This is part II of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list from last year. Part I is here and covers 3rd and 4th grade books for kids. The grade levels suggestions are from either School Library Journal or Booklist. This year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list is here.
What books for 5th or 6th grade are you and your child enjoying?
Fifth Grade Books
World Cup by Matt Christopher
The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
PickyKidPix loved this special needs character chapter book in 5th grade and it’s on my Top 10 Perfect Read Alouds for 5th Grade list.
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli
Sixth Grade Books
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
I think this novel in verse about immigrating from Vietnam to the United States also works as a read aloud for 4th grade, especially if the class is doing an immigration unit.
The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There by Daniel Pinkwater
High Sixth Grade Books
The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin by Michael D. Beil
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
If you’ve never read Carl Hiaasen before, I’d recommend starting with Hoot. Chomp is his latest.
Hero by Mike Lupica
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
My son and his friends read this in third grade and really enjoyed it. It’s like a less intense version of The Hunger Games. The second book in the series was more traumatic because one of the main characters dies and we didn’t get too far in that one so I can see why this series would be recommended for older kids.
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