Multcolib Kids Picks: Reading Up, 3rd-4th Grade Reading Level

Anna Hibiscus
Anna Hibiscus By Atinuke Book - 2010 j ATINUKE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Four linked stories about Anna Hibiscus who lives in amazing Africa with her large extended family.

Jenny and the Cat Club
Jenny and the Cat Club A Collection of Favorite Stories About Jenny Linsky By Averill, Esther Holden Book - 2003 j AVERILL Available in some locations

Annotation:A black cat named Jenny Linsky lives with Captain Tinker in New York City and has adventures with neighborhood cats that have formed the Cat Club.

Masterpiece By Broach, Elise Book - 2008 j BROACH 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Trouble With Chickens
The Trouble With Chickens A J.J. Tully Mystery By Cronin, Doreen Book - 2011 j CRONIN 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 73 copies

Annotation:A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.

The Lemonade War
The Lemonade War By Davies, Jacqueline Book - 2007 j DAVIES 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of the summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars.

Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie By DiCamillo, Kate Book - 2000 j DICAMILLO Available in some locations

Annotation:Opal’s life changes for the better when she adopts an ugly dog outside the grocery store.

Junonia By Henkes, Kevin Book - 2011 j HENKES 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they always are.

Bless This Mouse
Bless This Mouse By Lowry, Lois Book - 2011 j LOWRY 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Mouse Mistress Hildegarde musters all her ingenuity to keep a large colony of church mice safe from the exterminator and to see that they make it through the dangerous Blessing of the Animals.

Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things By Look, Lenore Book - 2008 j LOOK 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. FIrst in a series with this quirky character.

11 Birthdays
11 Birthdays By Mass, Wendy Book - 2009 j MASS 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen
In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen By Rylant, Cynthia Book - 1998 j RYLANT Available in some locations

Annotation:While staying with their aunt for a year, three 9-year-old cousins keep busy with a cookie-baking business, presenting a show, and trying to encourage romance between their aunt and one of their cookie customers.

Calvin Coconut
Calvin Coconut Dog Heaven By Salisbury, Graham Book - 2010 j SALISBURY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When his teacher asks him to write a persuasive argument about something he really wants, fourth-grader Calvin creates a unique way to express his desire for a dog. First book in this series.

The Night Fairy
The Night Fairy By Schlitz, Laura Amy Book - 2010 j SCHLITZ 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.

The One and Only Stuey Lewis
The One and Only Stuey Lewis Stories From the Second Grade By Schoenberg, Jane Book - 2011 jE Reader SCHOENBER 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Stuey Lewis makes his way through second grade facing reading problems, pulling off a great Halloween caper, joining a soccer team, and more with the help of family, friends, and a special teacher.

Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful By Snyder, Laurel Book - 2010 j SNYDER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When her father suddenly quits his job, the almost-ten-year-old, friendless Penny and her neglectful parents leave their privileged life in the city for a ramshackle property in the eccentric town of Thrush Junction, Tennessee.

So You Want to Be President?
So You Want to Be President? By St. George, Judith Book - 2004 j 973.0992 S139s 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Learn an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush.

Gator on the Loose!
Gator on the Loose! By Stauffacher, Sue Book - 2010 j STAUFFACH 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chaos ensues when Keisha's father brings an escaped alligator home to Carter's Urban Rescue, but it gets out of the bathroom while Grandma is guarding it. First in a series.

Tillie the Terrible Swede
Tillie the Terrible Swede How One Woman, A Sewing Needle, and A Bicycle Changed History By Stauffacher, Sue Book - 2011 j 796.62092 A551s 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A story of America's bicycle craze and the story of one woman who wouldn't let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.

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This list suggests books for children whose reading level is higher than their grade level. For example, if a 2nd grader reads at a 4th grade level, this list will have some good suggestions. Most of the reading levels were determined using Lexile score and Microsoft Word's readability check. Readability is just one consideration when selecting a book. Many factors, such as content, age of the reader, interest, appropriateness of the text and text difficulty affect the suitability of a book for a child reader. While librarians and resource lists provide guidance, you are the best judge of what is appropriate for your child.