BIRCHWOOD MEDIA CENTER RECOMMENDED READING FOR FOURTH GRADE
(See also the fifth and third grade lists)


(Lists compiled by Mrs. Disque, Media Specialist at Birchwood)

Applegate , Katherine A. - "The Animorph" Books

Babbitt, Natalie - Search For Delicious, Kneeknock Rise, Tuck Everlasting

 

Baglio, Ben -
Bunnies in the Bathroom, Bears in the Barn , Husky in a Hut, and other "Animal Ark" books
These stories center around a young girl named Mandy Hope whose parents own a veterinary clinic in a small English town. She and her friend, James, encounter an animal in some sort of need in each book and manage to end up helping that creature.
Click here to visit the Animal Ark website.

Banim, Lisa - A Spy In The King's Colony, Drums at Saratoga, The Hessian's Diary

Banks, Lynne Reid- I, Houdini, The Fairy Rebel, "Indian in the Cupboard" Books

Blume, Judy - Are You There, God, It's Me Margaret, Fudge-A-Mania, Superfudge, Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing

Brittain, Bill - The Wish Giver, Devil's Donkey

Byars, Betsy - "Blossom Family " Books, The 18th Emergency, My Dog, My Hero, (and others)

Christopher, Matt - The Hocky Machine, The Winning Stroke , Basketball Sparkplug, Kid Who Only Hit Homers, Soccer Halfback, Football Fugitive (and many other sports books)

Cleary, Beverly - Henry Huggins, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Dear Mr. Henshaw, Strider (and others)

Clements, Andrew -

Frindle
- This hilarious war of words between a student and his teacher has been nominated for more
than thirty-five children's choice awards.
 The Landry News - Cara Landry is a budding journalist trapped in Mr. Larson's dull, disorganized fifth grade class. One afternoon, Cara posts an editorial about her burned-out teacher on the bulletin board and everything changes. Her editorial re-ignites Mr. Larson the Teacher! Instead of chiding Cara, he challenges her to create a real newspaper with her classmates
 The School Story - In this enjoyable and original novel , a 12-year-old girl writes a book, and then she and her friend pretend to be adults in order to get it published.
 A Week in the Woods - Mark didn't ask to move to New Hampshire. Or to go to a hick school like Hardy Elementary. And he certainly didn't request Mr. Maxwell as his teacher. Mr. Maxwell doesn't like rich kids, or slackers, or know-it-alls. And he's decided that Mark is all of those things.
Things Not Seen - Fifteen-year-old Bobby thinks he knows what it's like to be invisible - he's used to being ignored by the popular kids at school (especially the girls). Even his parents hardly seem to notice whether he's home or not. Then one morning, Bobby wakes up to find that he IS invisible.

The Report Card, Jake Drake Books, The Last Holiday Concert, (and others)
(Click here for another site about Andrew Clements with a video)



Picture of A Week in the Woods
 

Colfer, Eoin - "Artemis Fowl" books -
Artemis Fowl, the main character, is a teenage criminal mastermind who spends most of his time plotting his next crime. Artemis is a character torn between his desire for riches, and his developing conscience. Half of him wants to steal from the rich, and the other half wants to give to the poor
Artemis does not mix much with other teenagers, preferring the company of his bodyguard Butler. His only real friends are the fairy folk with whom he has become close in the course of their joint adventures.

Conford, Ellen - Diary of a Monster's Son, "Jenny Archer" Books, The Frog Princess of Pelham, (and others)

Conrad, Pam - Staying Nine

Coville, Bruce - My Teacher Is An Alien, The Monster's Ring, The Skull of Truth, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Jennifer Murdley's Toad, (and others)

 Dahl, Roald -
James And The Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda (and others)
Click here to visit Roald Dahl's website.

 

 

Danziger, Paula -
"Amber Brown" Books, P.S. Longer Letter Later, Snail Mail No More, Earth to Matthew, (and others)


 

"Dear America" Books, "My America" Books, and "My Name is America" (Various authors) -
Travel back to the early days of America through the diary and journal pages of boys and girls who write of their lives and adventures. Click here for the Scholastic America series websites.


 DeFelice, Cynthia -
Weasel
, The Light on Hogback Hill, The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker, The Ghost of Fossil Glen, The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs, (and others)

 

 

DiTerlizzi, Tony - "The Spiderwick Chronicle " Books
Follow Jared, Simon, Mallory Grace and a strange old book into a world filled with elves, goblins, dwarves and trolls. The first book is The Field Guide.


