1. “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry – This historical fiction book follows the story of a young Danish girl during World War II and her courageous efforts to save her Jewish best friend.
2. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis – Explore the enchanting world of Narnia as four siblings discover a magical wardrobe that leads them into a thrilling adventure.
3. “Holes” by Louis Sachar – Join Stanley Yelnats as he is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center, where he and other boys are forced to dig holes every day, uncovering a secret buried in the past.
4. “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo – This heartwarming story follows the adventures of Despereaux, a brave mouse, as he sets out to save a princess and bring light to the dark castle.
5. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry – Step into a seemingly utopian society where a young boy named Jonas learns about the true meaning of emotions, memories, and individuality.
6. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio – Follow the inspiring journey of August Pullman, a fifth-grader with a facial difference, as he navigates middle school and teaches others the power of kindness.
7. “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson – Dive into the imaginative world of Jess and Leslie as they create their own kingdom in the woods, based on their friendship and love for adventure.
8. “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan – Embark on a thrilling quest with Percy Jackson, a demigod who discovers his true identity and battles mythological creatures in order to prevent a war among the gods.
9. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Join Mary Lennox as she discovers a hidden garden, unlocks the power of nature, and heals both herself and those around her.
10. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – Begin the magical journey of Harry Potter as he discovers he is a wizard and attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
11. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl – Enter the whimsical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and join Charlie Bucket on a sweet adventure filled with mystery and imagination.
12. “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate – Experience the touching story of Ivan, a captive gorilla, who uses art and friendship to find hope, freedom, and a better life.
13. “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt – Delve into a tale of immortality and the consequences it brings as Winnie Foster meets the Tuck family and must make a life-altering decision.
14. “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster – Accompany Milo on a fantastical journey through a mysterious tollbooth, where he discovers the power of learning, imagination, and words.
15. “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo – Follow Opal as she befriends a stray dog named Winn-Dixie and forms connections with the people in her community, discovering the importance of friendship and acceptance.
16. “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper – Meet Melody, a brilliant fifth-grader with cerebral palsy, as she defies expectations and finds her voice, proving that intelligence comes in many forms.
17. “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin – Solve the mysterious puzzle left by Sam Westing’s will alongside a diverse group of heirs for a chance to inherit his fortune.
18. “The BFG” by Roald Dahl – Enter the thrilling world of giants and dreams with Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant as they work together to stop the other mean giants from harming children.
These books are not only engaging but also offer valuable lessons, spark imagination, and encourage critical thinking. They are sure to captivate fifth-grade students, fostering a love for reading and learning. Happy reading!