Some science fiction books recommended for children in fourth grade are "Whales on Stilts" by M.T. Anderson, "Star Hatchling" by Margaret Bechard, "My Brother, the Robot" by Bonny Becker, "Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom" by Tim Byrd, "The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet" by Eleanor Cameron and "The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks" by Dan Elish. Each of these titles featured on Illinois' Highland Park Public Library's list of the best science fiction books for fourth graders.
Eleanor Cameron's "The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet" is a classic children's book, published in 1954 and therefore before the first satellite was launched into orbit. As a result, the story has some scientific inaccuracies. However, the story has relevance for contemporary readers, centering on the plight of the extraterrestrial Mushroom people, whose planet is suffering the effects of ecological collapse. There is also educational value in the approach the protagonists take to save the Mushroom people, which is to observe and deduce according to the scientific method.
"Star Hatchling" by Margaret Bechard is a more complex story that positions humans, in the form of a young girl who became separated from her family, as the frightening alien arrival to another planet. The book was awarded the Golden Duck for best middle grade science fiction by the DucKon Science Fiction Convention in 1996.