Books Cut Out for Fourth Graders

The following lists contain a selection of books for fourth grade readers.
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Adventure & Survival | Animal Stories | Biographies | Fantasy | Funny Books | Ghost & Scary Stories | Historical Fiction | In Other Lands | Mysteries | Nonfiction | School, Friends & Family | Science Fiction | Sports

Adventure & Survival

Berstein, Jonathan Spy-in-Training.
Daneshvari, Gitty The League of Unexceptional Children.
Evans, Douglas MVP: *Magellan Voyage Project.
Gannon, Nicholas The Doldrums.
George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain.
Gutman, Dan Getting Air.
Hunt, Elizabeth Singer Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur: USA.
Jacobson, Jennifer Small as an Elephant.
Kehret, Peggy Abduction!
London, Jonathan Grizzly Peak.
MacFarlane, John Stormstruck!
Mazer, Harry The Wild Kid.
Patterson, James Treasure Hunters.
Petersen, P.J. White Water.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur: USA.
Snicket, Lemony The Bad Beginning.
St. John, Lauren The White Giraffe.
Thomas, Jane Resh Blind Mountain.
Wilson, Nathan D. Leepike Ridge.

Animal Stories

Real Animals

Auch, Mary Jane The Latchkey Dog.
Banerjee, Anjali Seaglass Summer.
Bunting, Eve The Summer of Riley.
Citra, Becky Duke’s Den.
Corriveau, Ari How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog): A Novel.
Engle, Margarita Mountain Dog.
Fine, Anne Diary of a Killer Cat.
Fleming, Anne The Goat.
Flowers, Pam Sojo : Memoirs of a Reluctant Sled Dog.
Gibson, Sarah P. The Truth about Horses, Friends, & My Life as a Coward.
Greenwald, Lisa Welcome to Dog Beach.
Kennedy, Marlane The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes.
King-Smith, Dick Lady Lollipop.
O’Connor, Barbara How to Steal a Dog: A Novel.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher The Green Dog: A Mostly True Story.

Talking Animals

Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan.
Auch, Mary Jane A Dog on His Own.
Avi The Good Dog.
Bond, Rebecca Escape from Baxter’s Barn.
Hill, Chris Lucky.
Hobbs, Valerie Sheep.
Jennings, Patrick We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes.
Kurtz, Christopher The Adventures of a South Pole Pig.
Pilkey, Dav Dog Man.
Reiche, Dietlof I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga.
Schade, Susan Travels of Thelonious.
White, Ellen Emerson Webster: Tale of an Outlaw.


Armstrong, Jennifer Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage.
Bell, Cece El Deafo.
Blumberg, Rhoda Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy.
Coerr, Eleanor Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Furstinger, Nancy Mercy: The Incredible Story of Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASPCA and Friend to Animals.
Hale, Shannon Real Friends.
Huynh, Quang Nhuong The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam.
Kehret, Peg Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio.
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody Dinosaur Bone War: Cope & Marsh’s Fossil Feud.
Levine, Karen Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story.
Lourie, Peter Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush.
Myron, Vicki Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story.
Paulsen, Gary My Life in Dog Years.
Peet, Bill Bill Peet: An Autobiography.
Scieszka, Jon Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka.
Sis, Peter The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker.
Sweet, Melissa Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White.
Tillage, Leon Walter Leon's Story.
Tonatiuh, Duncan Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras.
Woodson, Jacqueline Brown Girl Dreaming.


Avi Poppy.
Baker, E.D. The Frog Princess.
Boniface, William The Hero Revealed.
Burt, Marissa Storybound.
Corder, Zizou Lionboy.
Cowell, Cressida How to Train Your Dragon.
Crowl, M. Tara Eden’s Wish.
DiCamillo, Kate The Magician's Elephant.
Drake, Salamanda Dragonsdale.
Epstein, Adam Jay The Familiars.
Farmer, Nancy Sea of Trolls.
Gale, Eric Kahn The Wizard’s Dog.
Jonell, Lynne The Sign of the Cat.
Kessler, Liz The Tail of Emily Windsnap.
Lindgren, Astrid Pippi Longstocking.
Littlewood, Kathryn Bliss.
Lyons, Jayne 100% Wolf.
MacDonald, Betty Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
Marsh, Katherine The Door by the Staircase.
Mass, Wendy 11 Birthdays.
Mlynowski, Sarah Upside Down Magic.
Murray, Martine Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars.
Norton, Mary The Borrowers.
Prineas, Sarah The Magic Thief.
Sanders, Stephanie Villain School: Good Curses Evil.
Solomons, David My Brother is a Superhero.
Weston, Robert Paul The Creature Department.
Whitehouse, Howard Zombie Elementary, the Real Story.

