4th Grade Reading List

by | May 23, 2021 | curriculum, reading | 0 comments

Are you looking for reading material for your 4th grader? This list has numerous books to choose from. There is also at least one free lesson for each book included on the list. These lessons vary from book to book. Some are comprehensive unit studies or novel guides, while others are simply a set of discussion questions.

All of the lessons below are free, but you will need to obtain the corresponding books. You can borrow them from the library, purchase them used, or click/tap on a book’s cover to buy it on Amazon.

How I Created the List

When creating this list, I looked at what books several different sources recommend for each grade. Often various curriculum providers and book lists will recommend a book for different grade levels. For this list, I used the average of the different recommended grade levels. Because of this, you’ll find that other sources may recommend some of the books on this list for 3rd or 5th grade instead of 4th.

Please note: As values, beliefs, and standards vary widely by family, I have not attempted to screen these books for appropriateness. I recommend that you read several reviews before choosing books for your child to read. This post lists several resources you can use to help ensure the books you choose are appropriate for your family.

4th Grade Reading List

The books below are listed in no specific order. For additional book options, also check out our lists for other grades.

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The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

This printable, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, includes a worksheet for each chapter of the book.

This resource, found on TeachingBooks.net, provides comprehension questions for the book.

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

At swiastyn12station.weebly.com, you’ll find a set of discussion questions for the book.

Homeschool Share’s unit study expands further on topics from the book with lessons covering vocabulary, writing, poetry, science, social studies, and more.

Your child may also like to watch The Whipping Boy movie on YouTube after reading the book.

Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark and April Chu

This teacher’s guide, created by Marcie Colleen, includes comprehension questions, and writing assignments. There are also math, science, and history activities.

Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

This worksheet set, from lvanbergen.pbworks.com, includes a vocabulary exercise and comprehension questions for each chapter.

A Mouse Called Wolf by Dick King-Smith

This Simple Home provides a set of critical thinking questions for the book.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Homeschool Share offers a unit study covering comprehension questions, vocabulary, and writing. It also includes lessons in science, social studies, math, and more, all related to the book.

At Rise to Reading, you’ll find comprehension questions for each chapter.

Woo! Jr. Kids Activities provides vocabulary worksheets, comprehension quizzes, and a word search.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Plain and not so Plain has comprehension worksheets for each chapter of the book.

Woo! Jr. Kids Activities provides a vocabulary worksheet and word search. There are also language arts, arts, science, and social studies activities to go with the book.

The Matchlock Gun by  Walter Edmonds

Beginning on page 48 of Response Guides for Teaching Children’s Books, there are discussion questions, writing assignments, and activity suggestions for the book.

Highland Heritage Homeschool provides printable cards that can be used as discussion questions or writing prompts. There is also a map worksheet for locations mentioned in the book.

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

These printable worksheets, from swiastyn12station.weebly.com, have comprehension questions for each chapter of the book.

Mrs. Warner’s Learning Community provides writing prompts and vocabulary worksheets.

Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin

Quia.com offers a short multiple-choice quiz on the book. You don’t need to enter your child’s name to take the quiz. Just click “start now.”

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Scholastic provides discussion questions, extension activities, vocabulary lists, and more ideas for teaching the book.

Rise to Reading has comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and writing prompts for the book.

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop

This unit study, created by Learn 4 Your Life, includes discussion questions, vocabulary words, and activities.

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This unit study, provided by Homeschool Share, includes comprehension questions and vocabulary activities. It also includes extensions into related language arts, history, science, math, art, and more.

The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck

Wise Owl Factory created this discussion guide and set of PowerPoint slides for the book.

This set of worksheets, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, prompts students to write a summary of each section of the book.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Rise to Reading offers comprehension questions for each chapter of the book.

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

Read to Them provides discussion questions for each chapter of the book.

The Little Rock School District created this family guide for the book. It includes discussion questions, suggested activities, and vocabulary words.

This lesson plan, made available by Texas Bankers, covers several chapters of the book and focuses on entrepreneurship and business skills.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

Teaching Books made this set of discussion questions available.

Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres

Penguin Random House created this teacher’s guide. It includes discussion questions and activities.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Teachers.net provides this set of comprehension questions for each chapter.

Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

Mrs. Morelli’s website offers worksheets covering comprehension questions, character traits, and setting.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Rise to Reading provides comprehension questions for each chapter.

Fourth Grade Frontier provides worksheets that coincide with each chapter.

Teaching Book’s book guide provides comprehension questions for the book.

Penguin Young Readers provides a list of teaching ideas and activates.

Superfudge by Judy Blume

Rise to Reading has a set of comprehension questions for the book.

Maya’s Teaching Blog provides comprehension questions for each chapter.

I hope your child enjoys reading these books!

More Free Reading Curriculum & Resources

Grade Level Reading Lists – These are our reading lists for 3rd grade through high school. There is a free lesson or novel study for each listed book.

Free Language Arts Curriculum – Here you’ll find a curriculum for reading, literature, phonics, book guides, and poetry. There are also options for grammar, composition, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting. There is something for every grade, from preschool through high school.

Free eBooks – This post tells where to find free eBooks for the entire family.

Free Audiobooks – This post shares where to find free audiobooks for all ages.

How to Choose Age Appropriate Books – If you need help choosing appropriate books for your children, this post includes several free resources you can use.

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