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What is Interest Level (IL)?

Interest level is based on a book's content including theme, characterization, and plot. The interest level attached to the book indicates age group appropriateness. Interest level designations reflect the judgment of the book's publisher and the professionals at Renaissance Learning. We group content appropriateness into these categories: LG = Lower Grades (K-3); MG = Middle Grades (4-8); MG+ = Upper Middle Grades (6 and up); and UG = Upper Grades (9-12). Most MG+ books are marketed as YA (Young Adult) for Interest Level. However, the final decision as to whether the content of a specific book is appropriate for a particular student is the responsibility of school librarians, teachers, and parents.

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Walter Dean Myers

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Pre-K – Grade 2 Grades 3 – 5 Grades 6 – 8 Grades 9 – 12

Pre-K – Grade 2

Looking for the Easy Life

Looking for the Easy Life Illustrated by Lee Harper New York, HarperCollins, 2011 Grade Level: Pre-K-3 Ages: 4-8

Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion by Walter Dean Myers

Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion Illustrated by Alix Delinois New York, HarperCollins, 2009 Grade Level: Pre-K-3 Ages: 5-8

Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers

Looking Like Me Illustrated by Christopher Myers Egmont USA, 2009 Grade Level: K-3 Ages: 5-8

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told New York, HarperCollins, 2008 Grades: Pre-K-3 Ages: 4-8

The Blues of Flats Brown

The Blues of Flats Brown 
Illustrated by Nina Laden 
New York, Holiday House 2000 Grade Level: K-3 Ages: 4-8

Glorious Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse by Walter Dean Myers

Glorious Angels: A Celebration of Children 
New York: HarperCollins, 1995 Grades: Pre-K-3 Ages: 4-8

The Golden Serpent by Walter Dean Myers

The Golden Serpent 
Illustrated. by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen 
New York: Viking 1980 Grade Level: 1-4 Ages: 6-9

Where Does the Day Go

Where Does the Day Go? 
Illustrated by Leo Carty 
New York: Parents Magazine Press, 1969 Grade Level: K-3 Ages: 4-8

  • Looking for the Easy Life (2011) – Life is pretty good on Monkey Island, but Oswego Pete is bent on finding the Easy Life – a place where a monkey never has to bend all out of shape for a banana, or do any hard work.
  • Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion (2009) – This vibrantly illustrated biography recounts the most famous fights and examines the depth and complexity of the larger-than-life legend Muhammad Ali.
  • Looking Like Me (2009) – This jumping, jazzy, joyful picture book by Myers and his son Christopher celebrates every child, and everything that a child can be.
  • Ida B. Wells: Let The Truth Be Told (2008) – An activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching, Ida B. Wells was an extraordinary woman who was hard at work to better the lives of African Americans.
  • Jazz (2006) – From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie — and every style in between — this collection of energetic poems, accompanied by bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz.
  • I’ve Seen The Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (2004) – Pictures and easy-to-read text introduce the life of one of the most celebrated figures of the twentieth century, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Blues Journey (2003) – The African experience in America is celebrated with a soulful, affecting blues poem that details the long journey from the Middle Passage to life today.
  • The Blues of Flats Brown (2000) – Flats and Caleb, blues-pickin’ junkyard dogs, play street corners and small clubs, from Memphis to New York City but can’t seem to get away from their mean owner who keeps trying to drag them back home.
  • How Mr. Monkey Saw the Whole World (1996) – After watching cold-hearted, cruel Mr. Buzzard cheat Mr. Hare, Mr. Antelope, and Mr. Crab, Mr. Monkey sets out to teach the greedy bird a much-needed lesson.
  • Smiffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective (1996) – Smiffy Blue is the coolest, crime detective in Doober City who investigates everything from the disappearance of a prized racehorse to a museum theft of the famous ruby of Mora Mora.
  • Glorious Angels: A Celebration of Children (1995) A collection of poems and antique photographs depicting children of many different nationalities.
  • The Story of the Three Kingdoms ( 1995) – This original fable describes how humankind came to live peacefully with the animal world and its kingdoms in the sky, earth, and sea.
  • The Dragon Take a Wife (1995) – Once upon a time, there lived a lonely dragon named Harry who knew that in order to get a wife, he had to prove his courage by fighting the knight in shining armor.
  • Mr. Monkey and the Gotcha Bird (1984) – Captured by the Gotcha Bird one day when he was walking around with his nose in the air thinking he was big stuff, Monkey does some fast thinking to keep from being eaten.
  • The Golden Serpent ( 1980) – The wise man Pundabi tries to help the wealthy king see the poverty and suffering in his kingdom by inventing the mystery of the Golden Serpent.
  • Fly, Jimmy, Fly! (1974) – After unsuccessful attempts at imitating the birds, Jimmy discovers the best way to fly is in his imagination.
  • The Dancers ( 1972) – When a young boy accompanies his father, a prop man, to the theater, he gets an introduction to ballet.
  • Where Does the Day Go? (1969) – Several children tell what they think happens to the day when night arrives.

Grades 3 – 5

We are America by Walter Dean Myers

We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart New York, HarperCollins, 2011 Grade: 1-5 Ages: 6-10

Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers

Harlem Summer New York, Scholastic, 2007 Grade Level: 4-9 Ages: 9-14

I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Walter Dean Myers

I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins New York, HarperCollins, 2004 
Grade Level: Pre-K-3 Ages: 2-8

Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole

Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole 
New York, Scholastic, 2004 
Grade Level: 4-7 Ages: 8-12

Down to the Last Out by Walter Dean Myers

Down to the Last Out: The Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues, 1948 
New York, Scholastic, 2001 (My Name Is America) 
Grade Level: 3-7 Ages: 8-12

The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy, Chisholm Trail, 1871 by Walter Dean Myers

The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy, Chisholm Trail, 1871 
(My Name Is America) 
New York, Scholastic, 1999 
Grade Level: 3-5 Ages: 8-12

Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom 
New York: Dutton, 1997 Grades: 3-8 Ages: 8-12

The Dream Bearer

The Dream Bearer 
New York, HarperCollins, 2003 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 10-14

Blues Journey

Blues Journey 
Illustrated by Christopher Myers 
New York, Holiday House, 2003 
Grade Level: 1-6 Ages: 6-11

Three Swords for Granada

Three Swords for Granada 
New York, Holiday House 2002 Grade Level: 3-5 Ages: 8-12

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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary 
New York: Scholastic, 1993 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 12+

A Place Called Heartbreak by Walter Dean Myers

A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam 
Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1993 Grade Level: 3-5 Ages: 8-12

Young Martin's Promise by Walter Dean Myers

Young Martin’s Promise 
Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1993 
Grade Level: 3-5 Ages: 8-12

The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers

The Young Landlords 
New York: Viking, 1979 Coretta Scott King Author Award Grade Level: 4-7 Ages: 8-12

Fast Same, Cool Clyde and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers

Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff 
New York: Viking, 1975 Grade Level: 3-7 Ages: 8-12

  • Guys Read: Pirate (2011) – Fourteen-year-old Abdullah Syed Hari is a Somali pirate who loves his family and friends.
  • We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart (2011) – Walter Dean Myers teams up with son Christopher Myers to celebrate the heart and soul of America, its ordinary and extraordinary people, and the monumental events that have shaped it.
  • Harlem Summer (2007) – In this historical novel set during the Harlem Renaissance, 16-year-old Mark Purvis works for Crisis magazine, but really wants a chance to play saxophone for jazz great Fats Waller, who entices him to take a shady opportunity to make some fast cash.
  • Harlem Hellfighters (2006) – In a time when their humanity was questioned in their homeland, the Harlem Hellfighters, the 369th Infantry Regiment of African American soldiers in the United States Army, fought on the front lines of World War I to defend democracy.
  • Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole (2004) – This thrilling record of Antarctica depicts the heroism and adventure of the expedition parties that uncovered the frozen continent.
  • The Dream Bearer (2003) – David Curry doesn’t know what to make of his father, Reuben, whose violent outbursts and chilling nightmares torment his family.
  • Three Swords for Granada (2002) – Three young cats struggle to stop an army of dogs from terrorizing Granada in 1420.
  • Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam (2002) – A young American soldier waits for his enemy – rifle in hand and heart pounding – wondering when it will all be over.
  • Down To The Last Out: The Journal of Biddy Owens (2001) – Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team and dreams of becoming a major league baseball player, but realizes that not everyone is ready for blacks and whites to play on the same team.
  • Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly (2000) – Walter Dean Myers delivers a compelling portrayal of Malcolm X, one of the most controversial and powerful leaders of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s, and one of America’s influential figures.
  • The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy (1999) – Joshua Loper keeps a journal of his adventures as a cowhand on a cattle drive, where Indians, cattle rustlers, and stampedes are only a few of the problems the cowboy must face.
  • Angel to Angel (1998) – In this poignant collection of poetry and photographs, the simple and timeless imagery of childhood evokes the special bond between mother and child.
  • Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom (1997) – It���s 1839 and the Amistad slave ship sets sail on a short voyage in Cuba when illegally enslaved Africans revolt and seize control of the ship hoping to find their way back to Africa.
  • Harlem (1997) – With a poetic jazz backbeat, Walter Dean Myers, with the help of his son Christopher, tells the story of Harlem ��� a rich and vibrant neighborhood that has been a historic center of African-American culture in New York City.
  • Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse (1993) – A heartwarming celebration of African-American childhood in words and pictures.
  • A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam (1993) – Major Fred Cherry is an Air Force pilot taken prisoner during the Vietnam War and he wonders if he will ever see freedom again.
  • Young Martin���s Promise (1993) – Martin Luther King, Jr. felt the effects of segregation as a boy growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, which sowed the seeds for his activism for equal rights for people, regardless of their color.
  • Mop, Moondance, and the Nagasaki Knights (1992) – T. J., Moondance, and Mop return with the continuing adventures of their baseball team, The Elks, and this time they are trying to win a trip to Japan by coming in first in a special international tournament.
  • Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid (1988) – Although adoption has taken them out of the New Jersey institution where they grew up, eleven-year-old T.J. and his younger brother Moondance remain involved with their friend Mop’s relentless attempts to become adopted herself and wreak revenge on their baseball rivals the obnoxious Eagles.
  • Ambush in the Amazon (1986) – While camping in the Amazon, Chris and his brother Ken try to save a tribal village from the attacks of what appears to be a reincarnated swamp monster.
  • Duel in the Desert (1986) – While camping in Morocco, Chris and his brother try to discover who stole a valuable silver chalice from a Moroccan palace.
  • The Hidden Shrine (1985) – Chris and Ken Arrow, who often accompany their anthropologist mother on her travels, find themselves pursuing a band of thieves through the back alleys and waterways of Hong Kong.
  • Adventure in Granada (1985) – While visiting Spain, Chris and Ken try to save a friend who has been falsely accused of stealing a valuable cross.
  • The Black Pearl and the Ghost (1980) – Two stories: one featuring a great detective in search of a missing pearl, and another with a famous ghost chaser tracking down a mischievous ghost.
  • The Young Landlords (1979) – Five devoted friends become landlords and try to make their Harlem neighborhood a better place to live, but it turns out that being a landlord is a lot more work than being a kid.
  • Mojo and the Russians (1977) – A little bit of mojo goes a long way for a group of youngsters trying to protect their friend from some suspicious characters.
  • Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff (1975) – New to 116th Street in New York, Francis – aka “Stuff” – soon makes friends and begins a year of unusual experiences.

Grades 6 – 8

books grade level

Invasion New York, Scholastic, 2013 Grade: 7-12 Ages: 12+

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The Cruisers Book 4: Oh, Snap! New York, Scholastic, 2013 Grade Level: 5-9 Ages: 10-14

The Cruisers: A Star is Born

The Cruisers Book 3: A Star Is Born New York, Scholastic, 2012 Grade Level: 5-9 Ages: 10-14

Just Write: Here’s How!

