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


Wonder*


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


Frindle


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


Smile*


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


Matilda


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*


Crenshaw*


Rain Reign


Save Me a Seat


Wish*


Treasures of the Snow



Mandy


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


Shiloh


Holes


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.


THANK YOU!
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17 Comments

  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 commonsensemedia.com 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 :).