Funny Books

Angleberger, Tom Poop Fountain!
Asch, Frank Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius.
Barnett, Mac The Terrible Two.
Blume, Judy Superfudge.
Brooks, Walter R. Freddy the Detective.
Buckley, Michael NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society.
Cowell, Cressida How To Train Your Dragon.
DiCamillo, Kate Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.
Griffiths, Andy The Thirteen Story Treehouse.
Gutman, Dan Miss Daisy is Crazy!
Klise, Kate Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, In Letters, of Liars and Leaks.
Korman, Gordon Swindle.
Manes, Stephen Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days.
McDonald, Megan The Sisters Club.
Northfield, Gary Rumble with the Romans!
O'Doherty, David Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger by Dr. Noel Zone "The Greatest Dangerologist in the World, Ever.”
Pichon, Liz The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.
Rockwell, Thomas How to Eat Fried Worms.
Sachar, Louis Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
Urban, Linda A Crooked Kind of Perfect.
Venokur, Ross The Amazing Frecktacle.

Ghost & Scary Stories

Baptiste, Tracey The Jumbies.
Brallier, Max The Last Kids on Earth.
Cohen, Marina The Doll’s Eye.
Coville, Bruce The Ghost in the Third Row.
Dahl, Michael Skyfall.
Dahl, Roald The Witches.
DeStefano, Lauren The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart.
Durham, Paul Luck Uglies.
Gilman, Charles Professor Gargoyle.
Hahn, Mary Downing The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story.
  Half Minute Horrors.
Hayes, Christine Mothman’s Curse.
Ibbotson, Eva Dial-a-Ghost.
Johnson, Hal Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales From the Wilderness.
Klise, Kate Dying to Meet You.
Lubar, David Hyde and Shriek: A Monsterterrific Tale.
Neilsen, David Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom.
Petti, Erin The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee.
Stine, R.L. Who Let the Ghosts Out?
Tan, Shaun The Haunted Playground.

Historical Fiction

Brady, Esther Wood Toliver’s Secret.
Bradley, Kimberly The War That Saved My Life.
Burg, Ann E. Unbound: A Novel in Verse.
Cerrito, Angela The Safest Lie.
Coats, J. Anderson The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming.
Crisp, Marty White Star: A Dog on the Titanic.
DiCamillo, Kate Raymie Nightingale.
Erdrich, Louise The Birchbark House.
Fussell, Sandy White Crane.
Holm, Jennifer L. Full of Beans.
Hopkinson, Deborah A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket.
Krishnaswami, Uma Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh.
LaFaye, A. Worth.
Larson, Kirby Dash.
Laso, Maria D. Otherwise Known as Possum.
Lord, Bette Bao In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.
Martin, Ann M. Belle Teal.
Mills, Lauren A. Minna’s Patchwork Coat.
Mitchell, Elizabeth Journey to the Bottomless Pit: The Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave.
Murphy, Jim Revenge of the Green Banana.
Sepahban, Lois Paper Wishes.
Watts, Irene N. Seeking Refuge: A Graphic Novel.

In Other Lands

Burg, Ann E. Serafina’s Promise.
Donwerth-Chikamatsu, A. Somewhere Among.
Ellis, Deborah The Breadwinner.
Hashimi, Nadia One Half from the East.
Lewis, Gill Moon Bear.
Nye, Naomi The Turtle of Oman: A Novel.
Yelchin, Eugene Arcady’s Goal.


