Books to Read Aloud for Grades 3-5



When I look back on my own elementary days (so very long ago), I can't remember what books my teacher read out loud to us, with one exception: My fourth grade teacher, Mr. Watson.  Mr. Watson read us the best books and he always stopped at the most exciting part, with all of us begging for more. He read us The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and then I had to read the whole Narnia series. We traveled across the tundra with Julie, ran away the the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Claudia, learned lessons the hard way with JD and his brother Tom. Looking back, I can see that Mr. Watson selected his books carefully. All were great literature, of course. But in addition, most were part of a series, or at the very least from a prolific author so that we could find more to read. I am fairly sure that I have Mr. Watson to thank for my life-long love of reading.

So, this all leads to the question, what can you read to delight and inspire your students? I asked this question on facebook and had over 80 responses! Here is a list of their suggestions (along with a few comments from me). To find out more, click on the book title to go to Amazon.

Sideways Stories from the Wayside School by Louis Sachar
I always start the year with my 3rd graders with Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
-Lynne Billiard. 

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar

"Beginning of the year I always read, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom; it lends itself to so many different discussion topics. I warn the kids from the getgo that I will cry, happens EVERY year". 
-Stacy Hancock Barnett 

My 4th graders loved it. One of the characters does a major change in the story. (from a bully to learning to get along with others). It was a great conversation piece for the kids."

-Betsy Steele

"I love to read There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom, I cry every time I read it because of the hope and believing in a child's ability to change.
-Georgia Koepke
I also am a huge fan of this book (and I also cry every time), so much so that I did an entire post on it, which you can read here. 

Holes by Louis Sachar
I also read Holes because I think it it's one out they most brilliantly constructed books ever written for kids.
-Georgia Koepke


This is a great book to teach/model many reading strategies: inference, flashback, compare/contrast... it also has two unlikely heroes which students love to read about and relate to."

-Brian Wiltgen

If you read this and would like to compare it to the movie, you can find a free Book vs. Movie printable here.

Frindle by Andrew Clements
Frindle...my college professor read it to our lit class when it first came out. It is still one of my favorite read alouds ever. Love Nicholas Allen!
-Angie Richter Lowry

Frindle - kids can make a difference.

-Christina Allen

My third graders also went bananas for this book! We extended it by making up our own words. 


No Talking by Andrew Clements

No Talking by Andrew Clements. I read it to my 4th graders; they love the story of the most talkingest 5th grade class ever that one day goes silent as the students have a boys vs. girls no talking contest. It is great fun and opens interesting and important conversations about doing what's right, apologizing when needed, and friendship.
-Brenda Ronnebaum
Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements
There were also days when the kids were a little crazy that we would read Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements. It's the story of a girl who gets sent to the principal's office when she can't stop speaking double-talk. It turns into a fun-filled mouthful that leaves the kids laughing and the reader breathless!
-Jennifer Cramer Armour

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and others) by Roald Dahl
I do a Roald Dahl author study with my third graders. I hook them with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We also learn how chocolate is made and play Wonka BINGO. Then we read James and the Giant Peach and Matilda. I love to read stories where kids are heroes. You could even read The Twits, The Witches, and The BFG. What a great author!
-Melanie Stubbs-Kight

The Witches by Roald Dahl
I love Witches by Roald Dahl....love using character voices and it starts the students off on a love of my favorite author.
-Deanna Blaccoreni

My 4th-sters loved the suspense in each chapter! It's a long book, but the author does an amazing job in developing and describing the characters. The visualization opportunities are fantastic!
-Melissa Broadbent McNamara

The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons go to Birmingham  is also fantastic! Great for using when discussing the civil rights movement.
-Leah Fick McCollum
Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko 
My 5th graders looooved it. Even my non readers couldn't put it down. It also leads to many great conversations.
-Leah Fick McCollum

After Hamelin by Bill Richardson
In fifth grade, a little later in the year, I love After Hamelin by Bill Richardson. It continues the Pied Piper story, and is good for multiple time settings, inferences, and fun!
-Debbie Sauer

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM by Robert C. O'Brien
I teach 3rd and have many favorites - the one the kids love the most is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. I love when they start to connect things that are happening and beg me not to stop reading. I like that it describes things that are happening and the kids have to figure things out. I also like that it is an old book and no kid in all my teaching has ever picked it out to read on their own. Every year the kids tell me it is their favorite.
-Sherie Malta

