Fourth Grade Reading Materials, Passages and Books

Reading is an essential skill for all students. Your fourth grader can improve his or her reading comprehension skills while preparing for classroom and standardized tests with extra practice outside of the classroom. Read on for grade-appropriate books and passages.

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What Types of Reading Material Should I Provide My Fourth Grader?

In many states, fourth graders take a standardized test that includes a reading section. In order to help your child prepare, it may be beneficial to provide practice reading materials at home. Since most tests rely on multiple-choice, short-answer and comprehension questions, the most appropriate reading material for your child will be short passages, which can include fictional narratives, news articles, non-fiction stories or poetry. If your son or daughter enjoys reading, you can have him or her read a full book. Use the list below to get started.

Fourth Grade Passages and Book List

1. A Pop!-ular Invention by Kelly Hashway

Most reading tests are based on short reading comprehension passages, so this non-fiction article that can be found online is great for practice. This 1-page text can be found on and focuses on the accidental discovery of chewing gum and bubble gum, followed by two pages of multiple-choice, matching, sequencing and vocabulary questions. Not only will your child be more prepared for reading tests, he or she will learn a few fun facts in the process.

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Originally published as a daily online blog, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series is a great option for fourth graders. In the first book, readers are introduced to Greg, a middle school student enduring the changes and challenges that come with getting older. Growing up can be tough, so this humorous book will be appealing to most students.

3. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Schlitz

Through several monologues and a few dialogues, the author of this text successfully highlights 22 characters from medieval times. The short sections are perfect for family reading time, and you and your child can take turns performing. The sections are also great practice for reading exams, and you can create your own comprehension questions.

4. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

The first in a series of three books, this book highlights a 30-story school and the odd things that occur there. After accidentally being built upward instead of across, Wayside School has produced several wacky tales that your child is sure to enjoy.

5. What Makes a Toothache? by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

What Makes a Toothache? is another online passage from that makes a great short text for fourth graders to read for extra practice. In three paragraphs, the author discusses a few causes of toothaches as well as prevention techniques that students can learn about. Additionally, this reading comprehension passage is accompanied by one multiple-choice and one sequencing question.

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