Books Cut Out for Fourth Graders

The following lists contain a selection of books for fourth grade readers.  When available the book's Lexile number is given after the title.
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Adventure & Survival | Animal Stories | Biographies | Family | Fantasy | Friends | Funny Books | Ghost & Scary Stories | Historical Fiction | In Other Lands | Mysteries | Nonfiction | School | Science Fiction | Sports

Adventure & Survival

Brady, Esther Wood Toliver’s Secret. (740)
Elder, Joshua Mail Order Ninja.
Evans, Douglas MVP: *Magellan Voyage Project. (690)
George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain. (810)
Gutman, Dan Getting Air. (660)
Jacobson, Jennifer Small as an Elephant. (790)
Kehret, Peggy Abduction! (760)
Mazer, Harry The Wild Kid. (450)
Nykko The ElseWhere Chronicles.
Petersen, P.J. White Water. (650)
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur: USA. (760)
Snicket, Lemony The Bad Beginning. (1010)
St. John, Lauren The White Giraffe. (940)
Thomas, Jane Resh Blind Mountain. (690)
Wilson, Nathan D. Leepike Ridge. (780)

Animal Stories

Real Animals

Animal Ark Kittens in the Kitchen. (560)
Auch, Mary Jane The Latchkey Dog. (590)
Banerjee, Anjali Seaglass Summer. (590)
Bunting, Eve The Summer of Riley. (540)
Cook, Kacy Nuts: A Novel. (690)
Corriveau, Ari How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog): A Novel.  (670)
Dickinson, Peter Chuck and Danielle. (900)
Duffey, Betsy Lucky on the Loose.
Fine, Anne Diary of a Killer Cat. (590)
Gibson, Sarah P. The Truth about Horses, Friends, & My Life as a Coward. (870)
Kennedy, Marlane The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes. (790)
King-Smith, Dick Lady Lollipop. (740)
O’Connor, Barbara How to Steal a Dog: A Novel. (700)
Ryan, Pam Muñoz Paint the Wind. (780)
Staples, Suzanne Fisher The Green Dog: A Mostly True Story. (960)

Talking Animals

Auch, Mary Jane A Dog on His Own. (570)
Avi The Good Dog. (480)
Hobbs, Valerie Sheep. (660)
Howe, Peter Waggit’s Tale. (910)
Jennings, Patrick We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes. (560)
Kerr, M.E. Snakes Don’t Miss Their Mothers: A Novel.
Lisle, Janet Taylor Highway Cats. (810)
Reiche, Dietlof I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga.  (710)
Schade, Susan Travels of Thelonious.

Biographies

Armstrong, Jennifer Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage. (1090)
Blumberg, Rhoda Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy. (1020)
Coerr, Eleanor Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. (630)
Diakité, Baba Wagué A Gift from Childhood.
Dolan, Ellen M. Susan Butcher and the Iditarod Trail. (960)
Emmerich, Elsbeth My Childhood in Nazi Germany.
Fletcher, Ralph J. Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.
Green, Michelle Y. A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson. (860)
Huynh, Quang Nhuong The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam. (1090)
Kehret, Peg Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio. (890)
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody Dinosaur Bone War: Cope & Marsh’s Fossil Feud.
Kirkpatrick, Katherine Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary’s Daring Daughter. (1050)
Levine, Karen Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story. (730)
Myron, Vicki Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story. (730)
Paulsen, Gary My Life in Dog Years. (1150)
Peet, Bill Bill Peet: An Autobiography. (1190)
Scieszka, Jon Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka. (750)
Siegel, Siena Cherson To Dance: A Memoir. (GN610)
Sis, Peter The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker.
Spinelli, Jerry Knots in My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid. (980)
Tillage, Leon Walter Leon's Story. (970)

Family

Amato, Mary The Naked Mole-Rat Letters. (670)
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie. (610)
Feiffer, Jules The Man in the Ceiling. (820)
Ferber, Brenda A. Julia’s Kitchen. (620)
Frazier, Sundee Tucker Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It. (630)
Gifford, Peggy Elizabeth Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes. (890)
Graff, Lisa The Thing About Georgie: A Novel. (770)
Jones, Marcia Thornton Ratfink. (630)
Kennedy, Marlane Me and the Pumpkin Queen. (790)
Lowry, Lois All About Sam. (670)
Martin, Ann M. Me and Katie (the Pest). (550)
Mazer, Norma Fox Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear. (690)
Nicolls, Sally Ways to Live Forever. (580)
Tashjian, Janet My Life as a Book. (880)
Urban, Linda Hound Dog True. (710)
Williams, Maiya The Fizzy Whiz Kid. (720)