 

Duey, Kathleen -
"Survival" Books, "Hoofbeats" Series, "American Diary Series

Duffey, Betsy - Puppy Love, Throw-away Pets, "Cody" Books

Eager, Edward - Half Magic

Farley, Walter - "Black Stallion" Books

Feldman, Eve - Dog Crazy

Gardiner, John - Stone Fox, General Butterfingers

 

Giff, Patricia Reilly -
Fourth Grade Celebrity,
Gift Of The Pirate Queen, Girl Who Knew It All, Left-Handed Shortstop, Rat Teeth, Winter Worm Business, Nory Ryan's Song, Lily's Crossing, (and others)

Gilson, Jamie - 4B Goes Wild, Itchy Richard, Thirteen Ways To Sink A Sub

Girion, Barbara - Chicken Bone Wish, Indian Summer

Haddix, Margaret Peterson -
Among the Hidden
, Among the Imposters, Among the Betrayed, Just Ella, Running Out of Time, Because of Anya

 Picture of Because of Anya Book cover

Holohan, Maureen - "Broadway Ballplayer" Books

Howe, James - Bunnicula, Celery Stalks At Midnight, Howliday Inn (and others)

Hurwitz, Johanna - Baseball Fever, Class Clown, Class President, Teacher's Pet (and others)

Ibbotson, Eva - The Secret of Platform 13, Which Witch?, Island of the Aunts, Journey to the River Sea, and others
Ghosts and hags, wizards and banshees, mermaids and mistmakers-all are part of the magical worlds that Eva Ibbotson creates in her fantasy books.

 Kehret, Peg -
The Richest Kids in Town
, Horror at the Haunted House, Saving Lily, My Brother Made Me Do It, Don't Tell Anyone "Frightmares Books" (and others)

 

King-Smith, Dick - Pigs Might Fly, Paddy's Pot Of Gold, Lady Lollipop (and others)

Levine, Gail Carson - Ella Enchanted, "The Princess Tales"' (and others)

Levy, Elizabeth - Vampire State Building and others

Lowry, Lois - "Anastasia Krupnick" Books, All About Sam, Attaboy, Sam

 

Martin, Ann M. -
The Doll People,
The Meanest Doll in the World , Baby-Sitters Club Series, Ten Kids, No Pets, (and others)

Miles, Betty - Maudie And Me And The Dirty Book, The Secret Life Of The Underwear Champ, Sink Or Swim

Mowat, Farley - Owls In The Family

Napoli, Donna - The Prince Of The Pond, Three Days, Shark Shock

 

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds -
"Shiloh" Books, One Of The Third Grade Thonkers, Carlotta's Kittens and the Club of Mysteries, Beetles, Lightly Toasted, The Boys Start the War, (and others)

Nimmo, Jenny - "Charlie Bone or Children of the Red King" books - Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he can hear people speaking through their photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted - it means that he is one of the chosen. Sent to a special school that is filled with hidden secrets and mysterious rooms, Charlie must use his wits, as well as his powers, to escape from the clutches of the evil Dr. Bloor.

Park, Barbara - Don't Make Me Smile, Kid In The Red Jacket, Operation Dump The Chump, Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, (and others)

Paulsen, Gary - "Culpepper Adventures" Books, "World of Adventure" Books

Peck, Robert - "Soup" Books

Roberts, Willo Davis - Eddie And The Fairy Godpuppy, Jo And The Bandits, The Pet-sitting Peril (and others)

Robinson, Barbara - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Best School Year Ever

Rockwell, Thomas - How To Eat Fried Worms, How To Fight A Girl

Rodda, Emily -
Rowan of Rin
Series, Dragons of Deltora Series, Fairy Realm Series, Deltora Quest Series

 

Rodgers, Mary - Billion For Boris, Freaky Friday, Summer Switch

Rowling, J.K. - "Harry Potter" Books

Roy, Ron - Where's Buddy?, A-Z Mystery series

"Royal Diary" Books (Various authors)

Sachar, Louis - There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom, "Wayside School" Books, Holes, Marvin Redpost Books

 

Schwartz, Alvin-
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
, More Scary Stories , and Scary Stories III

Perennially favorite books with traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, and other scary creatures.

Scieszka, Jon - "The Time Warp Trio" Books -
Each book in the series places the characters in a different time period, solving mysteries, battling baddies and just generally having hilarious, kooky adventures.

Silverstein, Shel - A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Smith, Robert Kimmel - Chocolate Fever, Jelly Belly, Mostly Michael, Bobby Baseball, The Squeaky Wheel

Snicket, Lemony - "A Series of Unfortunate Events" Books
"If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether," warns the author. "I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter." Absolutely miserable stories full of wit and exciting adventures. Don't miss them.

Sobol, Donald - "Encyclopedia Brown" Books

Spinelli, Jerry - Fourth Grade Rats, Tooter Pepperday, Maniac McGee

 

 

Springer, Nancy-
"Rowan Hood " Books
These fantasy adventure stories are about young girl's plan to survive on her own, search for her family, and discover her identity. Readers who enjoy reading stories about Robin Hood will love meeting his daughter, RowanHood.

Steig, William - Abel's Island

Taylor, Sydney - "All-Of-A-Kind Family" Books

Taylor, Theodore - Trouble With Tuck, Tuck Triumphant

Thomas, Jane - Fox In A Trap, The Comeback Dog

Viorst, Judith - Sad Underwear and Other Complications

Wallace, Bill - Dog Called Kitty, Ferret In The Bedroom, Lizard In The Fridge, Snot Stew, Totally Disgusting (and others)

Whybrow, Ian - Little Wolf's Book of Badness and other Little Wolf Books

Wilder, Laura Ingalls - Little House On The Prairie" Books

Zach, Cheryl - Benny And The No-Good Teacher

READ *READ * READ * ALL YEAR LONG!

These books are available at the Birchwood Media Center and your public library.
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Updated August 2005

 

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