15 Books to Read for 4th Graders: Find Your Next Book Here!

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There are so many good books to read out there, but sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect book! Especially books to read for 4th graders! Well, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of some awesome 4th grade level books for kids and parents who love reading books with their kids!

Kids this age are at a crucial point in their reading journey. They’re old enough to start understanding the complexities of language, but they still have that childlike excitement for what books can do.

This list has some good choices for 4th graders who want to read more challenging texts with engaging plots and characters.

Whether you’re looking for chapter books or graphic novels, these recommendations will be sure to please! We were sure to include newer published books alongside some good ol’ classics! 

We hope you love this list of books for 4th graders. If you find a book that you love or want to make a book recommendation, contact us! We’d love to hear what you think about this list!

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A gripping novel about family and survival.
Rosanne Parry

In this gripping novel, Swift, a young wolf club, must learn his place amongst his brothers and sisters. When a rival pack of wolves attack his own, Swift and his family are scattered!

Swift is forced to flee and find a new place to call home? His journey takes him through the beautiful, yet treacherous Pacific Northwest. He encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he reaches his destination.

Will he find a place to call home?

Kate DiCamillo
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.
What if time froze on the last day of summer?
Lamar Giles

Otto and Sheed are known as the local sleuths in their small Virginia town. They have a way of unraveling mischievous mysteries using their awesome deduction skills. As the summer reaches its end with the first day of school around the corner, the boys are on the look out for just a little more fun but they cannot come to an agreement.

All at once, a mysterious man appears with a device that freezes time! Is that a camera he holds? Otto and Sheed must put aside their differences to become the town’s heroes and save time – literally! 

This awesome book for 4th graders is stuffed with mysterious fun, strange people and even stranger creatures. One all you mystery adventure lovers will love!

Heartwarming and full of cake!
Remy Lai

In this graphic novel hybrid, Jingwen’s life changes drastically when he moves to a new country. He feels like an alien – he cannot understand English, school is tortune and he has a hard time making any friends.

It doesn’t help that he is stuck looking after his little brother, Yanghao who is overly annoying!

To alleviate his loneliness, Jingwen dreams of making the all of the cakes that were planned to go onto his father’s menu at Pie in the Sky. His father’s bakery never came to fruition before he passed away unexpectedly. 

But wait! Jingwen’s mother has set one very strict rule: No using the oven while she’s at work. What kind of excuses will Jingwen and Yanghao come up with?

This book deals with grief and fitting into a new environment. It may just pull at your heartstrings a little. 

Jeanne Birdsall

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.

A sweet graphic novel about resilience.
Megan Wagner Lloyd

Maggie is severely allergic to any furry creatures… including the new puppy she was hoping to adopt on her birthday. 

Her life is depending on whether or not she can outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet for herself because things at home at tough. Her parents are preoccupied with getting prepared to have another baby and her twin brothers are always off in their own little world. 

This sweet graphic novel is written by someone who has personal experiences with allergies and knows what it is like to feel out of place. This 4th grade book is for anyone who love their pets and know what it is like to feel alone in a busy world.

Nobody is perfect.
Kristin Mahoney

Oh no, Elfie Oster got expelled on her first day of school! On top of that, she struggles to fit in and make friends; her babysitter gets sick and her aunt and uncle are not speaking to one another. Can life get any worse?

Follow Elfie’s story as she figures out what truly matters despite all her misgivings. It might be the best thing to ever happen to Elfie!

This is a wonderful story for anyone who believes they have to do things right the first time. As Ms. Frizzle says… “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”

Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
A spellbinding and magical mystery!
Brian Selznick

This big, beautiful book is filled with break-taking illustrations! It’s almost like you are watching a movie while reading the story. It makes for an extremely memorable experience that everyone will love!

Twelve-year-old Hugo is an orphan. He is also a clock keeper… and a thief. He lives in the shadows and his survival depends on secrecy and anonymity. 

Suddenly, Hugo’s world interlocks with a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, an eccentric, bookish girl, and his undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.

Also by Brian Selznick

A hilarious memoir by Jordan Sonnenblick
Jordan Sonnenblick

For Jordan, everything goes wrong ALL THE TIME. And for someone who is just trying to get through the school year, this is particularly troublesome.

His teachers hate him, asthma prevents Jordan from living life normally, and among other things, bullies are always at the ready to come at him.

