Book Recommendations for 4th Grade Girls

Happy Monday, Friends!

We had the BEST weekend!  I know the crazy spring season full of ALL THE SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES will be here before we know it so I’m trying to enjoy the relaxing moments we have now.  I hope you guys are READY for the week.  Last night I got our life in order so the Slaughters are SET.  Who am I kidding?  We’ll be good today and then a big ole mess by Tuesday.  😉

In the meantime, let’s talk BOOKS!

Ebby Lee loves reading so after discovering how much I loved my KINDLE-I decided to get Ebby Lee one for Christmas.  She was so excited about receiving this gift and packing it for our road trip was nice and easy.

I hit up Instagram to ask YOU for book recommendations for fourth-grade girls.  You guys hooked us up with a huge list of recommendations.  Lots of you asked me to pass on this list, so here we go.

First, I want to say-I haven’t read all of these books so I apologize if there’s anything remotely inappropriate.  I’m just compiling the giant list you guys sent me.  There were a few small things people mentioned that needed discussing so I included that with each book.  

And, I’m sure our kiddos are all on different reading levels so some of these might be super easy for your fourth grader or a little on the difficult side.  Either way-I hope you find something for your daughter, grand daughter, niece, or super special girl in your life.

Orphan Train-HEAVY for kids

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Dork Diaries Series*

Stargirl Series

Maniac Magee

The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Series*

Percy Jackson Books

Fudge Series-Superfudge ruins Santa-FYI

The One and Only Ivan*

Lunch Lady Series

Babymouse Series

Squish Series

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

The Vanderbeekers Series

Jake and Lily

Small as an Elephant

The Lemonade War Series*

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Natalie Lloyd Books

The Land of Stories Series


Amulet Series

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing*

Grandma’s Attic Series

Nevermoor Series

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Little House on the Prairie Series*

Cece Bell Books

Raina Telegmeier Books*

Peter Pan

Swiss Family Robinson

Rick Riordan Books

Jacqueline Wilson Books

Because of Winn Dixie*

Out of My Mind

How to Steal a Dog

Esperanza Rising


Tiger Rising*

Box Car Children*

The Penderwicks

Glimmer Girls Series

A Dog’s Life

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Becoming Naomi Leon

The American Girl Books*

Beverly Cleary Books

The Homework Machine

Andrew Clements Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events Series

Cupcake Diaries*

Mary Poppins Book Series


Harry Potter Series

A Wrinkle in Time

Abby Cooper Books

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Gloria Whelan Books

Sharon Creech Books

Karen Hesse Books


Tale of Despereaux*

Main Street Series

Amazing Days of Abby Hayes Series

Fish in a Tree*

 Mr. Lemoncello’s Series

Love that Dog

City of Ember Series

Are You There God?  It’s Me Margaret

The Hundred Dresses

The Boy on the Porch

The Wish Tree*

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13

Kate Dicamillo Books*


Rain Reign

Save Me a Seat


Treasures of the Snow


The Secret Garden

A Little Princess

Yankee Girl-Some language-FYI

The Lions of Little Rock

A House of Tailors

Number the Stars

The Liberation of Gabriel King

Haichiko Waits



Poppy Series

Pippi Longstocking*

The Indian in the Cupboard

Cam Jansen Series

Strays Like us

Gallagher Girl Series

Wingfeather Saga Series

The Shadow Children Series

I Survived Series

Toys Go Out

Heidi Hecklebeck

Peter and the Starcatchers

Blood on the River

Stella by Starlight

Stone Fox

Big Nate Series

Annie B Made for TV

Ivy and Bean

Skating Shoes

Dancing Shoes

Christy Miller Series

Front Desk

The War That Saved My Life

Mr. Terrupt Series

Humphrey Books

Roald Dahl Books

Fever 1793

Ebby Lee has been blessed with an amazing fourth grade reading teacher this year who’s encouraging her love of reading in big ways.   The books with {*} are books Ebby Lee has read and REALLY recommends. #herfaves

Thank you so much to everyone who messaged me suggestions!!  If you have any books to add to the list, please comment blow.


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  1. 1.14.19
    Kimberly said:

    Konner, my 4th grader, loves the I Survived series. He also really likes the Geronimo Stilton books to which there is a female counterpart, Thea Stilton.

