Recommended Reads for 4th and 5th Grades



The Babe and I by David Adler  While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers,  a boy meets Babe Ruth.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate  When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall,  meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must  find her a better life.

Frindle by Andrew Clements  When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her,  clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly move  beyond his control.

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron  Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old  aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek  the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very  Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall  While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable  sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay  of his snobbish mother.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly  In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by  her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the  natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney  Greg records his sixth-grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best  friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope to  survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to  save their friendship.

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai  Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when  she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

The Doll People by Ann Martin  A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is  taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn’t follow the Doll Code  of Honor.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan  Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.