Once you can get kids hooked into a book series, you know that it will keep them reading for awhile. Not to mention, they probably will be reading longer hours because the books are just too good to put down.
For each of these chapter book series, I’ve included the genre and description so you can easily find what might interest your child.
Also, I debated about including Harry Potter because 4th grade is the time when many kids start these books. However, the reading level a bit more challenging than 4th grade so I’ve put it on the 5th grade book series list. But if your child can read Harry Potter and wants to — hooray! This is a great time to start. 🙂
Good Book Series for 4th Graders (That Will Keep Them Reading)
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Fairy tales become very real when Alex and Conner (a brother and sister) find themselves taken to the fairy tale world through a book given to them by their grandmother. In the first story, their only way out of the Fairy Tale world is to find the ingredients for a Wishing Spell. Finding the items will be dangerous, mysterious, and life-changing. The stories are non-stop adventures in magical, imaginative worlds. My kids couldn’t put these down. (Neither could I.) Buy a box set here.
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
REALISTIC / HUMOR
If you like funny, you’ll LOVE this series! Plus, in this first book, you’ll learn valuable cow trivia. But, it’s mostly the hilarious adventure of two pranksters who start out as rivals but eventually work together to pull off the biggest prank of all time — a prank that will ensure they get April Fool’s Day off from school.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
One of the most popular book series ever, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, shares the hilarious story of Greg, in his own words and drawings. Life in middle school is not easy. Greg’s here to prove it. Box set here.
The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary Book) by Suzanne Selfors
Ben doesn’t think his summer could be any more boring. Until he rescues a baby dragon and discovers a secret veterinarian for imaginary creatures. That’s when he and his friend accidentally let a Sasquatch escape. Whoops. Now the pair must lure the big guy back before the townspeople find out. (Easier said than done.) This series is an entertaining page-turner.
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis
HISTORICAL FICTION / ADVENTURE
Wow – these are addicting reads! They’re excellent, fast-paced adventures set during significant historical events. Your kids will zip through these adventures, learning history in the process. The books always are about a young person trying to survive the historically important, life-changing event such as Pompeii, the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, or the Battle of Gettysburg. Boxed set here.
Big Nate Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce
GRAPHIC NOVEL / HUMOR
Lincoln Peirce “gets” kids and their struggles. Nate’s real-life adventures will keep your kids laughing from the first page to the last. These are great for reluctant readers. Boxed set here.
Dragon Slippers trilogy by Jessica Day George
We can’t recommend these books enough. Young and brave Creel wants nothing more than to own her own seamstress shop. In her pursuit of this dream, she encounters and befriends a special dragon who will change the course of her life along with the magical dragon slippers that can help her speak or control her most esteemed dragon friend.
Killer Species by Michael P. Spralin
Get ready for a fast-paced adventure series about a mad scientist who creates a hybrid crocodile-dinosaur-bird killer creature to stop visitors from entering the Everglades. Emmet and his father arrive to investigate but when his father is kidnapped, Emmet and his friend, Calvin, know it’s up to them to find where the kidnapper is holding Emmet’s father. GREAT for reluctant readers — and anyone who loves an action-packed sci-fi mystery!
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Every Tuesday, the castle where Princess Celie and her family live, adds on a new room, or turret, or wing. Celie loves her castle, and it’s living ways. So, when robbers attack her parents carriage, and they are never seen again, Celie takes comfort that their room is exactly the same, hoping the castle knows they are still alive. But, can the castle and Celie stop the Royal Council and the foreign prince from taking over the kingdom? LOVE this series!
Everyday Angel by Victoria Schwab
My daughter loves these sweet stories about an angel named Aria who is earning her wings by helping girls who are struggling in some way. In the first book, Aria helps Gabby. Gabby’s brother is hospitalized indefinitely and her mom is totally focused on her brother. It’s up to Aria to help Gabby at her new school and discover who she is apart from her family. These are charming, uplifting stories.
Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Science Bob Pflugfleder and Steve Hockensmith
SCI-FI / MYSTERY
Siblings Nick and Tesla are shipped off to live with their mad-scientist Uncle Newt for the summer while their parents are . . . doing something with soybeans in Uzbekistan? When left to fend for themselves, the siblings discover something very suspicious at the old mansion down the street. Throughout the story, these STEM wizards invent gadgets and gizmos and give you directions to do the same. This adventurous STEM series makes science and technology fun!
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
FANTASY / GRAPHIC NOVEL
While Jack’s single mom works, Jack takes care of his little sister, Maddy. And like the other Jack, this Jack also trades the family’s one valuable thing only in this story it’s his mom’s car which he trades for seeds. It all goes downhill from there: The seeds turn in to a freaky, monster-growing garden which attacks them, their neighbor secretly steals some 0f the seeds, a dragon appears with a dire warning, and Maddy is kidnapped by one of the monsters! Action, adventure, intrigue, . . . Book two, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King, concludes this fantastic series.
