65 Best Books for 4th Grade

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Fourth-graders are awesome. They have plenty of things they already love, but they’re still willing to give something new a chance. A classroom library full of fun, diverse choices will keep them exploring and growing as readers. We looked at tons of 4th grade books and chose our favorite 60+ to share with you. From beautiful picture books and poetry to hilarious tales to heart-wrenching coming-of-age stories, you’re sure to find something for every curious reader in your group.

Note: You know your students and their emotional maturity levels best. A few of these books may be best as read alouds so that you and your kids can discuss them together.

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Best 4th Grade Books

1. Nightsong by Ari Berk

Cover of Nightsong by Ari Berk

A beautiful picture book just waiting for a class read aloud. As Chiro, a young bat, is sent out into the night by himself for the first time, his mother gives him some good advice. Navigating the world around him will be easy, as long as he uses his good sense. Chiro soon realizes no matter how far away you go, with good sense, you can always find your way back home.

Buy it: Nightsong at Amazon | Nightsong at Bookshop

2. Crossover series by Kwame Alexander

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In this Newbery Medal–winning middle grade novel in verse, twelve-year-old twins and basketball stars Josh and Jordan Bell must learn to deal with problems on and off the court as they navigate homework, first crushes, family, and, of course, basketball.

Buy it: Crossover series at Amazon | Crossover series at Bookshop

3. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Cover of Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Historical fiction at its finest! Echo Mountain tells the story of Ellie, whose family moves to the wilderness of Echo Mountain after losing everything in the Great Depression. When her father falls ill, Ellie has to learn the secrets of the mountain to heal him. This book is a celebration of finding your own path and discovering your truest self.

Buy it: Echo Mountain at Amazon | Echo Mountain at Bookshop

4. Front Desk series by Kelly Yang

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This delightful series follows the adventures of Mia Tang, who lives in a motel with her immigrant parents. As her parents clean the motel and help other immigrant families, Mia dreams of being a writer. A timely collection of 4th grade books with a contemporary Chinese twist.

Buy it: Front Desk series at Amazon | Front Desk series at Bookshop

5. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

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Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Buy it: Ghost at Amazon | Ghost at Bookshop

6. City Spies series by James Ponti

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In this thrilling series that Stuart Gibbs called “a must-read,” Edgar Award winner James Ponti brings together five kids from all over the world and transforms them into real-life spies. It’s wonderful for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls.

Buy it: City Spies series at Amazon | City Spies series at Bookshop

7. Count Me In by Vasha Barjaj

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An uplifting story told through the alternating voices of two middle-schoolers, in which a community rallies to reject racism.

Buy it: Count Me In at Amazon | Count Me In at Bookshop

8. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Cover of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume

The classic tale of nine-year-old Peter, and his two-year-old brother, Fudge, is frequently listed as the book that made someone a reader. This makes it an easy choice to share with your collection of 4th grade books. (Check out more of our favorite Judy Blume books for the classroom!)

Buy it: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at Amazon | Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at Bookshop

9.  The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The cover of "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate," by Jacqueline Kelly

In 1899, 11-year-old Calpurnia lives with her grumpy grandfather, six brothers, and a lot of curiosity about the world around her.

Buy it: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate at Amazon | The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate at Bookshop

10. I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

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When there’s an action-packed series that kids find super-exciting, it’s great when the titles just keep coming. There’s no shortage of edge-of-your-seat moments in these historical fiction adventures.

Buy it: I Survived series at Amazon | I Survived series at Bookshop

11. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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A beautiful collection of poems about the author’s life as a Black girl growing up in South Carolina and New York in the 1960s and 1970s.

Buy it: Brown Girl Dreaming at Amazon | Brown Girl Dreaming at Bookshop

12. Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

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Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Written in prose and verse, the book looks at his life from birth to seventeen. Becoming Muhammad Ali captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.

Buy it: Becoming Muhammad Ali at Amazon | Becoming Muhammad Ali at Bookshop

13. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

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A little bit sci-fi, a little bit whodunit, and a whole lot of fun. Your students will love this thought-provoking take about a sixth-grader who starts receiving anonymous notes that predict the future.

Buy it: When You Reach Me at Amazon | When You Reach Me at Bookshop

14. Gold Rush Girl by Avi

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Wanting to stay with her father, Tory stows away on a ship heading west to search for gold in 1848. Spot-on details and high suspense make this a vivid, absorbing historical adventure for your collection of 4th grade books.

