Book List for Your 5th Grader

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Choosing books for your early reader is important. Compiling an entire book list is an excellent chore to do at the start of the school year for your kids. You want to ensure you are introducing age appropriate reading material that will both be on par with their reading level, but also challenge them with gradually longer and more complex sentence structures, as well as, vocabulary words. Chances are though that if your 5th grader is reading as much as they spend consuming electronic media, you’re doing a good job of introducing them to the, all too important, love of reading.

Books appropriate for your young reader’s level can be found as easily by asking your local public library if they have a list of such items. You can also look at the award winning books to point you in the right direction such as the Newbery Medal for writing and the Caldecott Medal for Illustration. If your library does not carry such a list and you have already gone through all the “must read books”, we have composed a list of great books that will be just right for your budding intellectual.

5th Grade Reading – Book List

51igOegVNTL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_Inside Dinosaurs by Andra Serlin

Poppy by Avi

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Mayrose Wood

The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

A Black Hole is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DiCristofano

 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

51Kv7yP77GLWhen you Reach Me
 by Rebecca Stead

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

61FXAJgOUaL._SX344_BO1,204,203,200_Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Holes by Louis Sachar

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Cutler

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

House of Robots by James Patterson

51MbxaE2O8L._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Boggart by Susan Cooper

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander


This isn’t an exhaustive book list of course for 5th graders, as there are nearly 3,000 new children’s books introduced every year, but this will get you and your younger off to a good start! Many of these books you might even recognize as timeless classics from your own childhood. Do you have a good book for the 5th grade level that isn’t here? Leave a comment and share with your fellow intellectuals!


Samuel Barnes

Samuel Barnes is an Author at Intellectual Day, as well as, Founder and CEO of Assimilation Software a software and web development technology firm.

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