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3rd and 4th Grade Genre Books

 

Biography

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh

Who better to tell the tale of the life of Mark Twain than Huckleberry Finn? This playful biography of Mark Twain is narrated by his most famous of characters, Huckleberry Finn.

Lexile 750

 

Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

Young girls teased Audrey Hepburn that her eyes were too big for her head, but this didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most loved actresses of all time.  This biography provides information about Audrey from her childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe to her career in film and her dedication to community service.

 

The Road to Oz  by Kathleen Krull

In the story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, how did the author get the idea for an Emerald City, a tin man, or even a land named Oz?  Read this book and find out about the life of L. Frank Baum and how he created his wonderful story.

 

Daniel Boone’s Great Escape by Michael P. Spradlin

During the time of the American Revolutionary War in February, 1778, the great frontiersman Daniel Boone was captured by Shawnee warriors while hunting for food. The adventure of his clever escape to return home to the settlers in Boonseborough to warn them of impending danger is recounted in this colorful picture book biography.

 

Alfred Nobel: the Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Alfred Nobel invented dynamite but he was never happy with the riches it brought him because his invention was used for harmful destruction.  To encourage other scientists, Nobel left his fortune to create yearly prizes for outstanding work. These prizes are known as The Nobel Prize and it is a great honor to receive one.

 

Fantasy

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-fu Cavemen of the Future by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

Two friends who are always getting into trouble escape into a portal of the future, where they learn kung-fu.  They are then able to return to the past and free their people.

 

My Dad the Dragon by Jackie French

Horace has a horrible school assignment-slay a dragon! His teacher Sir Sneazle tells him “Any boy who doesn’t do his homework will be expelled.  A note will be made on his record so he can never be made a Knight of the Round Table!” His buddies all want to become knights so they offer to help each other finish their school work, but this is a problem only Horace can solve.

 

Moose’s Big Idea by Stephanie Greene

What’s a moose to do when he loses his antlers during hunting season?  This funny story about a quick thinking moose, his loyal friend Hildy, and a hunter shows that Moose is certainly not like any other moose.

Series Name: Moose and Hildy

Lexile 370

 

Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo

What would you do if you found an egg that turns out to be a dragon egg?  What would you do if it hatched?  Find out what Jesse and Daisy do when they find a dragon egg.

 

The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Sara Pennypacker

The whole Lambchop family is off to see Mount Rushmore. But when Flat Stanley and his brother, Arthur, team up with a scrappy cowgirl named Calamity Jasper, their vacation turns into the Wild West experience of a lifetime.

Series: Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventure

 

Historical Fiction

The Greatest Skating Race by Louise Borden

During World War II in 1941, a young Dutch boy helps two Jewish children escape from German soldiers who have taken their father away and might return for them and their mother. The book includes a short history of skating.

 

Betsy Ross’s Star by Stacia Deutsch

Abigail and her friends travel back in time to find out if Betsy Ross really did sew the first American flag. Instead, they find out that history is sometimes fact and sometimes myth.

Series: Blast to the Past

 

A Giraffe Goes to Paris by Mary Tavener Holmes

Belle was the first giraffe the people of France had ever seen. This story follows Atir, the Sudanese caretaker entrusted with caring for the giraffe on its journey from Egypt to France in 1827.  Readers will come along on the journey and learn fun facts in this entertaining picture book.

 

Billy and the Rebel: Based on a True Civil War Story by Deborah Hopkinson 

During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Billy hears a knock at the door in the middle of the night and finds an unexpected guest, a Rebel soldier they call “Cousin”.  Seeing that this soldier is only a boy, Billy’s mother takes him in and hides him.

Lexile 490

 

I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

In July, 1916, Chet Roscow is fascinated by news accounts of the great white shark said to be attacking people along the New Jersey shore not far from his home, but when he goes swimming in Matawan Creek he discovers the truth of the stories.

Series: I Survived

 

Alec’s Primer by Mildred Pitts Walter

Based on the true story of Alec Turner (1845-1923), we learn about one young boy who was born into slavery in Virginia and his desire to be free.

 

Mystery

The Painting That Wasn’t There by Steve Brezenoff 

James Shoo and his classmates visit an art museum and discover trouble in the gallery.

Series: Field Trip Mysteries

 

The Case of the Fire Alarm by Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy has a new job at school as therapy dog but he turns detective again when someone pulls the fire alarm.

