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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65 17
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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79 26
The Lightning Thief is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Rick Riordan

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67 20
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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61 18
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Madeleine L'Engle

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54 16
Number the Stars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Lois Lowry

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51 14
The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Frances Hodgson Burnett

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62 22
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Jeff Kinney

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37 11
Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Kate DiCamillo

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57 27
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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44 18
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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33 10
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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44 19
The BFG is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Roald Dahl

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40 16
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
J. R. R. Tolkien

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36 15
Fudge-a-Mania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Judy Blume

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40 20
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Beverly Cleary

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27 10
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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23 8
Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Patricia MacLachlan

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45 27
Holes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Louis Sachar

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27 12
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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29 14
Superfudge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Judy Blume

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37 22
Frindle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Andrew Clements

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21 8
Prince Caspian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
C. S. Lewis

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21 9
The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Lynne Reid Banks

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31 18
Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Chris Van Allsburg, George Spelvin

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25 13
Wonder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Rachel Vail

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21 12
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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19 11
The Wind in the Willows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Kenneth Grahame

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25 18
Half Magic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Edward Eager

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22 17
Fourth grade fuss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Johanna Hurwitz

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18 13
The Cricket in Times Square is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Roald Dahl

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20 18
Rapunzel's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Brendan DuBois

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14 12
Mr. Popper's Penguins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater

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11 9
The Thief Lord is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Cornelia Funke

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20 20
Emily Windsnap and the monster... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders

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15 15
The Quest Begins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Kate Cary, Erin Hunter, Cherith Baldry

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1 0
Who was King Tut? is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Roberta Edwards

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1 0
Bunnicula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Jon Klein

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added E. L. Konigsburg

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added J. K. Rowling

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

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I Survived the Sinking of Tita... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added

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Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Scott O'Dell

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Sideways Stories From Wayside ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Louis Sachar

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The Borrowers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Mary Norton

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Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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1 0
Stone Fox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added John Reynolds Gardiner

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11 11
The Dark is Rising is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Susan Cooper

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10 10
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders