Terrific Books for Third & Fourth Graders


  • Allen, Crystal. Spirit Week Showdown. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Embarking on what she hopes will be a super-fun, boot-scootin' Spirit Week, nine-year-old cowgirl Mya Tibbs, assigned to partner with the biggest bully in school, is hurt and dismayed when her friends start calling her mean-spirited names.

  • Anderson, John David. Ms. Bixby's Last Day. 2016.

    Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when she falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year - a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.

  • Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Initializing for the first time on a remote island where she is all alone, Roz the robot learns survival strategies from the island's hostile animals, finally gaining acceptance when she cares for an orphaned gosling.

  • Creech, Sharon. Moo. 2016.

    Meet 12-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine and is adjusting to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.

  • Dowell, Frances O'Roark. Sam the Man and the Chicken Plan. 2016.

    Seven-year-old Sam Graham wants to earn money, like his older sister who mows lawns at "twenty bucks a pop." So Sam develops a plan involving chickens, eggs and his somewhat-cantankerous neighbor Mr. Stockfish. First in a series.

  • Doyle, Bill. The Prize Winners of Piedmont Place. 2016.

    Although 11-year-old Cal Talaska has to trick his family to take part in a contest, as it proceeds, they go all-in to defend their dignity from the rich town bullies that cheat and swindle their way through the contest.

  • Holm, Jennifer L. Full of Beans. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Beans Curry is a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, FL. The 10-year-old tries to earn money in a variety of ways, while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C. arrive to turn run-down Key West into a tourist resort.

  • Lloyd, Natalie. The Key to Extraordinary. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Waiting for the Destiny Dream of her ancestors, 12-year-old orphan Emma Casey lives by a graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours and helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery. When the dream comes, it only shows her a key, and she finds she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.

  • MacLachlan, Patricia. The Poet's Dog. 2016.

    After a dog with unusual communication talents rescues two children trapped in a snowstorm, he leads them to the cabin he shared with his owner, a poet, until he died. There the children explore the memories the poet has left behind. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Mills, Claudia. Izzy Barr, Running Star. 2015.

    Hurt that her father routinely attends her half-brother's games and misses hers, even though she is the star athlete of the third grade, Izzy receives her friends' support when she decides to tell her father how she feels.

  • Pennypacker, Sara. Waylon! One Awesome Thing. 2016 [also available on audio]

    Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight-year-old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.

  • Tarshis, Lauren. I Survived: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980. 2016.

    On May 18, 1980, 11-year-old Jessie and her best friends are in a forest near Mount St. Helens when the volcano suddenly erupts.

  • Urban, Linda. Weekends with Max and his Dad. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent family changes.

  • Vivat, Booki. Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. 2016.

    Abbie Wu is nervous about middle school - her family doesn't understand her and her friends know exactly what they want to do. While searching for her own passion, she discovers her knack for leadership when injustices in the cafeteria come to light.

Graphic novel

  • Clanton, Ben. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea. 2016.

    A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean.


  • American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide by Carrie Anton. 2016. [J 688.7221 ANT]

    This book takes readers on a wonderful journey, from the start of The Pleasant Company all the way through to present day, including a detailed timeline and tons of exclusive, behind-the-scenes information.

  • Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff. 2016. [J 793.8092 ROC]

    At a time when it was considered most unusual for a young lady to appear onstage, Adelaide Hermann defied convention and went on to become a famous dancer and performer.

  • Planets: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World by Penelope Arlon. 2016. [J 523.2 ARL]

    Blast off with the LEGO mini figures through the solar system and beyond!

  • Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet. 2016. [JB WHITE E B]

    Exquisite artwork blends with personal letters, photos and family mementos to explore the life of the Charlotte's Web author.

  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton. 2016. [J 609.2 JOH]

    Learn more about the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.

revised December 2016