READING LIST FOR FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS
This reading list of novels will introduce you to many different genres, to many different authors, and to some of the classics.
These novels will introduce you to a few great Canadian writers.
Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Ellis, Deborah. The Several Lives of Orphan Jack.
Korman, Gordon. The Sixth Grade Nickname Game.
Little, Jean. From Anna.
Mowat, Farley. Owls in the Family.
Richler, Mordecai. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.
Stuchner, Joan Betty. Honey Cake.
These novels will give you an overview of some great writers from other countries.
Avi. Poppy. (American)
Bishop Claire Huchet. Twenty and Ten. (American)
Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! (American)
Byars, Betsy. A Blossom Promise. (American)
Cleary, Beverly. Beezus and Ramona. (American)
Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle. (American)
Clements, Andrew. Frindle. (American)
Coville, Bruce. Aliens Ate My Homework. (American)
Cowley, Joy. Chicken Feathers, Snake and Lizard, Stories of the Wild West Gang. (New Zealand)
Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. (British)
De Paola, Tomie. 26 Fairmount Avenue. (American)
Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Phineas L. MacGuire Erupts! (American)
Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. (American)
Gleitzman, Morris. Toad Rage. (Australian)
Hesse, Karen. Just Juice. (American)
Hill, Kirkpatrick. Toughboy and Sister. (American)
Holling, Holling. Paddle-to-the-Sea. (American)
Howe, Deborah. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. (American)
Hurwitz, Joanna. Baseball Fever. (American)
Kelly, Jacqueline. Skunked! (American)
King-Smith, Dick. Sophie’s Tom. (British)
Lasky, Kathryn. The Capture. (American)
Le Guin, Ursula. Catwings. (American)
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking. (Swedish)
Lowry, Lois. Attaboy, Sam! (American)
MacLachlan, Patricia. Three Names and Just Dance and Waiting for the Magic. (American)
Millard, Glenda. The Naming of Tishkin Silk. (Australian)
Milne, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh. (British)
Moses, Sheila B. Sallie Gal and the Wall-a-kee Man. (American)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Grand Escape and The Boy with the Helium Head. (American)
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. (British)
Park, Barbara. Don’t Make Me Smile. (American)
Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine, Friend of the Week. (American)
Pilkey, Dave. The Adventures of Captain Underpants. (American)
Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Sugar. (American)
Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. (American)
Schoenberg, Jane. The One and Only Stuey Lewis. (American)
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square. (American)
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. Nate the Great, Where are You? (American)
Smith, Doris Buchanan. A Taste of Blackberries. (American)
Sobol, Donald. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. (American)
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi. (Swiss)
Stilton, Geronimo. The Geronimo Stilton series. (Italian)
The Newbery Award was named after a British bookseller who lived in the 1700s: John Newbery. Every year, the American Library Association recognizes one author for making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Note that this is an American award and so many outstanding books from other countries are not eligible. Therefore, it is important to also read great literature from other countries. Keeping that in mind, here are some Newbery novels especially suitable for fourth grade students.
Carlson, Natalie Savage. The Family Under the Bridge. (1959 Honor Book)
DiCamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses. (2014 Medal Winner)
Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses. (1945 Honor Book)
Estes, Eleanor. Rufus M. (1944 Honor Book)
Fleischmanm, Sid. The Whipping Boy. (1987 Medal Winner)
Henkes, Kevin. The Year of Billy Miller. (2014 Honor Book)
MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. (1986 Medal Winner)
Mathis, Sharon Bell. The Hundred Penny Box. (1976 Honor Book)
Sorenson, Virginia. Miracles on Maple Hill. (1957 Medal Winner)
Steig, William. Abel’s Island. (1977 Honor Book)
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. (1953 Honor Book)