Great Books for Third and Fourth Grade

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Easy Readers

Wiley and the Hairy Man by Molly Bang     64 pages

With his mother's help, Wiley outwits the hairy creature that dominates the swamp near his home by the Tombigbee River. Check our catalogue

 

Baseball Ballerina by Kathryn Cristaldi     48 pages

A baseball-loving girl worries that the ballet class her mother forces her to take will ruin her reputation with the other members of her baseball team. Check our catalogue

 

Gus and Grandpa by Claudia Mills   48 pages

Gus and Grandpa have a loving, warm relationship. Check our catalogue

 

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat     60 pages

Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture. Check our catalogue

 

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Chapter Books

The Absent Author by Ron Roy     87 pages

Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace.   Check our catalogue

 

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park      69 pages

In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.   Check our catalogue

 

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne     68 pages

Meet Jack and Annie as they travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in this first book of the Magic Tree House series. Check our catalogue

 

Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police by David Adler     118 pages

Andy and Tamika are watching their neighbor's house while they are away, but when strange and troubling things start happening inside the house, the police do not believe the children.  Check our catalogue

 

Poppy by Avi    147 pages

Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a big field of corn, but Mr.Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.   Check our catalogue

 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt    139 pages

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.    Check our catalogue

 

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume     40 pages

Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys his friend’s freckle recipe for fifty cents. Check our catalogue

 

The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron    71 pages

Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.   Check our catalogue

 

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling     87 pages

What if everything that touched your lips turned to chocolate?   Check our catalogue

 

The Dog that Pitched A No-Hitter by Matt Christopher    42 pages

Mike's telepathic dog sends him signals on the pitcher's mound.  Check our catalogue

 

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary   155 pages

When Henry adopts Ribsy, a dog of no particular breed, humorous adventures follow.  Check our catalogue

 

The School Story by Andrew Clements  196 pages

After twelve-year-old Natalie writes a wonderful novel, her friend Zoe helps her devise a scheme to get it accepted at the publishing house where Natalie's mother works as an editor.  Check our catalogue

 

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis     245 pages

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.  Check our catalogue

 

Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl    196 pages

A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together.   Check our catalogue

 

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger     80 pages

Amber finds 3rd grade hard when her best friend Justin moves away.  Check our catalogue

 

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo     270 pages

The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.  Check our catalogue

 

Half Magic by Edward Eager     217 pages

Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.  Check our catalogue

 

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright     175 pages

Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.  Check our catalogue

 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes    80 pages

When ragged Wanda brags that she has one hundred dresses at home, the other girls in her class don’t believe her.   Check our catalogue

 

The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald    175 pages

The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah are described by his younger brother, frequently the victim of the Great Brain's schemes for gaining prestige or money.  Check our catalogue

 

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman    90 pages

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.   Check our catalogue

 

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett    86 pages

A boy takes along chewing gum, two dozen lollipops, a package of rubber bands, six magnifying glasses and seven hair ribbons when he goes off to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon.   Check our catalogue

 

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman    140 pages

Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.   Check our catalogue

 

Runaway Radish by Jessie Haas    56 pages

When Radish the pony grows too big for the girls who own him, he goes to live at a horse camp where there are always new children for him to train. Check our catalogue

 

The Big Nap: from the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko by Bruce Hale      113 pages

Someone is turning the students at Emerson Hickey Elementary into zombies, and it's up to fourth-grade private eye Chet Gecko to find out who.  Check our catalogue 

 

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry    173 pages

The determination of two youngsters to win a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.  Check our catalogue

 

Bunnicula by James Howe   98 pages

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.   Check our catalogue

 

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson    231 pages

Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.   Check our catalogue

 

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster      255 pages

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.  Check our catalogue

 

Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith     123 pages

A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess.   Check our catalogue

 

Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise   138 pages

  • When the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results.  Check our catalogue

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg      162 pages

  • Claudia and her little brother, Jamie, run away from home to go live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, only to discover someone is also living there.   Check our catalogue

Catwings by Ursula Le Guin   39 pages

  • Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.   Check our catalogue

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle     203 pages

  • Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.   Check our catalogue

The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine     91 pages

  • In this humorous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea," Lorelei must pass many difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess and win the hand of Prince Nicholas.   Check our catalogue

