These are fantastic Read Aloud Books for Fourth Grade (ages 9 and 10). Reading aloud to 4th graders can help them get excited about books, as well as expose them to new vocabulary, authors, and genres.
While it's definitely important to read to younger kids, it's just as important to read aloud to kids as they get older. Have you heard of the "Decline by Nine" phenomenon?
According to a national reading survey by Scholastic, the percentage of kids defined as frequent readers - those who read books for fun 5 to 7 days a week - drops from 57% among kids age 8 to 35% among kids age 9. It's also true that 68% of America's fourth graders read at a below proficiency level.
Whether you're an educator, parent, or caregiver, reading aloud to 9 and 10 year olds has so many literacy benefits. It's also such an enjoyable read loud age - the books get more interesting, and the kids are old enough to really understand big ideas in good books.
This list of read aloud books for fourth grade has a little something for everyone. It's a great mix of old and new books, all of which make great read alouds.
Tips for Reading Aloud to 4th Graders
Pick books above their reading level. Kids' auditory comprehension is higher than their reading comprehension. So reading above-grade level books aloud is a great way to introduce them to new vocabulary and improve their reading comprehension.
When you do pick books at their reading level, choose the first book in a series so they can continue with the series on their own.
Leave time for discussion. A lot of the read aloud books at this level have big ideas and tackle difficult subjects. Having regular discussions about what you are reading helps young listeners process the story.
Use journal and essay prompts about the book. Integrating writing into the reading process is a fantastic way to help kids stay attentive to the story. It's also a great way for them to share their thoughts and feelings about a book.
Preview the book first. Books written for upper elementary and tweens often tackle some heavy topics. This is a good thing, but it's a good idea to preview the book and make sure it's right for your listeners. If you have questions about any of the books on this list, leave them in the comments.
Read Aloud Books for 4th Grade
Below is a collection of my favorite read aloud books for fourth grade. I’ve read every single book on this list, most of them aloud to my children, and I love them all. Note: All of the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. You can also download a printable copy of the list below.
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