4th grade reading is an exciting level for children. They have learned how to properly read and can jump into more exciting stories and books with chapters. They can start reading the classics you loved as a child and explore new fiction that resonates with them. Do you have a child or work with children that are this reading level and want to encourage and challenge them with their reading? We offer a course that can help give you skills to learn and read more effectively, which you can then pass down to your child.
Authors for Your 4th Graderto Explore
There are many books that are in the 4th grade reading level that can inspire and entertain children of this age. Some are old favorites and some are newer publications, which children can relate to within the digital age. Here are some authors and books that are great for entertaining your fourth grader.
- Judy Blume
When it comes to growing up, Judy Blume has it down. She is a writer who is able to connect with kids, dealing with subjects such as siblings, self-esteem, fitting in, crushes, the whole shebang. Books like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Blubber, and Freckle Juice are perfect for the fourth-grade reading level. And then there are other books like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself that go into the more complicated matters of adolescence and growing up.
Blume writes with all children in mind, covering female-only and male-only issues within each of her books. From the boys’ perspective, there is the great Fudge series (Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Fudge-a-Mania, Double Fudge, and Superfudge). Likewise, there is a girls’ perspective within the Fudge universe, with books like Otherwise Known As Shelia the Great written in a girl’s perspective. It is hard not to find something in Blume’s repertoire that doesn’t fit in your child’s interests.
- Roald Dahl
This author dabbles in the magic of childhood. Many of his books have been turned into classic films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the 1971 film’s title is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Matilda and James and the Giant Peach. While the movies are dazzling on their own, it’s the way Dahl writes and unfolds his stories that really captures the reader, regardless of their age. While aimed toward children, Roald Dahl’s books are a delight for adults to read as well with colorful characters, evil villains and suspenseful climaxes. He has published 17 children’s novels with three books of children’s poetry. Some of his most beloved children’s books include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches to name just a few.
- Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein creates stories and poems that are funny, poignant, heartbreaking and uplifting all at once. His most popular works include The Giving Tree about a boy who grows up with a tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, which is a collection of poetry and A Light in the Attic, which is another collection of poetry and drawings.
Specific Books for 4th Graders
While this list is endless, let’s look at a few books at this reading level that are great for both girls and boys.
- Where the Red Fern Grows
This is a great coming-of-age story, but fair warning: It is heartbreaking. The protagonist is a 10-year-old boy growing up in the Ozark mountains, but the stars of the book are his two coonhounds, who are inseparable. He buys and trains the two dogs, forming a bond between them that is only surpassed by the bond between the two dogs themselves.
- Charlotte’s Web
This classic story won’t break your heart as much as Where the Red Fern Grows, but it still has a bittersweet ending. If the child in your life loves animals and the bond between animals and humans, this is a great story that will warm their heart and teach them about the importance of loyalty and friendship.
- Pippi Longstocking
If your fourth-grade girl needs an independent, free-spirited role model in her life, Pippi is her gal. She’s outrageous and every day is an adventure when you’re with her. Swedish author Astrid Lindgren brought Pippi to life in three books, Pippi Longstocking, Pippi Goes Aboard, and Pippi in the South Seas.
Write Your Own Stories
Get creative and write a personalized story for that fourth grader in your life. Make them the main character and include their friends, teachers or even pets in the story. Include some advice on growing up, dealing with bullies and making friends, things nine and ten-year-old’s face every day. Learn how to create a polished (and maybe eventually, profitable) story with this course. You can also learn some great children’s writing tips with this blog. Not only will you be able to make something unique and personalized for the child in your life, but you can also learn how to market it to other children as well. If your more technology savvy, you can learn how to publish your own children’s books on Kindle with this course. Many people are switching over to e-readers for novel and magazine reading, making it easy for them to bring their favorite books with them wherever they go. If your family has a Kindle, learn how to get your story published and your family can take your stories with them wherever they go.
Let Your 4th Grader Write Their Own Story
Help encourage the fourth grader in your life to write stories of their own. Go over plot, characters, conflict and resolution and let their imagination fly. Get extra creative by having them write it out and draw pictures to accompany the story. If they need extra help with their penmanship for writing out the story, we offer a course on improving handwriting for children. Once they are finished, find a way to get the story published so they can have their very own copy to be proud of.