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis    183 pages

  • Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.   Check our catalogue

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord      169 pages

  • In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.   Check our catalogue

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace   112 pages

  • There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy's age. So when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she can play with. Sure enough, they do--a little girl named Tacy.    Check our catalogue

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry     88 pages

  • A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.    Check our catalogue

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan     58 pages

  • When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.   Check our catalogue

The Quigleys by Simon Mason     148 pages

  • The adventures and misadventures of the four members of the Quigley family-Mum, Dad, Lucy, and Will.    Check our catalogue

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald     160 pages

  • Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.  Check our catalogue

7 x 9 = TROUBLE by Claudia Mills     103 pages

  • Third-grader Wilson struggles with his times-tables in order to beat the class deadline.  Check our catalogue

Amelia Works it Out by Marissa Moss     40 pages

  • Amelia draws on her artistic talent to earn money for something special that she really wants.    Check our catalogue

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor     144 pages

  • When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.   Check our catalogue

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell    184 pages

  • Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.   Check our catalogue

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson    128 pages

  • The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.    Check our catalogue

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey    121 pages

  • Two mischievous boys turn their ill-tempered school principal into a superhero in an outrageously funny book featuring comics and flip-o-rama art.   Check our catalogue

The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton: Stories and Pictures by James Proimos       42 pages

  • Although he is a sheep, Johnny Mutton goes to school, competes in the spelling bee, and dresses up for Halloween while always remaining true to himself.   Check our catalogue

The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson     117 pages

  • The six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout the school year.    Check our catalogue

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell     115 pages

  • Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are readily supplied by his opponent, whose motto seems to be the bigger and juicier the better!    Check our catalogue

Wedding Flowers by Cynthia Rylant      72 pages

  • Ten-year-old cousins Lily, Rosie, and Tess return to their aunt's house on Cobble Street to help her plan the perfect wedding.  Check our catalogue

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka     55 pages

  • Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.    Check our catalogue

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden     134 pages

  • A country cricket, unintentionally arrives in New York City and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.    Check our catalogue

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket    162 pages

  • After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.   Check our catalogue

Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatly Snyder    215 pages

  • A group of children, entranced with the study of Egypt, play their own Egypt game, are visited by a secret oracle, become involved in a murder, and befriend the Professor before they move on to new interests, such as Gypsies.   Check our catalogue

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol      88 pages

  • Try to crack these ten brain-twisting mysteries along with Encyclopedia Brown and his famous computerlike brain --the answer to all the mysteries are found in the back!   Check our catalogue

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor    188 pages

  • The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century.    Check our catalogue

Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen     138 pages

  • Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!    Check our catalogue

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White    184 pages

  • Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.   Check our catalogue

Little Wolf's Haunted Hall for Small Horrors by Ian Whybrow    125 pages

  • In a series of letters to his parents, Little Wolf describes his attempts to create "the scariest school in the world" and convince his ghostly Uncle Bigbad to teach a magic class.   Check our catalogue

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder     237 pages

  • A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.    Check our catalogue

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Folk & Fairy Tales

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka      52 pages

  • Young subversives everywhere will love these ten fractured fairy tales.   Check our catalogue

Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls by Jane Yolen        116 pages

  • A collection of thirteen traditional tales from various parts of the world, with the main character being a fearless, strong, heroic, and resourceful woman.   Check our catalogue

Lon Po Po by Ed Young    32 pages

  • Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.     Check our catalogue

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Non-Fiction

Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun by Jeff Szpirglas     64 pages

  • The book reveals the science behind all the disgusting things that kids love to talk about. From mucus to vomit, from farts to phlegm, nothing is off-limits.   Check our catalogue

Poetry

Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme by Jack Prelutsky      23 pages

  • Encourages children to write poetry by providing complete poems by various authors as well as the opening lines of poems by Jack Prelutsky which young readers are asked to complete.  Check our catalogue

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein    166 pages

  • A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.  Check our catalogue

A Poke in the I by Paul B. Janeczko    35 pages

  • Thirty concrete poems of all shapes and sizes are carefully laid on large white spreads, extended by Raschka's quirky watercolor and paper-collage illustrations.   Check our catalogue

Insectlopedia by Florian Douglas     47 pages

  • Presents twenty-one short poems about such insects as the inchworm, termite, cricket, and ladybug.   Check our catalogue

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Biography

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola     71 pages

  • The popular author-illustrator recalls a year from his childhood, including memories of kindergarten and moving to a new house.    Check our catalogue

updated 4/2/12

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