Terrific Books for Third & Fourth Graders

New Titles

  • Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty School Daze. 2013.

    When Kitty's owners have finally had enough of her bad behavior, it's time to ship her off to obedience school. [Lexile: 630]

  • DiCamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. 2013. [also available on audio]

    Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. [Lexile: 520]

  • Gaiman, Neil. Fortunately, the Milk. 2013. [also available on audio]

    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. [Lexile: 680] (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Giff, Patricia Reilly. Winter Sky. 2014. [also available on audio]

    Almost 12-year-old Siria, who chases fire trucks in the middle of the night to ensure her firefighter dad's safety, learns bravery one winter as she tries to mend a broken friendship.

  • Henkes, Kevin. The Year of Billy Miller. 2013.

    Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister and his parents, and has learned many important lessons. [Lexile: 620]

  • Lubar, David. Stranger Things. 2013.

    When ordinary third-grader Ed finds a coin with the words "strange" and "stranger" on both sides, weird things start happening around him. When his friends start blaming him for all the weirdness, Ed wonders if the coin is not too strange for comfort. [Lexile: 520]

  • MacLachlan, Patricia. White Fur Flying. 2013.

    A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next door to a family that rescues dogs. [Lexile: 450]

Classics and Modern Classics

  • Banks, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard. 1980. [also available on audio]

    A nine-year-old boy who receives a plastic Indian, cupboard and little key for his birthday finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life. [Lexile: 780]

  • Blume, Judy. Superfudge. 1980. [also available on audio]

    Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother, Fudge. [Lexile: 560]

  • DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. 2000. [also available on audio]

    Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. [Lexile: 610]

  • Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. 1989. [also available on audio]

    In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. [Lexile: 670]

  • MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. 1985. [also available on audio]

    When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. [Lexile: 560]

  • Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy. 1961. [also available on audio]

    A young boy living in the Ozarks gets what he's always wanted when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. [Lexile: 700]

  • Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square. 1960. [also available on audio]

    Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat befriend a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York. [Lexile: 780]

  • White, E.B. Charlotte's Web. 1952. [also available on audio]

    Wilbur the pig is desolate when he discovers that he is to be the farmer's Christmas dinner, until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. [Lexile: 680]

Nonfiction

revised May 2014