Fourth Grade Reading List

Reading is a critical skill for success in school and in life. Let’s create an easy to learn environment with high quality children’s age appropriate books, and help our children build a good reading habit!

Reading Comprehension for Fourth Graders

Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

The selections in Recommended Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. In addition to their regular school reading, students read one-half million words annually, including a good representation of grade-level-appropriate narrative and expository text (e.g., classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, online information).

Structural Features of Informational Materials

1. Identify structural patterns found in informational text (e.g., compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequential or chronological order, proposition and support) to strengthen comprehension.

Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

2. Use appropriate strategies when reading for different purposes (e.g., full comprehension, location of information, personal enjoyment).
3. Make and confirm predictions about text by using prior knowledge and ideas presented in the text itself, including illustrations, titles, topic sentences, important words, and foreshadowing clues.
4. Evaluate new information and hypotheses by testing them against known information and ideas.
5. Compare and contrast information on the same topic after reading several passages or articles.
6. Distinguish between cause and effect and between fact and opinion in expository text.
7. Follow multiple-step instructions in a basic technical manual (e.g., how to use computer commands or video games).

Books for Fourth Graders

A Dog On His Own

All alone in the world, without a human to call his own, this canine tries to live up to the name his mother gave him when he was a pup, “K-10” (she said it was because he was one step above all other K-9’s).

Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall

In three exciting tales of daring and wit, mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to save their “people” from an evil aunt, a squeamish schoolteacher and pirating pond rats.

Snake and Lizard

Snake and Lizard are very different from each other, and disagree on almost everything. Can they stay friends?

Family Reminders

Life is not the same around the house when Mary’s father loses his leg in a gold mining accident. Mary is bound and determined to find a way to help her father regain his purpose in life.

News for Dogs

Now that Bruce and his sister Andi have closed the Hotel for Dogs, they have a new business, a newspaper for dogs. Writing a newspaper is harder than it looks. There’s also a mystery to solve. Someone is stealing dogs from their owners.

Problem with the Puddles

When the zany, disagreeing Puddles accidentally leave their dogs Sally and Sally behind after a vacation, they find they have a big problem, leading them — and their dogs — on a crazy journey back to find each other.

Dream Stealer

Susana dreams about a horseback-riding trip and wakes up before her dream ends. Susana’s grandmother tells her the Dream Stealer can help her retrieve the rest of her dream. Soon, Susana is on a journey to the Dream Stealer’s castle.

Umbrella Summer

Ever since her brother Jared’s unexpected death, adventurous Annie has turned cautious and scared. With the help of a new neighbor and good friends, she begins to close her “umbrella of sadness.”

Dying to Meet You

Ignatius B. Grumpty wants to be alone to work on his next children’s book. Unfortunately the house he has rented comes with an eleven year-old boy, a cat and a ghost who don’t want company either.
Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Minli’s luckless village is in the shadow of Fruitless Mountain, where her hardworking parents tell wondrous folktales every night. After hearing about the wise Old Man of the Moon, Minli sets out to find him and ask how to change her village’s fortune.

Billy Bones: A Tale from the Secrets Closet

It’s the skeleton family’s job to guard the dirty secrets for the living. But when Billy Bones meets the newly orphaned Millicent, together they explore the mansion and find out how Billy died.

Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy

Clarence is a cockroach. Then, one morning he awakes to find his body has turned into the body of a miniature human boy. This isn’t Clarence’s only problem – he must also save his whole species from extermination!

Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing)

This summer Julia Gillian walks around her Minneapolis neighborhood with her dog Bigfoot and searches for strength to finish a book with a possible sad ending.

Wooden Mile

Something wickedly weird is going on in the village of Crampton Rock. Werewolves, pirates and talking fish are only the beginning!

Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

“Lonely: adjective”. Popeye lives with his aunt who teaches him a word a week. “Friendship: noun”. Nothing ever happens in his world until Elvis comes along. “Adventure: verb”. Then something small but wonderful does happen. “Worry: verb”. Soon Elvis must leave. What will happen to Popeye? “Lonely: adjective”.

Sunny Holiday

Sunny, who is as cheerful as her name implies, makes the best of life’s ups and downs with her best friend and neighbor, Jazzy, from their inner-city apartment complex, Riverview Towers.


Cool, calm, uber observant, with lightning speed reflexes, Lyle Williams (aka Mudshark) is the school’s “go to” person for anyone who can’t find something. He likes it that way, so that psychic parrot in the library has to go.

Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

After his older brother, Harold, is sold into the Union Army by his wicked uncle, Homer runs away to get him back. Stretching the truth with humor, Homer relates his mishaps, such as: abduction, robbery and “being thrown in with the pigs.”

Captain Nobody

Newt wasn’t anyone when his big brother was around. But now he has a new persona – Captain Nobody – able to solve crimes, stop disasters and save lives.

Tofu Quilt

A young girl growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960’s has “a dream as big as the universe, and a hope as bright as the sun.” She has decided to become a writer, even though her uncle says she is only a girl.

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet

Calvin lives in Hawaii with his mom and younger sister. His mom says, “You’re the man of the house, Cal.” This really means, ” be responsible and don’t get into trouble”. Cal tries, but trouble and fun seem to follow him wherever he goes.

Highway Robbery

“Round the corner he came, a tall rider on a big, black horse. . . .” So the lad tells the tale of Black Bess, horse of the famous Highway Robber, Dick Durbin. How he comes to the horse, the King’s soldiers, and this tale, is up to you to believe.

After we have done some research, we recommend the following books for Fourth graders by Amazon’s review rankings.