Treasure Hunters by James Petterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Juliana Neufeld
The life of the four Kidd siblings isn’t typical — they live on a boat and their parents are treasure hunters. Unfortunately, not only is their mom missing but their father went overboard in a bad storm. Now the kids are on their own and need money to survive. The only way they know is to find a treasure and sell it. But danger is around every wave and they’re not sure who to trust. This is a fast, action-packed adventure that sets the tone for more books to come. Full boxed set here.
The Familiars series by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
My kids and I are big fans of this series. Do you know about familiars? They are the magical animal companions to wizards. And in this first story, they’ll have to save the world when the wizard’s powers are taken away. Great for kids who love animals and magical adventures. We read this with our mother-daughter book club and it was a big hit.
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL
Sarcastic and hilarious, this is a laugh-out-loud comic book story about a precocious young girl and her reluctant unicorn “best friend”. These books are some of our favorites to read and reread. Highly recommend!
The Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy Singleton
Three kids from seemingly different social circles band together to rescue kittens they find in a dumpster, forming their own detective investigation group. Who could have dumped these innocent kittens? The answer, they find, will surprise everyone. Boxed Set Here.
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
Hilarious. While on a class trip to Washington D.C., Wyatt and his best friend, Matt, are positive they’ve discovered a plot to blow up the White House. Wyatt’s crush, Suzanna, helps the friends make a plan, and as you can imagine, disaster and hilarity strike.
Plants vs. Zombies by Paul Tobin and Ron Chan
HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL
I wasn’t expecting these books to be so funny in an ironic way that you don’t see in children’s books. Yes, there are zombies and kids with plants trying to kill the zombies (just like the video game) but you’ll be surprised (as I was) to read comic panels with smart, punny humor. If your child likes these graphic novels, there are TONS of books in the series.
Liberty Porter, First Daughter by Julia DeVillers
This is a light-hearted series about a girl whose dad becomes the President. We follow along as she adjusts to living in the White House, having a bodyguard, and experiences being the First Daughter.
Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis
Timmy is a clueless detective with a polar bear sidekick. Their adventures will make your 4th grader laugh out loud!
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson
I thought this was not just a great story but I loved that the main character (the ninja) was a girl. The story is easily read, written in a combo of text and comics. It’s a great series for 4th-grade readers!
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, illustrated by Todd Harris
FANTASY / HUMOR
The princes in the fairy tales aren’t as famous as their princesses but in this story, it’s all about the princes. Kicked out of their castles, these princes turn from bumbling idiots into heroes and save their kingdoms with hilarity and adventure!
Twintuition Double Vision by Tia and Tamera Mowry
Identical twins living in a new town experience flashes of precognition when touching other people. But the twins are facing conflicts with each other and at their new school until their policewoman mother faces a serious problem. The twins use their abilities to save her from scandal and connect with each other again. Twintuition is an enjoyable read.
Race the Wild series by Kristin Earhart
Starting with #1 Rain Forest Relay and now with the latest, #4 Savanna Showdown, this adventure series is quick to read with constant action. Plus, each book is filled with interesting facts about the ecosystem and the creatures who live there. Savanna Showdown ends the reality adventure race with last leg of travel in Africa.
Who Was (famous person) . . . Biographies
Learn more about the many inspiring people in history and modern life. The 120 Who Was biographies feature important leaders, inventors, activists, and trailblazers like Claude Monet, Annie Oakley, Harriet Tubman, Leonardo Da Vinci, Johnny Appleseed, Louis Armstrong, and Queen Elizabeth. While not a chapter book, I included this series for those nonfiction book loving 4th graders.
Ever After High Boxed Set by Shannon Hale
At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens… until Raven decides she wants to write her own ending.
Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
Easy to read with just enough scare to compel even the most reluctant of readers to read, read, read, these books still fly off the library shelves. And can you believe these are still popular after all these years?!
The Kicks Saving the Team by Alex Morgan
Finally, a fantastic book (series) for soccer girls! If you have a soccer player in your house, and I think a LOT of you do, you’ll want to get your soccer lover this book –actually, buy her the entire series. Written by Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Soccer team member (among other things), Alex Morgan, these are relatable stories of life, friendship, and playing soccer at just the right level for 4th graders. Box set here.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlie is one of the five winning children allowed to tour Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. But it’s a tour unlike any other and the other not-too-nice-kids kids strangely disappear throughout. A funny and quirky book series for 4th graders.
Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach
Rory finds out that her new after-school club, Ever After School, is a fairy tale training school. On her first day, she fights a real dragon! We learn that all the kids will be assigned their own character in a familiar tale – and the chance to prove themselves. It’s also the beginning of acceptance for Rory – finding friends for the first time and learning about herself. Love it.
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