Grade 5 - Librarian's Reading Suggestions

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul Jack Canfield et al, compilers
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Nancy Farmer
The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Jack Gantos
Under the Mountain Maurice Gee
Among the Hidden Margaret Peterson Haddix
Redwall series Brian Jacques
The Pagan series Catherine Jinks
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
A World of Fairy Tales retold by Andrew Lang
Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levine
The Underrunners Margaret Mahy
The Other Side of Truth Beverly Naidoo
Silverwing Kenneth Oppel
Island on Bird Street Uri Orlev
Eragon Christopher Paolini
Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park
Aida Leontyne Price
The Westing Game Ellen Raskin
Falling Up Shel Silverstein
The Hobbit; or, there and Back Again J.R.R. Tolkien
Homecoming Cynthia Voigt
The Devil’s Arithmetic Jane Yolen

Suggested Authors for 5th Grade Readers

Natalie Babbitt
Judy Blume
Betsy Byars
Andrew Clements
Pam Conrad
Roald Dahl
Nancy Farmer
Russell Freedman
Jean Fritz
Jack Gantos
Morris Gee
Jean Craighead George
Morris Gleitzmann
Bette Greene
Mary Downing Hahn
Paul Jennings
Diana Wynne Jones
Madeleine L’Engle
Gail Carson Levine
Lois Lowry
Margaret Mahy
Anne McCaffrey
Robin McKinley
Walter Dean Myers
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Scott O’Dell
Katherine Paterson
Gary Paulsen
Daniel Pinkwater
Jack Prelutsky
J.K. Rowling
Louis Sachar
Jerry Spinelli
Mildred Taylor
Cynthia Voigt
Patricia Wrede
Jane Yolen

Family Read-Alouds

The Black Cauldron series Lloyd Alexander
The White Mountains John Christopher
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech
The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker Cynthia De Felice
Poetry for Young People - series various editors
Homesick Jean Fritz
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Kimberly Willis Holt
Kira-Kira Cynthia Kodohata
The View from Saturday E.L. Konigsburg
Earth Sea trilogy Ursula Le Guin
Afternoon of the Elves Janet Lisle
Z for Zachariah Robert C. O’Brien
My Life in Dog Years Gary Paulsen
Freak the Mighty Rodman Philbrick
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls