Books for Reluctant Readers, Part II: Third-Fourth Grades

Welcome to a new series on finding books for reluctant readers! This four-part series will be divided by grade level, from kindergarten through sixth grades. by Elizabeth Cossick, M.Ed.

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There is a plethora of fantastic kid lit for children ages 8-10. In fact, I take it as a personal insult if I ever hear a child in third or fourth grades say that they hate to read. Nonsense! They just haven’t been introduced to some of these outstanding books, below. This list contains a book for nearly every personality and reading preference out there; I promise! (Tip: This might be a good list to share with parents or send home for recommended summer reading.)

Favorite Titles:

The King’s Equal by Katherine Paterson
Gooseberry Park
by Cynthia Rylant
by Patricia MacLachlan
Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
Stuart Little
by E.B. White
The Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume
Tucker’s Countryside
by George Seldon
Chester Cricket’s New Home by George Seldon
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Clearly
Ramona Forever & Ramona’s World by Beverly Clearly
Skinnybones by Barbara Park
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo
A View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard
Cul-de-Sac Kids series by Beverly Lewis
American Girl series by Susan Adler, et al
Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobel
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Cooper Kids Adventures series by Frank Peretti
Trailblazer fictionalized biography series by Dave and Neta Jackson
Any books by:
• Laura Ingalls Wilder • Bill Myers • Beverly Cleary • Andrew Clements

Next in the series~ Part III: Fifth Grade Book Picks



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4 responses to “Books for Reluctant Readers, Part II: Third-Fourth Grades

  1. Susan Campbell

    What a great list. Do you have a list for ages 0-5 and also for Grades K-2. I plan to use this list for the after schoolers I have as they love to read and I also have them read to the younger ones. I could also use a list for 5-8th graders. Thanks so much for all the good ideas you send. Susan

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  3. ecossick

    Hi, Susan! We do have a list for grades k-2 (it’s the post before this one:

    As for ages 0-5, I’ll have to work on that one!

    So glad you’re benefiting from these ideas. Thanks for all of your great comments!

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