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Book Ideas for 5th Graders

Updated on April 05, 2014

Books for 5th Graders to Read

My son is starting fifth grade in 2011. During 2011-2012 I'll be tracking what books he reads for school and for fun. My two daughters both advanced thru 5th grade, one during the 2008-2009 school year, and one in the 2006-2007 school year. I've included some the books my girls had read at the time.

One of my favoritie series when I was a boy was the Hardy Boys Mystery Books. I use to stay awake reading the adventures of Frank and Joe deep into the night.

Reading is by far the best way for children to learn, in fact, the better reader you are, normally the better learner you are as you tend to understand the things around you quicker. Readers are better test takers, as they can quickly grasp the question being asked and therefore understand how to answer the question.

If you find these fifth grade level books too simple or too challenging, please check out these 4th grade books and 6th grade books.

The 39 Clues Book Series - and the sequal series Cahills vs. Vespas

My youngest daughter started reading the 39 clues books. The adventures follow the Cahills as they go around the world trying to find clues that help you create a formula that makes you powerful. The Cahill children are also trying to find out what happened to their parents. In the sequal is about Dan and Amy Cahill finding artifacts to save other members of the Cahill family. My 5th grader is having a hoot with these books and hasn't put them down in months.

The neat thing about the thirty-nine 39 clues books is that the series is written by multiple authors including Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Natalie Standaford, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis, Patrick Carman, David Baldacci, Riley Clifford, and Jeff Hirsch.

My Daughter's Favorite Book in 5th Grade - The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

My daughter has really enjoyed this book that she has read recently in 5th grade. This was a book that I have always seen her walking with around the house and reading it. It seemed like she would never put it down. The Gollywopper Games is about ten children who compete in a game competition hosted by a toy factory with fabulous prizes involved.

How many books do your kids read in 5th grade? - We're wondering on average how many books your kids read per month while they are in fifth grade.

Number of books 5th Graders Read per month

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Books my children have read during 5th grade - Let us know what books your kids have read by clicking on the up arrows.

Here are some titles of books my kids have read while in 5th grade. You can click on the links to see a full description at Amazon. You can vote for your favorite book by clicking on the up arrow.

Relate what they have read to prior knowledge, experience, and real world information

Fifth grade reading skills and strategies - Strategies to help 5th graders read

My school district provides a list of skills each fifth grader should learn as they progress through 5th grade.

  • Use prefixes, suffixes, root words, synonyms, and antonyms to understand word meanings
  • Use context clues to determine meaning in text
  • Use etymologies to construct meaning of new words
  • Identify and interpret idioms, similes, analogies, and metaphors
  • Use skimming to preview text, and develop questions, predictions, and hypothesis based on evidence in text
  • Identify author’s main ideas and purposes
  • Make text-to-text connections through analysis, evaluation, inference, and comparison
  • Summarize ideas to make accurate inferences
  • Identify and describe various genres
  • Select and read books for recreation from various genre and authors
  • Ask and respond to open-ended questions
  • Recognize, identify, and compare theme, plot, characters, and setting
  • Transfer new vocabulary from literature into other context
  • Compare ways in which different kinds of literature are organized
  • Relate what they have read to prior knowledge, experience, and real world information
  • Discuss recurring themes and current events in media

Recommend a book a fifth grader should read - What books have your kids read while in 5th grade? We would like to know so we have more birthday and christmas gi

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      LewesDE 5 years ago

      This is an awesome lens!

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      LewesDE 5 years ago

      This is a great lens!

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      Ericastanciu 5 years ago

      This is a very cute lens. I remember reading some of those books when I was a child!

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      Teri Hansen 5 years ago

      I love the list of pages for each grade. My daughter started 5th grade as well 2011-2012 school season and homework every night is reading with the completion of a book per week. Reading is so very important for good learning. Thanks for sharing.

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      my daughter reads so much... there's a lot out there for them, which is nice

      thanks for more book ideas

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Andrew Clements is one of the best children's writers.

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son is now in 6th grade, but loved any book about cars and trucks :)

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      WendyArts 6 years ago

      My daughter loved the Blue Balliett books...Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3. There's also The Calder Game. Great idea to post support pages on books for each grade. Thanks. I'll be checking out your other pages.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      nice work, i will be using this lens for advice

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      I taught 5th grade. My students really enjoyed the books "Holes," "A Wrinkle in Time," "Chronicles of Narnia," and "Are You There God? It's Me Margaret." I also really enjoyed Holes; I couldn't put it down.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your series on books for different grade levels. As a retired librarian, I know how important it is to encourage a child's reading.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I still cannot recommend a book because my oldest is still a 4th grader. Will come back to this lens next school year and share what my child will be reading. For now, I will just note that books you have featured here and let my child read it when the time is right. Thanks so much for sharing. 5*

      Hope you could visit my lenses and this fb page. Thanks again

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Very useful lens on books for 5th graders. Blessed by an Angel.

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      mitchking 7 years ago

      My nephew is this age and I always like to give him a book for his birthday along with whatever he is asking for. He likes the Wimpy Kids books and I don't see them on your list.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Nice resource; blessed.

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