3rd and 4th-grade boys are at a crucial juncture of learning. Their views about the world, surroundings, right or wrong start getting formed at this age.
Books need to keep up with their inquisitive minds. While also providing them with tools for tackling problems they face in schools or their daily lives.
The is the list of our best-recommended books for 3rd and 4th grader boys.
Adventures and mystery books are always a favorite of boys. While they also need to be aware of the civil rights history of America. Have fun while doing learning to do ‘manly’ things. There is even a book on managing siblings rivalry.
An excellent mix of books to choose from.
Books for 3rd and 4th grade boys
by Rick Lacy (Author, Illustrator)
This book is from the popular classic Indiana Jones adventure series. Sharpen your archeological expertise with Dr. Henry Jones Jr.. Follow along as he discovers ancient monuments and unlocks the secrets. A kid-friendly book with comic-style drawings best suited for 3rd graders and up. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Classic Indiana Jones archeology adventure
by Conn Iggulden (Author), Hal Iggulden (Author)
Children should be outside enjoying nature and doing silly activities. This book encourages kids to do just that. Learn how to build treehouses, how to fish, and more. The book leaves a word of advice on what is manliness – it is patience, kindness, and humility amongst other things. A must-read book for third-grade boys(even girls) and above. Get your hands dirty and enjoy the silly projects. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Learning forgotten manly skills
by Mac Barnett (Author), Adam Rex (Illustrator), Matt Myers (Illustrator)
Read about how Steve Brixton, a school-going kid became America’s top detective by following the methods of his idols, fictional sibling detectives from a book series. This set is the collection of all mysteries from the Brixton Brothers series. The books are perfect for reading aloud in 3rd, 4th graders’ classes. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Popular detective mystery series
by Rachel Renée Russell (Author, Illustrator)
If your child loves reading Dork Diaries, or the Diary of the wimpy kid series, this book should be the next read. Read how Max Crumbly faces his bully and becomes a hero for his school. A favorite book with reluctant readers. This book discusses topics like friendship, choices, bullying in a simple relatable manner. Things every parent should discuss with their boys. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Relatable boy problems written in a simple way
by James Patterson (Author), Chris Tebbetts (Author), Laura Park (Illustrator)
This is the first book from the popular Middle school book series. When Rafe Khatchadorian starts his first year of middle school, he had everything figured out. However, things start going the other way – bullies, breaking rules, crushes. This one is a hilarious book about an equally colorful middle grader. A fun read for kids 8 and above. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Humorous middle school issues
by Carrie Ryan (Author), John Parke Davis (Author)
This book is the first one from a popular four books mystery series. For two kids- the map is the key to everything – finding lost mother for one, way to home for another. An engaging story of adventure, humor, friendship. A must-read book for all adventure-loving 3rd and 4th graders. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Adventure, friendship
by Marion Jensen (Author)
Two brothers from a superhero family got their superpower. But the powers were quite lame and not what they really wanted. However, when the time comes, they find out the true meaning of superpower. They realize- together working as a team, they can make any power super. A fun-filled, light-hearted book with a simple message. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Humorous superhero book
by Erin Twamley (Author), Joshua Sneideman (Author)
Another superhero book – but of a different kind. This one is from the real world. A charming book about the impact women in STEM had. Why should a boy read a book about women’s power? With thirty-six myth-busting stories about women in STEM, this book is a must-read for our boys. Learn and prepare for being an equal partner to women in the future. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Prepare our boys for a future of equality
by Kathleen Krull (Author), Who HQ (Author), Tim Tomkinson (Illustrator)
No boy is young enough to learn about the rights of equality in the USA. The peaceful march and the famous speech of Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” on August 28, 1963. A part of a history every 3rd and 4th graders should read about. Stunning black and white art illustrations make the reading fun. An informative and must-read book. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Black civil rights history of America
by Lauren Tarshis and Scholastic
Read about 19 kids who survived some of the most terrifying events. Volcanic eruptions, shark attacks, hurricanes, etc – to name a few. The tales are encouraging, motivating, and historically correct. A perfect gift for any occasion. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Motivating tales of heroic kids
by Lauren Magaziner (Author)
Carlos has to help his detective mother, who is sick, in solving a case. His two friends join to help. The format of the book is entertaining and captivating. Readers get to make a choice and solve puzzles to uncover the next part of the plot. An engaging middle-grade mystery series. Perfect for read-aloud as well. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Choose your own adventure and solve mystery
by Claudia Mills (Author), Guy Francis (Illustrator)
A fourth-grader, Mason does not enjoy singing in front of others. Now, he has to sing in the school choir. Read on to find out how his plan of escaping works out. An easy and fun read- this book is a great choice for the start of the year reading. Check here on Amazon
Read for: A relatable school life problem read
by George E. Stanley (Author), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator)
A group of third-graders have gone on a field trip to a local museum. But a valuable statue gets stolen. How will the third-grade detectives solve the mystery?. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Fast paced mystery book series
by James J. Crist Ph.D. (Author), Elizabeth Verdick (Author)
It is a positive book addressing everyday sibling problems. Jealousy, conflicts, fights about silly things – all come with the territory of having a brother or sister at home. This book teaches how to handle these situations and be a good friend to your siblings. A humorous book with full-colored illustrations. A book for kids age- 8 and above. Check here on Amazon
Read for: Tips for handling siblings in a positive way
All the above books are recommended by parents and educators for 3rd and 4th grader boys. However, below ones remain our absolute favorite.
Check the wide range of books recommended for 3rd and 4th graders.