Terrific Books for Third & Fourth Graders


  • Chabert, Jack. Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive! 2014.

    Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students. As hall monitor, it is his job to protect them— but he will need some help from his friends.

  • Foxlee, Karen. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. 2014. [also available on audio]

    In this loose retelling of the Snow Queen fairy tale, Ophelia, a timid 11-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.

  • George, Jessica Day. Thursdays with the Crown. 2014.

    Castle Glower's towers have transported Princess Celie, her siblings and her pet griffin, Rufus, to an unknown land. As they set out to discover where they are, they find an entire lost people, divided by the wishes of two wizards in a centuries-old quarrel.

  • Graff, Lisa. Absolutely Almost. 2014.

    As his parents keep reminding him, 10-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist or most musical in his class, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Holm (editor), Jennifer. Comics Squad: Recess. 2014.

    This collection of comics is about every kid's favorite school subject: recess!

  • Kochalka, James. The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. 2014.

    In this graphic novel, no mission is too small for an inept intergalactic hero and his talking backpack.

  • Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. 2014.

    A family of four boys, their two dads and a menagerie of pets share a raucous year marked by new schools, old friends, a grouchy neighbor, a hungry skunk, leaking ice rinks, school plays and wet cats.

  • MacLachlan, Patricia. Fly Away. 2014.

    While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family and a few cows.

  • Lloyd, Natalie. A Snicker of Magic. 2014. [also available on audio]

    The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic. Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend she hopes to bring the magic back.

  • Perl, Erica S. Aces Wild. 2013.

    Eleven-year-old Zelly Fried's parents will not allow her to have a slumber party until she teaches her mischievous puppy, Ace, to behave, but with Grandpa Ace around nothing is ever simple.

  • Rosengren, Gayle. What the Moon Said. 2014.

    When Esther's family moves to a farm during the Great Depression, she soon learns that there are things much more important than that her superstitious mother rarely shows her any affection.

  • Webb, Holly. The Case of the Stolen Sixpence. 2014.

    Junior sleuth Maisie Hitchins, who lives in her grandmother's boarding house in Victorian London, uncovers an intriguing plot involving stolen sausages, pilfered halfpennies and a fast-paced bicycle chase.

  • Wexler, Django. The Forbidden Library. 2014.

    When her father is lost at sea, Alice must live with an "uncle" whose rural Pennsylvania estate includes a massive and mysterious library that holds much more than books.


  • Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh. 2014. [J 370.1934 TON]

    Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California.

  • Jubilee! One Man's Big, Bold, and Very Very Loud Celebration of Peace by Alicia Potter. 2014. [J 780.9744 POT]

    This exuberant true story of American band leader Patrick Gilmore follows his attempt to put on a big band jubilee of music and peace following the end of the Civil War.

  • Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh. 2014. [JB Hopper]

    As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up— an artist. Even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream.

  • The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís. 2014. [JB Saint-Exupry Antoine]

    This intricately illustrated story follows the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, as he grows up in France during the early years of aviation and discovers his passion for flight.

revised January 2015