Just Write: Here’s How! New York, HarperCollins, 2012 Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 13+

All the Right Stuff

All the Right Stuff Amistad; New York, HarperCollins, 2012 Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 13+

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Guys Read: Pirate New York, HarperCollins, 2011 Grade Level: 3-7 Ages: 8-12

Amiri and Odette: A Love Story

Amiri and Odette: A Love Story New York, Scholastic, 2009 Grade Level: 7-12 Ages: 12+

Game by Walter Dean Myers

Game New York, HarperCollins, 2008 Grade: 6-8 Ages: 8-12; 12+

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Autobiography of My Dead Brother 
Illustrated by Christopher Myers 
New York, HarperCollins, 2005 
Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 13+

USS Constellation: Pride of the American Navy

USS Constellation: Pride of the American Navy 
New York, Holiday House, 2004 
Grade Level: 5-8 Ages: 10-13

Handbook for Boys: A Novel

Handbook for Boys: A Novel 
New York, HarperCollins 2002 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 10+

Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers

Bad Boy: A Memoir 
New York, HarperCollins 2001 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 12+

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary 
New York: Scholastic, 1993 
Grade Level: 7-12 Ages: 12+

We Were Heroes by Walter Dean Myers

We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, A World War II Soldier, Normandy, France 
New York, Scholastic, 1999 (My Name Is America) 
Grade Level: 5-9 Ages: 10-14

The Cruisers Book 2: Checkmate

The Cruisers Book 2: Checkmate New York, Scholastic, 2011 Grade Level: 5-9 Ages: 10-14

145th Street: Short Stories

145th Street: Short Stories 
New York, Delacorte, 2000 Grade Level: 9-12 Ages: 13+

A Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament

A Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament 
Illustrated by Chris Myers 
New York, Scholastic, 2003 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 12+

What They Found: Love on 145th Street

What They Found: Love on 145th Street New York, Random House, 2007 Grade: 9-12 Ages: 14-17

Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid

Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid 
New York: Delacorte, 1988 
Grade Level: 3-5 Ages: 8-12

Won't Know Till I Get There

Won’t Know Till I Get There 
New York: Viking, 1982 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 10-14

One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album

One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album 
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996 Grades: 6-8 Ages: 8-12

At Her Majesty’s Request

At Her Majesty’s Request 
New York: Scholastic, 1999 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 8-12

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Toussaint L’overtoure: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom 
Illustrations by Jacob Lawrence 
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996 
Grade Level: 6-8 Ages: 4-8; 8-12

  • Invasion (2013) – As World War II ramps up, Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry make their way to an uncertain future. Set on the front lines of the Normandy invasion, these young men are about to endure an experience that will change their lives forever.
  • The Cruisers Book 4: Oh, Snap! (2013) – In the fourth installment of The Cruisers series, Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi find themselves in trouble again as they come to learn that words and pictures in a newspaper don’t always tell the whole story.
  • The Cruisers Book 3: A Star Is Born (2012) – In the third book of The Cruisers series, LaShonda steps into the spotlight with her costume designs for an upcoming play, but soon learns that show business is filled with challenges and choices.
  • Just Write: Here’s How! (2012) – With more than one hundred books to his credit, Walter Dean Myers offers literary advice and a step-by-step description of the writing process he has used over the course of his career.
  • All The Right Stuff (2012) – In this thought-provoking novel tackling the social contract, Paul Dupree begins to understand the importance of taking control of his life after his father is shot and killed.
  • The Cruisers Book 2: Checkmate (2011) – In the second book of The Cruisers series, Zander and his crew explore the competitive world of chess, but soon realize life itself is a high-stakes game worth playing.
  • Carmen (2011) – Passion, love, and betrayal explode into tragedy in this modern retelling of an enduring love story.
  • Kick (2011) – Despite being a good kid and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey soccer team, thirteen-year-old Kevin Johnson finds himself in jail and has to learn to trust Sergeant Brown in order to turn things around.
  • The Cruisers (2010) – Zander and his friends, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi start their own newspaper, The Cruiser, as a means for speaking out, keeping the peace, and expressing what they believe.
  • Lockdown (2010) – Fourteen-year-old Reese knows that he needs to improve his life, and he wants a plan for his future that involves getting, and staying, out of jail.
  • Riot (2009) – As the Civil War rages, another battle breaks out behind the lines: the worst race riots the United States erupt in New York City.
  • Amiri and Odette (2009) – A boy searches for his newfound love among the city streets, to find that she’s been caught in the arms of an evil street lord who means her harm in this modern retelling of the Swan Lake ballet.
  • Game (2008) – Drew Larson sees his college dreams fading after the coach replaces him with another teammate, making him realize that he must focus on more than athletics if he wants to get ahead in the big game.
  • Autobiography of My Dead Brother (2005) – Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and the loss of his close friend Rise.
  • Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices (2004) – Powerful and soulful first-person poems are presented in the voices of Harlem residents who make up the legendary New York City neighborhood, capturing its energy and resilience.
  • USS Constellation: Pride of American Navy (2004) – This illustrious history of America’s first naval fleet documents its travels, from its heroic role in patrolling and intercepting ships used in the illegal African slave trade, to its exploits in the Civil War protecting the Union and defeating Confederate vessels.
  • A Time To Love: Stories from the Old Testament (2003) – This stunning collaboration from Myers and his son Christopher is a treatment of six Old Testament stories, written from alternate points of view, offering new perspective on age-old stories.
  • Handbook for Boys: A Novel (2002) – Sixteen-year-old Jimmy, on probation for assault, talks about life with three old men in a Harlem barbershop and hears about the tools he can use to get what he wants.
  • Bad Boy: A Memoir (2001) – In a memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers travels back to his roots in the magical world of Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s.
  • The Greatest: The of Muhammad Ali (2000) – Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky in 1942, Muhammad Ali became the greatest boxer in the world, and in the 1960s, he single-handedly changed the face of boxing forever.
  • 145th Street: Short Stories (2000) – This wrenchingly honest collection of short stories offers a multi-faceted view of urban life set on the block of 145th Street in Harlem.
  • We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins (1999) – A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.
  • In Her Majesty’s Request (1999) – This fascinating biography reconstructs the life of Sarah Forbes Bonnetta, an African princess saved from execution and taken to England where Queen Victoria oversaw her upbringing and where she lived for a time before marrying an African missionary.
  • Slam (1998) – Sixteen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently. A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book.
  • Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom (1997) – It’s 1839 and the Amistad slave ship sets sail on a short voyage in Cuba when illegally enslaved Africans revolt and seize control of the ship hoping to find their way back to Africa.
  • Toussaint L’overtoure: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom (1996) – The liberation of Haiti under Toussaint L’Ouverture, a freed slave who became general of the slave army which rose against the French in 1791, is told in exciting, factual narrative and enhanced by bold, full-color paintings.
  • One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album (1996) – This intimate collection of photographs traces the lives of African-Americans over the course of 150 years, depicting the many roles they have taken and the victories they have achieved.
  • Shadow of the Red Moon (1995) – Hating to leave his family behind but determined to preserve the Okalian way of life, Jon ventures outside of the Crystal City walls and seeks the Ancient Land past the dangerous Wilderness.
  • Darnell Rock Reporting (1994) – Darnell Rock is not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaper, but it may be his last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school.
  • Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (1993) – In this provocative biography, Myers, presents a forthright portrait of a complex man whose life reflected the major events of our times.
  • The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner (1992) – Fifteen-year-old Artemis journeys from New York City to Tombstone, Arizona, in 1882, to avenge the murder of his uncle.
  • Mop, Moondance, and the Nagasaki Knights (1992) -T. J., Moondance, and Mop return with the continuing adventures of their baseball team, The Elks, and this time they are trying to win a trip to Japan by coming in first in a special international tournament.
  • Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom (1991) – Since they were first brought as captives to Virginia, the people who would become African-Americans have struggled for freedom and equality. A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book.
  • The Mouse Rap (1990) – It’s summertime in Harlem, and The Mouse (as he calls himself) and his friends look beyond dance contests and basketball for diversion.
  • Motown and Didi: A Love Story (1984) – Motown and Didi, two teenage loners in Harlem, find themselves not only in a fight against Touchy, the drug dealer whose dope is destroying Didi’s brother, but falling in love with each other. A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book.
  • The Outside Shot (1984) – When Lonnie Jackson leaves Harlem for a basketball scholarship to a midwestern college, he knows he must keep his head straight and his record clean if he wants to make it to the pros someday.
  • Tales of a Dead King (1983) – Two American teenagers uncover a plot to rob the tomb of an Egyptian pharoah.
  • The Nicholas Factor (1983) – College freshman Gerald McQuillen is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate an elitist international student society suspected of right-wing extremist tendencies.
  • Won���t Know Til I Get There (1982) – Fourteen-year-old Stephen, his new foster brother, and friends are sentenced to help out at an old age home for the summer after Stephen is caught writing graffiti on a train.
  • The Legend of Tarik (1981) – After witnessing the annihilation of his people by El Muerte’s legions, young Tarik undergoes the training which will enable him to destroy this fierce leader.
  • Hoops (1981) – Seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson sees the city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions as a possible escape from Harlem but fears the pressures that have sidelined his coach, Cal.
  • The Young Landlords (1979) – Five devoted friends become landlords and try to make their Harlem neighborhood a better place to live, but it turns out that being a landlord is a lot more work than being a kid. A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book.
  • It Ain’t All for Nothin’ (1978) – Life in Harlem isn’t easy for Tippy. He has to decide whether to act as accomplice to his thieving father, or reject the man’s path and risk losing him.
  • Victory For Jaime (1977) – Sixth grader Jamie Davis makes the basketball team, then discovers that the new guy in town is a better player than he is.

Grades 9 – 12


Juba! A Novel 
New York, HarperCollins Publishers, 2015 
Grade Level: 9-12 Ages: 13+

On A Clear Day

On A Clear Day 
New York, Crown Books for Young Readers, 2014 
Grade Level: 9-12 Ages: 13+

The Get Over by Walter Dean Myers

The Get Over New York, HarperCollins, 2013 Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 13+


Darius & Twig New York, HarperCollins, 2013 Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 13+

Tags by Walter Dean Myers

Tags New York, HarperCollins, 2013 Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 13+

Carmen by Walter Dean Myers

Carmen Egmont USA, 2011 Grade Level: 7-9 Ages: 12+

Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers

Dope Sick New York, HarperCollins, 2009 Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 13+

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

New York, HarperCollins, 2004 
Grade Level: 9-12 Ages: 13+

The Beast by Walter Dean Myers

The Beast 
New York, Scholastic, 2003 
Grade Level: 9-12 Ages: 13+

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

New York: HarperCollins, 1999 Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book 
Grade Level: 9-12 Ages: 13+

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels 
New York: Scholastic, 1988 
Grade Level: 9-12 Ages: 13+


New York: Viking 1987 Grade Level: 8-12 Ages: 12+

The Outside Shot

The Outside Shot 
New York: Delacorte, 1984 
Grade Level: 7-12 Ages: 12+

  • Juba! A Novel (2015) – Walter Dean Myers’s last novel, delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century. This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today’s tap, jazz, and step dancing.
  • On A Clear Day (2014) – It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite. “In his last book, Myers has turned his thoughtful attention to matters of pressing global importance and issued an implicit challenge to his teen readers to become involved and make a difference. It makes for a stirring valedictory.” – Booklist
  • The Get Over EPB (2013)
  • Darius & Twig (2013) – Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that life in Harlem throws their way.
  • Tags EPB (2013) – Tags is a 20-page one-act play that looks at life and death in New York City, complete with shocking ending.
  • Dope Sick (2009) – A drug deal goes south and a cop has been shot in this harrowing story about drug use, violence, perceptions of reality, and second chances.
  • Sunrise Over Fallujah (2008) – Robin “Birdy” Perry, a new army recruit from Harlem, isn’t quite sure why he joined the army, but he’s sure where he’s headed: Iraq.
  • What They Found: Love on 145th Street (2007) – Fifteen interrelated stories explore different aspects of love and how it can be found, and thrive, in the most unlikely places.
  • Street Love (2006) – Seventeen-year-old Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated in this free-verse story set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem.
  • Shooter (2004) – When a shooting occurs at Madison High with two students killed and six injured, investigators try to get to the heart of the tragedy in hopes of preventing further occurrences.
  • The Beast (2003) – A visit to his Harlem neighborhood and the discovery that the girl he loves is using drugs give 16-year-old Anthony Witherspoon a new perspective both on his home and on his life at a Connecticut prep school.
  • Monster (1999) – Young, 16-year-old Steve Harmon, an amateur filmmaker, finds himself facing the death penalty for the murder of a Harlem drugstore owner. A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book.
  • The Glory Field (1994) – This triumphant novel follows five generations of one African-American family from Africa to a South Carolina plantation through the Civil War, to the end of segregation, to a moving and redemptive finale.
  • Somewhere in the Darkness (1992) – A teenage boy accompanies his father, who has recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be a time of often painful discovery for them both.
  • Fallen Angels (1988) – Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
  • Scorpions (1988) – When his older brother, Randy, ends up in prison, Jamal is expected to take over the leadership of Randy’s gang, the Scorpions – whether he likes it or not.
  • Crystal (1987) – Sixteen-year-old Crystal is drop-dead gorgeous and in the beginning stages of a glamorous career as a model in New York City, but soon her life becomes less about her, and more about her body.
  • Sweet Illusions (1986) – In this novel about teenage pregnancy involving Harry, Jennifer, and eleven other characters, young readers are not only encouraged to take conscious charge of their lives, but also to take charge of how the story plays out.
  • Brainstorm (1977) – FORTIA, the army of the world in the year 2076, investigates a powerful, sinister ray that beams to earth from the planet Suffes causing people to lose their minds.

