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The Best Books for Fourth Graders 

Stan Holton
Updated December 28, 2018 3.3k votes 402 voters 24.4k views 63 items

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 ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
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Charlie and the Chocolat... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
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The Lightning Thief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Rick Riordan
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Jeff Kinney
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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Madeleine L'Engle
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The BFG is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Roald Dahl
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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Kate DiCamillo
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Tales of a Fourth Grade ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
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Number the Stars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Lois Lowry
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Louis Sachar
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James and the Giant Peac... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
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Where the Red Fern Grows... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
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Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Rachel Vail
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Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Beverly Cleary
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Fudge-a-Mania is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Judy Blume
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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Sarah, Plain and Tall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Patricia MacLachlan
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Elaine Muldowney Berman added Roald Dahl
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Superfudge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Judy Blume
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Frindle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Andrew Clements
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson
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Prince Caspian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Fourth Graders
C. S. Lewis