Manchester, Connecticut

Great Books for Fourth Graders

  • Banks, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard. (J Banks)
    • It all starts with a birthday present Omri doesn't even want-a small plastic Indian of no use to him at all. But when an old wooden cupboard and a special key bring the unusual toy to life, Omri's Indian becomes his most important secret: precious, dangerous, wonderful, and above all, magical.
  • Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing..* (JCD Book Blume)
    • Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson. Secret Garden. (J Burnett)
    • Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on theYorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
  • Catling, Patrick S. The Chocolate Touch. (J Catling)
    • A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.
  • Creech, Sharon. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. (J Creech)
    • With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her friendship with Bailey, the boy next door.
  • Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. (J Dahl)
    • A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.
  • Davies, Jacqueline. The Lemonade War. (J Davies)
    • Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of the summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars.
  • Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague. (J Henry)
    • Nobody could capture the Phantom, the wildest mare on the island. Paul and Maureen had their hearts set on owning her. They worked hard to earn the money she would cost. On Pony Penning Day, Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn colt as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both?
  • Howe, James. Bunnicula.* (J Howe)
    • Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
  • Levine, Gail C. The Princess Test.* (J Levine)
    • In this humorous retelling of "The Princess and the Pea," Lorelei must pass difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess.
  • Lowry, Lois. All About Sam.* (J Lowry)
    • The adventures of Sam, Anastasia Krupnik's younger brother, from his first day as a newborn through his mischievous times as a toddler.
  • Lawson, Robert. Ben and me : a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse Amos.* (J Lawson)
    • Banjamin Franklin's companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin's inventions and discoveries.
  • MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall.* (J MacLachlan)
    • When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
  • Park, Linda Sue. Kite Fighters. (J Park)
    • Set in 13th Century Korea, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition on behalf of the emperor.
  • Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms. (J Rockwell)
    • Because of a bet, Bily is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat 15 worms in 15 days. The worms are supplied by his conniving opponent whose motto is "the bigger and juicier,
  • Sachar, Louis. Sideways Stories from Wayside School.* (J Sachar)
    • Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
  • Smith, Robert Kimmel. Chocolate Fever. (J Smith)
    • Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day-it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him.
  • White, E.B. Trumpet of the Swan. (J White)
    • Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.

*This book is part of a series.