Silver Crown by Robert O'Brien
Silver Crown by Robert O'Brien...wonderful characters, very suspenseful with a lot of twists...all my 5th graders say it was the best book of the year. No sure I would go younger!
-Faith Siegrist

Poppy by Avi
Poppy by Avi...the imagery that is created by his descriptive writing is a great springboard for learning!
-Lesley Finley Hutton
Poppy by Avi-It encompasses a strong female lead character who is a mouse. This story includes a strong story line, amazing characters, each of which represents different traits, and an opportunity to study an amazing author and his techniques. And, most importantly, it has Ereth, the most lovable porcupine ever!!!
-Julie Slocum Santello
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I love how the characters have flaws and problems, but are able to overcome them and work together to become friends. Opal learns that friends can come in all shapes and sizes, and are there for you when you least expect it. Wonderfully written book!
-Robin Klein
Because of Winn Dixie was a class favorite last year when I taught a multiage 3rd/4th grade. It was a beautiful story about friendship and acceptance.
-Elissa Weiss Kriesman
I try to finish up the year with "Because of Winn-Dixie". We love to create images and do so many other reading strategies with it.
-Jamie Walters

Because of Winn-Dixie is one I read every year! It has great characters, and the students seem to always love the story. It's a personal favorite of mine.
-Taliha Gipson

There are so many themes, but the greatest one is about loneliness and making friends. Students can create their top ten things about themselves or someone special in their lives. We usually watch the movie later in the year and use a Venn diagram to compare the book and the movie. I also ask students to compare how they pictured characters in their heads while reading with how they were portrayed in the movie. They love it!
-Joy Penner

Because of Mr. Terrupt by Rob Buyea (and others)
If you want to address bullying, Because of Mr. Terrupt is amazing. It is about a 4th grade class, but I used it in Middle school. Also, anything by Peg Kehret because she is reader friendly, but intense. Firegirl is also great.
-Becky Askin

AWESOME!!!! Mr. Terupt is a new teacher to the school and the 5th grade class...his teaching techniques are unique but inspiring...there is a bully, geeks, quiet boy, one that hates school, then tragedy strikes...and the 5th graders have to use all that they have been learning from this teacher to get through this...Read it first...you need to know what happens before you read it aloud!!! One of the BEST Books i have ever read...not even as a child's book.
-Stacy Hindin Stark

Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of School by Kenneth Derby
The students love the advenutures of TB as he tried to get on the David Letterman Show. It is full of laughs and an easy read.
-Janice Edgar

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

I love to read Where the Red Fern Grows - I use it in the second semester as we are discussing figurative language. It is also good to use for teaching various emotions readers go through while reading the book. My fourth graders love it. We laugh and cry all the way through the book.
-Shannon Hickok Bell

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars is my favorite book. We always start the year reading that book. I have a classroom set though, so it may not exactly be a read aloud, because sometimes they read to me. It provides opportunities for class discussions. I am also able to incorporate quite a few different skills into our discussions. (Context clues, main idea, sequencing, ...) For some reason, each year it seems to be the favorite among the majority of my students. We read lots of historical fiction, but they seem to especially get into this time in history and all that was happening in different parts of the world. Without all the fabulous language arts skills I weave into it, the story is just an incredible story of bravery, courage, sacrifice, and friendship.
-Mindy Tripp

This is also a favorite of mine, though I have used it for reading groups rather than read aloud. 

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
I love reading Gooney Bird Greene to my 5th graders. There is vivid vocabulary throughout, which ties in nicely when I explain that students need to do the same thing to spice up their writing.
-Asher Richmond

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikelson
A favorite with both my third graders and the fifth graders I have taught is Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikelson. The kids are very focused on everything bad that has happened to this "older" boy and they watch how hard he has to struggle to make changes in himself, his life and his family no matter how hard life treats him. It is a great book for watching how a character grows and changes. Best read toward the end of third grade or higher.
-Amy Brannon

Storm Runners by Roland Smith
I teach 5th grade. I began last year with the chapter book Storm Runners by Roland Smith. It is so exciting and really grabs the attention of my boy readers with its strong male character and my girls with its brave and confident female character. I love the book and my students beg for me to continue the series (3 total books). It's a great way to introduce kids to a fabulous writer and start them with a thrilling series!
-Jen Kiger McElroy
I always read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the beginning of the year. My 4th graders love the characters, especially Fudge and his antics!
-Marianna DiPietro Wentz

