4th-Grade-Book-List

This list includes fiction and nonfiction books and book series that appeal to 4th Graders.

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Meltdown
Author: Jeff Kinney

When snow closes Greg Heffley's middle school, he and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, face a fight for survival as warring gangs turn the neighborhood into a wintry battlefield.  

Book 13, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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Stink and the Shark Sleepover
Author: Megan McDonald

When Stink's parents win an aquarium sleepover, he and his two friends enjoy a scavenger hunt before trying to fall asleep while worrying about the frankensquid on the loose.  This amusing fiction story incorporates information about marine animals.

Book 9, Stink series

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Who was Rosa Parks?
Author: Yona McDonough

From the biography series, Who was..?  In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama and refused to sit in the back of the bus, and so she was arrested. This seemingly small act triggered a successful civil rights bus boycott and protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Wild Born
Author: Brandon Mull

As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts -- a bond that gives great powers to all of them.

Book 1, Spirit Animal series

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Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
Author: R. J. Palacio

"These stories are an extra peek at Auggie, a boy born with extreme facial abnormalities, before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie's oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie's new friend at school"--publisher.  

This book is a follow-up to Wonder by Palacio. 

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Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.  Also available in Spanish language. 

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Who Would Win? Ultimate Showdown
Author: Jerry Pallotta

Which dangerous animals would win, if in a fight? Find out in this awesome bind-up of five books from the Who Would Win? series. The collection features a range of mammals, sea creatures, insects, and dinosaurs to satisfy all kinds of animal fans.  Contains these five books: Lion vs. Tiger -- Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark -- Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear -- Hornet vs. Wasp -- Triceratops vs. Spinosaurus

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Author: Stephan Pastis

Resolving to earn money for his mother's bills, eleven-year-old Timmy launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear, but finds their enterprise challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge.  Also available in Spanish language.

Book 1 in Timmy Failure series

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Treasure Hunters
Author: James Patterson

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and travelling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives.  

Book 1, Treasure

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Big Nate: Silent But Deadly
Author: Lincoln Peirce

For more fun with Big Nate--Nate's alter ego the Great Nose-In! can smell trouble a mile away.

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The Red Pyramid
Author: Rick Riordan

After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.  

Book 1, Kane (Chronicles)

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The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel
Author: Rick Riordan

Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharoahs.

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Author: Dana Simpson

t all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and using it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?

Book 5 in Phoebe series

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Who was Walt Disney?
Author: Whitney Stewart

Walt Disney always loved to entertain people and wanted to create a safe and magical wonderland for families.  With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography reveals the man behind the magic.

Also available in Spanish language ebook.

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The Dragonet Prophecy
Author: Tui Sutherland

"Clay has lived his whole life under the mountain. The MudWing dragonet knows war is raging between the dragon tribes in the world outside - a war that he and four other dragonets are destined to end, according to the mysterious prophecy they have been taught. The five "chosen" dragonets were stolen from their homes while they were still in their eggs - and hidden away for years - all to fulfill the prophecy. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when danger threatens one of their own, Clay and his friends may choose freedom over fate ... leave the mountain ... and set the dragon world on a course that no one could have predicted." -- publisher.  

Book 1, Wings of Fire series

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I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967
Author: Lauren Tarshis

Eleven-year-old Melody Vega and her family visit Glacier National Park every summer, but this year Mel comes face-to-face with a terrifying grizzly bear.

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I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
Author: Lauren Tarshis

Sand flew up into Danny's eyes. And then from behind him, a huge explosion seemed to shatter the world. The force lifted Danny off his feet and threw him onto the ground. And then Danny couldn't hear anything at all. 

Book 4, I Survived series

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Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.  Can Catrina be resilient and learn to appreciate her new home and make new friends? 

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Guts
Author: Raina Telgemeier

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away, and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?  

Also available in Spanish language: Agallas / Raina Telgemeier.

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Sisters
Author: Raina Telgemeier

A companion to the Eisner Award-winning Smile finds Raina's disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents' marriage.  

Also available in Spanish language: Hermanas / Raina Telgemeier.
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The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend

"A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society"-- publisher.  Also available in large print.

Book 1, Nevermoor series

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The Shadows
Author: Jacqueline West
When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.
Book 1 of The Books of Elsewhere series
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