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50+ Books for a 4th Grader Who Loves to Read

I have another reading list for your voracious elementary reader! If you missed my previous lists for 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, you can find them on this page.

50+ Books for a 4th Grader Who Loves to Read; book list for a voracious reader from Walking by the Way

Non Fiction

The Balloon Boy of San Francisco by Dorothy Kupcha Leland

The Story of Inventions by Anna Claybourne

The Story of Exploration by Anna Claybourne

Historical Fiction

Castle Diary by Richard Platt

Pirate Diary by Richard Platt

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan 

Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Meyers

Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty

Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill

The Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfield

Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick 

Realistic Fiction

Ginger Pye by Estes

Pinky Pye by Estes

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

Onion John by Joseph Quincy Krumgold 

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Rascal by Sterling North

Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard

Wild Trek by Jim Kjelgaard

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit by Carol Ryrie Brinks

Tikta-’Liktak by James Archibald Houston

Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Gentle Ben by Walt Morey

Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

TinTin Graphic Novels


Journey to the Bottomless Pit by Elizabeth Mitchell

Trailblazer Books


The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Juster 

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit

The Magic City by E. Nesbit

Dragons by E. Nesbit

TAL, His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom by Paul Fenimore Cooper


A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum

Favorite Sherlock Holmes Detective Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Mad Scientists' Club by Bertrand R. Brinley (this is a series)

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson (this is a series)


From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson

Nature Stories

The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children by Jane Andrews

Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long

A Little Brother to the Bear by William J. Long

If you are looking for more lists for kids who love to read, please check out my Reading Lists for Voracious Readers page

Reading Lists for Voracious Readers from Walking by the Way

Free Copywork Pages for Hans Christian Andersen’s Stories

FREE Copywork Pages for Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales from Walking by the Way

Happy Birthday to Hans Christian Andersen who was born in Denmark on April 2, 1805. He was zany and lanky and an amazing writer who is best known and loved for his timeless fairy tale classics. If your students are interested in learning about Andersen's life, read The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen by Jane Yolen.

The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen by Jane Yolen

Andersen's fairy tales are great for read-alouds, but you may want to preview them first as some are rather melancholoy. You will find a grand collection of Andersen's tales at Project Gutenberg for free.

Our favorite compilation is Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger.

Hans Christian Andersen Copywork Pages from Walking by the Way

The book is beautifully illustrated and includes the following stories:

  • "The Sandman"
  • "The Jumpers"
  • "Thumbeline"
  • "The Tinderbox"
  • "The Rose Tree Regiment"
  • "The Naughty Boy"
  • "The Swineherd"
  • "The Emperor's New Clothes"
  • "The Princess and the Pea"
  • "The Nightingale"
  • "The Little Match Girl"

A few other books we have owned and enjoyed are

Andersen writes poetically and descriptively, making his stories a good choice for copywork. I have compiled sixteen quotes from various translations of Anderson's stories.

Please save these copywork pages for a child who has heard Andersen's stories before so the child will understand the context of the quotes.


Free Hans Christian Andersen Copywork Pages from Walking by the Way

Download Your Set of Free Copywork Pages

If your are searching for more copywork, check out my FREE Copywork Pages board on Pinterest.

If you'd like to celebrate other birthdays this month, check out iHN's Birthday Lessons in April Page.

Birthday Lessons in April - fun for homeschoolers!

Living Books for Middle School Chemistry

Elijah and I decided we should ramp up the science in 7th and 8th grades in order to prepare him for high school science. For 8th grade Elijah chose to focus his science study on chemistry.

This was not exactly what I would consider a delight-directed study, but he was definitely interested in chemistry as his friend's dad is a professor of this subject at a local university. He watched the Chemistry 101 DVDs and read through Exploring the World of Chemistry by John Tiner. These two resources were a great starting point for him, but I wanted to add some living books and some reference books to his study. Reading is Elijah's strength, and he retains more information when it is presented through a living book. Living books make the learning real and relevant.

Living Books for Middle School Chemistry from Walking by the Way

We added one reference books and four living books to his study:

The Elements by Theodore Gray
This reference book is perfect for visual learners as it includes "an eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table."

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin D. Wiker
"Leads the reader on a delightful and absorbing journey through the ages, on the trail of the elements of the Periodic Table as we know them today. He introduces the young reader to people like Von Helmont, Boyle, Stahl, Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier, and many others, all incredibly diverse in personality and approach, who have laid the groundwork for a search that is still unfolding to this day."

Robert Boyle: Trailblazer of Science by John Tiner
Robert Boyle is known as the "Father of Modern Chemistry." This book chronicles his life and faith as the most important scientist of his day.

Who Was Marie Curie? by Megan Stine
"Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was forbidden to attend the male-only University of Warsaw, so she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study physics and mathematics. There she met a professor named Pierre Curie, and the two soon married, forming one of the most famous scientific partnerships in history. Together they discovered two elements and won a Nobel Prize in 1903."

The Wonder Book of Chemistry by Jean Henri Fabre
"Starting with a mixture of iron filings and sulphur, Uncle Paul awakens in his young nephews an eagerness to learn more about the properties of the elements. Through a series of carefully-devised experiments and conversations about the experiments, he leads the boys to an understanding of some of the basic principles of chemistry." 

(All quotes are taken from reviews from Amazon.)