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Subject: 4 grade boy books.
Date Posted: 11/3/2008 5:44 PM ET
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My son is in second grade. He was tested to see what his reading level is, and has a 4th grade reading level. What type of books are popular among this reading level. Thanks for any advice.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 2:06 PM ET
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My son is in 4th grade and he has been enjoying books by Andrew Clements. Also Capt Underpants. There has been a few more he has liked. Oh the Stink books not sure who they are written by though. HTH

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 2:25 PM ET
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Thanks so much. I will order a few of those.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 11:37 PM ET
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My boys, now 9 & 11, have enjoyed the A-Z mystery series. They have also liked the Great Brain books and the Mad Scientist Club series. If you have not already discovered the Magic Tree House books, try one on him. They seem to be equally popular with both boys and girls. Captain Underpants is very funny to them.
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:26 AM ET
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My 4th grader just read a book called The Magic Pickle vs. The Egg Poacher.  He read it in about 1 1/2 hours and laughed all the way through it.  He also usually enjoys the Capt. Underpants books.  Now he is reading Eragon, go figure!

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:17 AM ET
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A few great sites to search for grade level books are:  www.carolhurst.com, www.renlearn.com, and www.titlewave.com.  Hope that helps.

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 7:39 PM ET
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I have a son in fifth grade and he loved reading the Artemis Fowl series last year.  He also liked Crypted Hunters and books by Gary Paulsen such as Hatchet.

Subject: Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 9:25 PM ET
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Just to inform you, especially with the more advanced younger readers, I read a review on this site of a Goosebumps book that had a situation in the book of a girl being abused by her uncle and her anger and then all the crazy child horror stuff.  I was very surprised because my daughters read Fear Street books and never mentioned this to me as to whether or not they came across older subject matter when they were reading them.  When I asked them about it they said "Yes, definitely!"  My eight year old grandson reads Goosebumps so now I am careful to review each book individually before I give it to him.  Not the say that these subjects shouldn't be opened up for discussion, just be aware as to what age you want to present some ideas to your children.  This took me totally by surprise. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 12:48 AM ET
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We love Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Ladd Family Adventures (author: Lee Roddy).  Childhood of Famous Americans is also a great series with lots of action depending on who you choose.  Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson, Davy Crockett by Aileen Parks, and Daniel Boone by Augusta Stevenson are all great ones to start on.  The American Adventures series (author Bonnie Pryor) is also great placing a boy in historical places.  My nephews (ages 10-13) also love to read the Lego & Bionicles series.  Shannon  

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 3:08 PM ET
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I may have missed it, but last year's big hit with my son's 4th grade class was The Diary of A Wimpy Kid.  I think every kid in the 4th grade had a copy.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 9:22 PM ET
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My fourth grade son reads the following:   Dan Gutman's My Weird School series, (He loves these and reads them to me in the car.), Geronimo Stilton, The Dairy of a Wimpy Kid series (loves these).  He's also reads Captain Underpants, Melvin Beederman, Ricky Ricotta.   I just got him several of the Bone graphic noves by Jeff Smith.



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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 11:52 AM ET
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Hank The Cowdog series

Boxcar Children series

Kate DiCamillo books

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 2:46 PM ET
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I think the A to Z Mysteries. I have a couple of those on my shelf and maybe a couple of others that might be good.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:13 AM ET
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Hello, No one has mentioned the Animal Ark books. I believe they are at a fourth grade level. Dolly

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 7:50 PM ET
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We home school our 5 and 7 year old girls but are currently not homeschooling their older brothers 9 and 11. We have been using Sonlight Curriculum to teach the girl and the boys keep taking and loving (and often not returning) books that are part of the girl's schooling. Here are some books that both my boys and my girls have loved:

Dolphin Adventure by Grover

A grain of Rice by Pittman

Twenty and Ten by Bishop

The Boxcar Children by Warner

Tut's Mummy Lost and Found by Donnelly

Greek Myths for Young Children by Amery

Amelia Bedelia by Parish (might be a very easy read but funny)

You could check out their book lists by going to www.Sonlight.com

My boys also recommended the following:

Magic Tree House Series

Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

The Great Brain Books By John Fitzgerald

Calvin and Hobbs cartoon books

Peanuts cartoon books

Garfield cartoon books

PS. Did you know you could check the AR or reading level at http://www.arbookfind.com/Default.aspx It only check for word difficulty and not the contents or ideas in the book. Do not rely on it or you will discover that The Color Purple by Alice Walker is written at a 4th grade level. AGH!! Not a book I would give to any 4th grader.