Series: The Buddy Files

 

Nana Cracks the Case! by Kathleen Lane

Here is a humorous mystery featuring sister and brother, Eufala and Bog. Even though their mother tells them to stay indoors while she goes to work, they disobey and sneak out for an adventure. Soon they discover their grandmother, Nana, is working as an “undercover” detective, and they want to help.

 

The Case of the Stinky Socks by Lewis B. Montgomery

The high school's star pitcher is missing his lucky socks, and his pitching is going to pieces! Can detective duo Milo and Jazz find the thief - before the big game?

 

What Really Happened to Humpty: From the Filed of a Hard-boiled Detective by Jeanie Franz Ransom

Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program.

 

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell

A girl searches for a lost “lap” dog and uncovers a theft ring with the assistance of her companion, a small, hairy creature from a bog in Norway.

 

Nonfiction

How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly? by Steve Jenkins

Flies are fast; animals that prey upon flies have to be faster. Take a look at animals and the way they approach the same challenges differently.

 

This is the Game by Diane Z. Shore

Told in lyrical verse and with vibrant pictures, this book brings the sport of baseball to action-packed life.  From its humble beginnings as a game played in alleyways, to the stadiums today filled with famous major league players, this book brings to life the role of baseball in American history. 

 

Look What Whiskers Can Do by D.M. Souza

Whiskers collect clues about what is around them. Readers will discover the importance of whiskers found on many creatures such as the cat, tiger, rat, manatee, pocket gopher, walrus, and red panda.

Series: Look What Animals Can Do

 

A Place for Frogs by Melissa Stewart

This book explains how changes to our environment can hurt frogs and what you can do to protect them.  Several frog species are used as examples of the importance of a healthy ecosystem.

 

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

This is the amazing true life story of a 62-year-old charm school teacher who became the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Readers learn what spurred Annie Edson Taylor into such action, how she prepared for her eat, and what became of her after she took the plunge.

 

Realistic Fiction

The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer

Does your librarian throw potatoes at you?  Spud Murphy does!  When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the scary librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.  First book in a series by the same name.

 

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Two girls enjoy each other’s company (most of the time). In this colorful, humorous short chapter book one discovers the value of friendship.

 

Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff 

Sophie Simon is an unusually smart third grader who loves calculus and can operate on earthworms.  However, her parents want to raise a “well adjusted” child and are concerned that she does not have any friends.  Sophie finds out that by helping a few classmates solve their own parent problems she finds a few new friends. 

 

Goof-Off Goalie by Betty Hicks

Goose “has a ball” playing soccer. Only one problem- he doesn’t concentrate on the field. When his friends design a plan to get him ready for the big day, will Goose be ready in time? If you like soccer, this story will be a winner!

Series: Gym shorts

 

Alvin Ho:  Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

In this humorous story, Alvin is a boy who loves superheroes and wants to make friends, but first must overcome his fear of everything.

Series: Alvin Ho

 

Being Teddy Roosevelt by Claudia Mills

Riley O'Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. 

 

Look Out, Jeremy Bean! by Alice Schertle

“Jeremy Bean didn’t wear green.” On St. Patrick’s Day Jeremy’s classmates tease him when he forgets to wear green. But he is rescued by the principal who discovers Jeremy hiding in a closet to escape the teasing and sends him to the principal’s office.  Is he in BIG trouble now? Jeremy surprises everyone with a simple solution to his problem.

 

Science Fiction

Star Jumper by Frank Asch

Alex says: “I just want to put a few light years between me and my little brother.”  Therefore, Alex is on a secret mission-he wants to construct a space ship that will take him far away.

Series: Cardboard Genius Journal

 

The Frandidate by Jim Benton

Wanting to be elected class president, Franny uses her Atomic Combiner to create a suit to make her seem to be whatever a voter wants.

Series Name: Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist

 

In the Desert by Greenburg

Andrew’s best friend is a robot named Thudd (The Handy Ultra-Digital Detective). Readers will come along on an adventure with ant-sized Andrew, his cousin Judy, and Thudd to the Australian desert.  Will they survive or end up a snack for the desert creature?  This book includes a section, “where to find more true stuff,” to satisfy the appetites of those who want to know more about deserts and their creatures.

Series Name: Andrew Lost

 

Zita Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.

 

Eek & Ack, Beyond the Black Hole by Blake Hoena 

Eek and Ack are sucked into a black hole while exploring space in their spaceship. They travel through a wormhole to another universe where the planet earth is pink! Find out if Eek and Ack ever return home.

Series Name: Graphic Sparks

 

 
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