Book List

  • Book List

    Early Fourth Grade

    David Adler Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day Mystery

    Using her photographic memory, Cam Jansen joins Eric in solving the mystery of how some

    of the school computers were stolen.

    Allen Ahlberg The Cat Who Got Carried Away

    Pets are disappearing all over town. What is going on?

    Avi Mayor of Central Park

    Oscar Westerwit, a squirrel who loves baseball and Broadway musicals, fights back when a

    gangster rat named Big Daddy Duds and his thugs move uptown in the year in 1900.

    Betty G. Birney The World According to Humphrey

    Humphrey, a pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play

    in helping his classmates and teacher.

    Betsy Byars The SOS File

    The students in Mr. Magro’s class submit stories for the SOS file about their biggest emergencies,

    and they read them aloud for extra credit.

    Ann Cameron Gloria Rising

    A chance meeting with a woman astronaut encourages Gloria to try to be her best self, even

    with her difficult fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Yardley

    Beverly Cleary Ramona Forever

    Ramona’s family and friends help her to grow and change. She is embraced by a warm, real


    Judy Cox Weird Stories from the Lonesome Cafe

    Sam moves to Nevada with his uncle to run a cafe in the middle of nowhere, and although

    Uncle Clem insists that nothing ever happens there, his clientele consists of a number of

    strange characters, including Dorothy and Toto, Elvis and Bigfoot.

    Alice Dalgliesh The Courage of Sarah Noble

    Remembering her mother’s words, and eight-year-old girl finds the courage to go alone

    with her father to build a new home in Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Native

    Americans when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.

    Alice DeLaCroix Hero of the Third Grade

    Randall becomes the Scarlet Pimpernel, secret doer of good deeds, when he faces being

    the new kid in class.

    M.C. Delaney Birdbrain Amos

    A bug-eating tick bird brings Amos relief, when he comes to live on the hippo’s back.

    Roddy Doyle The Giggler Treatment

    Don’t read this book if you like kids that are always clean, never misbehave and always

    listen to their parents.

    Will Eisner Sundiata: A Legend of Africa

    The legend of Sundiata, the Lion King of Mali, told in an exciting graphic novel format.

    Susan E. Goodman Robert Henry Hendershot

    Based in the true-life adventures of Robert Henry Hendershot, who ran away from home

    at age 12 to join the Union Army, and found himself in the middle of the battle of


    Mid-Fourth Grade

    Dan Greenburg It’s Itchcraft!

    A few days before his school’s Halloween dance, Zack meets a girl who seems to be already

    wearing her costume.

    Bruce Hale Give My Regrets to Broadway: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko,

    Private Eye

    Chet and his partner, Natalie Attired, take on a case involving an actor gone missing from the

    school musical.

    Suzy Kline Herbie Jones Moves On

    Herbie Jones has to say goodbye to best friend Ray, who’s moving to Texas

    Megan McDonald Judy Moody, M.D.: The Doctor is In!

    Judy is excited about becoming a doctor, especially when class 3T starts a new unit on the

    human body, but she learns more about being a patient when she catches tonsillitis from

    her little brother, Stink.

    Pat McKissack Tippy Lemmey

    Leandra, Paul, and Jeannie are terrified of riding their bikes past Tippy’s house because he

    barks at them and tries to knock them off their bicycles.

    Marissa Moss Max’s Logbook

    Max’s books starts as a record of his science experiment, but becomes a record of

    his family life.

    Hester Mundis My Chimp Friday: the Nana Banana Chronicles

    Rachel and Jared suddenly become the owners of Friday, a very, very smart chimpanzee.

    Stuart J. Murphy Earth Day -Hooray!

    A drive to recycle cans on Earth Day teaches the children of the Maple Street School

    Save-the-Planet Club about place value

    Laurie Myers Surviving Brick Johnson

    Will taking karate help Alex defend himself against Brick Johnson?

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Carlotta’s Kittens: and the Club of Mysteries

    Carlotta returns to the Club of Mysteries and presents the male cats with perhaps

    their biggest challenge: to teach her new kittens what they need to know to survive

    in the dangerous world.

    Mary Pope Osborne American Tall Tales

    Upstarts like Davy Crockett, giants like Paul Bunyan, and gentle souls like Johnny

    Appleseed are among the nine “tall” heroes featured in this exuberant, wildly

    exaggerated, and witty collection of traditional American folk tales.

    Mary Pope Osborbe Dolphins and Sharks: a Nonfiction Comapanion to Dolphins at


    Follow scuba explorers Jack & Annie through their research, accompanied by photos,

    sketches and references to a variety of sources including videos and Internet sites.

    P.J. Peterson White Water

    Half-brothers, Greg and James, must work together to save their father after he’s bitten

    by a rattlesnake on a rafting expedition.

    Ron Roy The White Wolf

    While visiting their friend Wallis and her adopted daughter on Mount Desert Island,

    Maine, Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose investigate why three white wolf cubs were stolen


    End of Fourth Grade

    Cynthia Rylant The Storm

    The Lighthouse keeper’s cat rescues Seabold and nurses him back to

    health. Pandora demonstrates dedication, courage, sacrifice and skill.

    Seabold’s visit breaks up the loneliness of her job. Theirs is a beautiful


    Louis Sachar Marvin Redpost, Super Fast, Out of Control!

    Afraid of his new mountain bike, third grader Marvin finds himself in a

    desperate situation when he accepts a challenge to ride down Suicide


    Marilyn Sadler Stuck on Earth

    Zenon’s Quantum Elementary class takes a trip to Earth for a week,

    and guess who gets left behind?

    Joan Sandin Coyote School News

    In 1938-1939, fourth-grader Monchi Ramirez and the other students

    at Coyote School enjoy their new teacher, have a special Christmas

    celebration, participate in the Tucson Rodeo Parade, and produce

    their own school newspaper.

    Jon Scieszka Science Verse

    What if a boring lesson about the food chain becomes a sing-aloud

    celebration about predators and prey? Only the amazing talents of

    John Scieszka and Lane Smith, the team who created "Math Curse,"

    could make science so much fun.

    Amanda Stevens Justice for All

    Boston in 1773 is an inhospitable place for the two teenagers whose

    lives are about to intersect there.

    Michele Torrey The Case of the Barfy Birthday: and Other Super-

    Scientific Cases

    Fifth graders Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey use their detective and

    scientific investigation skills to solve cases which involve food

    poisoning, missing terns, a haunted treehouse and a pig in a pit.

    Wendy Towle The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American


    The term “the real McCoy” refers to a superior and authentic product.

    Mr. McCoy invented a train part that was found to be superior to all


    Gertrude Chandler Walker The Mystery of the Runaway Ghost

    When the Aldens visit their friend Fran in Wisconsin, they can’t wait

    to hear her tell the story of the runaway ghost. Then Violet hears a

    mysterious ringing in the middle of the night, and the children start to

    wonder—could the runaway ghost be back?