My 5th grade son is assigned more reading homework than my 8th grade daughter. He is supposed to read 30 minutes a day; my daughter just 2 hours a week. At my son’s Curriculum Night, his teacher explained that reading just 20 minutes a day dramatically increases a child’s vocabulary. Hence, she assigns them 30 minutes a night.
From Educator’s Briefing
It’s not easy to get kids reading. My son will always choose screens over books so it’s helpful to assign reading. I think it’s also important to make reading pleasurable so it becomes a lifelong habit. I choose a shortlist of books carefully for my son that he then selects from.
I also read out loud to my son every night. Reading aloud has the same benefit as independent reading but with an added incentive. I get to quiz my son as he reads, just to make sure he’s paying attention. Usually, I ask him about a vocabulary word in the book. One easy way is to give him a pair of opposites and have him pick the word meaning.
I hope your son can find books from my son’s list. Tell him that my son recommends them! It’s more convincing when it’s a peer recommendation so I have my son reviewing his book list.
5th Grade Books from 5th Grade Boy
Rising 5th Grade Summer Reading
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks a Lot by Dav Pilkey
When Smart Fart explodes a piece of zygo-gogzille 24, it falls in the group-therapy ward in Piqua Valley. Mr. Meaner eats it and turns extremely smart. He then makes a spray that makes kids do whatever adults want. [graphic novel, ages 6 and up]
Percy Jackson’ Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
Percy summarizes twelve Greek heroes in his own words. [Greek mythology chapter book, ages 8 and up]
My Life as a Gamer by Janet Tashjian
Derrick Fallon is worried about his school tests. Then he and his friends sign up to test a video game. Se he uses video games to help him on the tests. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
A Mango Shaped Space is about a girl with Synesthesia and it’s like. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis and his family used to be rich but then his father leaves and his mother goes crazy. To regain his fortune, Artemis copies a fairy book to try to take their gold. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
It really sucks you into the book and makes you feel like you’re there. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: A Children’s Guide to the Old and New Testament by Christopher Miko
A very cool and creative way to tell people about religion. [graphic novel, ages 7 and up]
5th Grade Book Group
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
A very funny story about two people who aren’t like others. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
5th Grade Classroom Read Aloud
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
A very funny book that we’re only a few chapters in. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
5th Grade Independent Reading
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
A very suspenseful book. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Another hilarious, interesting book by Rick Riordan. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection by Stephan Pastis*
It’s very funny just like all the other books in the series. [notebook novel, ages 8 and up]
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R. J. Palacio
It’s hard to explain. It’s emotional. [like a calendar quote book with short stories, ages 8 and up]
More 5th Grade Books for Boys
Savvy by Ingrid Law
An interesting story about a family with magical powers. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl has to work with the fairy folk to rescue his father who is being held hostage by the Russian mafia. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Novel in verse about family, twin siblings, growing up, and basketball. [novel in verse, ages 8 and up]
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