In this hilariously true book, Jordan Sonnenblick recounts his childhood experiences in hopes to share a little wisdom that life goes on even if the times right now are hard. Keep your head up and keep your eyes on the prize.

This is a good book for any 4th graders who has a big empathetic heart and is in the market for some serious laughter!

Maria Parr

Speed and self-confidence, that’s Astrid’s motto. Nicknamed “the little thunderbolt,” she loves to spend her days racing down the hillside on her sled, singing loudly as she goes, and visiting Gunnvald, her grumpy, septuagenarian best friend and godfather, who makes hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. She just wishes there were other children to share her hair-raising adventures with. But Astrid’s world is about to be turned upside down by two startling arrivals to the village of Glimmerdal: first a new family, then a mysterious, towering woman who everyone seems to know but Astrid. It turns out that Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from his goddaughter, one that will test their friendship to its limits. Astrid is not too happy about some of these upheavals in Glimmerdal — but, luckily, she has a plan to set things right.

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Blind Thief turned True Hero
Jonathan Auxier

Peter Nimble is blind. As an orphan, he has become well-versed in the life of thievery. One day, Peter’s world is flipped upside down after he steals a box from a traveling merchant – a box that contains three sets of magical eyes!

The curious Peter tries on one pair of eyes and he is instantly transported to some hidden island where he quickly sets on a journey with an unlikely sidekick- a knight who has been turned into a horse? Or is he a cat? His quest: to travel to the perilous Vanished Kingdom and rescue the people in need of his help.

Anna James

Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, start showing up at the shop,Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their books, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly’s new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, but danger may be lurking on the very next page…

When new secrets are uncovered, it’s up to Tilly to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. From debut author Anna James comes a charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop that will delight book lovers everywhere.

"Loot hits the jackpot!" Rick Riordan
Jude Watson

March McQuinn sees his father in his final moments after he had fallen from a rooftop. His final words are, “Find jewels.” But his dad isn’t talking about money, he is talking about March’s twin sister – a twin he never knew he had. 

They find each other! However, no sooner after they are picked up by police and send to a really terrible orphanage. It’s not prison, but it might as well be! So, they decide to follow in their father’s footsteps to make their own way in the world. Did I mention their father was a notorious jewel thief?

This is a good book for 4th grade boys. There’s action, there’s adventure and there are twists! What’s even better is that there is a sequel to this 4th grade favorite!

Also by Jude Watson

Being an alien isn't so bad.
Angela Dominguez

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say is a little younger than most books on this list however, it’s worth talking about! No pun intended!

Stella speaks two languages – English and Spanish. English is her second language and it becomes apparent when she tries to make friends at school. Her classmates notice she pronounces words incorrectly and sometimes speaks in Spanish when she means to talk in English. This leaves Stella feeling insecure and not normal. 

Stella learns that she is an alien… not because she is from Mars but because she was born in another country. No wonder she feels so different from everyone else. Stella has a class presentation coming up and she knows she has to overcome her fears because she has something to say!  


A timeless classic!
J.R.R. Tolkien

This enchanting tale was published in 1937 and has stood the test of time! It is considered the prequel to the infamous Lord of the Rings trilogy masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkien. 

This particular copy is an illustrated version of the classic which brings this adventure book to life. Meet Bilbo Baggins, run into Gandalf and be entranced by Gollum in this amazing book!

Other versions of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit : A Graphic Novel

The classic paperback version
For the dinosaur lovers.
Angela Ahn

Peter Lee knows what he wants to be when he grows up: a paleontologist. But one summer, his dream seems to slip away!

Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field is written in the form of journal entries. Peter, the main character, keeps notes on all of his observations from the field and includes fun drawings. Within the journal, Peter begins writing about how his grandmother is sick and how he is dealing with it.

Fourth graders will love this book! I mean, who doesn’t love a book that’s written like a journal?

There you have it! This list of books for 4th graders is a perfect place to start if you are looking for the perfect book to continue your reading journey. There is something for everyone here. If you are an avid reader, hopefully you have found something new and exciting. If you don’t read too often, hopefully you found a book that catching your interest that will amp up your love for reading! 

Be sure to check out lists in other grades such as 18 Books for Fifth Graders Who are Looking for a Good Book to Read for more amazing middle grade book options OR check out our shop to view ALL of the books that are listed on Reading A La Mode!