4th Grade Reading List

Instructor: Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly teaches college humanities and has a master's degree in humanities.

Fourth graders are expanding their reading capacity and developing their interests in regards to the types of books they enjoy. It's important to provide a variety of books to help children foster a love of reading and a thirst for knowledge. Read on for some popular choices for this grade level.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This classic fantasy adventure tells the story of the four Pevensie children, who discover the magical world of Narnia behind the door of a seemingly ordinary wardrobe at their guardian's home. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy encounter a great leader, a lion named Aslan, and face off against an evil witch, known only as the White Witch, in a quest to stop eternal winter. This book was the first in the Chronicles of Narnia series to be published. Chronologically, however, according to the events featured in the series as a whole, this is the second story. Other books include, in order of publication: Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle.

This book is discussed in greater detail in a study guide that examines both the context of this story and the characters that comprise it. There are several lessons provided in this course, and each ends with a quiz to evaluate your students' progress.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This story tells the tale of young Charlie Bucket and his great luck in finding the fifth and final golden ticket, which grants him passage to Willie Wonka's chocolate factory. Living in poverty, Charlie's family cannot afford the luxury of chocolate, until one day, Charlie finds a crumpled dollar bill in the street, and he uses a portion of it to buy a Willie Wonka bar, which contains the special golden ticket. He, along with four other children and their parents, win the opportunity to tour the chocolate factory. During their tour, however, the children are picked off, one-by-one, in horrible ways, each befitting their personal character flaws. The story continues in a second book, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

You can give your students some background information on this author with our Roald Dahl lesson.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume

Many fourth graders can relate to the narrator of this book, nine-year-old Peter whose young brother, Fudge is a two-year-old troublemaker. The story chronicles what life is like for Peter, who often feels overshadowed by his baby brother, and desperately seeks his parents' attentions. Readers who enjoy this book can continue the series with Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge.

Your students can get a brief synopsis of this book and its main characters with this Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing lesson. With this lesson, students can also take a short quiz to test their knowledge of this book.

Additional Resources

To introduce students to more grade-appropriate authors, books and poems, consider enrolling them in's course called English Language Arts for Kids. This course will also teach students about the components of children's literature and help them with their reading comprehension skills. Each lesson is followed by a short assessment, so you can gauge how well they understand the material.

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