4th grade is the year of reading for fun and getting lost in literary worlds. From the classics, to innovative and inspiring new releases, there are so many options to choose from! Does your reader like mystery, graphic novels, or something to make them laugh? Here are our top 10 favorite chapter book recommendations to show your kids the magic of books.
1. The Report Card
Andrew Clements touches on some important issues regarding expectations and judgment around grades and success with this novel about a young girl named Nora who is ashamed of her intelligence and doesn't want her peers to know how smart she is. This and his many other 4th grader-friendly books are great options for your young readers to feel understood and empowered to accept and love what makes them special.
This novel is part of a trilogy by the talented and award-winning author Brian Selznick. Each book in the series is packed full of adventure stories, lessons about bravery and courage, and incredible original illustrations. This book follows two separate stories of a boy named Ben and a girl named Rose who wish to live different lives. 50 years apart in time, they both set out on a journey to find themselves, which inevitably brings their stories together.
3. There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
This book by Louis Sachar is the perfect choice for any kid going through the challenges of middle school. Trying to fit in, while also working to find and accept who you are is almost impossible when you are 10 years old. Bradley Chalker is a misunderstood 5th grader who tells lies and is hated by most of the school, except his counselor Carla. With her help and guidance, Bradley learns to embrace who he is and grow into a better version of himself.
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I am sure you have heard of this favorite book by the best-selling author Jeff Kinney. This 16 book series follows two late-blooming 6th grade boys as they try to survive middle school. Their challenges and relatable stories make this series a perfect addition to any classroom library.
5. Gaia Girls Enter the Earth
This relevant and inspiring two-book series by Lee Welles brings up some important issues regarding the world, big business, and courage to take a stand for what's right. The fantasy stories follow a young girl named Elizabeth and her family's farm when a new corporation comes to their town and things start to change. Elizabeth meets a mysterious creature named Gaia who ends up being the entity of the earth. She gains some magical powers and is called to take action and save the world! Can she do it?
6. Out of My Mind
This New York Times Bestselling book by Sharon Draper is a must-read for any and all middle schoolers. It tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy and also has a photographic memory. Because of her disability, she is unable to show people just how bright she really is, but she is determined to find a way to show everyone just how special she really is.
7. Catherine's War
This emotionally charged narrative by Julia Billet was based on the true story of her mother in France in World War II. It follows a young determined girl, looking to find herself and pursue her passions amidst the chaos and fear of the German occupation. Her amazing adventure revolves around Catherine's camera and how it helps her capture the moments when she has to go into hiding and change her identity to survive.
8. James and the Giant Peach
This favorite book by the one and only Roald Dahl is a classic story of James Henry Trotter, a young and unfortunate boy who gets sent to live with his mean aunts after his parents are eaten by rhinos. He ends up creating this magical world inside of a peach tree with new friends and fantastical plants that make this hilarious story one of magic and fantasy.
9. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
These funny books about the wacky sideways wayside school and the goofy characters within its crooked walls are the perfect series for any 4th grader. The humor stories at wayside school are relatable, and the biggest prank will have your kids rolling on the floor with laughter. This 4 book series is a great addition to any classroom library.
10. Escape from a Video Game: The Secret of Phantom Island
These innovative 4th grade level books are a combination of many adventure stories you can pick and choose to create your own favorite book. The unexpected twists and turns will keep your young readers engaged and on edge to see what happens next in this page-turner. There are 3 books in this series packed full of humor, fantasy, and action.