Fourth Grade Reading Comprehension Books

Four fourth-grade girls reading books in class

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You can't always hold your child's hand, especially when it comes to school, but it doesn't mean that you can't help when your fourth grade kid struggles with reading comprehension. While they may not want your involvement, if their needs are not being met in school, then reading comprehension workbooks will help you extend a helping hand.

Reading comprehension books help guide your child toward a better understanding of different subjects and genres. Extra curricular practice in reading builds up the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in school even for kids who want to go it alone.

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Reading Comprehension, Grade 4 (Skill Builders)

The Skill Builders Reading Comprehension for Grade 4

Carson Delossa

Author: Ashley Anderson and Elizabeth Swensen

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Summary: The Skill Builders workbook for grade 4 centers on basic reading skills, along with vocabulary skill building in both nonfiction and fictional texts. 

  • Reading Skills Practice:
  • Finding the main idea
  • Using context clues to understand vocabulary
  • Sequencing
  • Making inferences
  • Determining supporting details

Price: At press time, the workbook can be purchased for a just a dollar or two.

Why Buy? If your child needs Language Arts remediation and gets bored easily with black and white print-outs, this workbook is just the ticket. Not only do the full color pages help keep kids engaged, the skills included should help kids secure those basics they may be missing. 

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Fourth Grade Reading Comprehension Success (Sylvan Workbooks)

Sylvan 4th Grade Reading depicts a red-haired girl holding school documents on the cover

 Sylvan Learning Publishing

Author: The Sylvan Team

Publisher: Sylvan Learning

Summary: The full color Sylvan workbook helps fourth graders become better readers with activities that have been heavily researched. The Check-it strips on the side of each question page help students work independently. 

Reading Skills Practice:

  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Determining fact vs. opinion
  • Finding the main idea
  • Using context clues to understand vocabulary
  • Sequencing
  • Making inferences
  • Determining supporting details

Price: At press time, the workbook ranges from $4 to $15.

Why Buy? This book and the other reading workbooks developed by Sylvan, have won an Honors Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as a top book series for children in the elementary-aged category. It's a winner!

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Reading, Grade 4 (Spectrum)

Spectrum Reading for Grade 4 features a 16-pointed star

Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Author: The Spectrum Team

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Summary: If you want comprehensive practice with a ton of practice questions and reading materials, than this is it. It features easy-to-understand directions and is expertly aligned to national and state standards.

Reading Skills Practice:

  • Vocabulary
  • Decoding
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Determining fact vs. opinion
  • Finding the main idea
  • Using context clues to understand vocabulary
  • Sequencing
  • Making inferences
  • Determining supporting details

Price: At press time, the workbook ranged from as low as $2 up to $9.

Why Buy? Volume. The number of stories, nonfiction texts and accompanying questions are above and beyond those of other booklets. Plus, the material is perfect for students to complete one page at a time. One page is not contingent on another. A good summer buy!

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Nonfiction Reading Comprehension: Social Studies, Grade 4

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension for Grade 4 students has images of Mount Rushmore and Teddy Roosevelt

Teacher Created Resources

 Author: Ruth Foster

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources, LLC

Summary: This workbook, aligned with state standards, is just right for the kid who isn't really into fiction. The stories are all centered around history and social studies, ranging from snippets about Braille to recounts of the Buffalo Soldiers to John Paul Jones' famous last words.

Reading Skills Practice:

  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Determining fact vs. opinion
  • Finding the main idea
  • Using context clues to understand vocabulary
  • Sequencing
  • Making inferences
  • Determining supporting details

Price: At press time, the workbook ranged from $8 to $14.

Why Buy? Parents give this book 4.5/5 stars, and teachers love it, too. The book is very systematic. Five questions follow each reading passage, so if your kid doesn't want to do a bunch of different activities, then this will be the right ticket for him or her.