4th grade reading books for children aged 9-10

Books for grade 4 – this list of suggested reading books for grade 4 children has been curated and compiled for elementary school children aged 9-10. There is a range of exciting and thought-provoking books to suit all abilities, including easy readers and more difficult texts. Over the course of a year, these stories should inspire both those who find reading a struggle, and also challenge more confident pupils. This list of 4th grade reading recommendations was last edited on Sep 16, 2020 @ 10:06 am

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Books for Grade 4 – our recommendations

Wings of Fire series by Tui T Sutherland

An epic fantasy story about wars between tribes of dragons. Can Clay Tsunami Glory Starflight and sunny find a way to save the world before it’s too late?

Wings of Fire by Tui T Sutherland

Fables by Arnold Lobel

A beautifully illustrated book full of classic fables including funny stories and stories which will get your child to think.

Fables by Arnold Lobel - ideal for 4th grade readers

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Milo is bored with everything and has nothing to do. But one day a tollbooth unexpectedly appears in his room. When Milo goes into the tollbooth he finds himself transported into another world which is far more interesting than his real life. A modern classic.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s modern classic about Harry’s discovery of a magical world which ordinary people – muggles – are not aware of. An ideal book to get your child interested in reading.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice travels down a rabbit hole into a strange and unexpected world where nothing is quite as it seems. Danger and uncertainty lurk. This edition has fantastic illustrations to fire your child’s artistic imagination.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - a classic story for children in grade 4

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

When Roz the robot finds herself unexpectedly marooned on an island, she knows she needs to learn how to survive – fast – in this fast-paced thriller. A more advanced book for grade 4 children.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The complete set of captivating adventure novels based on Greek gods, myths, and fantastic creatures – told in a modern and fast-paced style.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

An atmospheric and page-turning mystery novel set beneath the Biltmore Hotel. Children start vanishing – can Serafina and her friend Braeden find out why? A gripping read for grade 4 children.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Six Dots by Jen Bryant

The illustrated life story of Louis Braille and how he invented a system of reading for the blind. Inspiring.

Six Dots by Jen Bryant

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

When Dad goes out to buy the groceries and takes rather longer than expected; he has some incredible stories to tell about his perilous quest for breakfast cereals – involving pirates, aliens, and wumpires. Very funny.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s classic tale about the lengths George will go to in order to deal with his horrible grandmother. George invents a medicine that might just cure everything. Ideal for group reading in grade 4.

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

The Witches by Roald Dahl

A young orphan lives with his Norwegian grandmother who tells him incredible stories about evil witches who can smell children. Then he meets some. Will he find a way to elude them? A favorite book for grade 4 students.

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio

An atmospheric mystery story about Warren – the 13th of his line – who is due to inherit a large dilapidated hotel. Somewhere inside is a priceless treasure of myth and legend. Can he battle witches and monsters to find it first?

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A classic tale of the author’s life as a pioneer in Kansas. Beautifully illustrated, this is a tale of family unity in times of frontier hardship.

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship by Vicki Lockwood

Part of a series, this book is an engaging adventure mystery set in England. Lizzie Brown must solve a mysterious burglary involving a ghost ship. What secrets is the strange seaside town hiding? This is an ideal book for grade 4 readers who are more confident.

The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship by Vicki Lockwood

A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

An award-winning illustrated book about the childhood hardships of Charles Dickens in nineteenth century London.

A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A little prince appears before a marooned pilot and goes on a journey to different worlds – each only containing one person. A modern classic with clever illustrations.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Brought up by wolves, Mowgli learns about the world from the animals around him. A classic story – with vivid characters – which inspired the famous Disney film. A great group reading book for grade 4.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Bartholemew and Hetties are Peculiars – secretive creatures who try desperately to remain invisible to and unnoticed by ordinary people. But when other Peculiars are being killed, they suddenly have to act. A story that is full of magic and suspense.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck

A mouse on a mission decides to travel to Buckingham Palace to meet the queen. A ripping adventure yarn that will thrill readers.

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The author’s moving first-person account of leaving Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and moving to Alabama. Poignant, and told in verse. A good book for 4th grade paired reading.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Bullies, frenemies and long-lasting true friendships fuel this fast-paced graphic novel story which will appeal to more reluctant readers in grade 4.

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

The fascinating story of Roget’s Thesaurus told through the eyes of Peter Mark Roget as a child. His love of words when he was young grew into a lifetime achievement and the book we know today. Evocative and descriptive this is a great example of historical fiction for younger readers.

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas

Set in rural nineteenth-century Illinois, Emmy’s grandmother gifts her a special gift for the journey west to Colorado.

The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

When Opal is sent to buy the groceries, the ten-year-old instead returns with a dog. Not just any dog, Winn-Dixie helps Opal with finding not only new friends but deeply hidden family secrets. A classic, ideal for reading aloud in grade 4.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

A powerful story about Pansy who looks forward to meeting her best friend last year, Anna at the next summer camp. But in the year that has passed, Anna’s world has changed completely, and Pansy doesn’t know how to deal with it. A great book for grade 4 to discuss disability and change.

Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Liberty Porter, First Daughter by Julia DeVillers

When Liberty Porter’s father is elected President her life changes completely. She decides to throw herself into her new role as first daughter, but will she persuade her parents to buy her a horse? A funny book that will appeal to reluctant readers.

Liberty Porter, First Daughter by Julia DeVillers

Frindle by Andrew Clements

When Nick decides to invent a new word for a pen – the Frindle – all his friends start using the word, then the whole town, and pretty soon the new word is out of control. A fun book to read aloud in grade 4.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The Girl With the Glass Bird by Esme Kerr

Edie has been sent away to an old-fashioned boarding school in the countryside. But she’s not there to study. In fact, her uncle has sent her their to spy on Russian royalty and solve the mystery of a missing work of art.

The Girl With the Glass Bird by Esme Kerr

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

A beautifully illustrated and well written collection of Greek Myths which will appeal to readers in the 4th grade.

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

In this clever reinterpretation of The Snow Queen, Ophelia goes on a dangerous journey fraught with peril to rescue a boy locked in a room by the scary Snow Queen. Exciting and descriptive, this book is bound to be a hit with more confident 4th grade readers.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Woundabout by Lev Rosen

In this imaginative fantasy, Connor and his sister Cordelia are sent to live in the strange town of Woundabout. When they discover a strange machine, they realize winding it can change everything for the better – but not everyone wants to change… A fascinating read for more advanced readers.

Woundabout by Lev Rosen

Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts
Read the Harry Potter books? Now build Hogwarts School our of Lego! Hours of imaginative children’s literature fun with book-themed Lego play.


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