I believe it’s so important for children to have a choice of what to read. And I love getting recommendations as much as I do giving them to you. Here is the 5th-grade summer reading list, books for your kids ages 10 or 11, split into genres so kids can explore something in every category. I hope it’s helpful!
It’s worth mentioning that these books are great for other grade levels, too. If you want other book lists of easier or harder book lists, go here: Summer Reading List for 4th Grade, Summer Reading List for 6th Grade. See ALL grade levels here.
Summer reading programs can be a great motivation for your fifth graders. I especially love programs that give free books as a reward.
5th Grade Summer Reading List (Ages 10 – 11)
If you like fantasy, you’ll love:
- Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
- Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
- Five Kingdoms (series) by Brandon Mull
- The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr
- In a Glass Grimmly (series) by Adam Gidwitz
- Nightmares! (series) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
If you like adventures, you’ll love
- Masterminds by Gordon Korman
- Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
- The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
If you like mysteries, you’ll love:
- Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
- Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter by Beth Fantaskey
- Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti
- The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
- Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson
- The Frame-Up by Wendy McLeod MacKnight
If you like historical fiction, you’ll love
- The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldeko
- Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink by Tod Olson
- Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older
- Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
- Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher
If you like realistic fiction, try reading:
- The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
- El Deafo by Cece Bell (graphic novel)
- Unteachables by Gordon Korman
- The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
- No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
- New Kid by Jerry Craft (graphic novel)
If you like funny, you’ll laugh your way through these books:
- Origami Yoda (series) by Tom Angleberger
- Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
- Vordak the Incomprehensible by Vordak T. Incomprehensible
- The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
- Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
- The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
If you like animal adventures, you’ll love:
- The Last Dogs(series) by Christopher Holt
- Warriors (series)by Erin Hunter
- Mouseheart (series)by Lisa Fielder
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
- Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
What about NONFICTION? Here are some great choices:
- Two Truths and a Lie by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
- 2020 National Geographic Almanac
- The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome by Jonathan Stokes
- Beavers: The Superpower Field Guides by Rachel Poliquin
- The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman
(Some of these middle-grade chapter books cross over genres. I tried to keep them in the most recognizable groupings I could.)
Don’t forget to find ways to make reading FUN!
Participate in a summer reading program.
Read with a headlamp in bed.
Read on an electronic device. (Free eBooks?)
Start a book club.
Reward reading with . . . more BOOKS! (Kids choose, of course.)
Even More Book Suggestions for Your 5th Graders:
–> More Book Recommendations Plus REVIEWS for 5th Graders
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