Kids: Grade 4 Reading List


The following titles, unless otherwise noted, can be found in the Children's Room in Junior Fiction shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.

Adair, Gilbert. ALICE THROUGH THE NEEDLE'S EYE Alice travels through the eye of a needle and meets many unusual creatures including the letters of the alphabet.

Avi . POPPY Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, terrifying owl, has other ideas.

Bawden, Nina. HENRY. Evacuated to the English countryside during World War II, a fatherless family tries to raise a baby squirrel that also lost its home.

Bodecker, N. CARROT HOLES AND FRISBEE TREES A gardener and his wife, who want only to grow an ordinary garden and lead simple lives, find their carrots growing larger each year, complicating their lives enormously.

Bond, Michael. THURSDAY AHOY! Thursday and fellow church mice launch their own showboat and then hire a suspicious character to help them pilot the S.S. Whatsit.

Bunting, Eve. NASTY STINKY SNEAKERS Will ten-year-old Colin find his missing stinky sneakers in time to enter The Stinkiest Sneakers in the World contest?

Burns, Marilyn. THE I HATE MATHEMATICS! BOOK. (J510B) Events, gags, magic tricks, and experiments to change one from a mathematical weakling into a mathematical heavyweight.

Byars, Betsy . WANTED...MUD BLOSSOM. Convinced that Med is responsible for the disappearance of the school hamster that he was taking care of for the weekend, Junior Blossom is determined that the dog should be tried for his"crime."

Choi, Sook Nyul . YEAR OF IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea.

Christopher, Matthew. THE YEAR MOM WON THE PENNANT. Nick Vassey's mother surprises him and his baseball team by volunteering to coach the Thunderballs and leading them to victory.

Clifford, Eth. HELP, I'M A PRISONER IN THE LIBRARY. Mary Rose and Jo-Beth get locked in the local library during the worst blizzard in Indiana history and have many crazy adventures before they are rescued.

Christopher, Paul Curtis. THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM 1963 The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Cushman, Karen. THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.

Declements, Barthe. THE FOURTH GRADE WIZARDS After her mother dies, Marianne becomes a daydreamer and begins to fall behind in her schoolwork.

Degross, Monalisa. DONAVAN'S WORD JAR When the jar that Donavan keeps his word collection in fills up, he finds a special way to give his words away and get something wonderful in return.

Farmer, Nancy. A GIRL NAMED DISASTER While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.

Fine, Anne . THE TULIP TOUCH : A NOVEL Natalie, who lives in the large hotel managed by her father, has a dangerous friendship with Tulip, the wildly uncontrollable girl on a neighboring farm.

Fleischman, Albert Sidney. HUMBUG MOUNTAIN. A Western adventure about the children of a newspaper publisher who, with their parents, outwit steamboat captain, discover a petrified man and rescue their grandfather from outlaws.

Freeman, Suzanne. THE CUCKOO'S CHILD Eleven-year-old Mia refuses to believe that her parents are not coming back after they're reported lost at sea.

Giff, Patricia . LEFT-HANDED SHORTSTOP When his classmates brag that Walter is their star shortstop, Walter makes a cast for his left arm so the kids won't see what a terrible player he really is.

Greene, Constance. AL(EXANDRA) THE GREAT. Her best friend's family helps cushion the blow when Al must sacrifice a summer visit to her father's farm in order to take care of her sick mother in New York City.

Hamilton, Virginia. THE PLANET OF JUNIOR BROWN Already a leader in New York's underground world of homeless children, Buddy Clark takes on the responsibility of protecting the overweight, emotionally disturbed friend with whom he has been playing hooky from eighth grade all semester.

Heide, Florence P. BANANA TWIST. Relates the attempts of Jonah D. Krock to elude his oddball neighbor who thinks Jonah has a banana fixation.

Hesse, Karen. THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.

Hesse, Karen. SABLE Tate Marshall is delighted when a stray dog turns up in the yard one day, but Sable, named for her dark, silky fur, causes trouble with the neighbors and has to go.

Hickman, Janet. JERICHO : A NOVEL An account of twelve-year-old Angela's visit to help take care of her great-grandmother alternates with the story of the old woman's life.

Hurwitz, Johanna. ROZ AND OZZIE. Although Roz usually feels annoyed by the pestering attentions of her Uncle Ozzie, who is two years younger than she is, she finds there are times when she is glad to have him around.

Jones, Diana Wynne. HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

Lauber, Patricia. VOLCANO: THE ERUPTION AND HEALING OF MOUNT SAINT HELENS. (J551.21L) An account of how and why Mount St. Helens erupted in May 1980 and the destruction it caused, and a discussion of the return of life to that area.

Lasky, Kathryn. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROOF IN THE WORLD : EXPLORING THE RAINFOREST CANOPY (574.5) Describes the work of Meg Lowman in the rainforest canopy, an area unexplored until the last ten years and home to previously unknown species of plants and animals.

Lasky, Kathryn . SHADOWS IN THE WATER The two sets of Starbuck twins use their telepathic powers and the aid of some endangered dolphins to help their father catch a gang dumping toxic waste in the Florida Keys.

