Fifth Grade Summer Reading List


  • Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan – Ivan is an easygoing gorilla living at Top Mall and Video Arcade.  He has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain.  He rarely misses his life in the jungle, until Ruby arrives.
  • Baccalario, Pierdomenico. The Door to Time (Ulysses Moore series) – 11-year-old twins Jason and Julia move from London to an old mansion on the English coast and discover their strange new home.
  • Buckley, Michael. The Sisters Grimm (series) – Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.
  • Colfer, Chris. Land of Stories (series– Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change.  When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.
  • Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery – When Ted and Kat’s cousin disappears from the London Eye Ferris wheel, the siblings must work together to solve the mystery.
  • DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember (series) – The city of Ember was built underground as a last refuge for the human race. Now Lina must decipher a message to save the city.
  • Flanagan, John. The Ranger’s Apprentice (series) – When Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt.
  • George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain – A boy relates his adventures and struggles for survival during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains.
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly. Eleven – When Sam—who can barely read—discovers an old newspaper clipping, it brings forth memories from his past.
  • Graff, Lisa. The Thing About Georgie – Georgie’s dwarfism causes problems, but he can always rely on his parents, his best friend, and classmate Jeanie the Meanie’s teasing—until a surprising announcement.
  • Law, Ingrid. Savvy – Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose 13th birthday has revealed her “savvy” – a magical power unique to each member of her family.
  • Lowry, Lois. The Willoughbys – In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children’s literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become “deserving orphans.”
  • Palacio, R.J. Wonder – Auggie Pullman, a ten-year-old boy living in New York City, was born with a facial deformity that has made it difficult for him to make friends.
  • Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck – Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
  • Yep, Laurence and Ryder, Joanne. A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans – A story about dragons with a twist: Miss Drake (the dragon) has a new human pet.

Graphic Novels

  • Gownley, Jimmy. Amelia Rules (series) – Comic stories featuring Amelia and her fourth-grade friends, the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals, aka known as G.A.S.P.
  • Russell, P. Craig. Coraline – When Coraline steps through a door in her family’s new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). But things are not as terrific as they seem.
  • Smith, Jeff. Bone (series) – In the first in the series, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of their home, Boneville, and become separated in the wilds.
  • Urban, Linda. A Crooked Kind of Perfect – Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her family and friends.


  • Bragg, Georgia- How They Croaked – Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess, especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost.
  • McElderry Book of Greek Myths – Walk among the gods and goddesses, men and monsters, in this enchanting volume of classic Greek myths! Here are twelve of the most beloved legends of Greek mythology, from Pandora and her dreaded box to Icarus with his wings of wax, and, of course, greedy, gold-fingered King Midas.
  • Mallory, Kenneth. Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano – The underwater mountains of the Atlantic ocean is where 95 percent of the volcanic activity on earth occurs.  It is also where the Scientist Rich Lutz has tracked the remarkable evolution of bizarre creatures that live there.
  • Scieszka, John. Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka – How did John Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to waste, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and family jokes.
  • Tanaka, Shelley. Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator – Ever since Amelia Earhart and her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937, people have wanted to know more about this remarkable woman. This book follows the charismatic aviator from her first sight of an airplane at the age of ten to the last radio transmission she made before she vanished.
  • Woodford, Chris. Cool Stuff Exploded – Images and fold-out pages reveal the components of a host of inventions, objects and gadgets and how they work.