Great Books to Read



Mrs. Renz says, "Read, read, read!"

Reading is one of the great joys of life.  Here are some great authors and titles to help 

fourth graders get started in a great book.  The important thing is to read, read, read!


Math in Literature Books



Angelou, Maya

My Painted House

Armstrong, William



Blue Heron

Crispin, the Cross of Lead

Night Journeys

The Fighting Ground


Bailey, Carolyn

Miss Hickory

Banks, Lynn Reid

The Fairy Rebel

Blume, Judy


Freckle Juice

Superfudge and any of the Fudge series

Bond, Michael

A Bear Called Paddington

Bridges, Ruby

Through My Eyes

Brink, Carol R.

Caddie Woodlawn

Butterworth, Olive

The Enormous Egg

Byars, Betsy

Bingo Brown series

Blossoms series

Coast to Coast

The Summer of the Swans

The Computer Nut

The Cybil War

The Dark Stairs

The Night Swimmers


Caudill, Rebecca

Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?

Caudill, Rebecca

Tree of Freedom

Christopher, Matt

Dirt Bike Racer

The Fox Steals Home

Ice Magic

Long Stretch at First Base

No Arm in the Left Field

Skateboard Tough

Cleary, Beverly

Beezus and Ramona  (any of the series )

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Ellen Tebbits

Henry Huggins (any of the series)

Muggie Maggie



Clements, Andrew

Janitor's Boy

Coerr, Eleanor

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Colfer, Eoin

Artemis Fowl   (series)

Colville, Ann

My Teacher Fried My Brains

Colville, Bruce

I Was a Sixth Grade Alien

Creech, Sharon


Love That Dog

Walk Two Moons

Curtis, Christopher

Bud, Not Buddy

Curtis, Christopher

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Cutler, Jane

No Dogs Allowed

Dahl, Roald  

The B.F.G.

Esio Trot

Witches (and any other book by Roald Dahl)

Davidson, Margaret

The Story of Jackie Robinson, the Bravest Man In Baseball

DeCamillo, Kate

Because of Winn Dixie

Tiger Rising

The Tale of Despereaux

Denenberg, Barry

Stealing Home: A Story of Jackie Robinson

Edmonds, Walter

The Matchlock Gun

Estes, Eleanor

The Moffats   (series)

Fitzhugh, Louise

Harriet the Spy

Fleischman, Paul

Bull Run

Fritz, Jean

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

George Washington's Breakfast

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

The Double Life of Pocahontas

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

Where Do You Think You're Going, Columbus?

Gardiner, John

Stone Fox

Giff, Patricia

Lily's Crossing Nory Ryan's Song


Gipson, Fred

Old Yeller

Gutman, Dan

Honus and Me

Haywood, Carolyn

Betsy    (series, any books)

The Eddie   (series)

Henry, Marguerite

Black Gold

King of the Wind (series)

Hiaasen, Carl


Holling, Holling

Paddle-to-the Sea

Howe, Deborah


Howe, James

Howliday Inn

Hughes, Langston

The Dreamkeeper and other Poems

Hunter, Mollie

The Mermaid Summer

Hurwitz, Johanna

Aldo  (any in the series)

Jacques, Brian

Redwall   (series)

Jerry Spinelli,


Joseph, Lynn

The Color of My Words

Juster, Norton

The Phantom Tollbooth

King-Smith, Dick

Pigs Might Fly

Konigsburg, E. L.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Krumgold, Joseph

Onion John

Lawson, Robert

Ben and Me

L'Engle, Madeleine

A Wind in the Door

A Wrinkle in Time (series)

Levers, Gail Carson

Ella Enchanted

Lewis, C. S.

Chronicles of Narnia  (series)

Lindgren, Astrid

Pippi Longstocking   (series)

Lovelace, Maud Hart

Betsy-Tacy   (series)

Lowry, Lois

All About Sam

Anastasia   (series)

Attaboy, Sam

Number the Stars

MacLachlan, Patricia

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Martin, Rafe

Rough Face Girl

McDonald, Betty

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle  (series)

Mochizuki, Ken

Baseball Saved Us

Naylor, Phyllis

Beetles Lightly Toasted

Saving Shiloh

Norton, Mary

The Borrowers    (series)

O'Dell, Scott

Sing Down the Moon

Park, Linda Sue

A Single Shard

Peck, Richard

A Long Way From Chicago

A Year Down Under

Voices After Midnight

Peck, Robert Newton

Soup  (series)

Porter, Eleanor


Reid Banks, Lynn

The Indian in the Cupboard

Reilly Giff, Patricia

Fourth Grade Celebrity

Pictures of Hollis Woods

Robinson, Barbara

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Rockwell, Thomas

How to Eat Fried Worms

Rowling, J. K.