Buy it: Gold Rush Girl at Amazon | Gold Rush Girl at Bookshop

15. Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

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Sixth-graders Rufus and Kate develop and sell toothpaste to become millionaires in just one year! This fun, breezy story includes many real-life mathematical problems which the characters must solve to succeed in their budding business.

Buy it: Toothpaste Millionaire at Amazon | Toothpaste Millionaire at Bookshop

16. Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone

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Add this to your 4th grade books list for students who love the Marvel universe! This story, written by award-winning YA author Nic Stone, takes readers on an adventure with Shuri, the younger sister of T’Challa (aka the Black Panther).

Buy it: Shuri: A Black Panther Novel at Amazon | Shuri: A Black Panther Novel at Bookshop

17. The Bears of Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

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A quick, fun historical fiction about a young man discovering that, unlike what he has been told throughout his life, there are definitely bears on Hemlock Mountain.

Buy it: The Bears of Hemlock Mountain at Amazon | The Bears of Hemlock Mountain at Bookshop

18. Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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A beautifully written fantasy novel about a young man setting out on a perilous quest. This book, written by the author of Esperanza Rising, is sure to be well-loved by your 4th grade students.

Buy it: Mañanaland at Amazon | Mañanaland at Bookshop

19. Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Introduce your 4th grade students to characters they’ll never forget. The story of Matilda, the Trunchbull, and Miss Honey is a delight for a read aloud or to put into the hands of students to discover the story for themselves.

Buy it: Matilda at Amazon | Matilda at Bookshop

20. Weird Little Robots by Caroline Crimi

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When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don’t expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thought.

Buy it: Weird Little Robots at Amazon | Weird Little Robots at Bookshop

21. The Little Mermaid by Jerry Pinkney

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This is not Disney or the Hans Christian Andersen original! Jerry Pinkney’s breathtaking update to a classic tale stars a main character of color and has affirming themes of friendship, family, and identity.

Buy it: The Little Mermaid at Amazon | The Little Mermaid at Bookshop

22. Love by Matt de la Peña

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This moving title is ageless, but we particularly love how it can get fourth graders talking in more depth about a complex topic.

Buy it: Love at Amazon | Love at Bookshop

23. Bringing Back the Wolves: How a Predator Restored an Ecosystem by Jude Isabella

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This book is a science unit unto itself! In systematic sections, it explores what happened when wolves disappeared from—and then came back to—Yellowstone National Park. Build kids’ understanding of vocabulary about relationships within an ecosystem with this memorable real-world story.

Buy it: Bringing Back the Wolves at Amazon

24. Two Truths and a Lie books by Ammi-Joan Paquette

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Make discussions about responsible research practices memorable and fun. This innovative series asks readers to separate fact from fiction in short sections ideal for classroom discussion.

Buy it: Two Truths and a Lie books at Amazon | Two Truths and a Lie books at Bookshop

25. Pumpkin Falls Mysteries by Heather Vogel Frederick

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These stories follow the adventures of Truly Lovejoy, a young girl whose family has moved from Texas to a tiny town in New Hampshire to take over their family’s century-old bookstore. Left largely to her own devices, Truly finds herself chasing down clues found in old books.

Buy it: Pumpkin Falls Mysteries at Amazon

26. Dragons in a Bag series by Zetta Elliott

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Want to breathe some new life into your classroom library? Try this diverse, young, urban fantasy series. The action-packed series begins in Dragons in a Bag, when Jaxon finds out the mean old lady next door is a witch who asks him for his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they’ll be safe.

Buy it: Dragons in a Bag series at Amazon | Dragons in a Bag series at Bookshop

27. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

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Some of your students may have seen the old movie based on this classic book; others may have seen the new versions. Introduce your entire class to the book that started it all.

Buy it: Jumanji at Amazon | Jumanji at Bookshop

28. Sound: Shh…Bang…Pop…Boom! By Romana Romanyshyn

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Here’s a perfect example of artistry in informational writing. A neon color scheme and tons of visual features give readers a primer on the topic of sound. Share as part of a science unit on sound or to simply help students up the cool factor in their own nonfiction writing.

Buy it: Sound: Shh…Bang…Pop…Boom! at Amazon | Sound: Shh…Bang…Pop…Boom! at Bookshop

29. She Was the First: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm by Katheryn Russell-Brown

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This biography chronicles the bold achievements of the first Black person to run for president as a major party candidate. While short in stature, Shirley Chisholm was a strong, influential leader and advocate who made a lasting impact. Your students deserve to be inspired by her!

Buy it: She Was the First at Amazon | She Was the First at Bookshop

30.  Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters

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When an unlikely pair works on a poetry project together, they think they have nothing in common. The effective back-and-forth format will get kids thinking.

Buy it: Can I Touch Your Hair? at Amazon | Can I Touch Your Hair? at Bookshop

31. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth

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Award-winning authors Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth have compiled this collection of poems that celebrates poets who have touched their lives and influenced their work.

Buy it: Out of Wonder at Amazon | Out of Wonder at Bookshop

32.  I’m Trying to Love Math by Bethany Barton

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After convincing arguments heralding bees and spiders in her previous titles, Bethany Barton uses her powers of persuasion to demonstrate the wide reach, usefulness, and coolness of math. Read this to quell any groans about the relevance of math in the real world.

Buy it: I’m Trying to Love Math at Amazon | I’m Trying to Love Math at Bookshop

33. Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone

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It’s a history lesson from a completely unique angle. This is our favorite new narrative nonfiction mentor text. Of course, after reading, you’ll need to break out the board game during indoor recess or invite your students to design their own.

Buy it: Pass Go and Collect $200 at Amazon | Pass Go and Collect $200 at Bookshop

34. Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace

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This isn’t your typical athlete’s biography. Everyone thought Ernie Barnes should play professional football, but he never gave up on his dream of being an artist.

Buy it: Between the Lines at Amazon | Between the Lines at Bookshop

35.  So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt

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Introduce students to this fascinating and influential woman who worked tirelessly to fight against both racial and gender inequality.

Buy it: So Tall Within at Amazon | So Tall Within at Bookshop

36.  Flight for Freedom: The Wetzel Family’s Daring Escape from East Germany by Kristen Fulton

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A family secretly builds a hot air balloon for a secret nighttime crossing over the Berlin Wall. This compelling story is a perfectly-sized slice of history to captivate students. The information provided about the actual construction of the hot air balloon, both in the text and extensive back matter, could also spark interesting STEM conversations about the design process.

Buy it: Flight for Freedom at Amazon | Flight for Freedom at Bookshop

37.  The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

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Maria Merian was a brave and passionate scientific mind, well ahead of her time. This beautifully written and illustrated chapter book biography offers so many discussion opportunities.

Buy it: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies at Amazon | The Girl Who Drew Butterflies at Bookshop

38. Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias

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Marley Dias, creator of the #1000blackgirlbooks movement, is an amazing peer role model to teach kids about activism.

Buy it: Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! at Amazon | Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! at Bookshop

39. Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night by Rob Laidlaw

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Great nonfiction challenges readers’ thinking with a clear focus. This fascinating title about bat conservation does just that.

Buy it: Bat Citizens at Amazon | Bat Citizens at Bookshop

40. 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids by Amy Zuckerman and James Daly

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From cool new gadgets to thoughtful discussions about how environmental change might impact the way we do things in the future, this easy-to-read book is excellent for your classroom futurists.

Buy it: 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids at Amazon | 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids at Bookshop

41. Locomotive by Brian Floca

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A Caldecott Award-winning look at riding America’s first transcontinental railroad in 1869. The pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Buy it: Locomotive at Amazon | Locomotive at Bookshop

42. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

Buy it: Furthermore at Amazon | Furthermore at Bookshop

43. Mighty Jack series by Ben Hatke

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Kids love the intense action and adventure in this three-part, modern-day retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk from a fan-favorite graphic novelist.

Buy it: Mighty Jack series at Amazon | Mighty Jack series at Bookshop

44. Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

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This sci-fi graphic novel is such fun. BFFs Sanity and Tallulah struggle to contain an overzealous three-headed kitten before it causes chaos in their space station home. The selection of diverse, admirable female characters is “out of this world.”

Buy it: Sanity and Tallulah at Amazon | Sanity and Tallulah at Bookshop

45. Maker Comics series by Various Authors (First Second Books)

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These graphic novel riffs on procedural texts are great for hooking reluctant readers or simply expanding kids’ concept of informational text. With tons of engaging topics from baking to costume creation to auto repair, to robot building, there is something to fit every interest in these 4th grade books.

Buy it: Maker Comics at Amazon | Maker Comics at Bookshop

46. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

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There are so many levels to this story of an eleven-year-old boy and his grandmother’s unconventional road trip. The story packs in tons of background about the Civil Rights era without being teach-y.

