Curious 4th Graders may also enjoy reading books from the list "Facts to Sink Your Teeth Into: Nonfiction Books Over 100 Pages."
Hidden Valley Eagles series by Tiki And Ronde Barber (J BAR)
This sports series is based on the childhood experiences of NFL stars Tiki and Ronde Barber.
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary (J CLE)
This realistic fiction series chronicles the lives of Ramona Quimby and her older sister Beezus in the neighborhood, at school, and at home with their family. Two of the books in this series won Newbery Honor awards.
Matilda by Roald Dahl (J DAH)
Matilda, a brilliant child prodigy, discovers she has a supernatural power.
Eyewitness series published by DK Press (Various locations; ask at the children's desk for help with searching)
This very popular, high quality non-fiction series has a format that is especially helpful to visual learners.
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (J EST)
Don't let the title, slim size, and 1944 copywrite date fool you--this novel on bullying, told through the eyes of a bystander, has a strong emotional impact. A Newbery Honor winner.
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen (Series Wall under Dear America)
Quiet Patsy has a limp, speaks with a stutter, and is seen as mentally slow by both her fellow slaves and the master and his family. She takes advantage of this to secretely teach herself to read and write. When the slaves are freed, Patsy finds that her literacy skills make her a leader in her community. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Lucy Rose series and Melonhead series, both by Katy Kelly (J KEL)
Lucy Rose and Melonhead are a girl and boy who are good friends, creative thinkers, and sometimes impulsive. They always have good intentions even when their plans have unintended consequences. Each series is narrated by its title character.
How to be the Funniest Kid in the Whole World (or just in your class) by Jay Leno (J 818.6 LEN)
This age appropriate guide for aspiring comedians is written by a star of late night television and stand up comedy.
Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin (J MAR)
Four girls cement their friendship and earn money by creating a baby-sitting business. The four girls are very different, but share an enjoyment of working with younger children and a respect for one another.
Scientists in the Field series published by National Geographic (Various locations; ask at the children's desk for help with searching)
Each book in this non-fiction series focuses on a different prominent scientist or scientific investigation. This series consistently is featured on annual "best book lists" and several titles have won Siebert Medals or Honors. (The Siebert Award is the equivalent of the Newbery Award for non-fiction books.)
Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed (J OBE)
An unusual and unusually appealing small book. The poetic text and exquisite illustrations remind will fill your heart and mind with reminders of the joys of winter. Read it during a snowstorm and you'll be eager to rush outside to play; read it during a heatwave and you'll smile as you remember playing in the snow.
Ologies series (Series Wall)
This series uses a unique format to explore such topics as dragons, wizards, and Greek and Roman mythology.
101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12! by Joanne O'Sullivan (J 910.4 OSU)
Looking for someplace exciting to visit, either in person or as an armchair traveler? The suggested places to visit described in this book include a "superlative place," the house where your parent(s) grew up, and "the middle of nowhere."
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles and other books by Jack Prelutsky (J 811 PRE and J 811.54 PRE)
Prolific poet Jack Prelutsky produces books of humorous poetry accompanied by his own art. His work is very similiar to that of Shel Silverstein.
Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm by Michael Rosen (J 630 ROS)
Life on the farm today is very different than it was when Longstreet Farm (at Holmdel Park) was an actual working farm. This book gives an appealing and informative look at farming today, told through the eyes of five kids from the same farming family.
Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka (J-SF SCI)
This book can be described as the Magic Tree House series with an attitude. Three friends travel through time and manage, somehow, to escape back to the present each time through a combination of lame jokes, bad magic tricks, skateboarding skills, and lots of luck.
The Superheroes Employment Agency by Marilyn Singer (J 811.6 SIN)
These poems describe "B List Superheroes" who, while the not the Justice League, nevertheless have useful talents. For example, "Stuporman" stops crime by boring criminals to sleep, "Muffy the Vampire Sprayer" destroys vampires with a garlic gun, and "The Verminator" is a one inch tall superhero who uses his powers against rats, roaches, and other vermin.
Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald Sobol (J-MYS SOB)
Each book in this series consists of a collection of brief mysteries that the reader is asked to solve. The solutions deduced by brilliant kid detective Encyclopedia Brown are given in the back of the book.
Sway by Amber McRee Turner (J TUR)
Just what is "sway"? And what does it have to do with soap, storms, and single shoes? Cass finds out when she takes a road trip with her father.
Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner (J-MYS WAR)
This classic series about four siblings who live with their grandfather and solve mysteries has been updated to include 21st century tools such as GPS and cell phones.