Harry Potter (series)

Ryan, Pam

Esperanza Rising

Rylant, Cynthia

A Blue-Eyed Daisy

Sachar, Louis


Sixth Grade Secrets

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom

Wayside School is Falling Down


Various authors

Dear America (series) 

Scieska, Jon

Summer Reading Is Killing Me The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales


Silverstein, Shel

Falling Up

The Giving Tree

Simon, Seymour

Big Cats

Snicket, Lemony

Bad Beginning (series)

Sobol, Donald J.

Encyclopedia Brown  (series)

Sperry, Armstrong

Call It Courage

Spinelli, Jerry

Fourth Grade Rats


Knots in My Yo-Yo String

Steig, William

The Real Thief

Stein, R. Conrad

Ellis Island

The Underground Railroad

Taylor, Mildred

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Taylor, Syndey

All-of-a-Kind Family series

Voight, Cynthia

Bad, Badder, Baddest

Warner, Gertrude Chandler

The Boxcar Children  (series)

White, E. B.

Charlotte's Web

Stuart Little

The Trumpet of the Swan

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

The Little House  (series)

Yolen, Jane

Devil's Arithmetic

The Dragon's Boy

Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast



Mathematics in Literature


Author, Illustrator


26 Letters and 99 Cents Hoban, Tana Elementary
A Cloak for the Dreamer Friedman, Aileen Elementary
A Million Fish More Or Less Mckissack, Patricia All Elementary

A Remainder of One

Elinor J. Pinczes, Bonnie MacKain

Lower Elementary

Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat, The

Theoni Pappas

Upper Elementary

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday Viorst, Judith Elementary

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream

Cindy Neuschwander, Liza Woodruff, Marilyn Burns

Lower Elementary

Anna to the Infinite Power

Mildred Ames

Upper Elementary

Anno's Counting Book Anno, Mitsumasa Lower Elementary

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar

Anno, Mitsumasa

Lower Elementary

Anno's Magic Seeds Anno, Masaichiro & Anno, Mitsumasa Lower Elementary
Button Box, The Reid, Margarette Elementary
Counting On Frank Clement, Rod Elementary
Divide and Ride Murphy, Stuart J. Elementary
Doorbell Rang, The Hutchins, Pat Elementary
Each Orange Had 8 Slices Giganti Jr, Paul All Elementary
Ed Emberley's Picture Pie Emberely, Ed Elementary
Elevator Magic Murphy, Stuart J. Elementary

G is for Google

David Schwartz

Upper Elementary

Grandfather Tang's Story

Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker

Lower Elementary

Grapes of Math, The

Tang, Greg

Upper Elementary

Give Me Half Murphy, Stuart J. Elementary

Greedy Triangle, The

Burns,Marilyn & Silveria, Gordon

Lower Elementary

How Big Is a Foot?

Myller, Rolf

Lower Elementary

How Many Feet in the Bed? Hamm, Dianne Johnston Elementary
How Many Snails?  A Counting Book Giganti, Paul Elementary
How Much is a Million? Schwartz, David M. Elementary
If You Made a Million Schwartz, David M. Elementary
Inch by Inch Lionni, Leo Elementary
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? Wells, Robert E. Elementary
King's Chessboard, The Birch, David Elementary

Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Lasky, Kathryn

Lower Elementary

Math Curse

Scieszka, Jon & Smith, Lane

Lower Elementary

Math for All Seasons

Tang, Greg & Briggs, Harry

Lower Elementary

Math-terpieces Tang, Greg Elementary

Math Trek : Adventures in the Math Zone

Ivars Peterson, Nancy Henderson

Upper Elementary

Measuring Penny Leedy, Loreen Elementary

Millions to Measure

Kellogg, Steven

Lower Elementary

One Grain of Rice, A Mathematical Folktake Demi Elementary

One Hundred Hungry Ants

Elinor Pinczes, Bonnie MacKain

Lower Elementary

Only One Harshman, Marc Elementary
Penny Pot, The Murphy, Stuart J. Elementary

Pigs Will Be Pigs:  Fun With Math and Money

Amy Axelrod, Sharon McGinley-Nally

Lower Elementary

Riddle-Iculous Math

Joan Holub, Regan Dunnick, Heather Boyd

Upper Elementary

Sea Squares Hulme, Joy N. Elementary
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes Hoban, Tana Elementary

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure

Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan

Lower Elementary

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland: A Math Adventure

Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan

Upper Elementary

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure

Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan

Upper Elementary

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All Burns, Marilyn Elementary
Ten Black Dots Crews, Donald Elementary
Twelve Ways to Get to Eleven Merriam, Eve Elementary
Two of Everything: A Chinese Folktale Hong, Lily Toy Elementary
Two Ways to Count to Ten:  A Liberian Folktale Dee, Ruby Elementary
What Comes in 2's, 3's and 4's? Aker, Suzanne Elementary
Who Sank the Boat? Allen, Pamela Elementary