The Ultimate List of First Day of School Books for 4th Grade

By the time your fourth graders reach you, they’ve heard a number of first-day-of-school read alouds.

So you’ve got to dig a little deeper to find one they haven’t yet heard. This list of back to school books for 4th grade solves the problem.

Back to School Read Alouds for Fourth Grade: Dealing With First Day Jitters

  • A Tiger Tail (Mike Boldt)
  • Amelia’s Notebook ( Marissa Moss) 
  • Justin Case: School, Drool, & Other Daily Disasters (Rachel Vail, Matthew Cordell)


  • Do Unto Otters (Laurie Keller)
  • The Juice Box Bully (Bob Sornson, Maria Dismondy)
  • The Twig (Aura Parker)

Being Who You Are

  • A Bad Case of Stripes (David Shannon)
  • The Best Part of Me (Genia Connell)
  • Different is Good (Rebecca J. Jackson, Phelan Good)
  • Happy Dreamer (Peter H. Reynolds)
  • I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything (Kyle Schwartz)
  • Ish (Peter H. Reynolds)
  • Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration (Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita)
  • Nerdy Birdy (Aaron Reynolds, Matt Davies)
  • Rot, the Cutest in the World! (Ben Clanton)
  • Sticks (Diane Alber)
  • Your Name is a Song (Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow)

You may also be interested in… Explore our back-to-school resources page with lots of ideas for starting the school year smoothly.

Chapter Books

  • EllRay Jakes Series (Sally Warner, Jamie Harper)
  • Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet (Megan Frazer Blakemore)
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Judy Blume)
  • Who’s Afraid of Fourth Grade? (Nancy E. Krulik)
  • Wonder (R.J. Palacio)
  • The World According to Humphrey (Betty G. Birney)

Growth Mindset

  • A Little SPOT of Optimism (Diane Alber)
  • After the Fall (Dan Santat)
  • The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes (Mark Pett)
  • Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind (Judy Fincher)
  • Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered (Lisa Congdon)
  • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It (JoAnn Deak PhD, Sarah Ackerley)

Ice Breakers/A Good Laugh

  • Dear Teacher (Amy Husband)
  • The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School (Albert Lorenz)
  • Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! (Rob Scotton)


  • Being Frank (Donna Earnhardt, Andrea Castellan)
  • Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Julia Cook, Anita DuFalla)
  • Mr. Peabody’s Apples (Madonna)
  • My Mouth is a Volcano (Julia Cook)
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathmann)
  • Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria (John Grandits, Michael Allen Austin)
  • Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus (John Grandits, Michael Allen Austin)


  • The Gigantic Turnip (Aleskei Tolstoy, Niamh Sharkey)
  • Narwhal (Ben Clanton)

For more great titles about working together as a team, check out these beautifully illustrated picture books about cooperation.

Virtual Learning/Building a Community

  • A Little SPOT Learns Online: A Story About Virtual Classroom Expectations (Diane Alber)
  • All Are Welcome (Alexandra Penfold)
  • Our Class is a Family (Shannon Olsen)

Get Ready for the First Day of School With These 4th Grade Read Aloud Texts

As you plan for back to school, refer to this list as you brainstorm activities and mini-lessons for your elementary kids.

You’re sure to find titles they’ll love.