5th Grade Books: The Most Popular Titles

If you’re a parent of a 5th grader, then you know that your child is quickly approaching the age where they will be required to read books for school. As a parent, it’s important to make sure that your child is reading books that are interesting and engaging. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the most popular 5th grade books! These titles are sure to keep your child entertained and engaged in reading!

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

This classic novel tells the story of Billy Coleman, a young boy who dreams of owning his own hunting dogs. Set in the Ozarks during the Great Depression, this book follows Billy as he saves up his money to buy two pups, trains them to be hunting dogs, and goes on adventures with them in the woods.

Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is sent to a juvenile detention center in the middle of the desert after being accused of stealing a pair of shoes. But Stanley quickly realizes that there’s more to this place than meets the eye. The warden is hiding a secret, and it’s up to Stanley to figure it out.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

When Meg’s father goes missing, she, her brother, and her friend set out on a journey through space and time to find him. Along the way, they must battle evil forces that are determined to keep them from succeeding in their quest.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Set during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, this book tells the story of Annemarie Johansen and her family as they help their Jewish friend, Ellen Rosen, escape to Sweden. Annemarie must use all of her courage and ingenuity to keep Ellen safe from the Nazis.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza Ortega lives a privileged life in Mexico—she has servants, a beautiful home, and plenty of friends. But everything changes when her father is killed in a tragic accident and Esperanza is forced to move to America with her mother to work in the fields of California.

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee is a novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and published in 1990 Exploring themes of racism and inequality, it follows the story of an orphan boy looking for a home in the fictional town of Two Mills. Two Mills is harshly segregated between the East and West, blacks and whites.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The novel is based on the true story of Salva Dut, a Sudanese boy who is forced to flee his home during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk for days through the desert in order to find safety. Along the way, he meets Nya, a young girl who is also walking to water. Together, they make the long journey to safety.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Brian Robeson is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. He must use his wits and courage to survive in the wild, with only a hatchet to help him.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall with his friends Stella, an old elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. When baby elephant Ruby arrives, Ivan starts to remember his life before he was captured and brought to the mall. He must find a way to escape and return to the wild.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from attending school. But when he starts fifth grade at Beecher Prep, August must learn to navigate the challenges of middle school and make friends, all while dealing with the stares and bullies that come with being different.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

In a future society where there is no pain, no war, and no emotions, twelve-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memories. But as he begins to receive the memories of the past, Jonas realizes that the perfect world he thought he lived in isn’t so perfect after all.

Smile: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier

Based on the author’s own experiences, this graphic novel tells the story of a young girl named Raina who must deal with braces, boys, and bullying. Along the way, she learns that it’s important to stay true to yourself.

Walk Two Moons? by Sharon Creech

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle sets out on a cross-country road trip with her grandparents to find her missing mother. Along the way, she tells them the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, another girl who is also searching for someone she’s lost.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

This fantasy novel follows the story of Percy Jackson, a young demigod who must go on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. Your child will love reading about Percy’s adventures!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is another popular book for fifth graders. This hilarious novel follows the story of Greg Heffley, a wimpy kid who must navigate his way through middle school. Your child is sure to laugh out loud while reading this popular book!

These are just a few of the popular books for fifth graders. Be sure to check out these titles and others to find the perfect book for your child!

Happy reading!

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