  2. 1.14.19
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Holy cow!! That is an amazing list of books!! I'm going to have K read through and pick out some. Every time, I see Ballet Shoes, I think of You've Got Mail 🙂 .

  3. 1.14.19
    Rachelle said:

    Hey! I love that you are focusing on reading (both adults and kids). I think that maybe it would be a good idea not to gender books though. There really is no such thing as a "girl" book or a "boy" book. It just perpetuates stereotypes that only girls can like princesses and boys can like dragons etc.

  4. 1.14.19
    LNBS said:

    Great list! I noticed "Smile" on your list (which my daughter liked as well), be careful of the other books by this author, specifically "Drama". There is some mature content that is not appropriate for elementary age kids. We use to check books which has been helpful since there is NO WAY I could read all of my kids books before they dive in.

  5. 1.14.19
    Anonymous said:

    Oh my goodness! This is a great list! Thank you for posting this. Presley is going to love this!

  6. 1.14.19
    CristyMarshall said:

    Love this! I lead a book club for my 4th grade girl and her friends – we are currently making our 2019 schedule and I am so excited to go through this list with my Reading Divas! Thanks!

  7. 1.14.19
    Erika Slaughter said:

    LNBS-THaNK you so much for sharing that!! And that website sounds great! Again-huge thanks!

  8. 1.14.19
    StephC said:

    At this age, my daughter really liked the Warriors cat series by Erin Hunter. She was not into reading and this series got her hooked.

  9. 1.14.19
    Kathryn said:

    Orphan Train is an adult book. It's not just heavy, I would say several of the chapters are too graphic for children.

  10. 1.14.19
    Mommaof3 said:

    Oh Erika, what an awesome list! I love that you shared all the suggestions you received with us! And I love love that Ebby Lee has recommendations- that's so precious! And a fun way to pass along your love of reading to your daughter. Being a long time reader of your blog and Shay's I so appreciate that y'all share kid-focused recommendations from shoes to education. Y'all are a great resource! I'm going to buy my oldest daughter a kindle for her birthday, and I'm looking into many books on this list. I also appreciate the reader comment about using common sense media to determine what would be appropriate. With 3 kids there's no way I can pre-read all their books — what a great resource! Also, I love having gender based lists – I don't pigeon hole my kids by any means, but it helps me to know what books are geared toward girls or boys interests. I have a daughter who loves Dog Man and Dragon Masters – but she also reads girly books.

  11. 1.14.19
    Simply Tish said:

    This is a great list! I love it when kids find their love for reading! 🙂 Simply Tish

  12. 1.14.19
    Caroline Dilworth said:

    I LOOOOVED Ballet Shoes growing up (and it also reminds me of You've Got Mail)! Definitely recommend for Ebby Lee (or any other girl around that age!).

  13. 1.14.19
    Julie said:

    I taught 4th grade and this is a great list!

  14. 1.15.19
    Laurel said:

    This list is fabulous! Except Orphan Train. There’s a molestation scene and I don’t think that’s appropriate for any 4th grader to read. I might be the only one that feels that way but I find it completely inappropriate. Please reconsider that one on your list. But love everything else!

  15. 1.15.19
    Cheriese said:

    I love that you're encouraging reading! Kids and adults who read are without a doubt happier and more well-rounded. I also think reading makes one more empathetic as the reader gets to walk in the characters' shoes. Cudos!

  16. 1.15.19
    Susan said:

    Please check out the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. The series starts when the girls are five.

    There's some great books on that list. Frindle makes me cry every time I read it.

  17. 1.17.19
    Joy said:

    There are some great books on this list! I wanted to leave a few series that my 4th grade boy has loved. He wasn’t really into reading no matter how hard I tried until I found these series. Now he reads a lot of different books and I’m just so happy he found out that books are awesome :). The first series is the “The 13 story treehouse”. The next one is “I survived” books. After that he read “Star Wars: Jedi Academy” series and loved them. He is currently reading the “Hazardous Tales” series and loves it. It’s written more like a comic/graphic novel and the books are about historic events. Just thought I’d share in case anyone needs some suggestions that may get a reluctan reader to be interested in reading :).