• The following list encompasses the many reading levels found among fifth graders and includes just a sampling of the many outstanding texts available to students. Many of the authors have other titles which are appropriate for this reading level.


    Giant Rat of Sumatra, The by Sid Fleischman

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

    Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman

    Running Out of Time by Margaret Haddix

    Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare

    Trouble River by Betsy Byars

    Wanderer, The by Sharon Creech


    Animal Stories 

    A Coyote's in the House by Elmore Leonard

    A Dog on Barkham Street by M.S. Stolz

    Black Stallion, The by Walter Farley

    Grand Escape, The by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Incident at Hawk's Hill by Allan Eckert

    Incredible Journey, The by Sheila Burnford

    Midnight Fox, The by Betsy Byars

    Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

    Redwall by Brian Jacques

    Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


    Georgia O'Keefe: Wideness and Wonder of Her World by Beverly Gherman

    It Came From Ohio: My LIfe as a Writer by R.L. Stine

    Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

    My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

    Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart by Corrine Szabo

    Steven Spielberg: Amazing Filmmaker by Jim Hargrove

    Through My Eyes: the Autobiography of Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges





    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

    Castle in the Attic, The by Elizabeth Winthrop

    Dark is Rising, The by Susan Cooper

    Door in the Wall. The by Marguerite de Angeli

    Thief, The by Megan Turner



     Historical Fiction


    Devil's Arithmetic, The by Jane Yolen

    Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse

    Night Journey, The by Kathryn Lasky

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    Pharaoh's Daughter by Julius Lester

    Sign of the Beaver, The by Elizabeth Speare

    Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka

    Watsons Go To Birmingham, The by Christopher Curtis

    Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spears





    Beloved Dearly by Doug Cooney

    Boys Start the War, The  by Phyllis Naylor

    Great Brain, The by John Fitzgerald

    Letter from Camp, by Kate Klise

    Witches, The by Ron Dahl


    Eat Your Poison, Dear by James Howe

    Einstein Anderson Shocks his Friends by Seymour Simon

    House with a Clock in the Walls, The by John Bellairs

    Is Anybody There? by Eve Bunting

    Mystery at Loon Lake by Gilbert B. Cross

    Mystery of Drear House, The by Virginia Hamilton

    Westing Game, The by Ellen Raskin



    Nonfiction (Informational Text)


    Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues by Patricia and 

        Frederick McKissack

    Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley

    Children of the Wild West by Russell Friedman

    Great Migration, The by Jacob Laurence

    Growing Up in Coal Country by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

    Mummies and Their Mysteries by Charlotte Wilcox

    New Way Things Work, The by David Macaulay

    Shh! We're Writing The Constitution by Jean Fritz





    Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman and Eric Beddows

    Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry by X. J. and Dorothy Kennedy, 

        Karen Lee Baker

    Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher

    Poetry for Young People: American Poetry by John Hollander and Sally Wern

    Wham! It's a Poetry Jam; Discovering Performance Poetry by Sara Holbrook


    Science Fiction

    Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

    Max and Me and the Wild West by Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick

    Rewind to Yesterday by Susan Beth Pfeffer

    White Mountains, The by John Christopher


    Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

    Nothin' but Net by Matt Christopher

    S.O.R. Losers by Avi

    Wilma Rudolph by Tom Biracree

    Zucchini Warriors, The by Gordon Korman