Grade 5 Suggested Reading

Armstrong, William Howard Sounder

Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder.

Avi The Barn

In an effort to fulfill their dying father’s last request, nine-year-old Ben and his brother and sister construct a barn on their farm in the Oregon Territory.

Birdsall, Jeanne The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, And A Very Interesting Boy

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

Black, Holly Spiderwick Chronicles

Chronicles the adventures of the Grace children after they go to stay at their Great-Aunt Lucinda’s worn Victorian house and discover a field guide to fairies and other magical creatures.

Clements, Andrew Lunch Money

Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.

Creech, Sharon Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.

DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn Dixie

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big, ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.

DiCamillo, Kate The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him. He travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

Estes, Eleanor The Hundred Dresses

Wanda Petronski is a recent, poor immigrant from Poland. She becomes the victim of teasing from her classmates because she claims to have 100 dresses at home even though she wears the same dress to school every day.

Giff, Patricia Reilly Lily’s Crossing

During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily’s friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

Gutman, Dan Jackie and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

With his ability to travel through time by using his baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson.

Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh

Marty finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, and tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Paulsen, Gary My Life In Dog Years

The author describes how dogs have impacted his life from childhood through the present day, recounting the stories of his first dog, Snowball, in the Philippines; Dirk, who protected him from bullies; and Cookie, who saved his life.

Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.