5th Grade Summer Reading List

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Summer reading will keep the minds of students fresh for the school year. This article looks at some great selections for the fifth grade as the vacation approaches.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

A classic for decades, this book tells the story of Matilda, a genius five-and-a-half-year-old who never cracks under the pressure of her insufferable parents or the monster of a principal at her school. When her favorite teacher, Miss Honey, becomes the target of Principal Trunchbull, Matilda leads the charge against the principal and her bullying ways.

Learn more about the author through our Roald Dahl biography.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

All members of the Beaumont family receive a special power at the age of thirteen, like controlling the elements. Mibs Beaumont is anxious to find out what her special ability is when she reaches thirteen, but days before she can, her father has an accident, and she abandons her house along with her family to attempt to rescue him.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

This is the story of Buck, a half-St. Bernard/half-Shepard who ends up kidnapped and sold into dog-sledding in the Yukon territory. Buck moves from owner to owner but never gives up hope as he moves away from his days in civilization and on to the harsh reality of the cold Alaskan wilderness.

Check out our complete study guide for the book here: The Call of the Wild. Students can also read more about Jack London and his works in our Jack London biography.

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

The story of an ambitious sixth grader, Rufus Mayflower, tells of a boy who simply wanted to save a bit of money, and uses the simple mechanics of math to become a millionaire by the time he is ready for eighth grade. The real math problems contained in the narrative will give readers extra insight and inspiration for their future studies.

Other Options has several more guides available for the following books designed for the 5th grade level:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The first chronological book in the Chronicles of Narnia follows four children who discover the magical world through a game of hide-and-seek.
  • The Giver: In an extremely vanilla and sterile society, one boy discovers incredible powers that allow him to see and hear things that the rest of the town cannot.
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The story of adventure and friendship that remains controversial to this day, Mark Twain's most well-known book will be a ripe piece for discussion after summer.

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