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Reading Levels Explained: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

What they mean, why we use them, and more.

What are Reading Levels? #buzzwordsexplained

As a child starts school and begins learning to read, parents are likely to hear the term “reading level.” A teacher might share that a student is reading at, above, or below level. They may also provide specific numbers, like 440L or GR J. Parents can find all this confusing, so we’ve put together this simple guide for teachers to share as they discuss what reading levels mean for their students.

What are reading levels?

Book cover for David Goes to School, with product details including reading levels

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Reading levels are a way of determining the reading skills a student already has. They measure a child’s reading comprehension and fluency, using a variety of factors like phoneme awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and more. Teachers use reading levels to understand what a student knows and what they need to work on. They might also be used to assemble kids into small reading groups.

Many children’s book publishers indicate reading levels on their books, so parents and kids can quickly find options to suit their needs. Choosing the right reading level can be key for many children. If the book they try to read is too difficult for them, they may give up. On the other hand, reading books that are too easy won’t challenge them to build their skills.

Suggestions, Not Rules

It’s extremely important to remember a few things about these levels. First of all, in some cases, the score evaluates the ease of reading of a book, but not the content. For instance, a book like Alice Walker’s The Color Purple earns a 4.0 score on the AR/ATOS scale, indicating it’s written at a fourth grade level. However, most people would agree that the content of this book isn’t right for fourth graders. In fact, this type of book is what’s known as “high-low,” meaning the content and interest level is meant for higher-grade students, while the readability score is low enough that less-skilled readers will find it within their range. ( Learn more about high-low books here. )

So while level numbers can be helpful, they aren’t the only indicator you should use when choosing a book. In fact, many teachers caution against using levels to limit kids’ reading choices . If a child is willing to tackle a more difficult book because the subject matter interests them, go ahead and let them! On the other hand, if they want to reread old favorites just for fun, that’s great too. The most important thing is to get students reading, whenever and however possible.

How To Determine Reading Levels

Typical Lexile measurements by grade

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Schools give reading assessments one or more times each year. These assessments measure a student’s reading level based on one of several available systems. Each system has its own formula for determining a score, and your child might even be given a score in several different reading level systems.

Below are some of the most common systems you’ll find in schools, districts, and libraries. Every leveled book has a different score in each system, and you can find equivalency charts online to help you compare the various scores. Note that there are many systems out there, with different companies and publishers often designing their own. These basic four will cover most schools and students, though.

Lexile® Reading Levels

Lexile® is one of the most common reading level systems. These levels are indicated by a number followed by the capital letter L. They range from 10L for brand-new readers to 2000L and above for advanced readers. The first digit of the score roughly corresponds with grade level, so a book rated 370 would be appropriate for most third graders. When looking for “just right books” for Lexile levels, aim for those that are rated 100L below to 50L above your child’s current score.

Example Lexile measures include:

  • David Goes to School: 210L
  • Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm: 470L
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson): 680L
  • The Hobbit: 1000L

Guided Reading Levels (Fountas and Pinnell)

The GRL reading level system was developed by two Ohio State University professors, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. You might hear it referred to by either of these names or by the abbreviation GRL. In recent years, this system has faced controversy as one of its core theories has been disproved by cognitive scientists. ( Learn more about this dispute here. ) Still, many schools and publishers continue to use the system, which grades books with letters from A (early readers) to Z+ (advanced). Choose books at the same letter level or one above to match kids with the best choices for their abilities.

Example GRL scores include:

  • David Goes to School: GR Level G
  • Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm: GR Level M
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson): GR Level W
  • The Hobbit: GR Level Z

ATOS/AR Reading Levels

The Accelerated Reader level is also called the ATOS score. This system analyzes the average sentence and word length, the vocabulary grade level, and the number of words in a book. Books are scored using an X.X format, where the first number indicates the grade level (0 = kindergarten), and the second indicates the approximate month of that level. For instance, a score of 5.4 would indicate the book should readable for a student in the fourth month of fifth grade.

Example AR scores include:

  • David Goes to School: ATOS/AR 0.9
  • Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm: ATOS/AR 3.1
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson): ATOS/AR 4.7
  • The Hobbit: ATOS/AR 6.6

DRA Reading Levels

The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) tests various reading skills like phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency. Student scores can range from A1 (for beginners) to 80 (advanced). Choose books at or slightly above a child’s DRA level to challenge them just enough, but not too much to frustrate them.

Example DRA scores include:

  • David Goes to School: DRA 12
  • Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm: DRA 24
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson): DRA 60
  • The Hobbit: DRA 70

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Books for 3rd graders and beyond are obviously the best gift . When buying for kids, books are even better because you can pick out something that will directly help them build skills they need for school. Picking out a book can be fraught. What do kids today even read? Are comic books considered books or not? How do you know what reading level kids are at? And which classic books are too racist, too sexist, or too distant to connect with kids today?

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Third grade in particular can offer a real challenge when figuring out a bookish gift. The two main things to keep in mind when picking books for 3rd graders are 1) the wide range of reading capabilities for 3rd graders, 2) that reading needs to be fun for kids who are developing their relationship with reading.

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Third graders reading abilities can vary widely. In 3rd grade, 7- and 8-year-olds might read a couple of grade levels in either direction, meaning kids could be reading anywhere from what’s considered average for a 1st grader to what’s average for a 5th grader. And that’s fine. Reading takes practice, so helping kids find books that will give them confidence and help them practice is key.

One of the biggest things for kids at this age is getting books they’ll enjoy reading. Reading skills are developed through reading practice, but if reading isn’t fun, it’s so hard to practice. When picking out a book for your 3rd grader, picking out something fun is just as important as picking out something that is good quality. We want to lay down a foundation of good experiences with books!

Graphic Novels For 3rd Graders

Graphic novels are ideal for building up fun reading experiences for kids. The art provides context for words and draws in readers who may find a page full of words intimidating. Though they are ideal for any reader who likes good stories!

Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G.

Join Cucumber bunny as he’s forced onto a quest to save the Dreamside kingdoms from the Nightmare Knight, even though all he wants to do is leave the adventuring to his sword-wielding sister Almond and go to magic school.

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

The zombie apocalypse has happened and as usual the adults are useless, so it’s up to a group of kids to rescue their friend June. For anyone who like monsters, emotional intelligence, and gross-out humor!

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

Princess Amira, astride a unicorn and sporting a mohawk and military jacket, helps Princess Sadie decide to leave behind her tower and her self-doubts about her big body as they go off on adventures, encountering flustered princes, difficult older sisters, and, finally, a happily ever after.

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Adapted from the popular Wings of Fire fantasy series, the five dragonets of The Dragonet Prophecy have been hidden underground for their whole lives and emerge to find their world overrun with violence and treachery. Plug your dragon-lover in here.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Ever popular with kids who have a taste for things that are slightly dark and creepy, this graphic novel series follows siblings Emily and Navin as they set out to rescue their mom from a world below the ground filled with freaky monsters and strange allies.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

If you are looking for a book with Calvin and Hobbs vibes, look no further! Whimsical Phoebe and her snarky unicorn bff, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils make everyday experiences charming and silly in a clean and colorful art-style.

Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

Similar to Princess Princess Ever After , but with a longer story arc and deeper exploration of the characters. Princess Adrienne gets tired of being in her tower so she runs off with the dragon guarding her to rescue her sisters locked away in their own towers. A great example of how many ways one idea can be explored!

Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Navigating friendships is hard and no one captures it quite like Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham. Hale tells the story of her own struggles to find a healthy friendship throughout elementary school, taking us from her first day of Kindergarten through to Sixth Grade. Pham’s art is beautiful as ever and parents may want a hankie while reading.

Zita, Space Girl by Ben Hatke

Your graphic novel reader will be charmed by self-assured Zita, who accidentally transports herself and her diffident best friend Joseph to a planet in turmoil.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Cat and her sister Maya move with their family to Northern California because of Maya’s poor health. Everything gets more interesting when they find out there are ghosts in their new town, and Cat finds that the ghosts can be more than just outside of you. Wildly popular Telgemeier is always a hit with kids.

Avatar, The Last Airbender: Graphic Novel by Gene Luen Yang

Nickelodeon’s fantastic cartoon series serves as the jumping off point for these comic which continue the adventures of Aang and Co. after the end of the series. Kids who love Aang and Korra will gobble these books up!

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Master storyteller Hatke gives a twist to Jack and the Beanstalk. This Jack, his sister Maddy, and his friend Lilly grow a magical garden, battling to keep it under control, all while his mom works two jobs.

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

Stately Academy is rife with mysteries and coding puzzles with Hopper and Eni finding sidewalk cleaning robots and bully-neutralizing inventions. Readers will learn the basics of coding through thoughtful illustrations and bright art.

Starting Chapter Books For 3rd Graders

Ling and ting: not exactly the same by grace lin.

Ling and Ting are twin sisters, but they are not exactly the same. Quick stories told in a few pages, Ling and Ting enjoy gentle silliness, each story ending with a little twist.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

Kate and her talking horse Cocoa look out for each other in this sweet early chapter book paired with beautiful watercolor art.

Frog and Toad / Owl at Home / Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel knows how to create the perfect little story for young readers. They are sweet and silly and affirming, with a twist that delights adults as well as children. Easy to read and rewarding to finish.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

What do you get when you combine a princess and a superhero? The Princess in Black, a superhero working hard to save the goats from the monsters who want to eat them AND to keep her alter-ego, Princess Marigold, meeting all the social conventions a princess is expected to meet!

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson is a pig who lives with her doting owners, Mr. and Mrs. Watson. She loves hot buttered toast and finds herself in silly situations. Prep your own hot buttered toast before reading!

Mermaid Tales by Debbie Dadey

Mermaid best friends Shelly, Echo, Kiki, and Pearl take the familiar friendship stories of elementary school readers undersea. The friends learn social skills like inclusion and how to get along with friends and siblings, which is just want young elementary kids love to read about. Also everyone is a mermaid, so the fish puns will catch you!

Saving the Team: The Kicks by Alex Morgan

Written by an Olympic soccer player with a gold medal, The Kicks series starts off with ten-year-old Devin moving to Kentville, California, and trying to settle into her new soccer team—who really need some direction!

Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton

Geronimo is a mouse journalist who wants a quiet life, but himself on wild adventures in far off lands, sometimes accompanied by his sister, Thea, a detective who has her own spinoff series. This wildly popular series was translated from Italian and offers a multitude of books for kids who get obsessed with the series.

Myth-o-mania by Kate McMullan

Spin traditional Greek myths on their heads! Zeus made it all up! It’s all lies! Hades sets things straight while introducing kids to fractured versions of Ancient Greek mythology.

A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

Considered some of the best early chapter books for kids reading on their own, the A–Z Mysteries start off with three kid-detectives solving a case for every letter of the alphabet. Firmly in the cozy mystery sphere, rather than scary mysteries, early chapter book readers love this series.

Lola Levine Is Not Mean by Monica Brown

Lola Levine is a soccer-obsessed, word-loving second-grader who has a loving family, a believably affectionate/antagonist relationship with her younger brother, and not as many friends as she’d like. Lola embraces both sides of her Peruvian/white Jewish family and grows and changes in her own lovable way!