Lowry, Lois. SEE YOU AROUND, SAM! Sam Krupnik, mad at his mother because she won't let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house, decides to run away to Alaska.

Key, Alexander. THE SWORD OF ARADEL A medieval boy and girl transport themselves 1000 years through time into modern New York City to find a magic sword.

MacDonald, George. AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND. A classic tale about Diamond who is taken for nightly journeys by the capricious North Wind.

McGraw, Eloise. THE MOORCHILD Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.

McKay, Hilary. DOG FRIDAY Ten-year-old Robin Brogan is determined to keep the dog he finds abandoned on the beach from being impounded by the police

McKinley, Robin . BEAUTY : A RETELLING OF THE STORY OF BEAUTY & THE BEAST Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

McKissack, Patricia . A PICTURE OF FREEDOM : THE DIARY OF CLOTEE, A SLAVE GIRL In 1859 twelve-year-old Clotee, a house slave who must conceal the fact that she can read and write, records in her diary her experiences and her struggle to decide whether to escape to freedom.

Miles, Betty. THE SECRET LIFE OF THE UNDERWEAR CHAMP. Ten-year-old Larry is "discovered" on the street and asked to appear in a television commercial. Only later does he find out what he is advertising.

Murphy, Jim. THE GREAT FIRE (977.3) A vertible cinematic account of the catastrophe that decimated much of Chicago in 1871, forcing more than 100,000 people from their homes.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. THE GRAND ESCAPE After years of being strictly house cats, Marco and Polo escape into the wonderful, but dangerous outside world and are sent on three challenging adventures by a group of cats known as the Club of Mysteries.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. SHILOH SEASON When mean and angry Judd, who has never known kindness, takes to drinking and mistreats his dogs, Marty discovers how deep a hurt can go and how long it takes to heal.

Park, Barbara. ROSIE SWANSON: FOURTH-GRADE GEEK FOR PRESIDENT. Just average Rosie runs for class president against two of the most popular kids in the fourth grade.

Patterson, Katherine. FLIP-FLOP GIRL Uprooted following the death of their father, nine-year-old Vinnie and her five-year-old brother, Mason, cope in different ways--one in silence--but both with the help of Lupe, the flip-flop girl.

Peck, Robert. SOUP IN LOVE. As Valentine's Day approaches their Vermont town of Learning, Soup and Rob experience several forms of love.

Peet, William B. BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. (JBIO) The well-known author tells the story of his life and work beginning with his love of drawing in early boyhood to his career with Disney Studios and his writing of children's books.

Peter, Ann. HOW DO YOU SPELL GEEK? The relationship between best friends Kimberly and Ann is put to the test when Ann takes a geeky new student under her wing and encourages her to compete against front runner Kimberly in the spelling bee.

Porte, Barbara Ann. FAT FANNY, BEANPOLE BERTHA, AND THE BOYS. When Bertha's father vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle, and Fanny's theater agent parents are secretly divorced, the girls decide to teach Fanny's triplet brothers to tap-dance to raise money.

Schwartz, Alvin. UNRIDDLING: ALL SORTS OF RIDDLES TO PUZZLE YOUR GUESSERY. (J793.73S) A collection of riddles of various traditional types including queer-word, hidden-answer, neck, leg, rebus, and tricky-question riddles.

Sewall, Marcia. THE PILGRIMS OF PLIMOTH (974.402) Chronicles, in text and illustrations, the day-to-day life of the early Pilgrims in the Plimouth Colony.

Shreve, Susan. THE GOALIE Julie MacNeil feels threatened both in the family and on the soccer field when her widower father begins to date the mother of her arch-rival Benji True.

Silverstein, Shel. WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS. (J811S) Rollicking verses and irreverent humor accompanied by comedic black and white illustrations express a child-appealing philosophy that will be appreciated by all. See also A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC (J811.54S)

Simon, Seymour. THE OPTICAL ILLUSION BOOK. (J533S) A discussion of optical illusions with explanations of why we see them and suggestions for creating illusions of our own.

Tripp, Valerie. MEET FELECITY; AN AMERICAN GIRL. One of the American Girls Collection Series about a nine-year-old girl, Felicity, who lives in Williamsburg in 1774 and rescues a beautiful horse who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.

Wallace, Bill. DANGER IN QUICKSAND SWAMP Ben and Jake battle alligators, quicksand, and a murderer when they search for buried treasure on an island in a swamp.

White, Ruth. BELLE PRATER'S BOY When Woodrow's mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents' home in a small Virginia town where he befriends his cousin and together they find the strength to face the terrible losses and fears in their lives.

Williams, Vera. SCOOTER Elana Rose tells of her event-filled first summer after moving with her mother to a new apartment, as new neighbors and friends become an important part of Elana Rose's life.

Zubrowski, Bernie. BALLOONS: BUILDING AND EXPERIMENTING WITH INFLATABLE TOYS. (J507.2Z) Text and experiments introduce scientific principles that can be demonstrated with balloons and other inflatable toys.