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Books 5th Grade

Updated on July 25, 2012

Library Books for Fifth Grade


Books 5th Grade

The Books 5th Grade list includes most of the best books for young adults in 5th grade. This site provides links to free book resources and books. Most books, newspapers, and magazines are written between a 4th-7th grade level, so you’ll find that this list, while fairly extensive, could be far, far longer. Every attempt was made to inclusively list only the best teacher-selected titles. These are the books teachers use most. Over two hundred teachers were polled in order to make the list of the best books for young adults.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this list, you might try the book list for 4th or 6th grade. The difference, in terms of ability level, among books of these levels is minimal, and I would highly encourage you to look at all of these lists. Also, book levels are based on reading difficulty, not content or plot. Many books are highly readable but challenging in different ways, typically incorporating symbolism and other important literary devices. Again, it is entirely appropriate to read books above or below the reading level you are targeting if the book challenges the reader in other ways, perhaps in provocative way.

Book levels are based on reading difficulty, not content or plot. Many books are highly readable but challenging in different ways, typically incorporating symbolism and other important literary devices. It is entirely appropriate to read books above or below the reading level you are targeting if the book challenges the reader in other ways, perhaps in a provocative way. For example, The Catcher in the Rye is certainly a push for fourth grade in terms of content. Perhaps pushing it to seventh or eighth grade may be an option. As you can see, limiting a child to a book, because of a book list or the child's age, is a mistake. Grade-level lists are only guides and careful attention must be taken in order to select proper reading material based on ability and interest rather than a grade recommendation.

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Books 5th Grade

Books 5th Grade

5th Grade Level Books

And Then There Were None

Anne of Green Gables

Banner in the Sky

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The

Best School Year Ever, The

Black Beauty

Black Pearl, The

Bronze Bow, The

Bud, Not Buddy

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Cay, The

City of Ember, The

Children of the Green Knowe, The

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Dicey’s Song



Esperanza Rising

Fahrenheit 451

Family Apart, A

Farmer Boy

Fledgling, The



Giver, The

Great Brain at the Academy, The

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


Horse and His Boy, The

Island of the Blue Dolphins 

Jacob Have I Loved

Johnny Tremain

Jungle Book, The

Julie of the Wolves

King of the Wind

Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, The

Little House in the Big Woods

Little Town on the Prairie

Lord of the Flies

Lunch Money

Magician’s Nephew, The

Matchlock Gun, The


Miss Hickory

Missing May

Misty of Chincoteague

Mouse and the Motorcycle, The

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

My Side of the Mountain

Night Journey

No Talking

Old Yeller

Pride and Prejudice

Prince Caspian

Racso and the Rats of NIMH

Ramona and Her Father

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Ring of Endless Light

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Shadow of a Bull

Shen of the Sea

Silver Chair, The


Summer of My German Soldier

Thimble Summer

To Kill a Mockingbird

Travel Team

Tuck Everlasting

View from Saturday, The

Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The

Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, The

Waterless Mountain

Westing Game, The

Wind in the Willows, The

Witch of Blackbird Pond, The

You're Only Old Once!


Fifth Grade Novels and Interest Levels

There has long been a debate between phonics and whole language. Google “whole language”, and you’ll find almost 20,000,000 articles about the subject. Google “phonics’, and you’ll find almost 9,000,000 articles. Google “novels”, and you’ll find over 81,000,000 articles!

There are numerous opposing beliefs when it comes to teaching reading. Ultimately, regardless of how a child is taught to read, the reading material largely dictates his/her interest level. Can anybody truly be interested in the reading material contained in most reading texts? At what point is a child’s interest level as important as the method in which they are being taught to read? In my twenty years of teaching, I’ve found that the single best way to improve in reading is to read. I know that sounds simple, but it’s true. The problem with reading texts is that they really don’t provide a lot of reading opportunities that are interesting, so students never read from them on their own. Novels, on the other hand, are far more engaging and tend to motivate students to read both in groups and independently. As a result, I highly recommend novel reading over text reading when it comes to increasing student interest.

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My intent is to continue adding titles, links, and free resources to this list.  Please help me improve this free resource by recommending titles, reviewing books already on this list, providing lessons that can be shared with others, and helping me find additional links to existing sites that are beneficial.  Your comments are greatly appreciated by all. 


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