Fantasy

Avi Poppy. (670)
Bacigalupi, Paolo Zombie Baseball Beatdown.
Baker, E.D. The Frog Princess. (710)
Barrows, Annie The Magic Half. (640)
Boniface, William The Hero Revealed. (890)
Brauner, Barbara The Glitter Trap.
Burt, Marissa Storybound. (670)
Corder, Zizou Lionboy. (850)
Cowell, Cressida How to Train Your Dragon.
DiCamillo, Kate The Magician's Elephant. (730)
Drake, Salamanda Dragonsdale. (900)
Epstein, Adam Jay The Familiars. (920)
Farmer, Nancy Sea of Trolls. (670)
Forward, Toby Dragonborn.
Gliori, Debi Pure Dead Magic. (920)
Jinks, Catherine The Paradise Trap. (660)
Jonell, Lynne Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. (780)
Kessler, Liz The Tail of Emily Windsnap. (600)
Laybourn, Emma Missing Magic. (700)
Lindgren, Astrid Pippi Longstocking. (870)
Lyons, Jayne 100% Wolf. (680)
MacDonald, Betty Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. (930)
Mass, Wendy 11 Birthdays. (650)
McElligott, Mathew Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! (590)
Norton, Mary The Borrowers. (780)
Pierce, Tamora First Test. (760)
Prineas, Sarah The Magic Thief. (680)
Sanders, Stephanie Villain School: Good Curses Evil. (710)
Umansky, Kay Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage. (550)

Friends

Blume, Lesley M.M. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters. (650)
Bulion, Leslie The Trouble With Rules. (650)
Bunting, Eve Snowboarding on Monster Mountain. (530)
Conway, Celeste The Goodbye Time. (790)
Haworth, Danette Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning. (580)
House, Silas Same Sun Here.
Lentz, Francess Lin The Day Joanie Frankenhauser Becomes a Boy. (630)
Lombard, Jenny Drita, My Homegirl. (690)
Myracle, Lauren Eleven. (730)
O’Dell, Kathleen Agnes Parker…Happy Camper? (640)
Park, Linda Sue Project Mulberry: A Novel. (690)
Spinelli, Eileen Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses.
Vail, Rachel Daring to Be Abigail: A Novel. (770)
Weisman, Elissa Brent Nerd Camp.
Wong, Janet S. Minn and Jake. (NP)

Funny Books

Angleberger, Tom Fake Moustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election From a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind.
Asch, Frank Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius.
Blume, Judy Superfudge. (600)
Brand, Christianna Nurse Matilda the Collected Tales.
Brooks, Walter R. Freddy the Detective. (830)
Buckley, Michael NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society. (760)
Cowell, Cressida How To Train Your Dragon. (990)
Klise, Kate Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, In Letters, of Liars and Leaks. (830)
Korman, Gordon Swindle. (710)
Lowry, Lois The Willoughbys: A Novel. (790)
Manes, Stephen Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days. (720)
McDonald, Megan The Sisters Club. (620)
Paulsen, Gary Mudshark. (NC1080)
Peck, Robert Newton Soup & Me. (750)
Robinson, Barbara The Best [Worst] School Year Ever. (1020)
Rockwell, Thomas How to Eat Fried Worms. (650)
Sachar, Louis Sideways Stories from Wayside School. (460)
Urban, Linda A Crooked Kind of Perfect. (730)
Venokur, Ross The Amazing Frecktacle.

Ghost & Scary Stories

Coville, Bruce The Ghost in the Third Row. (740)
Dahl, Michael Skyfall.
Dahl, Roald The Witches. (740)
Funke, Cornelia Caroline Ghost Knight.
Gorog, Judith In a Messy, Messy Room.
Hahn, Mary Downing The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story. (630)
  Half Minute Horrors. (720)
Ibbotson, Eva Dial-a-Ghost. (850)
Klise, Kate Dying to Meet You. (730)
Mahy, Margaret The Horribly Haunted School.
Stine, R.L. Who Let the Ghosts Out? (460)
Tan, Shaun The Haunted Playground. (620)

Historical Fiction

Blume, Lesley M.M. The Rising Star of Rusty Nail. (790)
Clark, Clara Gillow Hill Hawk Hattie. (770)
Coleman, Evelyn Freedom Train. (650)
Crisp, Marty White Star: A Dog on the Titanic. (780)
Erdrich, Louise The Birchbark House. (970)
Fleischman, Paul Bull Run. (810)
Fussell, Sandy White Crane.
Giff, Patricia Reilly Lily's Crossing. (720)
Harlow, Joan Hiatt Thunder From the Sea. (700)
Holm, Jennifer L. Turtle in Paradise. (610)
LaFaye, A. Worth. (830)
Lord, Bette Bao In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. (730)
MacBride, Roger Lea Little House on Rocky Ridge. (630)
Martin, Ann M. Belle Teal. (870)
Mitchell, Elizabeth Journey to the Bottomless Pit: The Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave. (760)
Propp, Vera W. When the Soldiers Were Gone. (540)
Rosenthal, Betsy R. Looking for Me.
Schwabach, Karen A Pickpocket’s Tale. (810)
Thor, Annika A Faraway Island. (680)
Weston, Elise The Coastwatcher. (600)
Whelan, Gloria Listening For Lions. (900)
Whittinger, Ellen This Means War! (740)