I love reading Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing, just a funny read and the kids can always relate.
-Marla Rattner 
I've always read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to start the year with my fourth graders....this year I figured I would use this book to launch the reading workshop, reading response logs, etc. The kids love Fudge and his antics!
-Lesley Taylor
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. The main character is a china rabbit who learns to love. My 4th graders beg me to keep reading.
- Shannon Cassevah Smith 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Di Camillo is outstanding. Great for character study and how a character changes over time. Beautiful book!
-Sandy Bayha Bajczuk

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George. We would read this story before we went on our annual 4th grade camping trip. It's a coming-of-age story about a boy who leaves his home to live and survive on his own in the mountains.
-Jennifer Cramer Armour


The best book for boys is "My side of the mountain", by Jean Craighead George. A real adventure with a beautiful ending.
-Olivia Wolfe
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
This book is so beautifuly written, with many characteristics woven through it, like trust, friendship, acceptance, and love. The author does a wonderful job!!
-Jody Lynne Billiard

Charlotte's Web by  E.B. White
Charlotte's Web. There's no other book like it to teach my fourth graders about friendship.
-Liz Silva Luebke

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rawling

For sheer fun and fantasy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Invariably, many of my students pick up the next books in the series after we read this one!-Liz Silva Luebke

Starting School with an Enemy by Elisa Carbone

Starting School With An Enemy - perfect for fifth graders and it talks about how getting even can create even more trouble.
-Rebecca Cox

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I love The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I have read it to third graders and fourth graders and they are immediately hooked! It is written on a sixth or seventh grade level, but it has a lot of rich vocabulary and sophisticated humor. I model thinking aloud, introduce new words, and make predictions based on foreshadowing clues. I highly recommend the series!
-Jenifer Watson Stewart

Granny by Anthony Horowitz

I have read Granny by Anthony Horowitz to my 10,11 and 12 year olds. They love it and it has some excellent character description in it that I use as models when teaching character writing. Anything by Anthony Horowitz is great really. 

Thank You, Mr.Falker by Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr.Falker by Patricia Polacco. This book let's kids know that anyone can overcome obstacles. I love that the teacher "saves" the child, and helps her value herself. Sometimes our students feel that they have to keep things hidden, but this book shows how others can help, when they know the problem
.-Edna Armstrong

Thank you, Mr. Falker is great for awareness of bullying and the strength by the main character (surprise ending). I also love The Junkyard Wonders to show teamwork and diversity. I also love to read stories from Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul or Preteen's Soul...they are perfect for read-aloud time.
-Sonja Gillend McGinnis

4th Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli

4th Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli. I use it at the beginning of the year to tie in with showing good character. 
-Jamie Walters

I love to read Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinneli. It has such a good theme, and the kids absolutely love it. It is something that every student can relate to in one way or another.
-Jill Burkhart Slocum

Fourth Grade Rats by J. Spinelli because it gets the class laughing and sends a great message all at the same time!
-Chrissy Rene

Skeleton Creek by Patricia Carman
I like to read Skeleton Creek to my class. They love, love, love the videos that goes with the book. I chose this book because there are three more books in the series and I like integration with technology and so do my students.
-Hazel Wiley Lochhaas

Islands (series) by Gordon Korman

I read the Gordon Korman series, Island, at the beginning of the year because it really grabs the kids, and it is perfect for character and author's technique. There really is a purpose for each of the characters, and it opens up great discussions. :)
-Crystal Brooks Merrifield

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

My kids love The Boxcar Children. It hooks them to the rest of the series. The look on their faces when THEY know about the grandfather and the children don't yet is so precious.
-Debbi Wilson Watson
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth, The author uses language in the most interesting ways. I use it for discussion about language, and for vocabulary.
-Missy Gaston