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Hilarity and wordplay are the themes running through A.J.’s account of his time at his school, Ella Mentry School, where the staff are wacky and the kids have got things figured out.

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

J.J. is a retired search-and-rescue dog who now spends his days looking after a group of four baby chicks who get themselves into all sorts of trouble, despite his best efforts. Farmyard hilarity!

Eerie Elementary / The Dragon Masters / Owl Diaries

Scholastic Branches is a collection of books targeted at kids moving between leveled readers and longer chapter books. With illustrations on most pages and six-page chapter, new readers can build up their skills following the stories of a boy who finds that his school is actually a building with malicious intent, a good-natured boy who gets chosen to befriend a dragon, and the diary of an owl girl who has a life very similar to most elementary school kids.

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her extended family and her white Canadian mother. Anna longs to see snow, while having quiet adventures with her family.

No. 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke

Switching from Anna Hibiscus’s privileged world to Oluwalese (or No. 1) who lives in a small village in Nigeria, Atinuke shows another face of childhood. No. 1’s story has the same gentle humor and interconnected storytelling as Anna Hibiscus, as he helps out his family and engages in his favorite pastime, spotting cars that drive by.

Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro

Zoey and her cat Sassafras discover they can see the magical creatures who come to their barn for help. Zoey uses her “Thinking Goggles” and her adherence to scientific method to solve the magical mysteries of what is making the plants and animals sick.

Ruby Lu: Brave and True by Lenore Look

Bubbly Ruby Lu loves her life, which she lives at full volume. She gets herself into a few scrapes along the way that Ramona Quimby fans will enjoy, such as introducing herself as a frog when she starts Chinese school, and when her baby brother learns to talk and spills her best magic show secret.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Second grader Alvin is upfront about his anxiety, which leaves him in situations that, while not scary, the book is matter-of-fact about his difficulties. Alvin has a loving family who help him as he suffers through moments of anxiety, and Alvin himself has a strong, endearing character voice. The book doesn’t give him any magical solutions, but he does learn to deal with some of his worries.

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s First Case by Alexander McCall Smith

Spinning off of his adult series about Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Smith takes us back to Precious’s childhood with her father when she first develops a taste for solving-mysteries.

EllRay Jakes is Not A Chicken by Sally Warner

Third grader EllRay finds himself on the receiving end of bullying and doesn’t quite know what to do about it. A relevant topic for kids, this book offers solutions without being saccharine about them.

Bookmarks Are People Too by Henry Winkler

While it’s not stated in the first book in the series, our hero Hank deals with learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Regardless, he does his best to get along in second grade and finds his own way to make his mark. The typeface is specifically designed to help readers with dyslexia, one way this book puts its money where its mouth is.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic by Whoopie Goldberg, Deborah Underwood

Friendship and ballerinas take the lead in this book about Alexandrea, who moves to a new ballet school in Harlem and somehow lands the leading part in the recital, even though she’s not the best dancer.

The Kingdom of Wrenly: The Lost Stone by Jordan Quinn

Gentle fantasy adventures ensue as Prince Lucas and his friend Clara, the seamstress’s daughter, strike up a friendship and help the kingdom with any troubles that arise.

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

At home in Oahu, Calvin scares up delightful mischief, especially when a live-in nanny comes to stay and takes over his room.

Nikki and Deja by Karen English

Nikki and Deja are best friends, until a new girl on their street who is also in their class changes their dynamic, which puts their friendship to the test.

Longer Chapterbooks For 3rd Graders

Crenshaw by katherine applegate.

Ten-year-old Jackson can see another period of homelessness and living in the van coming up for his family. He can also see Crenshaw, a giant talking cat he hasn’t seen in several years…since the last time his family was homeless. Crenshaw helps Jackson deal with the difficult time in his life, and humanizing homelessness.

One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Based on a real gorilla, Ivan, who lived at a mall in Tacoma, Washington, this Newbery Award–winning book imagines being inside Ivan’s head and explores the complex humanity of animals.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Marshall explores the ideas of what it means to be Indian, as well as what it means to be a hero, through the stories Grandpa Nyles tells Jimmy on their road trip following Crazy Horse’s life story.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Re-imagine “The Snow Queen” with Hazel, who accidentally hits her friend Jack in the eye with a snowball, and then he is taken away by the Snow Queen. Hazel has to journey through the snowy woods to rescue her friend, who may not even want her rescue.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

A robot, Roz, washes up on deserted island and discovers the wonders of nature as she figures out how to live and to survive.

Henry Huggins / Ramona the Pest / Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is much-beloved classic children’s book author (and librarian!) for a reason. Her books dig into how being a kid can lead to misunderstanding and mishap, into the humor of the mundanity of being a kid, and how mundanity is still great.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Another children’s classic stuffed with puns and word play. Bored Milo finds himself in a fantastical world on the search for the missing princesses of Rhyme and Reason, balancing the two fighting brothers of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, and getting into all sorts of interesting scrapes with his new watchdog friend, Tock.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Bean is a lively girl with nerves to match; Ivy is a dreamy sort of girl with plenty of know-how about other worlds. Of course they are the best of friends, with Ivy coming up with creative activities and Bean having the gumption to pull them off.

Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park

Magical apothecary Raffa finds that boundaries might be in place for a reason and that pushing passed them might unfold unforeseen tragedies.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Described by the author in her TED Talk as a sort of Chinese Wizard of Oz, our heroine Minli sets out to find fortune for her struggling family and community, encountering a dragon, a magic goldfish, a king, and a green tiger. Lin is a genius and everyone should read this book.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

A magical story about families and love, the way that sorrow can be amplified when ignored, and how power can be corrupted by the wielder. This book is engrossing and thoroughly magical!

Spirit Week: The Magnificent Mya Tibbs  by Crystal Allen

Mya thinks that she’s going to be partnered with her best friend for Spirit Week, but instead gets Mean Connie for her partner. Mya learns the true depths of people, even when you think you already know them, and Allen offers up friendships of all kinds for readers to learn the many ways to be a good friend.

Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah

Dara finds herself prevented from playing the perfect part in the school play…because she was adopted from Cambodia as a baby, so doesn’t apparently look the part. Struggling with her identity and place in her family and community, Dara explores her history and her present to figure out her future.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia Williams

Delphine and her two younger sisters go to spend the summer with their distant mother in Oakland, California. Since it’s the summer of 196-, the girls meet the Black Panthers and untangle some family secrets.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old Irish master criminal looking for his parents when he gets caught up with the fairies who live underground in a bunker. With humor designed to appeal to kids, and a hero powered by his incredible brain for future Sherlock fans, this series deserves the love it gets.

Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

A white-supremacist attack brings turmoil to Stella’s North Carolina community during the Depression. Draper allows readers to experience the Jim Crow South through a safe and confident narrator.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

This novel in verse follows Kim Ha as her family flees Vietnam in 1975 for Alabama, where there aren’t many other refugees or Vietnamese people. Poignant, but Lai also allows readers to laugh with Kim as she learns a new culture and language.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Infused with Haitian folklore, Corinne’s story finds her followed by the ghost of her aunt, who wants to take over the whole island. Baptiste explores themes of colonization and of family with deliciously spooky ghosts!

It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Set in 1970s America, against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution, Cindy works to fit in to her new school in California at the same time that her parents worry over friends and family left in Iran during the revolution.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy. Her spells go wrong and Ms. Hardbroom is always unhappy with her, but Mildred has a solid group of friends to fall back on. Published well before Harry Potter, Mildred is an endearing, if clumsy, heroine that you can’t help but root for.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The first in Reynold’s Track quartet, Ghost’s difficulties at home translate to difficulties at school until he finds his way to the track team. Now Ghost just has to figure out how to be on the team.

As Brave As You Are by Jason Reynolds

City kid Genie spends a slow summer at his grandparents’ house in the country, forging a relationship with them and dealing with his anxiety through his notebook of questions.

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Rife with jokes, two friends hypnotize their principal into believing he’s Captain Underpants, out to save the world from bad guys with Wedgie Power. While frequently on lists of banned books, Captain Underpants never fails to thrill kids with toilet humor. (Comedy is all about taboos.)

George by Alex Gino

In this sweet story, Melissa really wants to play Charlotte in her 4th grade class’s upcoming performance of Charlotte’s Web . Unfortunately, her teacher, classmates, and family all think that Melissa is a boy.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Maddie must overcome her nerves as she fills in for Romeo in the class play, because her crush is playing Juliet opposite her.

Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

If you’ve never read a book with a hamster princess, then meet Harriet. She’s unrestrained and feminist in her princessing, so she take her evil fairy’s curse as a chance to do good deeds before returning home to foil her own curse.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Exuberant Danny Dragonbreath (sans fire breathing) drags his reticent iguana friend Wendell off to meet sea serpents for a class assignment for their reptile and amphibian school.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Peter lives on the edge of 1970s Central Park with his parents and his two year old brother Fudge. Fudge is an adorable terror and for Peter, 4th grade is hard enough without a little brother.

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Political ethics start young when Brianna wants to be president of her 5th grade class, despite knowing a secret that could devastate her opponent.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Aru accidentally wakes up the Destroyer and has to join up with her spirit sister, Mini, to travel through spheres of Hindu mythology in order to save the world.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Potter-mad parents can want to introduce their kids to Harry, Ron, and Hermione asap, but kids’ readiness for the books might not manifest until close to 9 or 10. Upper elementary is a pretty good time for kids to start the books, especially as the books get darker as Harry gets older.

If you’re looking for more recommended books for 3rd graders and other elementary school kids check here  and here and here and here ! What recommendations do you have for appropriate books for 3rd graders?

Thank you to Ms. Kathleen at John Stanford International Elementary School for her input!

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50 Must-Read​ Books for Ninth Graders

by AuthorAmy

Welcome to Amy’s Bookshelf! Here, teachers will find carefully curated book lists for each grade level from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Moving forward, new lists filled with book recommendations will be published weekly. Sometimes, these lists will be organized around a specific theme, like a holiday or seasonal event. Other times, they will feature rockstar books – books practically guaranteed to get your students reading. 

Before jumping into reading recommendations, a few words about how books are selected.

First, it is so important that teachers prioritize reading interest over reading level. Students will often choose to read well above or below their reading level if they are particularly interested in a book or topic. Teachers only hurt students by limiting them to a specific selection of titles grouped according to an arbitrary number or level. Think of the books on these lists as starting places for you and your students, but if a student wants to read up (or down), that is a-ok.

Also, please note that these lists lean heavily toward modern selections as opposed to the classics many teachers are familiar with. A true renaissance is happening in children’s literature today, and the books coming out are truly exciting. One of the factors that makes this such an exciting time for kid lit is how diverse the selections are in terms of genre, characters and subject matter. These lists will feature fiction and nonfiction selection as well as graphic novels, novels written in verse, and more.

Any book list or classroom library worth its salt includes books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters, racially diverse characters, characters with disabilities, characters in the foster care system, characters from a wide variety of socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, and so on. Importantly, the diversity of the characters doesn’t always need to be the focus of the literature – in other words, a book featuring a black character or gay character doesn’t need to be about those individuals exploring their blackness or their gayness; those characters can have kid problems that apply to all children regardless of their race or sexual orientation. Similarly, students should be encouraged to read stories featuring people of diversity all year long – not just during a month set aside to celebrate a specific heritage.

One final note: today’s children’s literature does not shy away from frank discussions of gender, race, sex, sexuality, abuse, mental illness, and more – nor should it. I will not censor books from these lists based on these controversial areas. What books you recommend will depend on the specific district you work in and your clientele. I encourage you and your students to read widely without fear.

Ninth Grade

Ninth grade is when many students enter high school, and is generally the division between middle grade and young adult literature. Young adult literature features teens in the midst of adolescence. Often, they are facing greater challenges and have greater independence than protagonists in middle grade books. You’ll see that the books on this list begin to treat heavier topics, and authors often write candidly and with truth. 

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by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson_50 Must-Read​ Books for Ninth Graders

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Melinda got invited to THE high school party of the summer but the party got out of hand and she called the cops to break up the party. Now, she’s starting ninth grade as a social pariah. No one knows why Melinda calls the cops, but readers figure out pretty quickly that something traumatic happened at the party. The rest of the novel is about Melinda finding her voice to speak up about what happened. 

2. Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds_50 Must-Read​ Books for Ninth Graders

Long Way Down is as good as young adult literature gets, it’s an absolute must read. Will’s brother Shawn has been killed by gang violence, so Will grabs a gun to avenge his brother, gets on an elevator, and begins a 60-second elevator ride down that will change his life. At each floor, the elevator stops and the ghost of someone in Will’s life who has been killed by gun violence gets on and talks to Will. It’s a novel in verse, and it’s powerful. 

3. Every Day

by David Levithan

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Narrator and genderless protagonist A wakes up every day in a different body. A lives a day in the life of that person, then wakes up the next day as someone else. A does everything A can to leave that day’s life unimpacted, until A meets Rhiannon, who A falls in love with. This is a remarkable exploration of the nature true love and how it exists outside of physical appearance and gender. 

4. Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell_50 Must-Read​ Books for Ninth Graders

Eleanor and Park could not be more different, but the two become friends and fall in love on the bus ride to and from school. But whereas Park comes from a loving, safe family home, Eleanor’s homelife contains dark secrets that haunt her and her ability to believe she is deserving of love. 

5. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

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Jade is an aspiring artist, and she tries to take advantage of every opportunity that comes along to help her find success. She commutes to an elite private school every day and is especially looking forward to a chance to go on the school’s study abroad trip this year when she is suddenly enrolled in a mentoriship program called Women to Women. Jade is positive she’s selected for this only because she is poor and black, and as a result she resents the placement.  

6. The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

Miles O’Malley is obsessed with Rachel Carson and aspires to be a naturalist just like her. One night he is exploring the Puget Sound low tide and stumbles across a giant squid. Suddenly, Miles finds himself at the center of a media firestorm. Miles is just navigating the pitfalls of growing up, including his crush on his much-older babysitter and watching his parents’ marriage fall apart. The sea, which once was home, now offers as many questions as it gives answers. 

7. The Whisper

by Pamela Zagarenski

The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski

In this picture book about imagination, a girl borrows a book from her teacher but the words leak out on the way home (a helpful fox catches the words as he follows along behind). When the girl sits down to read the now-wordless story, she hears a whisper telling her to imagine the story however she’d like. 

8. Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition

by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were NASA’s human computers tasked with performing the difficult mathematical calculations needed to launch rockets into space. In spite of this intensely important work, the black women rarely received the respect they deserved. The civil rights movement and the gender equlity movement are both highlighted in this remarkable nonfiction work.

by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian Carter’s mom was a Riot Girl in the 90s punk era, but Vivian finds herself hard-pressed to stand up for herself, especially in the face of the sexism she notices at her school. She decides to start an anonymous feminist magazine she distributes at school. Pretty quickly, the zine catches on and the school finds its has a revolution on its hands. 

10. The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Narrator Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan are 12-year-old basketball superstars. Josh is also an aspiring rapper, so his story is told in verse. This is the story of their championship year, a year in their lives when basketball and relationships collide. A year of growing up.  

11. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

by Georgia Bragg and illustrated by Kevin O’ Malley

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous written by Georgia Bragg and illustrated by Kevin O' Malley

What could be a gross, gruesome book ends up being darkly humorous. As the title suggests, this is the nonfiction account of how 19 famous people met their demise, from Albert Einstein to King Tut. It’s morbid but entertaining. 

12. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader’s Edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

William Kamkwamba lives in Malawi, and when a drought strikes his village, his family’s crops fail and they are left without a livelihood. William, a budding scientist, turns to the library for a solution and ends up constructing a windmill to bring electricity back to the family farm. It’s an incredible true story.

13. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

In this memoir in verse, author Jacqueline Woodson shares how it felt to belong to two places growing up. Her time was split between New York and South Carolina, which were starkly different experiences during the civil rights movement. Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award. 

14. American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

This graphic novel explores identity, nationality, and heritage as the central character, Jim Wang, just wants to be seen as an all-American boy, not as the Chinese-American student in his school. 

15. Boxers (and Saints)

by Gene Luen Yang 

Boxers (and Saints) by Gene Luen Yang

Boxers and Saints is a two-volume graphic novel. The companion books explore the Chinese Boxer Rebellion from opposite sides of the violent conflict. In Boxers, Little Bao leads an army of “boxers” (or kung fu-fighting commoners) against the enemy. 

16. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Reader’s Edition)

by Malala Yousafza i with Patricia McCormick

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Reader's Edition) by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

Ten-year-old Malala Yousafzai watches her beloved Pakistan overtaken by the Taliban. She is suddenly told she is not allowed to go to school but defies this new order. She is shot point-blank in the head and, against all odds, survived. She is now a global advocate for education and women’s rights. 

17. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

by Sara Saedi

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi

In this true account, Sara Saedi has lived in the United States since she was two years old, but it is only at age 13 that she discovers her family’s undocumented status. Now she has one more fear to add to her list of adolescent worries – being deported! This story grapples with big political issues like immigration and teen issues like acne and unibrows.

18. We Contain Multitudes

by Sarah Henstra

We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are assigned to write letters to each other for an English class pen pal project. Their letter-writing turns into a secret love, which homophobia threatens to destroy.

19. Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

This is the author’s graphic novel memoir about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. The author gives readers a glimpse into the day-to-day life in Iran as well as the political conflict the country is embroiled in. 

20. Atlantia

by Ally Condie


Environmental devastation has driven the human race to construct an underwater city called Atlantia. Only select people are allowed to repopulate Above. Rio dreams about seeing the world outside of Atlantia, but her twin sister robs her of the opportunity. 

21. Love and First Sight

by Josh Sundquist

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Will is blind, and at 16, this means his life looks a bit different than others teenagers. When he is given the chance to undergo an experimental surgery to give him sight, he takes the chance but soon discovers the sighted world is more complicated than he expected. 

22. Caraval

by Stephanie Garber

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Scarlett and Tella live under the cruel thumb of their father, but when an invitation to Caraval arrives just before Scarlett’s arranged marriage, she risks everything to see the performance she has dreamed of since she was a child. The world of Caraval turns out to be more than Scarlett bargained for, and soon she is tangled in a web of intrigue. This is the first in a trilogy. 

23. Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac

Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac

Uwohali’s father Sequoyah can talk of nothing but the strange markings he has invented, making villagers talk of witchcraft. But Sequoyah has invented an alphabet and wishes to share this new knowledge with his people. This is a really interesting foray into historical fiction and the origins of the Cherokee alphabet.

24. The Secret History of Us

by Jessi Kirby

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

After a horrific car accident, Olivia wakens with amnesia. She has no memory of anything that defines her, and this includes no memory of courtship with her boyfriend Matt. This is the story of Olivia trying to navigate through who she is now versus who everyone told her she was before the accident.  

25. Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

by Tanya Lee Stone

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone

Girl Rising is a global campaign for girl’s education. The Girl Rising campaign has produced a film and now this book with the same name. Each looks at barriers to women’s education in the world today, from sex trafficking to poverty. Each works to get girls an education and change the world. 

26. Does My Head Look Big in This?

by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

At 16, Amal decides to start wearing a hijab, the headdress of her Muslim faith, full time. With this decision comes hatred and prejudice. Amal is not trying to stand out and would prefer to be noticed for other things beyond her hijab. 

27. The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Molly is a self-proclaimed fat girl who has never been kissed. Or, more accurately, she’s never let a boy kiss her for fear of rejection. Two new boys enter her orbit – one, the handsome hipster type, and the other a chubby Tolkein fan, and Molly learns a thing or two about attraction. 

28. Landscape with Invisible Hand

by M.T. Anderson

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

An alien race called the vuvv lands on earth and offers up advanced technology and medicine for free. Ironically, the new tech means a lot of people on earth are out of work, including Adam’s parents. Adam and his girlfriend Chloe hatch a scheme to give the vuvv what they love, which is vintage earth culture. Together, they produce a pay-per-view TV show featuring their dates. One problem – they are growing apart. 

29. Beastly

by Alex Flinn

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The beast of Beauty and the Beast lore lives in modern day New York after a witch in his high school class cast a spell on him. Like the beast in the classic fairy tale, this beast must learn a few lessons before he can break the spell. This is the first book in the Kendra Chronicles. 

by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a cyborg on a futuristic earth. A plague moves through the human population just as Cinder becomes involved with Prince Kai. This Cinderella retelling is classic fairy tale meets science fiction. It’s the first in a series of books known as the Lunar Chronicles. 

31. Girl, Stolen

by April Henry

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Griffin steals a car, only to find 16-year-old Cheyenne Wilder sleeping in the backseat. While kidnapping hadn’t been on Griffin’s list of plans, when he finds out that Cheyenne’s parents are rich, his plans change. 

32. One of Us is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Four students in after-school detention witness the death of their classmate, Simon. When the police rule Simon’s death a homicide, the four teenagers find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation, and thanks to Simon’s gossip blog, all four of them have a motive. This story is told in the perspectives of each of the four suspects. 

33. Dumplin’

by Julie Murphy

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Willowdean, nicknamed Dumplin’ by her beauty queen mother, knows she’s a big girl, but she rocks her body with self-confidence. Until, that is, she starts crushing on Bo, who seems to like her back. Their budding relationship has Willowdean tangled up in self-doubt, so she decides to do something drastic to get her confidence back – she enters the local beauty pageant. 

34. Turbulent by T.L. Payne

Turbulent by T.L. Payne

An electromagnetic pulse wipes out communication devices across the nation. Maddie, an ultra-marathon runner, is in an airport when the EMP hits, and it’s a matter of time before chaos descends. She runs for her life along with a young orphaned girl. 

35. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

Vicky’s family is spending their summer taking care of her terminally ill grandfather on the small island he calls home. Meanwhile, she finds herself with three boys competing for her interest, and she’s not sure she’s ready for what any of them are offering. This is a complex story about living in the face of death. 

36. The Bean Trees

by Barbara Kingsolver

The Bean Trees

Taylor Greer’s main goal in life is to get out of Kentucky without getting pregnant. As soon as high school is over, she heads west and along the way acquires a Cherokee child who she might just end up mothering. At its heart, this is a novel about realizing that your plans don’t mean an awful lot in the face of the universe. 

37. The Chocolate War

by Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Jerry attends an all-boys prep school and makes the defiant decision to refuse to sell chocolate in the school fundraiser. This decision, this bucking of tradition, places Jerry squarely in front of a secret society, and it’s not long before an all-out war breaks lose. 

38. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Moss’ father was killed by police, and now as a high school student, Moss finds that he and his friends are increasingly profiled by police and security guards at his school. The students decide to push back against police and profiling, and tensions rise to a breaking point. 

39. Spinning

by Tillie Walden

Spinning by Tillie Walden

Spinning is the author’s memoir in graphic novel form. In it, she remembers her tumultuous adolescence. She grew up questioning her sexuality while trying to conform to the strict behavior and dress codes of the figure skating teams she belonged to. She may have been a good skater, but she hated it, instead desiring to pursue art.

40. The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In a dystopian America, 12 districts each agree to send one boy and one girl to the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on national television. When Katniss Everdeen’s sister Prim is selected to compete, Katniss takes her place and, once at the Capitol, becomes an unstoppable force of rebellion. This is the first in a trilogy. 

by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

In this dystopian novel, America has become the Republic. June, raised to be an elite military solider, soon finds herself hunting Day, the prime suspect in her brother’s murder. This is the first in a trilogy. 

42. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith

by Deborah Heiligman

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

This biography of Charles Darwin explores the relationship between Darwin and his wife Emma. Emma was a woman of great Christian faith, and her husband’s theory of evolution by natural selection prompted much discussion in their marriage, just as it does in today’s public schools. 

43. A Northern Light

by Jennifer Donnelly

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Mattie works at a hotel, where one night a guest urges her to take a bundle of letters and burn them. The guest is dead by morning and Mattie realizes the letters could hold the key to her murder. 

44. The Night Gardener

by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener

Two orphaned children wind up as servants at an Irish manor, and they quickly realize something spooky is happening. The house is cursed by the Night Gardener, who may appear to grant wishes when really the price of those wishes is quite hight. 

45. Wonder Woman: Warbringer

by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

The DC Icons series takes DC superheroes and gives them teenaged backstories written by all-star young adult authors. The Wonder Woman installment features Diana Prince as an Amazon princess who breaks the rules and rescues a mortal from certain death. But supernatural interference is forbidden, and Diana has just made a huge mistake. 

