Terrific Books for Third & Fourth Graders

New titles

  • Barnett, Mac. The Terrible Two. 2015.
    When prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen. (Read a staff review of this title!) [Lexile: 620]
  • Funke, Cornelia. Emma and the Blue Genie. 2014. [also available on audio]
    Eight-year-old Emma and her little dog, Tristan, take a magic carpet ride to the distant land of Barakash to help a genie recover his stolen magical nose ring. (Read a staff review of this title!) [Lexile: 770]
  • Hanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory. 2014.
    Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters and generally driving her family nuts. [Lexile: 550]
  • Jensen, Marion. Almost Super. 2014. [also available on audio]
    Two brothers in a family of superheroes are forced to reexamine everything they know about being super when the powers they receive are total duds and their enemy is revealed to be just like they are. [Lexile: 590]
  • Krosoczka, Jarrett. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. 2009.
    The school lunch lady is a secret crime fighter who uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots. [Lexile: GN240]
  • Lewis, Josh. Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry. 2010.
    After he falls into a pool of radioactive green goo behind Bogie's Burger Barn, nerdy Fern Goldberg develops superhero skills when he comes into contact with condiments. [Lexile: 660]
  • Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions. 2014.
    Fearful Alvin Ho goes on a trip to China with his family. [Lexile: 560]
  • Pyron, Bobbie. Lucky Strike. 2015.
    Nathaniel Harlow, who lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, has always been unlucky—but when he is struck by lightning on his 11th birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.
  • Rundell, Katherine. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms. 2014.
    Wilhelmina Silver's world is golden. Living half-wild on an African farm, she feels that every day is beautiful. But when her home is sold and she is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult. [Lexile: 720]
  • Scieszka, Jon. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. 2014. [also available on audio]
    In Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own. After an accident brings Klink and Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor. That is, until the robots are stolen by Frank's archnemesis. [Lexile: 730]
  • Woods, Brenda. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond. 2014. [also available on audio]
    A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family. [Lexile: 670]

Classics and modern classics

  • Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks. 2005. [also available on audio]
    While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through 12, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. [Lexile: 800]
  • Blume, Judy. Superfudge. 1980. [also available on audio]
    Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother, Fudge. [Lexile: 560]
  • Clements, Andrew. Frindle. 1996. [also available on audio]
    When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. [Lexile: 830]
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. 2000. [also available on audio]
    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. [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]
  • Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square. 1960. [also available on audio]
    A country cricket, who unintentionally arrives in New York, is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. [Lexile: 780]


  • Buried Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. 2014. [J 333.82 BAN]
    What are fossil fuels, and how did they come to exist? [Lexile: NC860]
  • The Original Cowgirl: The Wild Adventures of Lucille Mulhall by Heather Lang. 2015. [JB Mulhall Lucille]
    Often regarded as "the original cowgirl," Lucille Mulhall was an early 1900s Wild West performer whose skills were as considerable as her male counterparts. [Lexile: AD810]
  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Bryant. 2014. [JB Roget Peter]
    For shy, young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions—and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time. [Lexile: 590]

revised May 2015