Great Books for Year 4!

The selected books are suitable in content for year 4.  This engaging selection contains a mix of highly rated classic and modern books. Consider how you wish to use this book selection. Are you choosing books for shared, independent, whole class or small group reading? Dependent on how you wish to use the books and the abilities of individual readers, you may also wish to explore books featured in the year 3 and year 5 selections.

This funny, touching, realistic story is about a new arrival who is a refugee. This lovely story will help readers to develop empathy and understanding; explore the importance of friendships; and take them on emotional journey with a happy ending.

A story told from the viewpoint of a cheeky imaginative guinea pig called Olga da Polga. An amusing, enjoyable chapter book written by Michael Bond, the author of Paddington Bear.

With its amazing fantasy world of chocolate and sweets and brilliantly depicted characters, this lively story is set to remain a children's favourite. Wonderful descriptions and superb illustrations engage the reader and bring Charlie's experiences to life.

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A mysterious Iron Man appears causing widespread fear and panic - but this unique metal giant goes on to save the world. A  beautifully written intriguing story complemented with  distinctive illustrations.

When Beans' dad is kidnapped, she decides to search for clues to find him with the help of two of her friends. A lively, fast-paced detective story with lots of twists and turns.

A kind-hearted girl unbeknown to her parents invites a tramp with a very strong odour to live in the shed! This book achieves a rare combination of being comically funny and very touching - it won't fail to make readers think about the stories behind the lives of  homeless people.

An enjoyable read in which an ordinary pig goes against what is expected and becomes a sheep-pig (a pig which does the job of a sheep dog!). As always, Dick King-Smith brings the animal characters to life humanising them so that the reader fully believes in and experiences their world.

A unusual, magical story about a talking gnome and a donkey who takes part in a horse race! This funny, exciting, heart-warming short novel will leave readers smiling.

Bill wakes up and discovers that he has become a girl and his mother makes him wear a bright pink dress to school! A fun story which highlights gender perceptions and will stimulate discussion.