culture The Best Books for Fourth Graders  

Stan Holton
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List Rules Novels appropriate for 9-10 year olds

The best books for fourth graders include some fantastic selections, including sweeping adventure books and other great chapter books for kids. Which books are the best for this age? This list includes a lot of good options, from classics to contemporary chapter books for 4th grade. All will no doubt keep children engaged and reading. Be sure to vote for the books you like the most, vote down any that you don't like -- and of course, add any selections that might be missing.

By the time children enter the fourth grade, they've likely started reading more and more on their own. This is an excellent time for kids to discover the wonders of a great book series. Fourth graders might fall in love with the characters from C.S. Lewis' iconic 'Chronicles of Narnia' series. They might also like Rick Riordan's wildly popular 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series, the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series by Jeff Kinney, or the 'Holes' series by Louis Sachar.

Classics are not neglected on this suggested fourth grade reading list. Kids around this age might really enjoy reading such wonderful books as 'A Wrinkle in Time,' 'The Secret Garden,' 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Where the Red Fern Grows.' And it's hard to go wrong with Judy Blume's 'Fudge-a-Mania' and 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.'

Some of the books listed here are also included among the best books for third graders, but it all depends on a child's individual reading level. Any list of great books to read to kids will include many of the books on this list.

For more great reading suggestions for various ages, check out these lists of the best board books (for babies and toddlers), and the best books for first graders and second graders, too.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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The Lightning Thief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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Number the Stars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Number the Stars Lois Lowry

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney

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Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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The BFG is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The BFG Roald Dahl

The Best Books for Third Graders

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Fudge-a-Mania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Fudge-a-Mania Judy Blume

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Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Sarah, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Holes Louis Sachar

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Superfudge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Superfudge Judy Blume

The Best Batman Comics

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Frindle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Frindle Andrew Clements

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Prince Caspian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Prince Caspian C. S. Lewis

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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

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Wonder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Wonder Rachel Vail

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Jumanji Chris Van Allsburg, George Spelvin

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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Bridge to Terabithia Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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The Wind in the Willows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

The Best Books for First Graders

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Half Magic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Half Magic Edward Eager

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Fourth grade fuss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Fourth grade fuss Johanna Hurwitz

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The Cricket in Times Square is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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Mr. Popper's Penguins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Mr. Popper's Penguins Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater

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The Thief Lord is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke

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Rapunzel's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Rapunzel's Revenge Brendan DuBois

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Emily Windsnap and the monster... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

The Best Female Characters in Literature

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The Quest Begins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Quest Begins Kate Cary, Erin Hunter, Cherith Baldry

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. K. Rowling

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E. L. Konigsburg

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I Survived the Sinking of Tita... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added I Survived the Sinking of Titanic, 1912

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Bunnicula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Bunnicula Jon Klein

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Who was King Tut? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Who was King Tut? Roberta Edwards

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Matilda Roald Dahl

The Best Books for Second Graders

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Sideways Stories From Wayside ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Sideways Stories From Wayside School Louis Sachar

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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added The Witches Roald Dahl

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Stone Fox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Stone Fox John Reynolds Gardiner

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Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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The Borrowers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added The Borrowers Mary Norton

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Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell

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The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders