Suggestions for Fourth Graders

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FICTION

Fiction is shelved alphabetically by the author's last name

A Dog on His Own
by Mary Jane Auch                               
K-10 has had many names and owners, but never a real friend.  After escaping from the animal shelter, he needs a friend fast, or he won’t survive. 

Poppy
by Avi
This mouse-vs-owl adventure is really a story about standing up against tyranny. Action-packed and suspenseful, it is a favorite!  

The World According to Humphrey              
by Betty Birney
Humphrey, the class hamster, has a tiny notebook and pencil hidden in his cage. He pays attention to everything...and he’s taking notes! (#1 in series)

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
by Judy Blume
Sheila has a secret: fearless on the outside, she is frightened on the inside. Spiders! Swimming!! Dogs!!! This summer, she has to face them all…

My Best Frenemy
by Julie Bowe
Ida May wants to be herself, but she also wants to be part of the cool crowd. Then her best friend seems to turn on her, and everything changes.

Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1)
by Michael Buckley
Moving to a new town, two sisters discover it’s full of fairy tale characters - good and bad! When a giant shows up, it’s up to the girls to save the day.

Henry and Ribsy
by Beverly Cleary
Henry’s dog Ribsy is always in trouble! Dad says Henry can only go on the big fishing trip if Ribsy behaves himself for two months! Can he do it?

No Talking                                                  
by Andrew Clements
Laketon’s 5th Grade class is the noisiest ever, so there’s going to be a no-talking contest: boys against girls. Things don’t turn out as expected!

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
by Bruce Coville
When Jeremy enters a strange magic shop he’s never seen before, his life changes forever. The marble he buys turns out to be a dragon’s egg…

Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech
Orphans Dallas and Florida, aka “The Trouble Twins” have given up on ever finding a loving home, but they haven’t been to Ruby Holler yet.  The eccentric older couple who lives there will change everything.

James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl
James, forced to live with his two wicked aunts, becomes “the saddest and loneliest boy.” But a bag of magic crystals is about to change all that! A perennial favorite, and a great read-aloud too!                                

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo
A pampered and spoiled toy rabbit suddenly finds himself lost and alone, far from the girl who loved him. So, his journey begins. But where will it lead?

City of Ember
by Jeanne DuPrau
Lina finds an ancient message that might hold a clue to saving the last city on earth. Can she figure it out before the lights go out for the last time?                                          

Ibby’s Magic Weekend
by Heather Dyer
Ibby and her crazy cousins find a box in the attic labeled “Magic For Beginners.”  Next minute, Ibby turns into a mouse! And that’s just the beginning...                                                       

The White Elephant
by Sid Fleischman
Run-Run trains elephants, so he’s happy when a prince gives him a beautiful white one. But the gift is really a curse! Can Run-Run turn it into a blessing?

Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner
Willy and his beloved Searchlight have to win the dogsled race, to save Grandpa’s farm. But no one has ever beaten Stone Fox.  A classic, exciting tale!

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Unhappy in his family’s crowded city apartment, Sam runs away to the mountains, where he finds solitude, danger, and - most importantly - himself.

Finn Family Moomintroll
by Tove Jansson
It’s spring, so the Moomins are ready for adventure! Moomintroll, Snufkin and Sniff find a Hobgoblin's top hat, which can turn anything into...anything else! An offbeat fantasy beloved in Europe.

The Supersluggers: Slumpbuster
by Kevin Markey
Banjo used to be the homerun king of the 5th Grade, but now there’s a slump cloud over his head, and the pennant is on the line…

A Long Way From Chicago
by Richard Peck
Joey and his sister Mary Alice spend nine hilarious and unforgettable summers in the country, with the worst influence imaginable - their grandmother!

Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
Billy and his two beloved dogs romp through the Ozarks, training for the coon-hunting contest.  This gripping story is a little sad,  but also uplifting.

Gully’s Travels
by Tor Seidler
Gully has led a life of doggy luxury with his owner, but all that is about to change! Things will get much worse, before they get much, much better.

Oggie Cooder
by Sarah Weeks
Quirky 4th-grader Oggie is an overnight sensation after his weird talent lands him on TV. But he soon learns that celebrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez
by Robin Yardi
It feels weird not being best friends with Johnny Ramirez anymore, but things really get weird for Mateo when he sees a couple of skunks steal his old trike, and no one believes him!

NON FICTION

Bugged: How Insects Changed History                     J595.7
by Sarah Albee
From swarms of locusts to bugs in space, insects have helped and harmed humans for ages! Get the scoop on bugs that changed the course of history, and still affect how people live today.

Cook it                     J641.5123
Master the techniques of the chefs, and learn to cook recipes for your friends and family. Menus for picnics, parties, sleepovers and more!

The Kids Campfire Book                 J796.545 
by Jane Drake
The book tells you how to have fun camping, from pitching tents to cooking meals. Best of all are the great camp songs, games and stories - even ghost stories - to read around the campfire! Boo!

Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing                   J652.8
by Paul Janeczko
The perfect book for future spies or cryptographers, all about the history and techniques of secret codes and languages. An answer key helps you practice your new skills: from pictographs to Igpay Atinlay!

Tarantula Scientist                            J595.44
by Sy Montgomery
What has yellow blood, eight legs, and two claws on each foot? The hairiest, scariest spider known to mankind: a Goliath Birdeater Tarantula! Find out what life is like for them, and for the scientist who studies them (who has not been bitten...yet!).                                 

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great                        J398.20492                                 
(From The Knights’ Tale series)
by Gerald Morris
In this version of the Arthurian legends, brave and dashing Lancelot will fearlessly defend the weak...but he’d like a nice nap, first!  A lighthearted and exciting story.

Blizzard! The Storm That changed America                      J974.71041
by Jim Murphy
What would you do if you were caught in a huge blizzard that nobody saw coming? Find out what people did, and how it turned out, when that exact thing happened in New York City, in the year 1888.                        

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies                     J973.30922
by Cokie Roberts
Everyone remembers the important men during the founding of America, but what about the women who also helped shape our country?

The Mighty Mars Rovers: the Incredible     Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity    J523.43
by Elizabeth Rusch
The greatest space robot adventure of all time, told through the eyes - and heart - of Steven Squyres, lead scientist on this most suspenseful of missions.

Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made                   J670
by Bill Slavin
Did you know that CDs start out as sand? And chalk comes from tiny sea creatures! Discover how nature is transformed into more than 60 things that we eat, drink, play with, wear or use every day.                                      

Ocean Soup: Tide Pool Poems                      J591.7699
by Stephen Swinburne
A collection of clever poems written from the point of view of animals which live in ocean tide-pools. Find out what makes them unique, what they eat, and what might eat them! Great illustrations, too!                                   

I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79                                      J813.54
by Lauren Tarshis
In this thrilling addition to the I Survived series, a young boy struggles to escape the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Does he have what it takes to survive?

Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales From the Animal Kingdom           J591
by Jane Yolen
If you love animals, you’ll really love these true stories about them. Amazing tales that span the centuries, from Ancient Rome to the modern day. A National Geographic book.