46. The Afterlife of Holly Chase

by Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

A Christmas Carol gets updated for the young adult set. Holly Chase is a modern-day Scrooge, or at least a teenage girl version. She’s spoiled and bratty and most certainly does not bask in the magic of the Christmas season. The three ghosts try to save her, but she won’t be saved. So she dies. And finds herself working for Project Scrooge, a supernatural organization that tries to save Scrooges around the world every Christmas. 

by Scott Westerfield 

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Tally lives in a futuristic world where everyone undergoes an extreme makeover when they reach their sixteenth birthday, turning them from an “ugly” into a “pretty.” Everyone wants to be pretty, except Tally’s friend Shay. When Shay runs away, Tally goes after and finds that a dark underbelly exists in her seemingly perfect world. 

48. For Every One

For Every One by Jason Reynolds

This slim book by Jason Reynolds is a poem he originally read for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It’s an inspirational poem encouraging anyone who has dreams (all of us!) to keep pushing to achieve greatness. 

49. The Boy in Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne

The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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Bruno is the nine-year-old son of a man who runs a concentration camp. Bruno is never, ever to go near the fence surrounding the camp, but Bruno ignores these instructions because he plans to grow up to be an explorer. One day, he does approach the fence and soon begins developing a friendship with a young Jewish boy inside. This book is powerful and devastating. 

50. Undertow by Michael Buckley 

Undertow by Michael Buckley

The Alpha, a strange, ocean-dwelling race of creatures, emerges from the ocean onto Coney Island. Lyric is called upon to help the Alpha prince, Fathom, adjust to land life and they begin to develop a relationship. 

Other book lists from Amy’s bookshelf you’ll love: 

  • 50 Must-Read Books for Kindergarteners
  • 50 Must-Read Books For First Graders
  • 50 Must-Read Books for Second Graders
  • 50 Must-Read Books For Third Graders
  • 50 Must-Read Books for Fourth Graders
  • 50 Must-Read Books For Fifth Graders
  • 50 Must-Read Books For  Sixth Graders
  • 50 Must-Read Books for Seventh Graders
  • 50 Must-Read​ Books for Eighth Graders

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80 Best Books for 4th Graders (Age 9)

F ind the best chapter books and  middle grade books  for 4th graders. These books for 9-year-old boys and girls in 4th grade are book recommendations that I’ve personally read and reviewed. They’re in every genre and are about many different themes and topics that appeal to kids in this upper elementary grade. ALL of these books are excellent. 

Who am I to recommend good books to young readers? I’m a former teacher and teacher trainer with a Master’s Degree in Education, a teaching license, a Bachelor’s in English, and a parent of two. I’m also a writer and avid reader. (As you probably can guess.) I read ALL the books and share the best of the best with you.

Fourth graders are leaving chapter books and entering the world of younger  middle grade books . The difference between the two is that  chapter books are usually shorter, illustrated, and about less complex topics.  They will overlap in themes like friendship and family or animals and identity.

However, middle grade books are about twice as long, if not three times longer, and usually don’t have illustrations. (Although you  can  find good  illustrated middle grade books .) The topics will be more complex — about bullying and divorce and death.


If you want the BEST BOOKS for 9-year-olds in 4th grade, I’d love to send you a free printable pdf!

You might also like these book lists for 9-year-olds:

  • The best books in a series  for 4th graders
  • Summer reading list for 4th graders
  • Good nonfiction books for 4th graders

If you need harder books, go to my Best Books for 5th Graders.

If you need easier books, go to my Best Books for 3rd Graders .

Also read:  Gifts for 9 Year Old Girls and  Gifts for 9 Year Old Boys

Best Books for 4th Graders (9 Year Olds)

First Cat in Space  by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris 

Absurdly hysterical, this is a bizarrely perfect adventure in  space ! When rats eat a second of the moon, the world’s leaders send their secret weapon– a cat and a stowaway toenail-clipping robot.  The two adventurers meet the Queen of Moonopolis, who leads them beneath the moon’s surface through the mine tunnels where they have more silly adventures until they GET CAPTURED. But, don’t worry — somehow they’ll escape. Right?

Amulet  by Kazu Kibuishi


This popular graphic novel series is about two siblings trying to save their mom who was taken to an underground world of elves, demons, robots, and talking animals . Beautiful artwork with compelling characters and an adventurous plot make this a sure-fire hit with young readers.

Leeva at Last by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Leeva’s horrible Matilda-like parents ask her sarcastically, What are people for? And Leeva, who isn’t allowed to go to school and does the chores, cooking, and other tasks to help her parents become rich and famous, decides to investigate the question. She discovers the library and books — but more than that, she discovers kind new friends, including the librarian and her grandson and two kids her age. She realizes that people help you not be lonely because they share life with you…and hugs are a nice bonus, too. I love the writing and the message of kindness and good things from books!

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

One of the most popular book series ever, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid , shares the hilarious story of Greg, in his own words and drawings. Life in middle school is not easy. And Greg is here to prove it! One thing you’ll notice about these books is that kids will read them more than once, which is great if you have them all.

The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate

Narrated by a gorilla named Ivan, this true story will immediately grab your heartstrings.  Ivan is kept in a cage in a run-down mall for 27 years without seeing another gorilla.  When his maltreated elephant friend dies there, she asks Ivan to help the new, younger elephant find a better life. With the help of the janitor’s daughter, he does just that.

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Colgate


This hilarious book makes the  zombie apocalypse seem fun . Because that’s how Jack approaches life and zombie fights. He and his best friend, Quint, live in an upgraded, well-defended treehouse where they plan for rescuing his crush June (she doesn’t need rescuing being quite capable) and fighting zombies. Illustrations throughout make this even more appealing to read and imagine. Delightful. Who would have thought?! BOXED SET HERE.

I Survived  by Lauren Tarshis


These are excellent, fast-paced adventure books for 4th graders set during significant historical events that are perfect for elementary age kids just getting comfortable with chapter books. Kids will zip through these incredible adventures, learning history in the process. The books always are about a young person trying to survive a historically significant, life-changing event such as Pompeii, the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, or the Battle of Gettysburg.

Things in the Basement by Ben Hatke

ages 8 – 12 (GRAPHIC NOVEL)

This beautifully drawn and narrated clever adventure is set in the world of…the basement. When Milo’s baby sister loses her special pink knit sock, he searches for it in the basement. The basement leads Milo to another basement, and then another basement, and to a whole labyrinth of basement worlds. He befriends a friendly skull named Chuckles, an eyeball creature named Weepie, and a ghost named Belle. Milo uses the sock’s yarn, help from his ghost friend, and his problem-solving skills to rescue his friends from the Gobbler and return home with the pink sock. This is a fantastical, magical journey of friendship, kindness, and secret worlds!

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Fairy tales become very real when Alex and Conner (a brother and sister) find themselves transported to the fairy tale world. To get home, they’ll need to find the ingredients for a Wishing Spell. Finding the items will be dangerous, mysterious, and life-changing. All the books in this series are compelling, magical adventures about characters you will ADORE . My kids and I couldn’t put these down.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


Roz is a robot alone on an island with only animals. If she wants to survive, she must figure out how to live in the wild where the animals see her as a monster. That slowly changes when Roz adopts a gosling and makes a nest. It’s a meaningful story of family, love, and community that consistently garners love from teachers and students.

The Sasquatch Escape   by Suzanne Selfors

Ben doesn’t think his summer could be any more boring–until he rescues a baby dragon. He and his new friend, Pearl Petal, learn that the town has a secret veterinarian for… imaginary creatures. That’s when they accidentally let a Sasquatch escape. Whoops. Now the pair must lure the big guy back to the veterinarian. (Which is easier said than done.) This series is a delightful page-turner.

Legends of Lotus Island: The Guardian Test  by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Kevin Hong

Plum is thrilled with the opportunity to go to a Guardian school where she hopes she’ll turn into a Guardian to protect the natural world.  At the Academy, she struggles to focus; she worries that she’ll never get her animal bond like the other students. But she learns how to fight, talk to animals, and hopes she can prove herself. Readers will love the cool world-building, the captivating illustrations, and the engaging story!

Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf


Alexa and her friends learn that the new kid, Ahmed, was in a real war and has been separated from his family. So when Alexa and her friends hear that England is going to shut the borders, they decide they must go to the Queen to help Ahmed be reunited with his family. They go to the palace in person, tangling with the guards, and getting in big trouble but it eventually leads to media attention and a happy solution. 

Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz

A genuinely sweet story about a girl who goes from a bully to a trying-to-do-better model citizen that will make you laugh and warm your heart. When Bernice’s mom sends Bernice to live with her nun aunt, it’s a chance for this former bully to reform her mean-spirited ways. And Bernice does it — she makes a friend, becomes nicer, and finds an unexpected home with the nuns. One of my favorites books for 4th graders!

Trapped in a Video Game  by Dustin Brady, illustrated by Brady Jessee


Gamers and non-gamers alike who love exciting and dangerous stories won’t want to miss this excellent series . Jesse’s friend gets an early release of a video game — and it sucks in both he and his friend while they’re playing. They’re literally trapped in the video game! Inside the game, they meet a missing classmate who is a grown-up man in the game. Because there’s no way out. Or is there?

Cress Watercress  by Gregory Maguire, illustrated by David Litchfield 


After the death of her father, Cress and her family move from their cozy burrow into the Broken Arms oak tree ruled by a cranky Owl with a noisy neighbor squirrel family. There, Cress helps her mom collect moths to pay their rent, leaving her mom time to work and gather ingredients for her sickly brother’s tea. As Cress navigates her new environment, the natural world, and the stories around her, it helps her understand her inner world, especially how grief waxes and wanes like the moon’s cycles.  A beautiful story about family, community, and grief .  

The Magical Reality of Nadia by Bassem Youssef and Catherine R. Daly, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

Nadia unexpectedly discovers an ancient Egyptian teacher (Titi) trapped in her hippo amulet. He comes out onto a paper and TALKS! Tita helps Nadia with problems she faces at school like the new kid who is rude and prejudiced about her Egyptian culture and troubles with her friends who are working together on a school project. Totally wonderful, heartfelt, and relatable– don’t miss this new book for fourth graders.

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

If you like funny books , you’ll LOVE these books for 4th graders, 9-year-olds! Plus, in this first book, you’ll learn valuable cow trivia. But, it’s mostly the hilarious adventure of two pranksters who start out as rivals but eventually work together to pull off the biggest prank of all time — a prank that will ensure they get April Fool’s Day off from school.

Your Pal Fred by Michael Rex 


Fred is a robot who brings kindness (and STICKERS!) to a dystopian world he makes better in this funny, warmhearted, and interesting story.  When Fred discovers that two warlords are capturing innocent people to fight as soldiers for them, Fred knows what he has to do–ask the two bad guys to try peace. He irritates and surprises everyone he meets with his cheerfulness and positive attitude, even when he’s caught and “tortured” with drumming, which, of course, he loves. His character oozes charm, you can’t help but love him–along with the other curious characters that he meets.

Dungeoneer Adventures  by Ben Costa, illustrated by James Parks


Coop is the only human at the Dungeoneer Academy. He feels alone and fears failure but it’s his lifelong dream to be an explorer. Luckily, his best friend Oggie (a bugbear) and two other new friends on his team stick together to survive the bullying Coop faces at school and the life-or-death jungle trial in which they experience trouble with their team, unexpected attacks, and a monster spider. The stakes are high–if they fail the trial, they’ll be kicked out of the school forever.  It’s a fun-to-read, illustrated, and fast-paced fantastical book for 4th graders!

Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter

A well-done middle-grade graphic novel about a child with allergies! Maggie is devastated that she’s allergic to the puppy she’s finally allowed to get. But, she befriends a new girl next door who becomes a fun, safe solace in her life…until that friend gets a puppy which Maggie interprets this her new friend not wanting to be friends anymore. Eventually, the two friends work out a solution for hanging out that won’t be a problem for Maggie’s allergies. The story ends with Maggie helping with her new baby sister and feeling like she doesn’t need an animal pet anymore.

