Fifth Grade Reading List

Fifth Grade Supplemental Reading List

Bible Stories and Catholic Stories:

Dictionary & Thesaurus:

  • Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary, Dorling Kindersley (available at
  • The American Heritage Student Thesaurus, Houghton Mifflin (available at

Recommended Anthologies:

  • American Cardinal Readers, Book Five (available at Book Five contains forty-seven stories and poems, including the following titles: The Childhood of Saint Joan of Arc; The Epiphany; Our Steam Railroads; The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Robert Browning; The Day is Done, Henry W. Longfellow; The Youth of the Holy Priest of Ars; The Story of Sir Isaac Newton, Nathaniel Hawthorne; A Child’s Dream of a Star, Charles Dickens; Aladdin, James Russell Lowell; The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweeper, Hans Christian Andersen; St. Martin of Tours; The Miraculous Pitcher, Nathaniel Hawthorne; The Passion of Our Lord; St. Brigid, Patroness of Ireland; and The Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key.
  • What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know (available at
  • Listen, My Children: Poems for Fifth Graders (available at
  • A Swinger of Birches: Poems of Robert Frost for Young People, by Robert Frost
  • Treasury of Christian Classics for Children, adapted by Rhonda S. Hogan and Mary Hollingsworth
  • D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire (nice illustrations)
  • The Children’s Book of Heroes, edited by William J. Bennett
  • The Children’s Book of Faith, edited by William J. Bennett
  • Leaders of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series – (available at
  • Challenge of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series – (available at
  • Guardian of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series – (available at

Foreign Languages and Cultures:

International Children’s Digital Library (available at

Book Report Books: Saints

  • Mary Fabian Windeat Books (available at Saint Rose of Lima; Saint Martin de Porres; King David and His Songs; Blessed Marie of New France
  • Vision Books (available at Saint Catherine Labouré; Saint John Bosco and Saint Dominic Savio; Saint Pius X; Saint Elizabeth’s Three Crowns

Abridged Classics for Fifth Grade Students:

(available at

  • Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation
  • Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation
  • Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, abridged by the Core Knowledge Foundation

Unabridged Children’s Classics:

  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (recommended edition: The Whole Story, ISBN: 0-670-88879-6)
  • Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
  • Blue Willow; and Hercales, by Doris Gates
  • Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens
  • Evangeline, by Henry W. Longfellow
  • Heidi, by Johanna Spyri, Books of Wonder translation recommended – ISBN: 0-688-14519-1; The Whole Story edition, Viking Press – ISBN: 0-670-86987-2 – good supplemental book – contains only the first 14 chapters.
  • Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey
  • James Herriot’s Treasury for Children, by James Herriot (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers
  • Pinocchio, (complete and unabridged edition) by Carol Collodi
  • Phantom Tollbooth, by Juster Norton
  • Strawberry Girl; and Judy’s Journey, by Lois Lensky
  • The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, (a series of 7 books) by C. S. Lewis
  • The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden
  • The Happy Prince, by Oscar Wilde
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
  • The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling – (The Whole Story Edition: ISBN: 0-670-86797-7)
  • The Little Princess, by Frances Burnette
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis
  • The Nutcracker: A Story and A Ballet, by Ellen Switzer
  • The Perilous Road; and Winter Danger; and Flaming Arrows, (historical fiction) by William O. Steele
  • The Rose Round, by Meriol Trevor (and other books published by Bethlehem Books
  • The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and The Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting
  • The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, (and sequels), by L. Frank Baum (original editions at

American Tall Tales

  • Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales , retold by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
  • Rip Van Winkle; and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; and other tales, by Washington Irving

Non-fiction: American History

A History of US, (10 Volumes) Oxford University Press (

Biographies in American History

Childhood of Famous Americans (series of books) Titles Include:

  • Abraham Lincoln, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Albert Einstein, by Marie Hammontree
  • Annie Oakley, by Ellen Wilson
  • Ben Franklin, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Betsy Ross, by Ann Weil
  • Buffalo Bill, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Clara Barton, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Sacagawea, by Flora Warren Seymour
  • Teddy Roosevelt, by Edd Winfield Parks
  • Daniel Boone, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Davy Crockett, by Aileen Wells Parks
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, by Joanne Landers Henry
  • George Washington, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Geronimo, by George Edward Stanley
  • Henry Ford, by Hazel B. Aird
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Beatrice Gormley
  • Louisa May Alcott, by Beatrice Gormley
  • Martha Washington, by Jean Brown Wagoner
  • Mary Todd Lincoln, by Katharine E. Wilkie
  • Meriwether Lewis, by Charlotta M. Bebenroth
  • Paul Revere, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Pocahontas, by Leslie Gourse
  • Robert E. Lee, by Helen Albee Monsell
  • Sitting Bull, by Augusta Stevenson
  • Susan B. Anthony, by Helen Albee Monsell
  • Thomas Edison, by Sue Guthridge
  • Tom Jefferson, by Helen Albee Monsell
  • Wilbur and Orville Wright, by A. Stevenson

Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books

A wide selection of non-fiction picture books (

Recommended Publishers

Core Knowledge Foundation (adapted classics)
(888) 876-2220

Books of Wonder (finest quality classic editions)
(800) 835-4135

Viking/Penguin Putnam (The Whole Story Classics)

Pauline Books and Media
(800) 876-4463

Ignatius Press
(800) 651-1531

The Neumann Press
(800) 746-2521

TAN Books
(800) 437-5876

Bethlehem Books
(800) 757-6831

Catholic Book Publishing
(888) 662-2356