If you have missed this classic book, be sure to give it a try...such a brilliant concept!
Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher 
It is a great story and great springboard for talking about traditions, differences between families, and loss. The discussions based on the book are endless. The kids love it. I have made copies of specific text and events in the story to use during reading workshop for independent reading conferences. The kids are so familiar with the text that I recycle it all year long. After this we always read Flying Solo.
-Rande Siper
The 39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan
there are 11 books, we started the first one in March (I never read the entire series - - but this one doesn't tie things up at the end.) By mid-May several students in my class had purchased more in the series for summer reading.
-Sally Wright
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Great Gilly Hopkins is a great character study for my fifth graders. Her boldness and tough spirit is something everyone can connect with in fifth grade, and then the kids learn from her moment of change. 
-Marcia Reidy Barrio
The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
 My students hang off their seats and love the rest of the series!!! It is an excellent mystery, adventure, and story of friendship! I absolutely love it.
-Lily McDonald Page
Skinnybones by Barbara Park
It is about a boy that does some funny things.
-Carla Terrian
Danger In the Desert by T.S Fields
Every chapter ends with them wanting more. Its so exciting to see the kids get into the story.
-Stacy Ward
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
I am reading When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead to my 5th graders. Takes a few chapters to get started, but now they are constantly asking me to read more. Love to have them do character traits and predictions with this book.
-Bonita French

This is also a fun one for those of us who were kids in the 70s
 
Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil
I LOVE to read Leon and the Spitting Image because the voice of Miss Hagmeier is way too fun! The kids love the magical elements mixed into regular school life.
-Erica Bradford
Once by Morris Gleitzman
For grade 5s I read Morris Gleitzmans Once, Then, and Now - about world war 2 from a child perspective. Serious but with light relief. Kids love the excellent characters!
-Cindy Townsend
Walking With the Dead by LM Falcone
Another one that I like because I teach ancient Greece, it's called Walking With the Dead by LM Falconethe kids loved it this year when I read it
-Marla Rattner
Niagara Falls, Or Does It? by Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler books- gotta love Hank Zipser! The main character has learning difficulties but is always trying new ways to overcome things! Hysterical!
-Meg Lakotos Basker
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; it magically holds the attention of boys and girls, it's both funny and touching!
-Yvette Lewis
A Christmas Sonata by Gary Paulsen
At Christmas, I love to read the story A Christmas Sonata by Gary Paulsen (4-5 graders). It's a story of a special Christmas in 1943 that restores a hope and belief of Santa.
-Jennifer Cramer Armour

The Day my Butt went Psycho by Andy Griffiths
I had a class that loved gross humor. So, we read some of "The Day My Butt Went Psyco." I laughed so hard that I cried!
-Charlotte Tyson Jones
Picture Books

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
I love reiterating to my students that it is ok to be themselves no matter what others think. I even painted stripes on my face for Read a Loud Day.
- Demarian Hall 
It's just such an excellent book to use as a metaphor for life. It has many lessons about feeling lost, lonely, winning, losing and just about finding your feet and living your own life. 
-Rich Games for Learning
I can't read it without crying. This is an African tale that lends itself nicely to the topic of kindness.
-Judi Donald Cantrell
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Miss Rumphius is the first book I read to my students. I think the message that our job is to make the world a more beautiful place is the most important lesson I teach.
-Linda Hinds Helper
My favorite is Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna. I love it because of the moral in the story about not believing everything you see and hear and how hard it is to undo damage that you cause by spreading tales. The art is gorgeous in this book as well.
-Jennifer Ratliff Sullivan
Mr. Peabody's Apples because it talks about the power of words.
-Denise Mazzarisi Dirlik
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
Because it also talks about words. Each of us has a bucket and we fill ours if we do something nice, while filling another's bucket. We also empty ours when we do something wrong.
-Denise Mazzarisi Dirlik
Here are some more you might want to check out:
I recommend books by Eve Bunting - picture books with intermediate themes like: How Many Days to America? (Immigration), Fly Away Home (living homeless in an airport) Smoky Night (LA Riots) The Wall (Viet Nam memorial) .....etc.
-Nancy Loberg Reinhiller
Also any new Brian Selznick books WonderStruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. They are AMAZING!!
-Marcia Reidy Barrio
I also have to mention Adeline, Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne, Faith and the Electric Dogs, We Can't All be Rattlesnakes both by Patrick Jennings. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is a MUST read, my 3rd graders LOVED it! And my most favorite if I had to choose one is The Underneath by Kathy Appelt, an incredibly powerful book!
-Jody Lynne Billiard

Stone Fox is wonderful for 3rd grade. I also like to read an A to Z Mystery to introduce that series of books. Last year I read Earthquake Terror and even though it was a bit scary, the kids really liked it.

