Help! I’m moving from a career (almost 20 years!!!) teaching kindergarten to fourth grade next year, please help me build my “must buy” list to make an awesome 4th grade library!

Next Level Chapter Books for Young Independent Readers (ages 10 and up)
The Wild Robot (2 book series) by Peter Brown
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
The Star Darlings (12 book set) by Shana Muldoon Zappa
The Spiderwick Chronicles (5 book series) by Tony DiTerlizzi
I Survived (20 book set) by Lauren Tarshis
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The Imaginary Veterinary Series (6 book series) by Suzanne Selfors
Weird But True! (6 book set) by National Geographic Kids
Ramona Quimby Series (8 book set) by Beverly Cleary
Ralph S. Mouse Series (3 book set) by Beverly Cleary
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (15 book set) by Jeff Kinney
Castle Glower Series (5 book series) by Jessica Day George
Whatever After (13 book set) by Sarah Mlynowski
Ivy & Bean (12 book set) by Annie Barrows
Awesome Middle Grade Books (4th grade and up)
Everything on the previous list
Fablehaven (5 book series) by Brandon Mull
The Candy Shop War (2 book series) by Brandon Mull
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Witches by Roald Dahl
(Everything else by Roald Dahl too)
Harry Potter, books 1-4 by J.K. Rowling (save books 5-7 for 13 and up)
Holes by Louis Sachar
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Chronicles of Narnia (7 book series) by C.S. Louis
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi
The One and Only Ivan (2 book set) by Katherine Applegate
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
The Luck Uglies (3 book series) by Paul Durham
Percy Jackson (5 book series) by Rick Riordan
Keeper of the Lost Cities (9 book series) by Shannon Messenger
Michael Vey (7 book series) by Richard Paul Evans
Janitors (5 book series) by Tyler Whitesides
Unwanteds (7 book series) by Lisa McMann
Rangers Apprentice (12 book series) by John Flanagan
Underlander Chronicles (5 book series) by Suzanne Collins
Jack Blank (3 book series) by Matt Myklusch
The Kane Chronicles (3 book series) by Rick Riordan
The Ascendance Trilogy (3 book series) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Ability (3 book series) by M.M Vaughan
The War That Saved My Life (2 book series) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Tail of Emily Windsnap (9 book series) by Liz Kessler
Upper Middle Grade (Advanced 4th grade and up)
Everything on the previous list
Serafina and the Black Cloak (4 book series) by Robert Beatty
The Wizards of Once (4 book series) by Cressida Cowell
Charlie Bone (8 book series) by Jenny Nimmo
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians (5 book series) by Brandon Sanderson
Artemis Fowl (8 book series) by Eoin Colfer
Loot (2 book series) by Jude Watson• Beyonders (3 book series) by Brandon Mull
Dragonrider (7 book series) by Nicole Conway
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Wizard for Hire (3 book series) by Obert Skye
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Nevermoor (3 book series) by Jessica Townsend
Skyward (3 book series) by Brandon Sanderson
Lockwood & Co (5 book series) by Jonathan Stroud
The Swap by Megan Shull
The Reckoners (3 book series) by Brandon Sanderson
Harry Potter 4-7 by J.K. Rowling
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman
Coraline by Niel Gaiman
The Inheritance Cycle, a.k.a Eragon (4 book series) by Christopher Paolini
The Five Kingdoms (5 book series) by Brandon Mull
Magisterium (5 book series) by Holly Black
Leviathan (3 book series) by Scott Westerfeld
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Mysterious Benedict Society (4 book series) by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Chronicles of Prydain (5 book series) by Lloyd Alexander
Leven Thumps (5 book series) by Obert Skye
The Rule of Three (3 book series) by Eric Walters

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