Recommended Reads for 3rd and 4th Grades


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions. 

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel Takes a humorous look at the normal way cats bathe, why  it is inappropriate for humans to bathe that way, and the challenges of trying to give a cat a real bath with soap and water. 

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary Beezus' biggest problem was her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knew sisters were supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seemed impossible. 

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell The adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon. 

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger Third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state. 

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. 

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald Third grader Judy Moody is in a “first day of school” bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me Collage. 

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement. 

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden Tells the story of a country cricket with unique musical talents who lands in the middle of New York's Times Square where he and his newfound friends, Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat, put his unique musical skills to use and bring joy to the citizens of New York.