5th Grade Summer Reading List

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Summer Reading List

For the soon to be 5th grader

I can’t believe summer vacation is right around the corner. As in next week! My daughters have been looking forward to summer vacation all month.. well my almost 5th grader has. Even though she is ready for school to be done, reading is one of her favorite things to do. 

We can go to the library and get a ton of books.. and she will finish them in no time. This summer I plan on going to the library at least once a week, to keep up with her crazy fast reading. 

Her school doesn’t give a list of books to read going into the next grade yet, so she can read whatever she likes. Which I think is great for now, because as she gets older in school I know she will have to read some books that may not be her first choice.

We checked out Barnes and Noble, Amazon and the Scholastic website and book fair at school and wee came up with a list of books to read over the summer.

I know we will be adding to this list as we check out the library and new books that come out over the summer, but for now here is our summer reading list.


  1. Real Friends by Shannon Hale –   This is a funny novel on how hard it is to find your real friends and why it’s worth the journey. 
  2. Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson- An Amazon Best Seller. All the crushes, humiliation, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day in this extraordinary debut graphic novel.
  3. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies Another Amazon Best Seller, The story is highly readable and engaging, filled with real-life problems that relate to math, getting along with siblings and friends, dealing with pride, and determining right from wrong. The result is a funny, fresh, and plausible novel with likable characters, and is suitable for reluctant readers.
  4. Rules by Cynthia Lord-This book is teacher recommended and a 2007 Newbery Honor Book about feeling different and finding acceptance.
  5. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry-1990 Newbery Medal, set in Nazi-occupided Denmark in 1943, a 1–year-old girl taks on a dangerous mission to save her best friend.
  6. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper- From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope.
  7. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly- An uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
  8. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill- 2017 Newbery Medal, New York Times Best Seller, 2017 Booklist Youth Editors Choice is expertly woven novel with enchanting offering for readers who love classic fairy tales.
  9. Frindle by Andrew Clements- Another Amazon Best Seller, this is a funny novel about freedom of speech that features a hero with a will of iron and a heroine with a heart of gold.
  10. Harry Potter Box Set by J.K. Rowlings- Books 1-7 J.K.Rowling has woken up a whole generation to reading The Times The Harry Potter books are that rare thing, a series of stories adored by parents and children alike Daily Telegraph The most remarkable publishing sensation for a generation … the story is told with such momentum, imagination and irrepressible humour that it can captivate both adults and children Sunday Express Hooray for Harry Potter … [Harry’s] adventures are as funny as Roald Dahl’s stories and as vivid as Narnia books – and adults seem to enjoy them as much as their children Daily Mail –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
  11. Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry-  Newbery Medal winner, this book is et in the heavenly islands of the South Pacific and it explores how a fearful boy overcomes his greatest demon.
  12. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan- Amazon Best Seller and Newbery Honor, Destinies overlap when a mysterious musical instrument sets up echoes in the lives of four different teens!

What books will you or your kids be reading over the summer?

15 thoughts on “5th Grade Summer Reading List

  1. Love it! I remember reading Number the Stars and Call It Courage when I was about that age. I have a running list of all the books I read as a child that stuck with me to share with my girls when they get a little older.

  2. My daughter is going into 3rd grade and she’s starting to go through chapter books quickly as well. Whenever we are out and she sees a book she likes, I immediately check the library on my phone to see if they have it. She usually only reads them once anyways! Great post.

  3. Thanks! My daughter’s last day of 4th grade is today!! They grow sooo fast!! She also has a love for reading. Pinning so we can check out the list more.

  4. Ugh…what a crazy list of adult books that are supposed to be for 5th graders! I’m so glad that you created an actual PG list. My daughter is 2 years old and loves to read. That’s all she wants to do morning and night. I read a lot too and so does my husband, so I guess it’s in the genes. It’s nice to know that other parents out there are concerned about what is being taught to our children. Glad you posted this!

  5. Okay hopefully it goes through this time!
    I’m so excited my favorite series made the list!
    Harry Potter completely changed my life. I had a higher reading level than most of my classmates, so I originally read it in the first grade!
    I highly recommend it to each and every soul!

  6. That book list is awesome! “Call It Courage” looks like a great book for me to pass on to a friend’s daughter. Growing up, I was always encouraged to join reading programs at the library, etc. It’s a great way to spend the summer!

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