Books for Grades 3 and 4

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Article in Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Nonfiction

A printable version of this booklist is available in Word format here

Notable New Titles

J SC Martin, Anne, editor Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories:This is an illustrated anthology of stories about dogs and their relationships with humans.

J Beil, Michael Summer at Forsaken Lake

Twelve-year-old Nicholas and his younger sisters leave New York City and head to small-town Ohio, where they get involved in a mystery involving an old reel of film.

J Hicks, Betty The Worm Whisperer

Ellis loves animals and decides to enter his wooly worm in the Wooly Worm Festival race.

J Kurtz, Chris Adventures of a South Pole Pig

Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs.

J 031 Ultimate Ultimate Weird But True

This book presents facts, brief stories, photos, and illustrations showing that fact can be as weird as fiction.

J Wiley, Melissa Prairie Thief

Louisa's Pa is accused of thievery, a crime punishable on the prairie by hanging. Louisa knows the truth, but who will believe her? The book has shades of Little House on the Prairie and Spiderwick Chronicles

Old Favorites

Most of these authors have written other wonderful books.

J Avi The Good Dog

Gt inside the mind of a dog torn between his life and that of a wolf.

J 535.3 Barton, Chris The Day-Glo Brothers

The story of Joe and Bob Switzer, who experimented and invented a new kind of color called Day-Glo.

J Bearn, Emily Tumtum & Nutmeg

Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings.

J Birney, Betty The World According to Humphrey

Humphrey the hamster is an amazing classroom pet.

J Byars, Betsy The SOS File

The students in Mr. Magro's class submit stories about their biggest emergencies.

J Child, Lauren Utterly Me, Clarice Bean

Clarice enjoys reading about a girl detective.

J Cottrell Boyce, Frank Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Chitty's back and with wild adventures for the Tooting family thanks to acquiring the original engine.

J Danziger, Paula Amber Brown series


J Davies, Jacqueline The Lemonade War

Evan and his younger sister compete with each other to earn $100 from a lemonade stand.

J DeGross, Monalisa Donavan's Word Jar

Donavan collects words and then gives them away.

J 031.02 Donovan, Sandra Does It Really Take Seven Years to Digest Swallowed Gum?

Sort out the facts of this and other questions with this book.

J Dorris, Michael Morning Girl

A Taino girl is the first person to see Christopher Columbus arrive.

J Dowell, Frances Phineas MacGuire Series

J Draper, Sharon Sassy

Sassy hates being the smallest student in her class, until a family emergency calls for a pint-sized hero.

J Duffey, Betsy Spotlight on Cody

Cody is destined for stardom in the third grade talent show.

J 327.12 Earnest, Peter The Real Spy's Guide to Becoming a Spy

What would it be like to be a real spy?

J Funke, Cornelia Igraine the Brave

Igraine wants nothing more than to be a knight.

J George, Jessica Tuesdays at the Castle

When the King and Queen are ambushed, it is up to Princess Celie to protect her home and save the kingdom.

J Greene, Stephanie Queen Sophie Hartley

Sophie overcomes feeling that she is no good at anything.

J Grimes, Nikki Make Way for Dyamond Daniel

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate studies the natural world with her grandfather which leads to an

important discovery.

J Grindley, Sally Dear Max

Max develops a special friendship with an author by exchanging letters.

J Hale, Bruce Chet Gecko Mystery Series

J Hill, Kirkpatrick The Year of Miss Agnes

Miss Agnes is the new teacher at a one room school in an Inuit village in Alaska in 1948.

J Hobbs, Valerie Sheep

A young border collie seeks a new home.

J 398.2 Hodges, Margaret Merlin and the Making of the King

Four Arthurian legends are retold in this book.


J Holm, Jennifer Babymouse Series

J 600 How How Cool Is This?

Take a look at these inventions and gizmos.

J Howe, Deborah Bunnicula Series

J Hurwitz, Johanna Aldo Applesauce

This is the first crazy adventure of nine-year-old Aldo.

J 591.68 Jenkins, Martin Can We Save the Tiger?

Conservationist Martin Jenkins introduces some of the world's most endangered species.

J Kelly, Katy Lucy Rose: Big on Plans

Lucy Rose records her summer plans in her diary: preventing her parents' divorce and enjoying a birthday adventure with her father.

J 567.9 Kerley, Barbara The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

This is the true story of an artist who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the 1800s.

J King-Smith, Richard Three Terrible Trins

Three mice befriend a lower class mouse to form a team to fight the cats.

J Lin, Grace The Year of the Dog

A young Taiwanese American girl struggles to integrate her two cultures.

J Lowry, Lois Stay! Keeper's Story

Keeper, a dog, tells his story of adventures with various human owners.

J McDonald, Megan The Judy Moody Series

J McElligott, Matthew Benjamin Franklinstein Lives

Victor's adventure begins when he discovers that Benjamin Franklin is alive!

J McGhee, Alison Julia Gillian

Julia learns a lot about facing fears during her summer vacation.

J Messner, Kate Marty McGuire

When Tomboy Marty is cast as the princess in the third-grade play, she learns about improvisation.

J 597.89 Moffett, Mark Face to Face with Frogs

Take a look at the diverse world of frogs.

J Morris, Gerald The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

This book tells the laugh-out-loud tale of King Arthur's most celebrated knight.

J Pennypacker, Sara The Clementine Series

J Pullman, Philip The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Lila wants to be a firework-maker.

J Rodda, Emily Rowan of Rin series.

J Schultz, Laura Night Fairy

When Flory's wings are broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.

J Scieszka, Jon Spaceheadz

Michael is teamed with two very strange students on the first day of school and discovers they are aliens who need his help.

J Seuling, Barbara Oh No, It's Robert

Robert is determined to try for the class achievement award.

J Spinelli, Jerry Fourth Grade Rats

Suds learns that you don't have to be a "rat" (a tough guy)

J 741.5 Sturm, James Adventures in Cartooning

Learn the basics of cartooning while enjoying a good story.

J Van Draanen, Wendelin Gecko and Sticky series.

This book tells the laugh-out-loud tale of King Arthur's most celebrated knight.

J Vande Velde, Vivian Smart Dog

Amy's life gets very complicated when she meets a talking dog.

J 031 Weird Weird But True

There are three books in the series and all of them have amazing and fun facts.

J Wright, Betty Ren The Ghost of Popcorn Hill

Martin and Peter find two ghosts.

J Yolen, Jane Passager

This is the first book of a trilogy about young Merlin.