Mythics: Marina and the Kraken written by Lauren Magaziner, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega

What an exciting start to what is sure to be a smash-hit series of adventure, girl power, and mythical creatures ! When Marina doesn’t get matched with a familiar like the other kids, she and four other 10-year-old girls discover their familiars aren’t everyday animals but mythical creatures and together, they’re destined to save Terrafamiliar. The girls start their search by boat to look for Marian’s familiar. But they’re chased by a golden jumpsuit lady who wants to steal their mythical powers. As they evade their pursuer, Marina discovers that her familiar is a kraken– a kraken who accidentally capsizes their ship. Now she and her kraken must save her friends from drowning and escape the sinister lady.

Elements of Genius: Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray by Jess Keating


Inventor Nikki Tesla joins a new school called the Genius Academy where she’s not the only genius and she’s supposed to start working well with others. (That will be hard!) When Nikki’s death ray is stolen from a locked safe, she and her classmates must collaborate to find it and hopefully, save the world. They follow clues around the world, thwart plots to divide their group, and capture the bad guy before he can use the death ray. Not only does this engrossing story feature smart kids who love STEM but the action and themes of friendship and growing up resonated and entertained me.

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell

Indian No More is an emotional, important story about when the U.S. government arbitrarily made certain Native American tribes no longer tribes without reservations or legal rights. It also shows the historical landscape of prejudice and stereotypes towards people of color. I love the close-knit, loving family based on the author’s own life, a family who values each other and their survival. This book is a must-read and must-own for all schools and libraries and would make an excellent book club selection.

Kristy’s Great Idea Babysitter’s Club  Full-Color Graphix Novel by Ann M. Martin, illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

We’re loving these updated Babysitter’s Club graphic novels by the uber-talented Raina Telegemeier. It’s a good idea to start with book 1 since the stories are told in sequential order. These are funny and fun to read, maybe even more than once. BOX SET HERE.

Sparks  by Ian Boothby, illustrated by Nina Matsumoto

After escaping the evil laboratory, cats August and Charlie help others in a “Super Dog” dog disguise.  But their evil scientist nemesis, a diaper-wearing baby named Princess, will stop at nothing to recapture the escaped cats…and conquer the entire world. These books for 4th graders are filled with adventure, friendship, and humor!

Once Upon a Tim  by Stuart Gibbs

Hilarious, illustrated, and perfect for fantasy and adventure fans!  Tim and his sister Belinda are peasants who hope to improve their lot in life so they sign up as knights for a not-very-brave prince and his so-called magician sidekick to find and rescue Princess Grace from a monster. Helpful foreshadowing, a strong narrative voice, and humor throughout plus helpful life lessons from Belinda about the patriarchy and great vocabulary words (which are helpfully indicated so your parents will know the IQ benefits).

Chupacarter  by George Lopez and Ryan Calejo 

Fast-paced, exciting, well-written, and dynamically illustrated about friendship and monsters!  Jorge gets sent to New Mexico to live with his abuelos but he is miserable. Bullied at his school by other kids and a mean big-game-hunting principal, Jorge unexpectedly makes a friend outside of school –with a  chupacabra  named Carter.But Carter ISN’T a monster and they have a lot in common like candy and climbing trees and playing hide-and-seek. Even still, Carter needs to reunite with his family especially because Jorge’s school principal is hunting him. Jorge and his two school friends come up with an ingenious plan to get Carter to safety–but will they be too late? 

Bad Kitty Supercat  by Nick Bruel 


Bad Kitty’s owner tells Bad Kitty to get off screens and play with some other cats.  But Bad Kitty isn’t happy about having playdates. Eventually, Playdate Candidate #4 (Strange Kitty) brings imagination and comic books and Strange Kitty helps Bad Kitty find his  superhero  persona –just in time to meet the supervillain! Playful, imaginative, and hilarious–this is my new favorite Bad Kitty book and his first graphic novel.

Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere  by Elise Gravel

If you LOVE kooky books, this book fits the bill.   Olga finds a most unusual, unknown creature whom she names “MEH” after the sound it makes.  She uses her deductive reasoning to figure out what it is (something new!) and what it likes to eat (olives)! But what will she do when Meh disappears? Things I love about this book: 1) the illustrations — they rock! 2) the narrator’s voice — it’s believable and funny 3) the plot — especially the mean girls who aren’t so mean after all.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

If you like quirky humor, then this is your perfect book. Because you will never believe, except you totally will, what happens when the kids’ father goes out to get more milk. He doesn’t even get the milk but he does run into pirates, aliens, and all sorts of incredible things! Totally hilarious and quite short–which is appealing to many readers.

Pie in the Sky  by Remy Lai


Pie in the Sky is an insightful, funny, and poignant look at the struggles of immigrating to a new country (Australia) and the difficulties of learning English along with growing up and grieving the loss of a father. He misses baking with his papa so after school with his brother,  he breaks his mom’s rules against using the kitchen and bakes the cakes  that his father wanted to include in his dream Pie in the Sky bakery.  Like Jingwen says about his new beginnings and sad losses, this is a story that is both salty and sweet.

Bob  by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead


In the sweetest story of friendship,   10-year-old Livy meets Bob, a green zombie-looking monster wearing a chicken costume  living in the closet at her grandma’s house. He’s been waiting for her to return for the last 5 years. Only Livy can’t remember him at all. Even when she leaves the house for an errand, she forgets. But she’s determined to help Bob find his way back home. Wherever that may be. We love this story!! This is a great  family   read-aloud  choice!

It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit  by Justin A. Reynolds

When he’s forced to stay home from the beach party because he needs to do his laundry since every single stinky piece of clothing, is dirty, Eddie hurries through the washing with quick cycles–until the power unexpectedly goes out.  Eddie leaves the house to investigate and finds four other kids but NO ONE ELSE. No parents. No kids. NO ONE.  It’s all very mysterious and suspenseful, especially when the street lights turn back on — without the electricity coming back on. What is going on? Cliff hanger alert!

Crabgrass Comic Adventures  by Tauhid Bondia 


You will LOVE the  friendship adventures of Kevin and Miles.  These stories are fun, hilarious, relatable, and entertaining. If you like Calvin and Hobbes, you’ll love this good book for 4th graders.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Forced to flee a dangerous situation in Mexico, Esperanza and her mother arrive in California and start working as migrant farm workers. The back-breaking work is only part of their new, challenging life. In this beautifully written, soulful novel, Esperanza learns to thrive no matter what her circumstances.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

This series is amazing! Greek gods still exist and so do their kids, demigods, who have incredible abilities. Unfortunately for these kids, monsters are out to kill them. But, they are also the only ones who can save the world from a war between the Greek gods the Titans. Percy goes to Camp Half-Blood where he gets trained to protect himself… that is until he’s sent on a dangerous quest. Betrayal, adventure, plot twists, and incredible mythological world-building make these stories that kids can’t put down.

Dragon Slippers  trilogy by Jessica Day George

We can’t recommend this book series enough! Young and brave Creel wants nothing more than to own her own seamstress shop. In her pursuit of this dream, she befriends a special dragon who, along with magical dragon slippers, changes her life.

Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster

Kids can’t get enough of the Who Would Win? books that pit two ocean carnivores against each other. In this book, read facts about each creature then compare with a face-off. See if you can you predict who will win! See all the addicting informational books in the Who Would Win series .

Big Nate Welcome to My World   by Lincoln Peirce


I think the Big Nate comics are even better than the novels — they are just so stinking funny! Lincoln Peirce “gets” kids and their struggles — the episodes will keep both you and your kids cracking up.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson


Sarcastic and hilarious, this is a laugh-out-loud story about a precocious young girl and her reluctant unicorn “best friend”. BOXED SET

Tuesdays at the Castle  by Jessica Day George


Every Tuesday, the castle where Princess Celie and her family live, adds on a new room, or turret, or wing. Celie loves her castle and it’s living ways. So, when robbers attack her parents’ carriage, and they are never seen again, Celie takes comfort that their room is exactly the same, hoping the castle knows they are still alive. But can the castle and Celie stop the Royal Council and the foreign prince from taking over the kingdom? We LOVE this series!

Dying to Meet You 43 Cemetary Road by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

The 43 Old Cemetery Road books are funny and punny adventures with a kid, a cat, a grumpy ghost, and a really cool writing style in letters, emails, newspaper clippings, jokes, and more. These books are addictive!

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Quirky and delightful, this is the tale of a girl named Flora who rescues a squirrel and keeps it as a friend . Together they experience the world in a unique, funny, and wonderful way, and straighten it out, too — especially Flora’s mother.

Restart  by Gordon Korman

Chase has no memory of who he is or was.  But he starts to get clues when straight out of the hospital when a strange girl dumps ice cream on his head. Chase soon realizes that he doesn’t like his former self. Now he’ll have to decide what kind of person he wants to be. Because he’s enjoying his new life in the film club and the new (“nerdy”) friends he’s made. This thought-provoking book for 4th grade will challenge kids to consider their choices, behavior, and life goals.

The Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck by Matt Phelan

In this illustrated historical adventure, Benjamin Franklin’s young assistant Emile teams up with a sheep, a rooster, a duck, and a girl his age to thwart a dastardly villain and a sinister secret society who want to use one of Franklin’s inventions for nefarious purposes.

Killer Species  by Michael P. Spradlin


Get ready for a fast-paced adventure series about a mad scientist who creates a hybrid crocodile-dinosaur-bird killer creature to stop visitors from entering the Everglades. Emmet and his father arrive to investigate but when his father is kidnapped, Emmet and his friend, Calvin, know it’s up to them to find where the kidnapper is holding Emmet’s father. GREAT for reluctant readers — and anyone who loves an action-packed sci-fi mystery!

Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel written by Nikki Grimes, art by Theodore Taylor III

Garvey’s dad wants him to play sports instead of reading. Making life even worse, everyone seems to make fun of Garvey’s size, calling him names like chunky and little piggy. Then, a new foodie friend helps Garvey enjoy food and not feel guilty about eating. That same friend also encourages Garvey to join the chorus, which he does secretly and loves it. Singing makes Garvey feel more like himself. This sweet coming-of-age story is written in tanka poetry, so it reads like a graphic novel in verse with some dialogue. It’s fast, mesmerizing, and emotion-filled.

Harry Potter series  by J.K. Rowling

The best selling children’s books of all time, this is a MUST READ for many reasons: the brilliant storytelling, a complex and entertaining plot, relatable characters, rich language, essential life lessons about friendship and bravery , and more. ( See all my reasons for reading Harry Potter. )

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry


If you like the humor in Calvin and Hobbes, you must read Wallace the Brave . It’s hilarious. You’ll laugh your way through stories of Wallace’s life on the school bus, on the playground, playing with friends, hanging with his fisherman dad, and more. I’m smiling just writing this as I think back on his antics and adventures that cracked me up.

The Great Shelby Holmes   by Elizabeth Eulberg

What a lovely surprise! This  Sherlock Holmes  inspired book for 4th graders is well-written with a great plot. John Watson moves with his mom who has recently left both the military and John’s dad to Harlem. There he meets a very unique girl named Shelby Holmes who reluctantly allows him to tag along with her as she solves her latest crime —  the mystery of a missing show-dog stolen from a classmate’s secure house.

Area 51 Files  by Julie Buxbaum, illustrated by Lavanya Naidu

Sky moves to Area 51, a sanctuary for aliens, where her new guardian, her uncle. She’s sad that she can’t ever leave Area 51 or see her beloved grandma again but she makes friend with an alien boy at school. When a group of aliens is abducted, all clues point to Sky’s uncle. She and her friends try to solve who the culprit really is.  It’s a funny mystery, adventure, and friendship story with aliens and illustrations!

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs


Was the FunJungle’s hippo murdered? Teddy and Summer think so. Mystery, adventure, and humor will keep your readers on the edge of their seats in this unique story with lovable, quirky characters.

Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks


Norrie loves horses and the low-key stables where she works and rides. She welcomes the new girl, Victoria, who rejects her offer of friendship because Victoria has decided that no friends means no drama. But another friend at the stables connects to Victoria about their friend group with a favorite science fiction show. They find common ground, forgiveness, and mutual support. It’s a beautifully knit-together, relatable story of friendship, horses, being yourself, and growing in confidence.

The Familiars  series by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

My kids and I are big fans of this fantasy series. Do you know about familiars? They are the magical animal companions to wizards. And in this first story, the kids and their familiars must save the world when the wizards’ powers are taken away.  Great books for 4th graders who love animals and magical adventures.

