity to talk about friendship and kindness.
10. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard & Florance Atwater
The story follows Mr. Popper as his life is turned upside down when he receives a penguin from the South Pole. With a wealth of enriching vocabulary and opportunities to discuss reading comprehension skills such as cause and effect, inferencing, and character traits, this book is ideal for a winter book study or read aloud.
11. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking is a personal favorite of mine that holds my students’ attention. A classic tale about an unusual girl who forges her own path in the world, your students will be begging to read the rest of the series by the end of the book.
12. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a beautifully written story that touches both the heart and the imagination. Full of emotion and told from Edward’s point of view, the novel has many twists and turns, making it a true star among novels for this age group.
13. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
This is the story of Roz, a robot who becomes stranded on an uninhabited island and learns from the creatures around her, eventually becoming a surrogate mother for an orphaned gosling. This is an excellent science fiction choice for fourth grade students.
14. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This story is a sure favorite, with vivid descriptions and the kind of silliness that only Dahl can bring to a children’s novel. Reading Level: On-levelDRA: 40.
16. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
This book is a winner for both students and all those essential standards, as it tells the story of a pig and his unlikely friendship with a spider who saves him from being slaughtered. With opportunities to discuss character traits and relationships, visualizing, and so many other important reading comprehension skills, this book is a winner for both students and all those essential standards.
What are good books for 4th graders?
The Top 20 Books for Fourth Graders
- Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins.
- Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet.
- R. J. Palacio’s Wonder.
- Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.
- Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
- Andrew Clements’ Frindle.
- Marie McSwigan’s Snow Treasure.
What should a 4th grader be reading?
Read-Aloud Books for 4th Graders
- Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan (Hardcover)
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)
- Fourth Grade Rats (Paperback)
- Esperanza Rising (Paperback)
- Wonder (Wonder, #1)
- Front Desk (Front Desk, #1)
- Because of Winn-Dixie (Paperback)
Do 4th graders like to read Alouds?
Reading aloud to fourth graders can help them become more interested in books while also exposing them to new vocabulary, authors, and genres. This list of read aloud books for fourth grade has something for everyone, with a great mix of old and new books that all make excellent read alouds.
How do you choose a book for 4th graders?
Choose a book you think you’ll enjoy and read the second page to see if it’ll be a simple, enjoyable read.
- Do I understand what I’m reading?
- Do I recognize almost every word?
- Can I read it aloud without stumbling?
- Do I think the topic will pique my interest?
What ar level should a 4th grader be at?
AR 4.0-4.9 in 4th grade.
How do I teach my 4th grader to read?
After 4th grade, there are four ways to teach reading.
- Make thinking count.
- Tap into technology.
- Preview critical vocabulary. Choose a small set of critical words to introduce to students prior to reading.
- Set a purpose for reading. We know a student who is looking for nothing in a reading assignment usually finds it.
What makes a good read aloud book?
Involve students in the story by asking them open-ended questions, modeling your thinking, asking them to identify letters or words they know, clapping or putting their thumbs up when they hear a special word or a rhyme, and so on.
How many pages are in wonder?
Hold up a finger for each word you’re not sure of or don’t understand; if there are five or more words you don’t understand, you should pick a simpler book.
How do you tell if a book is too hard?
The five finger rule states that if you have five or more fingers up after one page (i.e. five mistakes or errors), the book is too difficult.
- Choose a book.
- Open it anywhere.
- Make a fist.
- Start reading the page.
- Raise a finger for each difficult word or error.
How do I know which book is right for me?
How to Select the Appropriate Books
- Ask Twitter. Book Twitter is, by and large, a happy place on the internet.
- Ask Facebook Groups.
- Follow Bookstagrammers.
- Write in to the Get Booked podcast.
- Sign up for TBR!