5th Grade Books

Why 5th grade books? Book reading is an important habit that every kid needs to develop, as they help improve their imaginative skills, especially when they’re about ten years old (so these why books for 5th graders). Studies suggest that children who read books, not only related to their education but also fiction, fantasy and historical stories, do better in their studies than kids who don’t have a reading habit.

Reading helps kids to broaden vocabulary skills, increase their general knowledge and also to better understand other cultures. Therefore we’ve created our best 5th grade reading list from the best books for 5th graders that every kid should not miss out:

Science-Fiction Books

„George’s Secret Key To The Universe”
1 of 5 Book Series

authors: Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking
Age Level: 9 – 11
5 stars

Co-authored by Stephen Hawking, one of the most renowned scientists in the world and also the author of the best-selling book “A Brief History of Time”. He’s also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest civilian awards in the United States. The best known from his research about black holes, time and singularity.

“The George’s Secret Key to the Universe” is one of the series that every kid should read. As it helps them to learn science in a playful way, and one could learn things that they never thought that could’ve existed. According to Lucy Hawking, the daughter of Stephen Hawking, the idea is to educate science and also to inform kids about the need to take good care of this planet. Read full review…

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Historical Fiction Books

Time-Travel Adventures
With Exceptional Americans Book Series

4 Books

by Rush Limbaugh
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7

5 stars

This exception book series was written by one of the most popular and #1 radio talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh. This is a fictional story that every kid should read if they are serious enough to know about the popular heroes of United States.

In this book the story goes like a rush. A history teacher travels back in time, with the help of his talking horse called Liberty and a portal to go back to the past. By going back in time, students will learn how the country evolved in the older days and how the great men helped in creating this nation what it is now. The Time Travel Adventures Series consist of 4 good books for 5th graders.

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Fantasy Books

The Kane Chronicles
The Complete Series

3 Books

by Rick Riordan
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

5 stars

Rick Riordan is the author of one of the most popular “Percy Jackson” series and has now come with a series of books that are mainly focused on how Carter and Sadie face the Egyptian Gods, monsters and magicians in this interesting fantasy story that would be a real treat for young boys and girls. Children who love battle-scenes, horse chasing and war against monsters will really love reading the complete series of The Kane Chronicles.

This book series for 5th graders also helps students to gain complete knowledge of about the Egyptian mythology and has a lot of characters of Egyptian Gods that you would’ve never read in your textbooks. Each book is coupled with action, suspense and thriller, so that people, who’ve started reading a story, will not get up without completing the story. This collection of best books needs to be treasured by students as they can go on an exciting adventure with Carter and Sadie in fighting the Egyptian monsters.

Adventure Books

„Where the Red Fern Grows”

by Wilson Rawls
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

4.5 stars

“Where the Red Fern Grows” is a book for children and especially a beautiful book for boys who love dogs. The story revolves around the childhood days of Billy and his two hunting dogs, how he nurtures them and trains them to be the best hunting dogs in town. It is one of the best boy and dog stories ever made and is interesting laid out to please both kids and adults. When it was published initially, there were no takers, but slowly gain popularity and sold almost 90,000 copies sooner.

The love and affection for Billy towards his hunting dogs and the same affection shown by the dogs to their friend and owner Billy that one of the dogs even risks his life to save Billy from a Mountain lion. It is an exciting story of love and adventure that every student should read and enjoy the love between Billy and the Dogs.

Mystery Books

Artemis Fowl Book Series
8 Books

by Eoin Colfer
Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9

4.5 stars

The Artemis Fowl Book Series, written by Irish author Eoin Colfer is a great treasure for all mystery lovers. The story revolves around the 12 year old Artemis Fowl, a criminal but child prodigy, who kidnaps a fairy in return for a huge ransom of gold. In the story, Artemis Fowl leads the Fowl Empire, an establishment started by his family for generations. After a lot of research about fairies, he comes to believe that fairies do exist and goes in search for the Fairy Holy Book, which would lead him to the fairies.

With this 5th grade books, one could understand that Greed is the main cause of destruction and fight between the good and evil. The book received a positive response, that it eventually won the The Young Readers Choice Award in 2004. Technology has also been in the most effective manner by Eoin Colfer. The Book series consists of 8 books.

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Horse Lovers Books

The Marguerite Henry Horse Collection

by Marguerite Henry
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

4.5 stars

This collection of 5th grade reading books is really a tribute to animal lovers, especially horse lovers. Marguerite Henry, an American writer is famous for writing books for girls and children, especially stories about horses, which showed her extraordinary love for the animal.

This is amazing and unique collection of horse stories. You can have all the 16 excellent books that every student who loves animals shouldn’t miss out. All stories are simply written and interestingly laid out to captivate the interests of the younger readers. This collection also includes Newbery Honorees and the Newbery Medalist award winning books.

