Recommended Reading for 3rd and 4th Graders


3rd - 4th Grade Recommended Reading: Barefoot Books-LadyD



I have been working on a recommended reading list for 3rd and 4th graders recently. Perhaps you have been looking for one. We have a fabulous library in town that is close by. I'm always asking what's popular with the kids and what do they check out frequently. Here's some ideas for you.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (Adventure, humor)

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Dog friendship)

Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Problem families)

Ralph S. Mouse
Ralph S. Mouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary (Mice)

Absolutely Lucy by llene Cooper (Friendship, school)

Matilda by Roald Dahl (School, humor)

Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger

Nikki and Deja by Karen English (Best friends, Clubs)

Homework Machine by Dan Gutman (School, homework)

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (Friendship, school, humor)

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (Humor)

Marvin Redpost: Class President by Louis Sacher (Presidents, school)

The Friendship by Mildred Taylor (Race relations)

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Orphans, humor)

Book Series for 3rd and 4th Grades


  • Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
  • Cam Jansen Adventures by David A. Adler
  • Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows
  • Allie Finkle by Meg Cabot
  • Matt Christopher Sports by Matt Christopher
  • Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
  • Littlenose by John Grant
  • Weird Planet by Dan Greenburg
More Recommendations

  • Chet Gecko Mystery by Bruce Hale
  • Baby Mouse by Jennifer Holm
  • Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline
  • Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
  • Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures by Jeff Brown
More Reading

  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
  • Fairy Realm by Emily Rodda
  • Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
  • Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
  • Rotten School by R. L. Stine
  • Shredderman by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Happy Reading!






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