Two-Headed Chicken  by Tom Angleberger 

Hilarious!!  If you like wacky, bizarre humor then this is your next favorite read.  This is a story about the multiverse in which you are a two-headed chicken being chased by a moose…and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Follow the two-headed chicken through the multiverse, take funny quizzes, meet a fish with deep feelings as well as a lawyer, and learn about so much more! 

Rez Dogs  by Joseph Bruchac 


Because of the pandemic, Malin is sent away to live with her grandparents on the Wabanaki reservation.  A rez dog named Malsum adopts her, becoming her ally and friend, which helps her adjust to living without her parents.  Her grandparents teach Malin about the history of Native kids taken away by the government. Her grandparents share many other stories of their beliefs and history which help Malin connect to her heritage. 

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab  by Science Bob Pflugfleder and Steve Hockensmith


Siblings Nick and Tesla are shipped off to live with their mad-scientist Uncle Newt for the summer while their parents are . . . doing something with soybeans in Uzbekistan? When left to fend for themselves, the siblings discover something very suspicious at the old mansion down the street. Throughout the story, these STEM wizards invent gadgets and gizmos and give you directions to do the same.  This adventurous STEM series makes science and technology fun!

Voyage of the Frostheart  by Jamie Littler


A   fantastic, illustrated adventure book for 4th grade about an orphan boy with forbidden musical powers.  4th-grade readers meet sentient creatures like the vulpi, a walrus and a yeti, not just human-kin, who live in Strongholds to stay safe from the monstrous Lurkers and Leviathans. After Ash’s Pathfinder parents disappear, Ash moves in with a strict guardian Yeti named Tobu. Unfortunately, they’re banished from their home when Ash uses his forbidden Song Weaver magic. They leave the village with a Pathfinder crew and Ash realizes that he can find his parents using the words in his childhood lullaby. 

The Pear Affair  by Judith Eagle, illustrated by Jo Rioux

Nell can’t wait to tag along with her horrid and neglectful parents to Paris so she can search for her beloved former nanny Pear who she’s convinced is missing since Pear hasn’t written in months. While in Paris, Nell learns about the strange moldy bread problem plaguing the city’s bakeries. She meets new friends who guide her around the underground tunnels of Paris. They help her find Nell and uncover the truth about her parents and their connection to the moldy bread.  A page-turning mystery with a perfect ending!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie is one of the five winning children allowed to tour Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. But it’s a tour unlike any other and the other not-too-nice-kids kids strangely disappear throughout. Funny and quirky , this book remains a classic for a good reason.

Anyone But Ivy Pocket  by Caleb Krisp

You are going to ADORE Ivy and this story entirely. Ivy’s totally clueless and so very quirky. Who else would say this to her future employer, the Duchess: “ You poor deluded creature . . . dying has sapped the strength from your eyes. I’m remarkably pretty, and that’s a genuine fact. ” I read many parts out loud to my kids while I was reading this book – they were just so funny!! Now my kids are addicted, too. Ivy’s adventures involve a sinister ghost, a mystical jewel, and a surprising destiny.

Wild Survival: Crocodile Rescue! by Melissa Cristina Marquez


Adrianna’s parents have an animal sanctuary and host an animal rescue that is moving from YouTube to television. On this trip, which is being filmed for the new show, the family goes to the mangrove forest of Cuba to help an injured crocodile. (The book is interspersed with factual information about all the wildlife they encounter!) Andriana messes up and gets grounded but besides saving a dog, she realizes something the grown-ups missed– that the rescued crocodile had a nest of eggs. She convinces her brother to help her save the eggs but they have a very close call with poachers, adding in suspense and a touch of danger. Engaging and interesting!

The Zombie Chasers  by John Kloepfer and Steve Wolfhard

Filled with cartoon illustrations, this early chapter book series highlights the bravery of a group of friends (and siblings) who will save the world from zombies . A fun kid-powered adventure with zombies.

Charlotte Spies for Justice A Civil War Survival Story (Girls Survive) by Nikki Shannon Smith

Based on the true story of a courageous female spy in the South during the Civil War.  Charlotte is a servant girl in Elizabeth Van Lew’s house, who becomes a spy for the Union. Readable, compelling, and interesting.

Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja  by Marcus Emerson

I thought this was not just a great story but I loved tha t the main character (the ninja) is a girl. The story is easily read, written in a combo of text and comics. Great books for 4th graders!

Miles Morales  by Jason Reynolds

Miles’s spidey sense is whacking out when he’s at school, especially in his history class. Add to that, he’s worried he will turn out like his criminal uncle. So, Miles, who is Puerto-Rican and African American, stops being Spider-Man. Until he discovers a chilling plot of men named Chamberlain who work under the control of The Warden.  Now, he must use all his skills to save the world from a racist threat. You’ll love the diversity, the two-parent family, and the complexity of Mile’s character– this is a GREAT book.

Rapunzel’s Revenge  by Shannon Hale & Dale Hale

One of my favorite books EVER! This Rapunzel story is set in the wild west — she uses her braids to lasso bad guys while searching for her mother with her sidekick Jack.

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley


After her parents’ divorce, Jen moves to a farm with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend whose kids visit on the weekends. It’s a huge transition — she doesn’t love how bossy and whiney her stepsisters are and how annoying her mom’s boyfriend is. But she loves the chicks she takes care of and the farmer’s market.  Well, she loves it until her math skills aren’t good enough to be helpful. This story gently shows the ups and downs of living with a new family in a new place.

Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior by Cube Kid, illustrated by Saboten


Runt is a 12-year old with real problems. He doesn’t want to be a typical villager with the typical boring life. He wants to be a warrior like Steve. So he’s excited when his school finally agrees that the villagers might need warriors to fight back against the nightly attacks. When Steve loses everything and moves in with Runt’s family, Runt hopes that Steve will help with his warrior training. Runt’s a relatable, mostly serious, character who just wants a different life — like most kids his age and is competing for a dream opportunity. BOXED SET

Dragon Vs. Unicorns: Kate the Chemist by Dr. Kate Biberdorf with Hillary Homzie

Exciting from the first page (a fire breathing science experiment!!), these awesome new STEM chapter books for 4th graders are hard to put down. There are many things happening in Kate’s busy life every day but no matter if she’s dealing with science, the school play, or friends, she’s a determined problem solver. When she tries to figure out who is sabotaging the school musical, it’s going to take all her skills to find the culprit.

Timmy Failure  by Stephan Pastis

Timmy is a clueless detective with a polar bear sidekick. Their adventures will make you laugh out loud!

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom  by Christopher Healy, illustrated by Todd Harris


The princes in the fairy tales aren’t as famous as their princesses but in this story, it’s all about them! Kicked out of their castles, these princes turn from bumbling idiots into heroes and save their kingdoms with hilarity and adventure!

Hero Rescue Mission by Jennifer Li Shotz

In this Hero story, Ben’s dad is captured by escaped convicts. Ben and police dog, Hero, set off to find Ben’s dad. Ben’s already injured and Hero’s too emotional to track the scent so they’re going to need help if they’re going to find his dad. Action from the first page to the last. Kids who love adventure and animals will love these books for 4th graders.

Gold Rush Girl by Avi

14-year-old Victoria sneaks aboard a ship with her father and younger brother bound for stinky, muddy San Francisco and the hope of gold. She’s surrounded by mostly men and no other kids and soon realizes that no one is getting rich but ships and people keep pouring in. Their dad leaves them in a tent for months while he searches for gold. Victoria makes the best of it but her 10-year-old brother doesn’t. Then he gets kidnapped and sold and Victoria and two friends race to rescue him. It’s an interesting, exciting story that gives readers a strong sense of setting and historical perspective.

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake

If you like sweet stories of friendship, you won’t want to miss this new story. Prickly Badger’s life and rock studies are the most (and only) important thing in his life. Unexpectedly, he’s rudely interrupted by a new roommate, the helpful, philosophical, and curious chicken-loving Skunk. Badger wants Skunk to leave but he’s surprised when he enjoys Sunk’s cooking and company. Then after a spray incident and cruel comments he regrets, Badger fixes his mistake the two friends find that they’re better off together.

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

You will love this captivating main character an apprentice witch who struggles with insecurity, bullying, and self-doubt. She doesn’t have a lot of magic but does have strength, even if she needs a few reminders about it. She will be able to help her city even with semi-magical skills. A sweet, magical story.

Lunch Lady  by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

If you haven’t read these addictive and hilarious graphic novels, they are a must — anyone who has eaten lunch in school will appreciate the humor, even parents love these books.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Clayton feels happiest with his grandfather, playing the blues.  Unfortunately, his mom hates everything about the blues because it represents her father’s abandonment of the family. When Clayton’s beloved grandfather dies and his mom takes his harmonica, Clayton ditches school to find his grandfather’s old band. Instead of musicians, he encounters a gang of boys and gets picked up by the police. This is a superbly crafted chapter book for 4th graders is about grief, family, and forgiveness.

Secret Coders: Get with the Program  by  Gene Luen Yang  and Mike Holmes


What’s happening at Hopper’s new school? She and her friends discover something very amazing about the birds — they’re robotic and can be controlled by numbers. Which leads the kids to go up against the scheming, evil janitor.  Readers learn some basics of how to use the programming language Logo with sequence, iteration, and selection, and must apply their knowledge to help the characters. I love the interactivity, the diverse main characters, and the progressive way the authors teach the logical thinking of programming. Very well-done!

Aleca Zamm Is a Wonder by Ginger Rue, illustrated by Zoe Persico

I enjoyed this well-written, fast-paced adventure book, new chapter books for 4th graders. On her 10th birthday, Aleca accidentally discovers if she says her full name, she can STOP TIME. Which helps her on her math test. Then her Aunt Zephyr arrives and explains a few things about being a Wonder. One, other Wonders who aren’t very nice could use those time stops to find Aleca. And two, she needs to learn how to control her power so it won’t control her. And three, a 10-year old shouldn’t be in charge of the world clock.

Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, illustrated by Emily Balistrieri

As a huge fan of the movie, I was so impressed at how true to the original book, the film stayed. This sweet story is about a 13-year-old half-witch named Kiki who leaves home for her year-long apprenticeship to a town. She flies with her cat and they find a seaside town that needs a witch. There, Kiki settles above a bakery and uses her wits and magic to endear herself to the town as a helpful delivery girl. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

The Supervillain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid by Matt Wallace


An outstanding, surprisingly philosophical, poignant story about dealing with bullies, growing in confidence, and the complexities of human beings. Matt doesn’t think he can survive 3 more years of middle school bullying so he writes supervillain Master Plan who is also a “gentleman of size”, asking for help. Surprisingly, Master Plan emails back with helpful, sage advice but is Master Plan actually looking out for Max or for himself?

Magical Land of Birthdays by Amirah Kassem

Amirah lives in Mexico and loves cooking and baking. When her neighbor gives her an old cookbook titled The Power of Sprinkles , Amirah knows it’s the perfect cookbook for her upcoming birthday cake. Strangely, the cookbook transports her to the Magical Land of Birthdays where she meets other kids with her exact same birthdate as her who are from different areas of the world. Together they have an exciting, magical adventure that includes finding a missing B-Bud girl, parties, unicorns, and of course, cake.

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant


This is an atmospheric, small-town slice-of-life story that takes place in Rosetown, Indiana. A big part of 4th grader Flora’s life is her friendship with Yury and reading in the used bookstore where her mom works. Flora’s struggling to adjust to her parents’ separation and two different homes. No matter where she goes, she brings her cat, Serenity. Flora does things like take piano lessons and help Yury with his dog training classes. The story ends with Flora’s parents working things out and starting their own business together.

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Maintaining students' excitement for reading throughout the year can be a challenge. Stock your book shelves with these must-read favorites that will keep your  3rd graders engaged from the first day of school until the very last!

From  favorite characters and series  to  contemporary classics  to thought-provoking  nonfiction , there's something for every reader in this collection.  Curated specifically for third grade classrooms, this book list spans a wide range of reading levels and can be used in both group and individualized reading sessions. 

Plus, build a diverse classroom library with hand-picked  collections , including sets like the  Best New Books Grade 3 2022-2023  and  Equity and Inclusion Grades 3-5 , and keep students flipping pages all year long. 

Shop the best books for 3rd graders below! You can find all books and activities at  The Teacher Store .


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