-Monica Horn
Great "everybody" books for read aloud: Llama Llama Red Pajama, The Recess Queen, Fortunately, There's No Such Thing as Dragons, I Wish I was Sick, Too ....my 4th graders have thoroughly enjoyed the short reads. Choose Your Own Adventure books make for good read alouds as well as encouraging mutual decision making. Sisters Grimm series, Among the Hidden...or any Margaret Peterson Haddix, for that matter! Beverly Cleary, Andrew Clements, Mo Willems, Lemony Snicket. The Graveyard Book, The Black Book of Secrets, Horns and Wrinkles, Catwings, BFG, Walk Two Moons, The Very Sad Story of Betty O'Dare, Stargirl, The Book of Story Beginnings, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, Bunnicula, Noisy Nora, Wait Till Helen Comes, Tikki Tikki Tembo, My Great Aunt Arizona, The Book Thief, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle .... So many wonderful books!!!!!
-April Dawn Davidson
Do you have more to add? Please comment with your favorites.

40 comments:

5th Grade said...

I love the fablehaven series. An amazing fantasy that gets kids wanting more!

Katrina said...

Great list of books!! I always read Sign of the Beaver with my class. It is a great book to discuss being friends with people who are different than you.

Thanks for sharing this list.
Katrina

CoffeeHolic said...

Great list of book! I am currently reading The Overlander series by Susan Collins. Great series! I would like to ask you if you have Task Cards for Inflectional Endings? If you do, I cannot seem to find them...

Thanks,
Stephanie

lerin said...

I always read True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and the kids never want me to put it down.

Rachel Lynette said...

What great suggestions, thanks!

Stephanie,

I don't have cards specifically for inflectional endings. I do have a set of simple suffix cards here:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Suffix-Task-Cards-32-Sentence-Cards-for-CCS-L24-and-L34

And I am making bundled set of cards to deal with tricky suffixes (silent e, doubling consonants, and tricky y), that will be available later this week. Hope that helps!

Kimmie said...

I also read Sideways Stories from Wayside School to begin the year. It's great to see if the kids can keep up with each character and they DO! I also love The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman to read at holiday time. Last year my class really got into Taylor Made Tales. There are several in the series. They also love anything written by Roal Dahl (as do I)- Esio Trot is a fav. as is The Enormous Crocodile. Oh, and don't forget Bunnicula!!

Anonymous said...

Great list of books; thanks for sharing. I love to read, My Mouth is a Volcano to my 4th grade students.

Diana said...

My favorite author is Jerry Spinelli...my 5th graders start the year with Maniac Magee as our first readaloud...loaded with figurative language and themes such as racism, friendship, loss, and more. There are several teary moments...Loser is also a wonderful story. Spinelli creates such amazing lead characters!

maleela hong said...

I like Homecoming and Dicey'Song by Cynthia Voigt. Hole and Matilda are my favourites too.

Anonymous said...

I love the American Chiller series. They always keep the kids engaged and makes for great predictions.

Anonymous said...

The Humphrey series is cute too. Start with The World According to Humphrey, he's a classroom pet that happens to be a hamster.

Anonymous said...

We always read two books by Rodman Filbrick-- Freak the Mighty and Max the Mighty. These are two books that explore an unlikely friendship involving a young boy named Maxwell Kane, a boy named Kevin and a girl named Worm. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger that keeps the students asking for more. Lots of figurative language, good morals and a coming of age ending. Filbrick also wrote Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, a wonderful historical fiction during the Civil War.

Anonymous said...

I love reading A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck to my Fourth Graders. I love Grandma! Plus it gives me the opportunity to teach them a little history along with story elements.

Genora said...

I Love Shiloh and Hatchet!!!! Also love Tuck Everlasting!!!

Reyel Tex said...

I always start by reading the first Fablehaven book. Then Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. Then anything by Cornelia Funke, particularly The Thief Lord!

Anonymous said...

Trouble River by Betsy Byars is a great book to read aloud.

Vicky Hadley said...

I absolutely love "Summer of the Monkeys" by Wilson Rawls!

Anonymous said...

I love Richard Peck's books, A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder....full of colorful characters and lessons on giving to others.

