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Best Books for 4th Graders

Most engaging and recommended reads for 4th graders. This list represents the best of children's literature, compiled from multiple esteemed sources and ranked by frequency of recommendation.

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The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate - 2012-01-17
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Experience life from the perspective of Ivan, an easygoing gorilla who lives in a mall and hardly ever thinks about his old life in the jungle. But when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, Ivan's art and understanding of his surroundings change. Katherine Applegate's heartwarming and humorous story captures the power of friendship, art, and hope.
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James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl - 2002-09-10 (first published in 1961)
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This charming children's book follows the adventures of James after he accidentally drops magic crystals near an old peach tree. As the peach atop the tree grows to the size of a house, James crawls inside and meets new friends like the Old-Green-Grasshopper and the Ladybug. After feeling like an outsider in his aunt's house for years, James finally finds a place where he belongs. Join James and his newfound friends in their exciting peach-tastic adventure!
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Esperanza Rising
Pam Muñoz Ryan - 2002-09-27 (first published in 2000)
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Experience the journey of a young girl, Esperanza, as she goes from living in luxury on a ranch in Mexico to a harsh life of hard labor and financial challenges in California during the Great Depression. Forced to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers, Esperanza faces a lack of acceptance that she's unprepared for. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her circumstances, with Mama's life and her own on the line.
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Charlotte's Web
E. B White - 2001-10-01 (first published in 1952)
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A heartwarming tale of friendship, love, life, and death, this classic children's book is beloved by generations. Written by E.B. White, the author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, the story follows the unlikely friendship between a little pig named Wilbur and a wise spider named Charlotte. With newly colorized illustrations by acclaimed artist Rosemary Wells, this paperback edition is guaranteed to capture the hearts of readers young and old.
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R. J. Palacio - 2012-02-14
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Auggie Pullman is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and he just wants to be treated like any other kid. But as he enters 5th grade, his new classmates struggle to see past his appearance. WONDER, a #1 New York Times bestseller and catalyst for the Choose Kind movement, offers a poignant perspective into one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Through a variety of perspectives, readers will come away with a greater appreciation for the power of friendship and the simple courage of kindness. Join the movement: #choosekind.
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Gretchen Rubin
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Sarah, Plain and Tall
Patricia MacLachlan - 2001-01-01 (first published in 1985)
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This timeless classic is perfect for lovers of historical fiction and beautiful language. Sarah, Plain and Tall explores themes of abandonment, loss, and love through the eyes of young Anna in the late nineteenth century. When Sarah arrives from Maine to answer Papa's advertisement for a wife and mother, Anna and her brother Caleb anxiously wait to see if she'll be nice, sing, and stay. The 30th Anniversary edition includes author Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery speech, a discussion guide, and a reading list.
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - 2015-12-08 (first published in 1997)
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The story of a young boy named Harry, who has endured a miserable life with his cruel relatives. All he knows is poverty, bullying, and the feeling of not belonging. But a letter arrives, inviting him to a magical place filled with friends, sports, and endless wonder. With destiny calling, Harry must navigate a dangerous path if he hopes to survive.
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Arvind Subramanian
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Roald Dahl - 1998-06-01 (first published in 1988)
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A gifted and tender young girl is ignored and mistreated by her parents, but Matilda is not to be underestimated. Bullied by her headmistress, Matilda discovers her extraordinary power to take revenge in this timeless classic from a beloved author.
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The Wild Robot
Peter Brown - 2016-04-05
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A robot finds herself stranded on a remote island, with no idea how she got there or what her purpose is. To survive, she must learn to adapt to her wild surroundings and befriend the hostile animal inhabitants. But when her mysterious past catches up with her, she must confront the collision of nature and technology. A heartwarming and action-packed novel by bestselling and award-winning author Peter Brown.
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Andrew Clements - 1998-02-01 (first published in 1996)
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A tale about the power of words and creative thought, this imaginative story follows trouble-making Nick Allen as he invents his own word, "frindle," in a playful attempt to challenge the way we think about language. What starts as innocent wordplay turns into a schoolwide phenomenon, with people across the country adopting Nick's new word. With humor and heart, this award-winning book encourages readers to think outside the box and sparks the wild creativity in all of us.
Holes by Louis Sachar
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Wish by Barbara O'Connor
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo
Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Land of Stories Complete Paperback Gift Set by Chris Colfer
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi
Flora and Ulysses by Kate Dicamillo
Hannah Saves the World by A. M. Luzzader, Chadd Vanzanten
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
The Wild Robot Hardcover Gift Set by Peter Brown
The Baby-Sitters Club by Gale Galligan
The Magical Reality of Nadia by Bassem Youssef
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Lodestar by Shannon Messenger
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
Fourth Grade Fairy by Eileen Cook
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Who's Afraid of Fourth Grade? by Nancy E. Krulik, John & Wendy
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Books 1-4 by Chris Grabenstein
The Giver by Lois Lowry
We're Not from Here by Geoff Rodkey
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
The Penderwicks Complete Collection by Jeanne Birdsall
Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi, Corinna Luyken
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
No Brainer by Jeff Kinney
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Judy Blume's Fudge Box Set by Judy Blume
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
I Survived Series Complete Books Set by Lauren Tarshis
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll