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Choosing books for 4th graders can be difficult. After all, they can be as different as any other group of readers! There are 4th graders who enjoy stories in The New Yorker,and there are 4th grade readers who struggle to read independently.
This list of the best books for 4th graders aims for the 9- and 10-year-old’s sweet spot. Not too old, not too young; not too serious, not too silly.
1) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
This award-winning novel is a book for all ages. It’s a perfect road-trip fantasy, and it’s a crowd pleaser for kids and adults.
The novel is inspired by Chinese folklore. It opens in the Village of Fruitless Mountain, where 10-year-old Minli lives with her family. Minli sets off from home in a series of nested adventures, something like a journey through1001 Nights, but for kids.
Grace Lin is worth following anywhere.
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My fourth grader also recommends Lin’s2)When the Sea Turned to Silverand 3)Starry River of the Sky. All are family favorites.
4)Keeper of the Lost Citiesby Shannon Messenger
My 4th grader can’t stop reading this series. In the opening book, a telepathic 12-year-old has never quite fit in. Finally, she meets Fitz and discovers a different world. She must leave her old life and figure out a new one before things go very wrong.
There are currently eight books in this compulsively readable series.
5) Camp by Kayla Miller
This book would make a fun gift for a kid going off to summer camp for the first time.
It follows Miller’s popular Click,and it sees protagonists Olive and Willow nervously head off to camp.
Olive makes friends right away, but Willow struggles. This book gets both the stress and the excitement of sleep-away camp.
6) Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up by Matthew Reinhart (Author) and Robert Sabuda (Illustrator)
“Open this entrancing book and meet Shakespeare’s Queen Titania, springing up with her silver wings aflutter.” This is a delight for fans of elves, castles, hobgoblins, and trolls. It is a 3D book with both facts and fancy, brownies and menfolk and more.
7)Wildwitch: Wildfire by Lene Kaaberbøl, Translated by Charlotte Barslund
Eleven-year-old Clara is an ordinary girl, so-called. But everything changes after an encounter with a huge and frightening black cat. It scratches her, and Clara is wracked with fever. Clara’s mother knows there is only one solution, and it’s with Aunt Isa in the wild woods. A wondrous Danish fantasy, now in English.
There are currently fourWildwitchbooks.
8) Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot
After his mom leaves him in Brooklyn with grouchy “Ma,” 9-year-old Max finds a mysterious package on her table. Thissets in motion a series of magical events.
As it turns out, Ma just might be a real witch who must return three dragons to their magical realm.
This is an enthralling city-based fantasy for kids.
9) Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle by Hilda Eunice Burgos
Ana Maria is living in a two-bedroom in Washington Heights with her parents and three sisters. Then her parents announce a new baby is on the way! All Ana Maria wants is to practice piano and get good enough for a new school. But it’s not easy to practice with so many competing needs in one small space.
10) Wolf and Dog by Sylvia Vanden Heede, Translated by Bill Nagelkerke
Wolf and Dog are cousins. Wolf is wild and lives in a forest on top of a hill. Dog is tame and has a basket and an owner. In these nine funny short stories by the popular Flemish children’s writer Sylvia Vanden Heede, Dog and Wolf discuss the important things in life. Food, for instance, and also family and fleas.
11) The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle by Crystal Allen and Eda Kaban
This third and final book in a series focuses on middle child Mya.
Like many middle children, Mya struggles to get the attention of her sleep-deprived parents. Mya’s baby sister is too cute, and her older brother is too smart. Her struggles will be familiar to many middle kids.
12) Who Can Crack the Leonardo da Vinci Code? ByThomas Brezina, Translated by Hannah Sartin
This an excellent book for the mystery-oriented 4th grader! It’s a children’s adventure book. In it, accompanied by a little dog Pablo, readers start their journey in a Museum of Adventures. From there, they travel back in time to meet the artist himself.
Using the tools provided, readers can solve seven riddles hidden inside Da Vinci’s paintings. When they do, they can save the museum from cunning villains.
13) Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
Emilia is having a tough time. At school, she can’t focus. At home, her dad is newly home from deployment. He’s spending a lot of time alone in his studio, welding.
Eventually, Emilia and her father begin to weld together. The shared experience brings them together and helps them heal.
14) Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
This book is a heartbreaker. In it, Jingwen has immigrated to Australia after the death of his father, along with his mother and brother. Jingwen struggles to learn English and feel motivated in class. The only thing that still makes him happy is baking pies, something he shared with his bakery owner father.
15) The Last-Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles and Dapo Adeola
This is a quirky adventure novel about cousins Sheed and Otto Alston, legendary heroes in their hometown. This book has everything that you might for a rollicking adventure: time travel, robots, time freezing, magic mirrors and familial bickering. Overall, this strange tale kept me on my toes and left me with a smile on my face.
16) Max & The Midknights by Lincoln Peirce
This half-book, half-comic hybrid is set in the Middle Ages. In it, Max is a troubadour wandering 14th century Europe in the hopes of finding an epic quest. He needs just such a quest to make him a knight.
17) Blended by Sharon M. Draper
Isabella is struggling to deal with her parents’ divorce. She’s torn between the worlds of her white waitress mother and her Black lawyer father.
Both are in serious relationships with other people and have a hard time being around each other.
Isabella’s parents finally find a way to make common cause after Isabella and her half-brother are stopped by police.
18)The Case of the Missing Auntie by Michael Hutchinson
On the list of the American Indians in Children’s Literature list of “Best Books of the Year” in 2019.
In The Case of Windy Lake, Hutchinson introduced four mystery-solving Cree cousins: Atim, Chickadee, Samuel, and Otter. The four of them are known as the Mighty Muskrats. In this book, the Muskrats head for the city to visit even more cousins.
19) The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
In this book, a trio of friends find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game, something like a giant Rubik’s cube. They must take it apart, and defeat the game’s architect, to save themselves and other children.
More than anything, 12-year-old Farah and her two best friends must save Farah’s baby brother Ahmed.
They do this with the help of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay. They battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats.
20)Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj
Farah is finding 5th grade difficult. A new girl shows up and starts bullying Farah’s younger brother. Farah decides she wants to deal with it on her own.
For 4th graders who are looking forward to 5th, and especially those who enjoy cooking. This book also includes the author’s recipe for hummus.
21) The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”
This is the first book in a best-selling series, and it follows Sophie and Agatha as they make their way into their new lives. Sophie thinks she’ll be headed for theSchool for Good. Agatha, it seems, will be going to theSchool for Evil. The two girls are surprised as their assignments are reversed.
22) Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
One of the many delights by Funke, along with herInkheartseries and her wonderfulThe Thief Lord.
In this book, a young dragon namedFiredrake gets a frightening warning. Humans are planning to destroy his valley. All the dragons must flee, and Firedrake needs to help them look for a new home. With a lonely boy named Ben on his back, Firedrake might have a chance.
23) Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki (Author) and Brooklyn Allen (Illustrator)
TheLumberjanesis a fun adventure series. In this book, April leads her friends up a mountain. Except…they didn’t plan to run into the Cloud People.
The characters are bright and quirky, fun to spend time with, both for 4th graders and their adults.
24) The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko
“Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor…until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden.
“There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have gone, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret.”
25)Arnica, the Duck Princess by Ervin Lazar, Translated by Anna Bentley
A classic Hungarian’s children’s story. In it, clever Princess Arnica loves Poor Johnny. Both are cursed by the Witch of a Hundred Faces. One must always be a duck, one must be human.
The Seven-Headed Fairy must help them, but will she come in time?
A story of friendship for children of all ages.
Find even more books for 4th graders in our list of the best chapter books for kids.
What should a 4th grader be able to read? ›
Proficiently read at grade level four in both fiction and nonfiction texts. (This is DRA level 20-24 at the beginning of fourth grade and 40-50 at the end and Lexile 740-875L.)What kind of books do 11 year olds read? ›
- High-Rise Mystery. Author: Sharna Jackson. ...
- The Crossover. Author: Kwame Alexander. ...
- Roller Girl. Author: Victoria Jamieson. ...
- The Wolf Wilder. Author: Katherine Rundell. ...
- Drone Racer. Author: Andy Briggs. ...
- S.C.R.E.A.M: Carnival of Monsters. Author: Andrew Beasley. ...
- The Nowhere Emporium. ...
“Students benefit greatly from a regular reading routine that involves at least 30 minutes of daily reading,” Parrasch says. “Ideally, students should be reading a variety of genres — or at the very least, a mix of fiction and nonfiction.How old is a 4th grader? ›
In North America, the fourth grade is the fifth school year of elementary school. Students are usually 9 or 10 years old.How fast do 4th graders read? ›
The average reading rates for kids in grades 1-3 are 80 words per minute, 115 words per minute, and 138 words per minute respectively. Grade 4 and 5 kids have 158 and 173 words per minute, respectively. Lastly, grade 6 students have an average reading speed of 185 words per minute.What percent of 4th graders can read? ›
|State||Percentage of All Students Students At or Above NAEP Proficient||Percentage of White Students At or Above NAEP Proficient|
Talk about things you have in common, things you both like doing and things that happen at school. Keep it light and friendly. Avoid interrupting his time spent with friends. Find out when he is happy to spend time together and let him know when you're free too, and when you'd rather spend time with your girlfriends.How well can a 10 year old read? ›
9-10 year olds can read short novelsChildren are now able to read texts with minimal illustrations as they are able to visualise the plot in their mind. They are reading about unfamiliar content, settings and characters. They are increasingly confident with unusual vocabulary.What book should a 10 year old read? ›
- Wonder. R. J. Palacio Feb 14, 2012. ...
- The One and Only Ivan. Katherine Applegate Jan 06, 2015. ...
- The Mysterious Benedict Society. Trenton Lee Stewart Apr 01, 2008 (first published in 2007) ...
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon. ...
- Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. ...
- Roller Girl. ...
- Smile. ...
- The War That Saved My Life.
Rhyming stories and books with repeated patterned sounds are particularly interesting to children. Picture storybooks remain children's favorite books long after their preschool years. Participation books are another type of storybook.
What is a good reading age for a 12 year old? ›
The expectation is that the range of reading achievement is likely to be two-thirds of the median chronological age of the group. ie. in a mixed-ability class of 12-year-olds, the reading ages would vary from 8 to 16.How much should a 12 year old read daily? ›
3. The majority of children don't spend enough time reading outside of school. According to teachers, students should be reading between 15 minutes and 1 hour a day outside of school (85% of teachers expect daily reading in this range), but most of their students are reading less than the 15-minute daily minimum.What reading level is age 12? ›
Elementary Level: Children ages 8 to 12, or 4th through 6th grades. These children read sentences of approximately 10 words, with the maximum number of words being 20. Most books written at this level range between 20,000 and 40,000 words.What grade is a 9 year old in? ›
The most common indicator that a child will struggle with reading is whether they have a family history of reading or learning issues, or dyslexia, says Truch. “We do know from research in the last 20 years that there's a heavy genetic component to reading difficulties,” he says.What reading level is age 8? ›
As a rough guide, children are expected to reach the highest level (lime) at seven or eight years old. Children who read above lime level are reading fairly fluently and although some books are still graded above this level, children are reading such a wide range of material that the banding becomes not so important.How tall should 4th graders be? ›
For a girl it's 58 inches, which is 4 feet 10 inches. The average height of a 4th grade boy is 60.5 inches, which is 5 feet and a half inch.What grade is a 10 year old I m? ›
In the United States 10 year old students can either be in fourth or fifth grade depending on when their birthday is. It is possible for a student to be ten years old before completing fourth grade, in this case the student would we 10 years old for part of fourth grade and part of fifth grade.How long should a 4th grader read each night? ›
While 15 to 20 minutes is the recommended amount of reading, it is important to note that, if your child is interested in and enjoying what she is reading, it is fine to encourage more time. However, we do not want children to become too tired.What grade do most kids read? ›
Experts say that most children learn to read by age 6 or 7, meaning first or second grade, and that some learn much earlier. However, a head start on reading doesn't guarantee a child will stay ahead as they progress through school. Abilities tend to even out in later grades.
What grade can a child read fluently? ›
On average, most kids are able to read independently and fluently by the end of third grade, which is around when they are 9-10 years old. Children at this age are able to read simple sentences and storybooks. By age 11-13, your child should begin to use reading as a learning tool.Do grades matter in 4th grade? ›
California education code states that students who don't meet grade standards — as measured by state standardized tests at promotion “gates” in elementary and middle schools — must repeat the grade. Those gates are at second, third, and fourth grades and at the completion of middle school in eighth grade.What grade is a 4.2 reading level? ›
|Learning A-Z Text Leveling System||Grade||Accelerated Reader (ATOS)|
|T||3||3.6 - 4.2|
|U||4||4.3 - 4.9|
|V||4||4.3 - 4.9|
|W||4||4.3 - 4.9|
- Always Be Prepared. First off, make sure your lips are fine and dandy. ...
- Draw Attention to Your Lips. A dash of lipstick and some subtle puckering is a good place to start. ...
- Invade His Space… a Little. ...
- Make Eye Contact. ...
- Body Language. ...
- Lean In. ...
- The Magic Touch. ...
- Work Kissing into the Conversation.
Play a sport at school.
Remember, a good body will make the uniform look a lot more attractive. Swimming, biking, running, and other cardio activities are a great way to stay in shape and have a healthy looking body. If you do these a couple times a week your body will look strong, healthy, and attractive.
However, numerous studies have defined that 15-30 minutes is a minimum interval we should dedicate to reading each day. Neuroscientists agree that even simple lifestyle changes, like daily 15 minutes with a nose in a book, will support your brain health for a lifetime.How fast should an 11 year old read? ›
|Grade Level and Age||Words-Per-Minute|
|4th Grade (Spring) 9-10 years old||123 – 180 wpm|
|5h Grade (Spring) 10-11 years old||139 – 194 wpm|
|6th-8th Grade (Spring) 11, 12, 13, 14 years old||150 – 204 wpm|
|Highschool 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 years old||200 – 300 wpm|
- Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet. ...
- The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth. ...
- Football School: Where Football Explains the World. ...
- Charlie Changes into a Chicken. ...
- The Ice Bear Miracle. ...
- Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure. ...
- Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories.
Middle Grade: As noted, a good middle-grade fiction novel should be between 20,000 and 50,000 for kids who are 8-12 years of age. The word count may be relative to the age of the child, so a book for an 8 year old might be shorter than a book for a 12 year old.How long should a book for 9 year olds be? ›
Books for 7 to 9-year-old readers would probably start at the 15,000 word mark, rarely going higher than 30,000 words.
What are the 3 most read books in the world? ›
- The Bible. ...
- The Holy Quran. ...
- The Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung. ...
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. ...
- The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. ...
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. ...
- The Da Vince Code by Dan Brown. ...
- The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Myers.
- The Stern Chase. ...
- Unstoppable Us, Volume 1: How Humans Took Over the World. ...
- Busy Betty. ...
- The Last Kids on Earth and the Forbidden Fortress. ...
- The Crayons Trick or Treat. ...
- Thirst. ...
- Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective. ...
- The World Needs More Purple Schools. Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart.
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! age 2+ ...
- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. age 2+ ...
- Goodnight Moon. age 2+ ...
- The Snowy Day. age 2+ ...
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar. age 2+ ...
- Where the Wild Things Are. age 2+ ...
- Fry Bread. age 3+ ...
- Harold and the Purple Crayon. age 3+
First and Second Grade (Ages 6–7)
read familiar stories. "sound out" or decode unfamiliar words. use pictures and context to figure out unfamiliar words. use some common punctuation and capitalization in writing.
When writing a longer book that is aimed at 12-year-olds (and could maybe be considered "tween"), using the term "upper middle grade" is advisable. With upper middle grade, you can aim for 40,000-55,000 words.How many words should a 12 year old have in a book? ›
Middle Grade Chapter Books
On the subject of age range, Writer's Digest says, “When writing a longer book that is aimed at 12-year-olds (and could maybe be considered 'tween'), using the term 'upper middle grade' is advisable.” Upper middle grade is usually 40,000-55,000 words.
Reading a bedtime story will give your child this exposure to new words (especially if you're reading the same book, night after night!) and so build their vocabulary. 'Reading aloud introduces children to new words and new ways of describing the world around them,' says Kate.Why you should read to your child every night? ›
It enriches their language development on multiple levels.
From reading comprehension to listening skills and overall literacy, shared reading can teach children a ton of new skills. But just because your child starts to develop the ability to read on their own, it doesn't mean you have to stop reading together.
The average 4th grader will have a Lexile score of 445L to 810L. However, this is true for around 50% of students, with around 25% being below the average, while the other 25% are likely to be above the average. The same study showcased that students can be up to 250L above or below the average.What should a 4th grader know? ›
- Know the basic parts of speech.
- Write a structured paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details and a closing sentence.
- Use punctuation such as commas, apostrophes and quotation marks appropriately.
- Understand synonyms, antonyms and homophones.
What grade level is a 13 year old? ›
Children in sixth grade are typically 11 to 12 years old, while those in eighth grade are 13 and 14. As such, children in Middle School range from 11 to 14 years old.How many words a minute should a 4th grader be able to read? ›
The average reading rates for kids in grades 1-3 are 80 words per minute, 115 words per minute, and 138 words per minute respectively. Grade 4 and 5 kids have 158 and 173 words per minute, respectively. Lastly, grade 6 students have an average reading speed of 185 words per minute.What letter is 4th grade reading level? ›
|Learning A-Z Text Leveling System||Grade||Reading Recovery|
While 15 to 20 minutes is the recommended amount of reading, it is important to note that, if your child is interested in and enjoying what she is reading, it is fine to encourage more time. However, we do not want children to become too tired.How fast does a 10 year old read? ›
|Grade Level and Age||Words-Per-Minute|
|3rd Grade (Spring) 8-9 years old||107 – 162 wpm|
|4th Grade (Spring) 9-10 years old||123 – 180 wpm|
|5h Grade (Spring) 10-11 years old||139 – 194 wpm|
|6th-8th Grade (Spring) 11, 12, 13, 14 years old||150 – 204 wpm|
While a slow reader will only get through 30 pages per hour, the average person can read around 40 pages per hour. Statistics show that quick readers can even go through 50 or 60 pages in one hour.Is 4th grade easy? ›
The fourth grade has more advanced subjects and concepts than the third grade. Therefore, you can say that fourth grade is slightly more challenging than third grade. But, if you and your child are prepared for the new class, nothing is difficult for you.Can 35 of 4th graders read? ›
Only 35 percent of fourth graders are reading at or above grade level. In addition, 64 percent of eighth graders are reading below grade level, whereas 36 percent are reading at or above grade level.What grade level is 11 years old? ›
Support your students in grades 1-2 with these fiction and nonfiction Level F titles! As your students progress from very basic to more complex texts with new words and text patterns, your classroom library will need to support these changing needs.
What reading level should a 12 year old be at? ›
Elementary Level: Children ages 8 to 12, or 4th through 6th grades. These children read sentences of approximately 10 words, with the maximum number of words being 20. Most books written at this level range between 20,000 and 40,000 words.