In Other Lands

Ellis, Deborah The Breadwinner. (630)
Fleischman, Sid The White Elephant. (770)
Lee, Marie G. Night of the Chupacabras. (760)
Matthews, L.S. Fish. (980)

Mysteries

Avi Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? (520)
Barnett, Mac The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity. (590)
Barrett, Tracy The 100-Year-Old Secret. (650)
Bosch, Pseudonymous The Name of This Book is Secret. (810)
Buckley, Michael The Fairy-Tale Detectives. (840)
Clifford, Eth Harvey’s Marvelous Monkey Mystery. (710)
Colfer, Eoin Half-Moon Investigations. (620)
Curtis, Christopher Paul Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money. (1010)
Feldman, Jody The Gollywhopper Games. (590)
Frazier, Angie The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanne Snow Mystery.
Gilson, Jamie Soccer Circus. (620)
Hall, Lynn The Mystery of the Caramel Cat.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds The Bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel. (830)
Roberts, Willo Davis The Kidnappers: A Mystery. (860)
Shearer, Alex Canned. (630)
Sobol, Donald J. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Treasure Hunt. (630)
39 Clues The Maze of Bones. (610)

Nonfiction

Ball, Johnny Go Figure!
Evslin, Bernard Cerberus.
Freedman, Russell Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. (1110)
Hatkoff, Isabella Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship. (AD920)
Macaulay, David Castle. (1180)
Montgomery, Sy Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea. (830)
Murphy, Jim The Great Fire. (1130)
Roche, Art Cartooning : The Only Cartooning Book You'll Ever Need to be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be.
Schanzer, Rosalyn George vs George: the American Revolution as Seen From Both Sides. (1120)
Silverstein, Shel Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein.
Stewart, David Evelyn You Wouldn't Want to be an Egyptian Mummy: Disgusting Things You'd Rather Not Know! (IG950)
Watterson, Bill The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury.

School

Cleary, Beverly Dear Mr. Henshaw. (910)
Clements, Andrew No Talking. (820)
Codell, Esmé Raji Sahara Special. (660)
Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. (970)
Gutman, Dan The Homework Machine. (680)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Because of Anya. (710)
Hill, Kirkpatrick The Year of Miss Agnes. (790)
Holmes, Elizabeth Ann The Normal Kid.
Lay, Kathryn Crown Me! (650)
Peirce, Lincoln Big Nate Goes for Broke. (500)

Science Fiction

Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts. (760)
Bechard, Margaret Star Hatchling. (650)
Becker, Bonny My Brother, the Robot. (590)
Byrd, Tim Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom. (970)
Cameron, Eleanor The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet. (970)
Elish, Dan The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks.
Etchemendy, Nancy The Power of Un.
Fields, Bryan W. Lunchbox and the Aliens. (800)
Gardiner, John Reynolds Top Secret. (AD600)
Gutman, Dan Virtually Perfect. (570)
Klass, David Stuck on Earth. (740)
Lynch, Chris Cyberia. (750)
Mackel, Kathy Can of Worms. (610)
Scieszka, Jon 2095. (590)
Service, Pamela F. My Cousin, the Alien. (720)
Star Wars The Lost City of the Jedi.
Superman Last Son of Krypton. (500)

Sports

Bowen, Fred Winners Take All. (560)
Christopher, Matt The Fox Steals Home. (730)
Corbett, Sue Free Baseball. (800)
Coy, John Top of the Order. (530)
Green, Tim Football Genius: A Novel. (800)
Hughes, Dean Now We're Talking.
Hurwitz, Johanna Baseball Fever. (760)
Hyde, Natalie Saving Arm Pit.
Jennings, Patrick Out Standing in My Field. (730)
Korman, Gordon The Toilet Paper Tigers. (650)
Lupica, Mike Safe at Home: A Comeback Kids Novel. (600)
Park, Barbara Skinnybones. (590)
Schnur, Steven The Koufax Dilemma.
Testa, Maria Some Kind of Pride. (660)
Wallace, Rich The Roar of the Crowd. (680)