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Suggested titles for students in Grades 4 & 5

Non-fiction titles

**Parents are urged to consider titles for read-a-loud or independent reading.**


Book of Heroes Boyer, Crispin. The Book of Heroes :Tales of History's Most Daring Dudes
Looks at notable men and their accomplishments throughout history. Capsule profiles of brave pioneers in disciplines ranging from sports and technology to history and civil rights are complemented by high-quality photography and engaging text.

\Solving the Pizzle Burleigh, Robert. Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea : Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Presents the life of the scientist responsible for the first map of the ocean floor, describing her experiences as a female scientist and her pioneering work which led to the confirmation of the theory of continental drift.
What's for LUnch Curtis, Andrea. What's for Lunch? : How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World
Describes what children around the world eat for lunch, including children in Japan, Kenya, Afghanistan, the United States, Peru, Canada, and more.
Book of Heroines Drimmer, Stephanie Warren. The book of heroines : tales of history's gutsiest gals
Looks at notable women and their accomplishments throughout history. Profiles of women famed for their pioneering heroism in such fields as human rights, science and sports are complemented by high-quality photography and include entries for such individuals as Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa
and Sacagawea.

How to Swallow Jenkins, Steve. How to swallow a pig : step-by-step advice from the animal kingdom
A clever and whimsical nonfiction book about animal behavior disguised as a How-to/Advice book by the bestselling team of Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.
I Dissent Levy, Debbie. I dissent : Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her mark
A picture book portrait of the second woman named to the United States Supreme Court. Traces her achievements through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment and human rights injustice.
Weird but Ture National Geographic. Weird but true! : 300 outrageous facts
Collects three hundred quirky and fun facts about a variety of topics, such as animals, planets, and food.

Mercedes Raven, Margot Theis. Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot : a true story of the Berlin airlift and the candy that dropped from the sky.
The true story of a young German girl, Mercedes Simon, and of the American pilot, Gail Halvorsen, who shared hope and joy with the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the Airlift.
Maker Projects Sjonger, Rebecca. Maker projects for kids who love games
Introduces readers to the basics of game design from board games to video games, including game components and systems, prototype design, and play testing, introduces the world's greatest game makers, includes step-by-step Maker game projects.
Radiant Child Steptoe, Javaka. Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
2017 Caldecott Award winner. An introduction to the early life and achievements of modern art master Jean-Michel Basquiat describes how as a boy he saw art in all things and used his unique collage-style paintings to convey the pulsing, dynamic energy of New York City.



Fiction titles


The Terrible Two

Barnett, Mac. The terrible two get worse
Friends and pranking partners Miles and Niles face a tough challenge when their favorite goat and nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern, no-nonsense father, Former Principal Barkin, who turns the school into boot camp.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Barnhill, Kelly Regan. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
13-year-old Luna learns that the forest witch, Xan, has given her magical powers when Xan accidentally fed her moonlight instead of starlight. 2017 Newbery Award Winner.
Beatty, Robert. Serafina and the black cloak
In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.
The Wild Robot
Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.
Freedom Over Me
Bryan, Ashley. Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Camper, Cathy. Lowriders in Space Book 1
Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.
Book Scavenger
Chambliss Bertman, Jennifer. Book Scavenger
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

The Land of Stories

Raynie Nightingale

The Inquisitors Tale

Full of Beans

Sunnyside Up

Steamboat School

The Key to Extraordinary

A Handful of Stars

Click Here to Start

Dog Man Unleashed


Paper Wishes

Wolf Hollow
Colfer, Chris. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic.

DiCamillo, Kate. Raynie Nightingale
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

Gidwitz, Adam. The Inquisitor’s Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog

Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

Holm, Jennifer.
Full of Beans
Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

Holm, Jennifer. Sunny Side Up

After her older brother starts acting strangely, Sunny Lewin is shipped off to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. She makes a friend her age and tries to enjoy her stay but, other than Buzz, everyone is really old. Besides, Sunny just knows her parents sent her away because she somehow made her brother the way he is. She just wants things to go back to how they were before.

Hopkinson, Deborah. Steamboat School

In 1847 St. Louis, Missouri, when a new law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution to the new state law by moving his school to a steamboat in the Mississippi River.

Lloyd, Natalie. The Key to Extraordinary

Everyone in Emma's family is special. Her ancestors include Revolutionary War spies, brilliant scientists, and famous musicians - every single one of which learned of their extraordinary destiny through a dream.

Lord, Cynthia.
A Handful of Stars
When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.

Markell, Denis. Click here to start : a novel

When Ted inherits his uncle's apartment "and all the treasure within," he realizes the apartment is set up like a real-life video game and must solve the puzzles with his friends to discover the treasure.

Pilkey, Dav. Dog Man Unleashed

Dog Man is still learning a few tricks of the trade. Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Something fishy is going on! Can Dog Man unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city?

Segel, Jason. Nightmares!
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late.

Sepahban, Lois. Paper Wishes

Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.

Wolk, Lauren.
Wolf Hollow: A Novel
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.


Authors and Series

Tom Angleberger
Sharon Creech
Dan Gutman
Kate Klise
Mike Lupica
Ann M. Martin
Wendy Mass
Rick Riordan


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