Books for Fourth & Fifth Graders
Recent picks for upper elementary readers! (Updated November 2019)
All in A Drop
Calling all young scientists! Meet one of the fascinating great-grandparents of modern biology, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, the inventor of a powerful microscope that first revealed the amazing world of microbes.
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After Trot’s fisherman grandfather is diagnosed with dementia, she thinks her carefree days of surfing and beach-going may be over—that is, until, she meets the Sea Sirens after being knocked off her surfboard by a rogue wave.
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Weird Little Robots
Penny has friends. Of course, those friends are little robots that she has made out of spare parts while waiting for a real friend to come into her life. Enter Lark, maker of bird houses.
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The Big Book of Bling
Are you so fancy? Spelunk into this fabulous cave of a book that explores all that glitters.
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Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge
Ona Judge was born a slave into the household of George Washington. The story of her escape and daring refusal to be captured and returned to a life of slavery will inspire readers of all ages.
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Livi & Nate
In this playful yet narratively simple graphic novel, winter hijinks of the silly kind are celebrated. Perfect for beginning independent readers.
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In her magnificent ode to Maya Angelou, Hegedus spares no detail in exploring the life and work of the Nobel Prize award winning author and social activist.
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Sal & Gabi Break the Universe
Okay. Truth time. How many of you have the ability to open portals into other universes? And if you do have the ability to open portals, how many of you would blame Sal for using that ability to visit his mother, Mami Muerta? We didn’t think so.
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The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth
In this visually arresting exploration of the world’s varied ecosystems, the interconnectedness of all life on Earth is the focus.
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The Big Book of Monsters
Are you a kid ready to move beyond Werewolves and Frankenstein? Let us introduce you to some other little friends.
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