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Book Recommendations for

5th Grade and Up

Please remember that these recommendations are guidelines, and may not fit every individual reader. Some advanced younger readers may access more sophisticated books, while some struggling readers will access challenging books about topics that interest them, and many readers occasionally like to spend time with enjoyable titles that aren't especially challenging. Some readers going through a specific personal challenge may want to avoid books about certain serious topics, while other readers going through those challenges may benefit from reading more about it. These grade-level recommendation lists are primarily designed to give adults a good starting place to assist younger readers in their lives - always apply judgment according to individual needs. See individual book description pages for details.

 
Absolutely Almost
All the Answers
Among the Hidden
Athlete vs. Mathlete
Bad Apple: Merits of Mischief
Because of Mr. Terupt
Blue Jasmine
Book of Three / Chronicles of Prydain series
Boys Without Names
The Breadwinner Trilogy
Chasing Vermeer
Circa Now
Courage for Beginners
Counting By 7s
Confetti Girl
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
The Dirt Diary
The Dog Whisperer: Rescue
Drive Me Crazy
Echo
El Deafo
Eleven Birthdays
Ella Enchanted
Eragon
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Esperanza Rising
Everything on a Waffle
Feathers
Fish in a Tree
Flora and Ulysses
Free Thaddeus!
The Garden of My Imaan
The Genius Files
Ghosts
A Gift of Magic
The Girl in the Well is Me
Go Big or Go Home
A Handful of Stars
Harry Potter books 1-4
Hatchet
The Higher Power of Lucky
Holes
How to Steal a Dog
Ida B
Inside Out and Back Again
Keeping Corner
The Kite Fighters
The Lemonade War
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson) series
The Lions of Little Rock
Locomotion
A Long Walk to Water
Lost in the Sun
The Magician's Elephant
Maniac Magee
Masterpiece
Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Mockingbird
Morning Star
My Life with the Liars
The Mysterious Benedict Society

 
Nerd Camp
NERDS
A Night Divided
No Summit Out of Sight
The One and Only Ivan
The Other Half of My Heart
Out of My Mind
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Potato Chip Puzzles
Princess Academy
Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face
Rebel McKenzie
Roller Girl
Ruby on the Outside
Rules
Sahara Special
The School for Good and Evil
Shakespeare's Secret
Shooting Kabul
A Single Shard
The Sisters Grimm
Sliding Into Home
Smile
A Snicker of Magic
Soar
Space Case
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Story Thieves
Strange Case of Origami Yoda (series)
The Tale of Despereaux
A Tangle of Knots
The Tapper Twins
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
A Tiger Rising
Waiting for Normal
Wake Up Missing
A Whole Nother Story
Wonder
A Wrinkle in Time
Zebra Forest