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Popular 5th Grade Books

Use this booklist of popular 5th-grade books to students find their next great read. 

Students will enjoy reading these popular 5th-grade books. The list below contains a variety of book genres for students to look through.

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20 Popular 5th Grade Books

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is on a journey where he faces mythological creatures who pose a challenge for this 12-year-old boy. Students will love this series which is full of references to Greek mythology.

Sit by Deborah Ellis

Nine stories about nine different children who are each in a situation and must make a decision.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

A story about Raina who falls and injures her two front teeth this results in a long journey of braces, surgery, fake teeth and more.

The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem by Kevin Sylvester

Jess finds herself with the ability to change her snot-filled tissues into helpers.

The 39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan

An adventure series that has family members searching the world for clues to a serum to create the most powerful person in the world

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Siblings discover a wardrobe is a portal to the magical land of Narnia where they have many adventures.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

“The City of Ember” is set 200 years in the future in an underground city. For generations there has been an electrical system that sustained the needs of the underground city. It was only created to last for just over two hundred years. Lina and Doon must figure out the clues to save their city before time runs out.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This story is told from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla who has spent 27 years in an enclosure in a shopping mall. Ivan doesn’t think of his old life in the jungle until a baby elephant arrives.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Milo thinks everything is boring until a tollbooth appears in his room. Milo drives through the tollbooth to a different world where he learns life is far from dull.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

The Tuck family has a big secret that they are hiding from everyone, eternal life. One day Winnie Foster discovers their secret, the Tucks need to explain why eternal life isn’t the blessing she thinks it is. To further complicate things a stranger follows Winnie who wants to sell the eternal life spring water.


The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette

A train takes care of lost items until they can be returned.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Billy saves his money to buy two dogs and they become the best hunting team around.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman has a facial condition that has prevented him from going to a public school. All he wants is to be treated like any other kid in 5th Grade. Will his new classmates be able to look past his unique face to be able to bond with August?

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

When Brian’s plane crashes in the middle of the wilderness, leaving the pilot dead and the plane unable to fly – Brian must find a way to survive this ordeal.

I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis

Stories told by children who experienced and survived historical events.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The story of a family and their ten-year-old daughter who help smuggle their Jewish friends to Sweden to escape the Nazis

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Two children become friends over the summer and build an imaginative land called Terabithia. One day one of the children decides to adventure to Terabithia alone and an accident occurs.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Sam Gribley runs away from his family to the mountains.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee decides to run away from his life with his unhappy aunt and uncle. He decides to actually run and becomes a legend.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Nick renames a pen to a frindle and it catches on.

Have students look through this list of popular 5th-grade books to help them find their next great read.

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