Books for Third and Fourth Graders

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Titles in this list were recommended by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh staff. Ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year’s.

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

Otto and Sheed don’t want summer to end – but when a mysterious man appears and freezes time, they realize that they have to fix things. Luckily, they are experienced detectives and get right on the case of saving time as they know it. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Older Than Dirt

Conveys the history of the Earth in humorous graphic novel format, from the big bang through continent formation, discussing how weather events and climate change continue to shape the landscape. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

One-Third Nerd

Ten-year-old Liam and his two younger sisters, precocious third-grader Dakota and second-grader Izzy, who has Down syndrome, face the possibility of losing their beloved dog, Cupcake, who keeps urinating on their apartment’s carpet.

The Plant Planet

The AstroNuts – AstroWolfLaserSharkSmartHawk and StinkBug – are traveling from the ruined Earth to the Plant Planet to see if it will support human life. What will the inhabitants of the Plant Planet think of their plan? You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Stella Díaz Has Something To Say

Stella Díaz wants to be friends with the new boy in class, but sometimes she accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn roja. In addition, she has to get over her fear of speaking in front of the class. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Ways To Make Sunshine

The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan’s father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.