book recommendations for 4th grade boy

I needed help finding books that my 9 year old boy would read.   You helped me…THANKS.

Here is the recommended book list for Fourth grade boys listed by the most often suggested.

I see several that we have read and added my comments – I will be updating those as we continue through the list this summer…and beyond.

So, without any further ado…

Books suggested for a 9 year old boy:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney — We have loved this series.   All of my boys like to hear this read aloud.

Harry Potter series, byJ. K. Rowling

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, by Rick Riordan

Narnia Series, by C. S. Lewis — I haven’t read this with my boys yet, but it was a favorite of mine as a kid.

Hardy Boys, by Franklin W. Dixon — Ryan and blog-Stedman are reading some of the OLD books that he had as a kid.   Ryan hasn’t fallen in love with them…yet.

A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snickett

Hank the Cowdog series, by John R. Erickson

The 39 Clues series, various authors

Boxcar children series, by Gertrude Chandler Warner — We LOVED the first book in this series and hope to read more soon.

Goosebump Series, by R. L. Stine

The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Henry Series, by Beverly Cleary

Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume

Anything by Beverly Cleary

fudge / Superfudge, by Judy Blume

The Black Lagoon, by Mike Thaler

2030; A Day In The Life Of Tomorrow's Kids, by Zuckerman and Daly

All books by Madeleine L’Engle

Sideways Stories from Wayside School, by Louis Sachar

Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain, by Barbara R. Vance

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks

A-Z Mystery books, by Ron Roy

James and the Giant Peach, by Ronald Dahl

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

If I have missed out on some good ones, please add them in the comments below.

If you are looking for reading materials this summer for yourself, please check out the book recommendations for moms and I will soon post the recommendations for a 2nd grade boy.

Thanks again!


  1. I made a giant list of recommendations (including many of the ones here) in a post recently, and asked for more. Not that you’re running out any time soon, but if you want more, they’re here, including lots of great additions in the comments. All broken down by rough ages. I love your list and can’t wait to print it for my kids too.

  2. So….In addition to his assigned Summer reading? You’re supermom.

  3. I can’t believe that you left off Voltaire’s Candide. If you can’t learn to gently mock optimism at 10, when will you learn?

  4. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the hosting the P&G contest! I won! It’s the first time I’ve ever won anything! I’ll be blogging about it tonight!!

    Thanks again!

  5. I have a 9-year-old GIRL and that reading list looks VERY familiar!

  6. My son loved the Percy Jackson series.

  7. The Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler – very funny!

  8. Indian in the cupboard brings back a lot of memories, Holly. They even did a movie version of it some 15 years ago 😀 thank you very much for all these suggestions!

  9. we are working our way through Magic Tree House with the 8 year old and the 12 year old can’t put Percy Jackson down.

  10. I am falling across that badge, to my great surprise, on so many of my favorite blogs. All I can say is thank you. Thank you for remembering with us.

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