16. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Another classic that is definitely a must-have for your classroom library and makes an amazing novel study is Charlotte's Web.
This is the story of a runty pig, named Wilbur, and his unlikely friendship with a spider who eventually saves him from slaughter. With opportunities to discuss character traits and relationships, visualizing, and so many more important reading comprehension skills, this book is a winner for both the students and all those essential standards you're required to cover!
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17. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Another text that I would consider on the easier reading side of things, this is a story set to the backdrop of sibling rivalry. With a topic so many students can relate to, this realistic fiction is highly engaging for fourth graders.
The Lemonade War is the first book in this series. Students will love following the juicy drama between Evan and Jessie as they try to prove just who is the better at running a lemonade stand. With lots of ups and downs and plenty of opportunities for higher level reading comprehension skills like inferencing, this novel is always a favorite in my classroom.
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18. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Shiloh is the story of a boy and his dog…well, technically not HIS dog, but students discover that on their own while reading.
After seeing his neighbor abusing a dog, Marty discovers the pup has run away and decides to keep him. When his stern father discovers that he has the dog, things go from bad to worse leading Marty down some troublesome paths in his quest to protect his new best friend. Along the way, he learns a lot about life and how things are never quite as simple as they seem.
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19. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Who could write a list of great novels for fourth grade and NOT include at least one Judy Blume book? Seriously, she's a fabulous writer and has some great realistic fiction that is perfect for your students.
This is the story of Peter Hatcher and his little brother, Fudge. Despite everyone else finding Fudge adorable, Peter isn't smitten with his shenanigans…especially when Fudge eats his pet turtle!
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20. The One and Only Ivan by K.A. Applegate
Looking for a great opportunity to discuss point of view? Look no further than The One and Only Ivan.
The story of a gorilla living in a roadside mall and arcade, Ivan has become accustomed to life behind glass. Instead, Ivan spends his time thinking about television, his friends Stella & Bob (an elephant and a dog), and art. Everything changes for Ivan upon the arrival of a new baby elephant, Ruby. As a result, Ivan's perspective on his world is turned upside down.
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