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