Good Books for Third & Fourth Graders

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Explore these good books for third and fourth graders. For more great reading, check out other books by these authors or ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.

Because of Winn Dixie

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

A Boy and a Jaguar

Renowned cat conservationist Alan Rabinowitz reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice in order to be their advocate.

Fortunately, the Milk

While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

In his Grandpa Al’s garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own. But after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his arch nemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.

My New Team

Every day when Little Rhino comes home from school, he finishes his homework, and runs outside to meet Grandpa James. One afternoon, Little Rhino comes home to find out that Grandpa James has signed him up for a baseball league! Little Rhino will finally be a part of a team, but it is not always easy when there’s a bully wearing the same uniform as you.

The One and Only Ivan

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Seeds of Change

A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women’s rights and her own Greenbelt Movement, an effort to restore Kenya’s ecosystem by planting millions of trees.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

Waylon: One Awesome Thing

Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight-year-old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.

Wet Cement

This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways. Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.