Ms. Hughes said...

Every year my students' favorite book is The Cay. It is a book about race and is simply amazing. Short, so it makes for an excellent read aloud. First couple of chapters are a bit tough, but then the kids beg for it not to be put down. Must read with proper accent :)

Melody McGillicuddy said...

My students love Maniac Magee, Indian in the Cupboard, and books from The Great Brain series.

Anonymous said...

I read "The Graduation of Jake Moon" by Barbara Park to my class every year. It helps students understand Alzheimers.

MrsSeverson said...

I read Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls to my fifth grade students.They loved the characters JayBerry and his hound dog. My students enjoyed the humor and adventure. This book has always been a personal favorite of mine. I'll never forget when my fourth grade teacher read it aloud to our class.

Jo said...

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a fairly quick read and e touching exploration of courage in adversity. Also a way to touch on WW11.

This year, my 5/6 class have loved 'Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief'. It has taken us a while to get through but they LOVE learning about mythology and they relate really well to Percy's character.

Anonymous said...

A Dog Called Kitty is another great book!! It is by Bill Wallace. My fourth graders love it!!!!

Sharon said...

I've read On My Honor (Newbery winner); I liked it as a kid; and my fifth graders liked it too. I also read some chapters of Boy by Roald Dahl when doing an author study of him.

JenniferS said...

A new one by Kate DeCamillo that I love is "The Magician's Elephant." Also, "The One and Only Ivan" is wonderful, but makes me tear up a lot!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Beverly Cleary) is one of my favorites; there's always a child or five in my class that can really relate to the divorce issue in this book, and I love seeing how the kids observe how much the main character grows through the story. They also find it hard to believe that it was written "way back in the '70's!!!" That part cracks me up!

Anonymous said...

I read Wonder to my 5th grade class and they always wanted me to read more. Lots of teaching moments with this one - friendship, bullying, courage, understanding others with differences...

Jen Noe said...

Dan Gutman's My Weird School Series. Funny and kids can relate in almost everything. My third graders are hooked on tese. They are obsessed! Always looking for the next Scholastic Catalogue to see if there is a new one.

Jen Noe said...

Oh...and A Dog Called Homeless. Very touching...I loved it.

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SueJoyA said...

My class of 3rd graders always loves Cuckoo Child by Dick King-Smith.

Terri Wakild said...

Great list! I would add Rules, and if you have a document camera (pictures are very integral to story and abundant) Wonderstruck and Regarding the Fountain. Also for picture books, anything by Chris VanAllsburg, especially Harris Burdick to inspire writing, and Two Bad Ants.

Lori Neuland said...

Books I've read aloud to my 5th graders: The Captive by Joyce Hansen (an African boy is kidnapped and forced into slavery, spends the book trying to get home).Usually their favorite,inspires lots of discussion, I've read it for years. Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone, about Jamestown settlement in 1607. George Washington's Socks by Elivra Woodruff. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Did you notice a trend of historical fiction? The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright, great lesson on being different. The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is a classic but was "taken away" from 5th and now 6th gets to read it. (Boohoo)

Teri Hurtuk said...

I love to read the book Faithful Elephants with a small group. It tells about WWII through the lens of a zoo. Fantastic illustrations as well. For chapter books I like to read The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant (great for predictions), The Phantom Tollbooth, The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall (an oldy but a goody), and Three Times Lucky.

Dawn said...

I always try to get my students hooked on a series or a favorite author of mine.

Here are a few I read:
"Sideways Stories from Wayside school" (series)
"The Best Halloween ever" (series)
"The BFG" by Roald Dahl (Fav author)
"Among the Hidden" (series and fav author)

Anonymous said...

I begin the school year with Roland Smith's "Zach's Lie" and then read the sequel "Jack's Run." The books are about a family that is in the witness security program and the problems they encounter. I've read these books to start the year for the past 8 years. My students beg me to read to them! Then there are many excellent books for them to read by the same author.

Christy said...

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. My kids were instantly enthralled with this story, and it's great if you do anything with fairy tales!

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KristiLynne said...

I love reading Time for Andrew by Mary Downing Hahn to my 5th graders. It is a "ghost story", but actually more of a switching places across time story. Hahn is a fairly prolific writer, so reading Time for Andrew invariably results in many kids reading more of her books.

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