A Good Book for a Girl in 4Th Grade

Updated on June 17, 2019
V.Y. asks from New York, NY
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Hi, my little daughter has a reading buddy in the 4th grade whom she adores. She wants to give her a book as a present for the summer. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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answers from Washington DC on

national velvet. my friend flicka. black beauty. call of the wild. james and the giant peach. charlotte's web. the narnia books. the beatrix potters. charlie and the chocolate factory. madeline. coraline. harry potter. alice in wonderland. anne of green gables. the hobbit. a wrinke in time. bridge to terabithia. ender's game. the outsiders. the yearling. huckleberry finn. little rascal. all the marguerite henrys. watership down. the hero and the crown.

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answers from Boston on

Call your children's librarian, give her a little info on the 4th grader, and ask for suggestions. They know the favorites but also the unsung gems you might be missing.

And I love that you are giving books!!

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answers from Atlanta on

The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Burnett Hodges are both classics with interesting female characters at the center. Try one of those!

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answers from Norfolk on

When my son was that age Harry Potter was all the rage.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

If she is a good reader, it's a good age for the Percy Jackson series, loved by both girls and boys.

ETA: This year my child of that age read and loved almost every single book mentioned in Suz's post below. All great recommendations (although I'd wait another year or two for The Outsiders since the content is a little more mature, my 7th grader just read that one).

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answers from San Francisco on

Wonder. Roller girl.

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answers from Santa Fe on

My 9 year old daughter LOVES the Atlas series. She loves it so much. The Wings of Fire series is also very popular with all the 4th graders. Books are the best!



answers from New York on

I just mentioned this book on the question below so it is on my mind: "Fearless Girls, Wise Women, Beloved Sisters".

It's a beautiful hardcover book of folktales about strong and smart girls/women characters. It's a book she can enjoy for years to come, as an adult too.



answers from Portland on

Warrior Cats Series was a hit here. So was Judy Blume.

What I've done is go to a online book store site, typed in age, (gender sometimes), and picked top picks for gifts, and that narrows it down for you. Tells you what's most popular overall for right now - if that helps.

If you're unsure, a gift card with a bookmark your daughter picks out herself (or even better, makes her herself) is another way to to add a personalized touch.

Lovely idea :) How nice!



answers from Columbus on

We just finished reading 'The One and Only Ivan' by Katherine Applegate. It's a beautifully written and fun story, and I personally had a hard time putting it down.

I think a good starting point is to look at Children's Choice, Newberry, and Caldecott award winners.



answers from Minneapolis on

Path to the Stars by Sylvia Acevedo.



answers from Des Moines on

Here are some suggestions!

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
Pollyanna, by Eleanor Porter
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit
A Book of Golden Deeds, by Charlotte Yonge
Bambi by Felix Salten
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey

Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
Return To Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright

Little House on the Prairie series Laura Ingalls Wilder
Calico Captive, by Elizabeth George Speare
The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery (British view of revolution)
Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry

The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Magician's Nephew
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Sarah Plain and Tall series by Patricia MacLachlan
Sarah Plain and Tall
Caleb Story
More Perfect than the Moon
Grandfather's Dance

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (and others in the series)
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey
The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

Noel Streatfeild books
Ballet Shoes, Skating Shoes
Dancing Shoes
Theater Shoes

Kate Seredy books, including:
The Good Master
The White Stag
The Singing Tree
The Chestry Oak

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