Humorous Books

„Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life”

authors: James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
Age Range: 10 – 13 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

4.5 stars

It is a humorous story about Rafe Katchadorian’s middle school life, as he traverses through all the emotions of a boy studying in sixth grade facing all the problems of adolescence, fights with friends, family problems and bullying, etc., He also sets out to break all the rules in the school and tends to collect the most points, which no student has ever collected in the most humorous way.

His parents and teachers are not fond of his new habit of breaking the rules and draws the wrath from most of the teachers in the school.

Poetry Books

„Brown Girl Dreaming”

by Jacqueline Woodson
Age Range: 10 – 13 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9

5 stars

The Brown Girl Dreaming is more of poetry than a story, as Jacqueline Woodson narrates the happenings during her childhood days in a poetic manner.

In the book, Jacqueline Woodson narrates, how it was difficult to be growing up in being an African American during the 1960 – 70’s. The poetic narration is very much touching and so powerful that you’ll be really moved.

Jacqueline also continues saying, how poetry has come to her rescue during her struggles. Even though, she had a problem with reading, she became very fluent in the language, as the love of reading stories helped in gaining the mastery over the language and which also sparked a thought of becoming a writer to deliver her thoughts in the form of poetry.

Science Books

Many people fail to realize that the purpose of introducing kids to science is not to make them read about research and concepts. The ultimate feat that needs to be attained is to ensure that the kids are able to grasp the concept and understand the idea behind everything. When you take a science book for 5th grade, you need to be confident that it will be able to keep the interest of the kids piqued and would be able to ensure that they understand everything in a clear manner without being overwhelmed. Science books are absolutely must-have on 5th grade reading list.

„Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids”

by Jerome Pohlen
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 and up

5 stars

Albert Einstein is best known for his famous theory of relativity, E=mc² and also has been the protagonist of a lot of innovations that have really changed our way of life. Einstein has such a fascination towards the subject of science that made sure that he played a part in the revolution in the field of science.

Students are always fascinated with the world of science, would it be great if you work on the theories and experiments, which Einstein himself has proposed for himself. The activities replicating a nuclear chain reaction with the use of dominoes and using a microwave oven to build an expanding universe and using a cola bottle to replicate the blue skies and the red sunset etc.

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Math Books

„How to Be a Math Genius”

by Mike Goldsmith
Age Range: 10 – 17 years
Grade Level: 5 – 12

4.5 stars

“How To be a Math Genius”, written by Mike Goldsmith, is a complete haven for all students, as it is jam packed with math facts, stats and illustrations, to show the real power and the joy of learning Math.

Math doesn’t come easily when you are young, but when you grow up; one gets an instant liking to it. But for some, the sound of even saying the word Math sounds terrible, as they think it is hard to master. For those, make sure you get this copy of “How to be a Math Genius” and you would never feel the same.

When you continue reading this wonderful book, you’ll understand all that algebra, algorithms and the logic is not as difficult as you thought. This book brilliantly demonstrates to students that how they use math, without their knowledge so many times in their day to day life. Equipped with a lot of activities, puzzles and math fun facts, you cannot see a book that shows Math in a more engaging and relevant manner.

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„Spectrum Language Arts”
Grade 5

by Spectrum (Compiler)
Age Range: 10 – 11 years
Grade Level: 5 and up

4.5 stars

Kids who are weak in language arts, can definitely look forward buying this book and practicing each and every activity and suggestion mentioned in this book, as it will definitely improve your grammar and usage, sentence formation, spelling and vocabulary to a great extent.

Spectrum has done a great job in compiling a book to improve your language skills, with lot of practice sessions including letters and sound and each lesson comes with an illustrated story for easy learning.

Spectrum is widely regarded as the best-selling workbook series that helps in improving language arts skills among students.

Summer Reading Books

„Summer Bridge Activities”
Grades 5 – 6

by Summer Bridge Activities (Compiler)
Age Range: 10 – 11 years
Grade Level: 5 – 6

4.5 stars

This book has been compiled by Summer Bridge activities for kids who are moving onto the Sixth-Grade from the Fifth-Grade. So this book is generally about giving a head start of what to expect from the sixth grade class and also summing up of all that they’ve learnt in the Fifth Grade. It will definitely keep them occupied during their summer holidays, as their are always free to enjoy summer holidays with their friends, but why not dedicate an hour every day to learn something new, read a book or work on building a new hobby.

This book also consists of lots of interesting activities, which can really keep your child hooked on for hours. Activities present in the book includes math, language and art activities that keeps future 6th grades mind ticking and also to stay active and buzzing during holiday season.