Must have books for 3-4th grade

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  1. TeachCafe

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    I will be teaching 4th grade. My advanced kiddos will be grade level and slightly above and the rest will be on the border of 3rd and 4th grade. We use the traditional Scholastic guided reading levels. But it's overwhelming on books.

    What are some of your must have books that you know your kids liked?


    I had a elementary remembrance a few minutes ago and remember I LOVED the Bailey School Kids series. I mean these were MY books. I clearly remember reading Angels Don't Know Karate first and loving it then the Dragons and Mermaid book.

    I owned many and always checked those out from the library. I want to say I read those in 3rd grade for sure and a little in 4th.

    Would these books good for 4th graders? Especially at the beginning of the year,
     
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  3. bella84

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    Magic Tree House is pretty popular. They might be a bit on the easy side for your advanced kiddos, but they may be great for your lower level readers.

    Judy Moody, Stink, Geronimo Stilton, and Junie B. Jones were pretty popular in both my second and third grade classes. Again, might be a bit on the easy side for some of you kids, but it wouldn't hurt to have them for independent reading.

    I've had some Bailey School Kids books out, but they don't seem to be quite as popular as the others I've mentioned.
     
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    The Wayside School books by Louis Sachar!
     
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    My students love the "Who Was" or the "What Was" books (it may not challenge your advanced kiddos, but it is great for non-fiction reads!), Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dear America, Percy Jackson, Bunnicula, and The One and Only Ivan.
     
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    Because of Winn Dixie
    My Side of the Mountain
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Frindle
    Shiloh
    The Phantom Tollbooth
    Mr. Popper's Penguins
    Dear Mr. Henshaw
    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles


    Books by Beverly Cleary
    Books by Roald Dahl
    Books by Madeleine L'Engle
    Books by Jerry Spinelli
     
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    I went twice for classroom books from craigslist and eBay and both times I carefully went through and just picked out what looked like a chapter book suitable for 4th graders without looking at lists of 4th grade books.

    And....I got the Judy Blume series, Bunnicula (I read this in 3-4th so I figured they still do!), a few Flat Stanleys, Louis Sachar and Roland Dahl, Junie B and Magic Tree House books and most of what's been mentioned here.

    I just eyeballed length and went from there. I even picked up a few Narnia books.

    I have about 130 which is a good start for now and I'll get some from my school.
     
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    Last year I bought around a set of 60 Bailey School Kids books on Ebay. The kids loved them in 4th grade.I don't let them take them home. The kids know that they are from my special collection.
     
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    May I suggest the Lemony Snicket books (A Series of Unfortunate Events)? There are thirteen books total, and the books are excellent for building vocabulary. They are also fun and inviting for all students. They are worth looking into...
     

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