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We’re big fans of books around here, and we’ve made reading a top priority when it comes to our kids’ education. Our daughter read dozens of books in fifth grade, and she’s narrowed down her fifth grade book list to 11 favorites.
You can tell when she’s reading a new favorite — she brings it with her everywhere. We can call her name and get no response because she’s on a grand adventure in a faraway land. It warms my heart!
We decided to hand the writing over to her so she can introduce her fifth grade book list favorites. She is a complete blessing to our family. She is kind, wise, thoughtful, responsible and has an incredible work ethic. We are honored to be her parents!
If you’re looking for more great lists, be sure to check out our favorite resource for book ideas: Read Aloud Revival.
As with any online recommendation, please use your own judgement to determine what’s best for your child. Read parental reviews such as Common Sense Media, read book reviews on Amazon, or pre-read the books to determine appropriateness for your child.
And now, here’s our daughter!
Hi! I’m 11 and a half years old and I’m going into 6th grade. I like school a lot (my favorite subject is history) and I really enjoy reading. Our library basket is always full! My mom says, ”If you can read, you can learn to do anything.”
I believe that’s true. I like reading because I can go anywhere and do amazing adventures when I’m reading a book.
It was difficult to narrow down, but here’s a list of my 11 favorite books from 5th grade, in no particular order. I hope you like them!
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Roz the robot opens her eyes for the first time and sees she’s stranded on an island. Can she adapt to her surroundings in order to survive?
The Wild Robot is a book that displays friendship, helping others, and love. You also get a glimpse of real life habitats on an island. It’s a unique perspective that shows a robot that loves and shows feelings.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Ada has never left her one room apartment because of her twisted foot. When her younger brother is sent away because of the war, she sneaks out with him. They are sent somewhere they aren’t wanted.
The War that Saved My Life is a fabulous book! It shows what it was like during wartime, and is a heart-warming book filled with feeling and love.
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Theodora spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her dead grandfather’s painting, discovering what looks like a Renaissance masterpiece underneath. Her grandfather was a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – could he have stolen it?
This book is half mystery and half artsy. There’s something special about this book. I got so immersed in this book that I read it in a day and a half!
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Salva has to walk throughout East Africa to find a safe place to be. Nya has to walk two hours a day to get water. In the end, the stories come together in a beautiful way.
Long Walk to Water is based on a true story. It’s so cool how it all comes together at the end. There are some intense parts, but it’s worth it to be inspired by this book.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin, meet three strangers. They want to help find Meg’s father, who disappeared years earlier. They travel through space and time looking for him, facing challenges along the way.
A Wrinkle in Time is an adventurous book that will whisk you away into another dimension. Make sure you read the book, because it’s a lot different than the movie!
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
Kyle and his teammates are in the first ever Library Olympics! But, there’s something weird going on — books are disappearing! Can Kyle and his friends solve the mystery and win the Olympics?
If you liked the first book, you’ll love this one! This is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. The characters are very intelligent and resourceful as they deal with the surprises in this book.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Flying over the Canadian wilderness, the plane Brian is on crashes and he is the only survivor. Can he survive in the wilderness by himself?
Hatchet is a really adventurous book. It’s amazing how Brian survives! There are a few moments that are pretty intense and a little gross, but it is an awesome book.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Found in a forest by Ashton Place are three strange children. Miss Penelope Lumley has been chosen to care for the children. The question is: Who are they?
The Mysterious Howling is, as you see in the title, a mystery. They take you along on so many adventures that you’ll read it in one sitting.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Annemarie’s family hides her best friend from the Nazis. She and her family smuggle Jewish people from Denmark to Sweden.
Number the Stars is based on a true story. It shows what Jewish people had to go through in World War II. Their lives, and this book, are very inspirational.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four siblings step into a wardrobe and enter a magical world. They see death, resurrection, and victory.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is a magical story. Generations have loved this book, including me! The characters are so great, and it’s interesting to see what they think of while they’re on the run. C.S. Lewis has created a world that you will never forget!
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia decides to run away for a little while with her younger brother, Jamie. With careful planning, Claudia and Jamie escape and run into a mystery that made headlines!
Dive into a classic runaway story mixed with a mystery! It’s another page-turner where you also learn about art along the way.