Avi Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?
Barnett, Mac The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity.
Barrett, Tracy The 100-Year-Old Secret.
Bertman, Jennifer C. The Book Scavenger.
Bosch, Pseudonymous The Name of This Book is Secret.
Broach, Elise The Wolf Keepers.
Buckley, Michael The Fairy-Tale Detectives.
Fairstein, Linda A. Into the Lion’s Den.
Fantaskey, Beth Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter.
Feldman, Jody The Gollywhopper Games.
Grabenstein, Chris Home Sweet Motel.
Lloyd, Natalie The Key to Extraordinary.
Lyall, Casey Howard Wallace, P.I.
Mass, Wendy The Candymakers.
Quinn, Spencer Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Mystery.
Shearer, Alex Canned.
Singleton, Linda Joy The Curious Cat Spy Club.
Sobol, Donald J. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme.
39 Clues The Maze of Bones.
Zhang, Kat Emperor’s Riddle.


Cate, Annette LeBlanc Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard.
Crilley, Mark The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw.
Freedman, Russell Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Friddell, Claudia George Washington's Spies: Will Codes and Secrets Win the American Revolution?
Hatkoff, Isabella Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship.
Leatherdale, Mary Beth Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees.
Macaulay, David Castle.
Murphy, Jim The Great Fire.
O'Connell, Caitlin Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo.
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.
Silverstein, Shel Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein.
Watterson, Bill Yukon Ho! A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury.

School, Friends & Family

Amato, Mary The Naked Mole-Rat Letters.
Blume, Lesley M.M. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters.
Buyea, Rob Because of Mr. Terupt.
Cleary, Beverly Dear Mr. Henshaw.
Clements, Andrew No Talking.
Codell, Esmé Raji Sahara Special.
Conklin, Melanie Counting Thyme.
Conway, Celeste The Goodbye Time.
Cotler, Stephen Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything.
DeFelice, Cynthia Fort.
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie.
Feiffer, Jules The Man in the Ceiling.
Ferber, Brenda A. Julia’s Kitchen.
Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.
Gifford, Peggy Elizabeth Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes.
Gino, Alex George.
Graff, Lisa The Thing About Georgie: A Novel
Grimes, Nikk Garvey’s Choice.
Gutman, Dan The Homework Machine.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Because of Anya.
Hill, Kirkpatrick The Year of Miss Agnes.
Hurwitz, Michele Weber Calli Be Gold.
Lay, Kathryn Crown Me!
Levy, Dana The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher.
Lowry, Lois All About Sam.
Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign.
Mazer, Norma Fox Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear.
Myracle, Lauren Eleven.
Nicholls, Sally Ways to Live Forever.
Park, Linda Sue Project Mulberry: A Novel.
Peirce, Lincoln Big Nate Goes for Broke.
Reynolds, Jason As Brave as You.
Shovan, Laura The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.
Tashjian, Janet My Life as a Book.
Vail, Rachel Daring to Be Abigail: A Novel.
Van Vleet, Carmella Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter.
Walliams, David Grandpa’s Great Escape.
Weeks, Sarah Save Me a Seat.
Weisman, Elissa Brent Nerd Camp.
Williams, Maiya The Fizzy Whiz Kid.

Science Fiction

Anderson, M.T. Whales on Stilts.
Angleberger, Tom Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall!
Brown, Jeffrey Star Wars: Jedi Academy.
Brown, Peter Wild Robot.
Byrd, Tim Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom.
Cameron, Eleanor The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet.
Fields, Bryan W. Lunchbox and the Aliens.
Ford, Martyn The Imagination Box.
Gardiner, John Reynolds Top Secret.
Gutman, Dan The Lincoln Project.
Holm, Jennifer The Fourteenth Goldfish.
Klass, David Stuck on Earth.
Montgomery, Ross Perijee and Me.
Pattersom, James House of Robots.
Scieszka, Jon 2095.
Star Wars The Lost City of the Jedi.
Superman Last Son of Krypton.
Time, Nicholas Going, Going, Gone.


Christopher, Matt The Fox Steals Home.
Corbett, Sue Free Baseball.
Coy, John Top of the Order.
Green, Tim Football Genius: A Novel.
Korman, Gordon The Toilet Paper Tigers.
Lupica, Mike Safe at Home: A Comeback Kids Novel.
Kootstra, Kara Jay Versus the Saxaphone of Doom.
Lorenzi, Natalie Dias A Long Pitch Home.
Park, Barbara Skinnybones.
Peirce, Lincoln Big Nate: Game On!
Schnur, Steven The Koufax Dilemma.
Testa, Maria Some Kind of Pride.
Trifunov, David Ice Time.
Wallace, Rich Sports Camp.