I’ve been tracking the books my kids read for during their school years.  My son was in fifth grade during the 2011-2012 school year.  My two daughters both advanced thru 5th grade, one during the 2008-2009 school year, and one in the 2006-2007 school year.

Reading is by far the best way for children to learn, in fact, the better reader you are, normally the better learner you are as you tend to understand the things around you quicker. Readers are better test takers, as they can quickly grasp the question being asked and therefore understand how to answer the question.

One of my favorite series when I was a boy was the Hardy Boys Mystery Books. I use to stay awake reading the adventures of Frank and Joe deep into the night.

If you find these fifth grade level books too simple or too challenging, please check out these 4th grade books and 6th grade books.

Books my children have read during 5th grade

My daughter really enjoyed reading The Gollywopper Games which is about ten children who compete in a game competition hosted by a toy factory with fabulous prizes involved.  All my kids enjoyed reading the 39 clues book series.  The adventures follow the Cahills as they go around the world trying to find clues that help you create a formula that makes you powerful. The Cahill children are also trying to find out what happened to their parents.  The sequel is about Dan and Amy Cahill finding artifacts to save other members of the Cahill family. My 5th grader is having a hoot with these books and hasn’t put them down in months.

The neat thing about the thirty-nine 39 clues books is that the series is written by multiple authors including Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Natalie Standaford, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis, Patrick Carman, David Baldacci, Riley Clifford, and Jeff Hirsch.

Fifth grade reading skills and strategies – Strategies to help 5th graders read

My school district provides a list of skills each fifth grader should learn as they progress through 5th grade.

  • Use prefixes, suffixes, root words, synonyms, and antonyms to understand word meanings
  • Use context clues to determine meaning in text
  • Use etymologies to construct meaning of new words
  • Identify and interpret idioms, similes, analogies, and metaphors
  • Use skimming to preview text, and develop questions, predictions, and hypothesis based on evidence in text
  • Identify author’s main ideas and purposes
  • Make text-to-text connections through analysis, evaluation, inference, and comparison
  • Summarize ideas to make accurate inferences
  • Identify and describe various genres
  • Select and read books for recreation from various genre and authors
  • Ask and respond to open-ended questions
  • Recognize, identify, and compare theme, plot, characters, and setting
  • Transfer new vocabulary from literature into other context
  • Compare ways in which different kinds of literature are organized
  • Relate what they have read to prior knowledge, experience, and real world information
  • Discuss recurring themes and current events in media