11 Good Chapter Books For 4th Graders Update 05/2022

Chapter Books For 4th Graders

In fourth grade, most nine-year-olds can read well enough to look for chapter books. This makes it easy to find them. They still like to see some pictures in their chapter books, but some can read up to 200 pages of fiction without getting too bored (or more). It doesn’t matter what your fourth-grader can read. I think you’ll find a few or even a few books for them in this list of 50 chapter books for fourth graders. I’ve separated the picture books from the chapter books that don’t.

The non-illustrated chapter books I’ve chosen are called “middle-grade books” because they’re for kids ages 8 to 12 to read. These picks, on the other hand, are better for younger people because they have younger protagonists, less text, less intense subject matter, and a “young” voice.

Chapter Books for 4th Graders – With Illustrations

Jada Sly, Artist & Spy

Jada Sly, Artist & Spy

Published: May 14, 2019

It’s Jada Sly’s 10th birthday. She’s an artist and a trainee spy. When she’s not studying the art of her heroes, like Jackie Ormes, the first African American cartoonist, she’s writing about her spy training and other things in her art journal.

When Jada gets back home after living in France for five years, she is ready for her first and best spy job yet. Everyone thinks her mother died in a plane crash. She plans to search New York City for her mother. Except for Jada, who thinks her mom was a spy, too, but that doesn’t make sense.

To solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance, Jada will use one spy technique after the other. Some of them will be hilarious, but they will help her find her mother. Because she’s not done with school yet:

Katarina Ballerina

Published: May 5, 2020

When Katarina is 10 years old, she’s a New York City girl through and through. The buzz of the city makes her think that she’s meant for something more than her normal day-to-day life. What is her big dream? In order to become a prima ballerina, you need to work hard.

Katarina finally puts on her first pair of ballet shoes with the help of a few new friends. She is more than willing to make it work. But her feet don’t move the way she wants them to, the twirls and spins make her dizzy, and her classmates aren’t very friendly. In order to get a spot at an international dance camp, Katarina will have to compete. She knows this is her best chance to become a dancer, so she’s excited about it. Does this little dancer have what it takes to stand out in the ballet world where everyone blends in?

Ellie, Engineer

Published: January 16, 2018

An engineer named Ellie works for a company called GE. When she wears her favorite skirt, she puts on a tool belt. Who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers on hand, just in case? As long as she works with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make any kind of thing. If you listen to Kit’s mom talk about her birthday gift, you’ll know what to make for her: a dog! If you’re like Ellie, you want to make an amazing doghouse. But your plans get so complicated that you need help from the boys next door and the crafty girls in your neighborhood, even though they don’t like each other. It’s Ellie’s biggest project yet, but will she be able to keep it a secret from Kit at the same time.


Published: March 2, 2021

A middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who has a lot of allergies and wants to get a new pet.

Maggie is the only one at home who isn’t one of the other people there. Her parents are busy getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are always in their own worlds because they are twins. A new puppy for Maggie to call her own is what she thinks is the answer. When she goes to choose one on her birthday, she gets hives and rashes and can’t pick one. She is very allergic to anything that has fur.

Maggie’s allergies make it hard for her to find the right pet. With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd tells a heartfelt story about family, friendship, and finding a place to belong. Megan Wagner Lloyd used her own experiences with allergies to write the book.

The Great Peach Experiment 1

The Great Peach Experiment 1

Published: April 6, 2021

It has been a rough year for Lucy, Freddy, and Herb Peach. They are ready to go on vacation. Lucy wants to read all of the books on the reading list this summer. To work on his art projects when he isn’t stuck in summer school. Herb wants to go swimming every day.

Because one of the inventions they came up with before their mom died has sold, now they’re millionaires. Their dad then makes a big announcement.

It’s true that Dad wants to spend the money on fun things or invest it, but he has bigger plans. He has bought a food truck that was used. For the summer, the Peaches are going to sell pies all over the country. Great Peach Experiment will be a summer of bonding while Mom gets to live out one of her dreams. This will be the Great Peach Experiment. Summer plans have been thrown out. And there’s one more thing Dad hasn’t taken care of: none of them know how to bake.


Published: May 25, 2021

Saturday is Pawcasso’s day to buy food for his family. He walks into town with his basket, shopping list, and cash in paw to do it. Once, he sees Jo, who is eleven years old and bored and lonely. Jo is shocked to see an adorable dog carrying a basket on his own. When she is seen with Pawcasso by a group of kids from her school, they think she is Pawcasso’s owner.

It’s been a long time since Jo has made any new friends. She hides the truth and agrees to let “her” dog model for an art class the kids are taking. What could happen? But when animal control gets complaints about a dog running around the streets without a leash, the lie quickly grows into a Great Dane-sized one. Will Jo tell the truth and lose her new friends if Pawcasso is going to be free?

Ways to Make Sunshine

Published: April 28, 2020

School, her self-image, and her family are all on Ryan Hart’s mind at the same time. Her father has a new job, but money is tight. People have to make some changes, like giving up their second car and moving into a new (old) home. Ryan, on the other hand, is a girl who can make sunshine out of bad things. If you listen to her brother’s rap, he says that she’s good at something that you can’t see, and that she’s nice.

Ryan wants to be a good daughter, a good sister, and a good friend. He wants to look for the good in people. It doesn’t matter that her life isn’t the way she wants it to be. When her big brother annoys her, her parents don’t get it, and the unexpected happens, she always comes up with an answer with grace and wit. Sunlight will be there, too.

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade

Published: January 1, 2020

When Allie Liu and Farah Liu apply to the Magnet Academy, they can’t wait to start sixth grade there. They’re both excited about the process. But when a new girl, Dana Denver, comes to school, Farah’s world is turned on its head. As Dana starts to bully Farah’s little brother, Samir, Farah starts to question her decision to send him to Harbortown Elementary/Middle School with her. Farah comes up with a plan on how to deal with it on her own. She comes up with a plan that involves lying to people who are close to her. Will her lies come back to bite her? Or can Farah find a way to defeat the bully and rock fifth grade with her friends?

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

Published: September 19, 2017

Whether she is hanging from trees by her knees or doing handstands, for Beatrice Zinker, upside down is always the best way to do things. When she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade, she thought she was going crazy. There is a new friend and a new outfit when Beatrice shows up to school in black. Lenny comes with a cool new outfit. So much worse, she doesn’t seem to remember the top-secret plan they had.

Is it possible for Beatrice to think in a way that is upside down and upside down?

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet

Published: March 24, 2009

He lives near the beach with his mom and little sister in Kailua, Hawaii. His friends also live there.

The man of the house is Cal. Which means: Take care of yourself. There’s always fun and trouble for Calvin to get into, even when he’s at school. This is also known as “Mr. Purdy’s Fourth-Grade Boot Camp.” And how can he be the man of the house when Stella, the live-in babysitter from Texas, moves all over Calvin’s space?

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Published: October 24, 2017

Beverly Cleary won the Newbery Medal for writing this imaginative story about a mouse named Ralph. When a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle come to stay at the Mountain View Inn, Ralph is thrown into a world of fun.

In the end, Ralph is going to ride the red toy motorcycle that Keith made for him to play with. So when Keith leaves the bike in his room one day, Ralph moves in to get it. But with all of this freedom and speed, there are a lot of problems that come up. A rowdy dog or the attention of his cousins aren’t the only things Ralph has to deal with. With a friend like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t deal with at all.

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