Buy it: Clean Getaway at Amazon | Clean Getaway at Bookshop

47. The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

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Finally! This follow-up to the fan favorite The One and Only Ivan does not disappoint. Ivan’s funny canine friend Bob is equally endearing as a main character, especially for dog-lovers—both teachers and kids!

Buy it: The One and Only Bob at Amazon | The One and Only Bob at Bookshop

48. The Nerviest Girl in the World by Melissa Wiley

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Pearl lives on a cattle and ostrich ranch and dreams of following in her brothers’ footsteps as a stunt double in silent films. This historical fiction title is full of fun and spunk and is great for learning about a storyteller’s voice.

Buy it: The Nerviest Girl in the World at Amazon | The Nerviest Girl in the World at Bookshop

49. On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez

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When Minerva’s mother doesn’t come home from her night shift, Minerva takes care of her younger sisters. Amidst grave uncertainty, unexplained events bring bits of comfort. This Peter Pan spinoff layers magical thinking with real themes of resilience, responsibility, and family bonds. It’s a fantastic class discussion novel or one to add to a list of 4th grade books to push independent readers towards deeper comprehension.

Buy it: On These Magic Shores at Amazon | On These Magic Shores at Bookshop

50. Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

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Jingwen has lots to cope with between his recent move to Australia and his father’s death, but there’s still room for plenty of humor in this highly readable Own Voices graphic novel. It will particularly resonate with ELL students and those who’ve had to navigate a move to a new place.

Buy it: Pie in the Sky at Amazon | Pie in the Sky at Bookshop

51. Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami

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Part sports novel, part WWII-era historical fiction—with a strong dose of girl power—readers will be cheering for Maria.

Buy it: Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh at Amazon | Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh at Bookshop

52. Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

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This story of a young Latina student trying to find her place in the world gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school—and the steadfast connection that defines family.

Buy it: Merci Suárez Changes Gears at Amazon | Merci Suárez Changes Gears at Bookshop

53. Moo by Sharon Creech

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A wonderful story for those looking to add a blend of prose and poetry to their stack of 4th grade books. When Reena moves with her family to Maine, the last thing she expects is to have to work hard on a farm and form an unlikely friendship with an ornery cow named Zora.

Buy it: Moo at Amazon | Moo at Bookshop

54. Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur

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A moving story of two friends who are caught in a war-torn world. When the army begins to recruit children, will Mathilde lose her best friend Megs?

Buy it: Beautiful Blue World at Amazon | Beautiful Blue World at Bookshop

55. The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner

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The fantastical story of a girl who finds friendship in the unlikeliest of companions—a young member of the Bigfoot clan.

Buy it: The Littlest Bigfoot at Amazon | The Littlest Bigfoot at Bookshop

56. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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This acclaimed title is an ultimate classroom read aloud option for 4th grade books. The puzzle will hook kids’ attention, but the historical context of the end of segregation offers plenty of compelling discussions.

Buy it: The Parker Inheritance at Amazon | The Parker Inheritance at Bookshop

57. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

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We’re predicting it here: This will become a new classic for kids. It’s a fable that stars a young chimney sweep girl during Victorian times who meets tragic circumstances, but the themes of friendship, acceptance, and resilience are timeless. If you have sensitive kiddos, preview it first before reading aloud.

Buy it: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster at Amazon | The Story of a Girl and Her Monster at Bookshop

58. A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

A Wolf Called Wander

Based on information collected by the real tracked wolf, OR-7, this story of a young wolf separated from his pack is a breathtaking tribute to both the power of both family and animal instinct. Read it aloud, then add extra copies to your stack of 4th grade books for students who want to re-read it on their own.

Buy it: A Wolf Called Wander at Amazon | A Wolf Called Wander at Bookshop

59. Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis

Indian No More

When the U.S. government passes a law declassifying her family’s tribe, Regina must grapple with tough questions about what that means for her identity—is she Indian, American, or both? This discussion-worthy novel, rooted in the author’s own experiences, is ideal for advanced readers or as a compelling class read aloud.

Buy it: Indian No More at Amazon | Indian No More at Bookshop

60. We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

Book cover for "We're Not From Here"

This book asks students to imagine they were sent to a completely different planet where they were the outcasts. When it happens to the main character, the situations range from funny to potentially dangerous, but the overall message is timely and meant to make your students think. And isn’t that what the best 4th grade books do?

Buy it: We’re Not From Here at Amazon | We’re Not From Here at Bookshop

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