4th & 5th Grade Reading

Recommended Books

Sharing interesting books is a great way to develop a joy of reading. Books are incredible because of their interesting plots, charismatic characters, imaginative settings, eventful adventures, unraveled mysteries, and explored human dramas hook readers.

Disclaimer: Please buy the books below to support the efforts of the writers, illustrators, and the publishers that make books possible, preferably from local bookstores. Links to pdfs and audio versions of books are available here to improve equity, making books accessible to students who are blind, dyslexic, poor, or who may otherwise have difficulty accessing books. No money is collected from this website.

Many of the books selected are ones that have entered the public domain. For newer books, efforts have been made to select sites that appear to be more reputable and are not charging money without permission. However, at times, it is very difficult to clearly tell who has permission to distribute audio versions of written books. Links have been severed immediately when it has been discovered that certain hosts did not have permission to distribute the audio-books.

Here are some of my family’s and my students’ favorites:

Photo credit: (Ann M. Martin)

  1. The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea
  2. The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey
  3. The Baby-Sitters Club: Mary Anne Saves The Day
  4. The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia & Mean Janine
  5. The Baby-Sitters Club: Dawn & The Impossible Three
  6. The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day
  7. The Baby-Sitters Club: Boy Crazy Stacey

For a complete list of all 131 The Baby-Sitters Club novels, click here.

Photo credits: Stephanie Yue (author: Raina Telgemeier)

Smile – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 (read aloud by Claire)

Sisters – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 (read aloud by Claire)

Ghosts – part 1, part 2 (read aloud by Claire)

Drama – part 1, part 2, part 3 (read aloud by Claire)

Photo credit: Victoria Jamieson (author: Victoria Jamieson)

Roller Girl

Photo credit: Jeff Kinney (author: Jeff Kinney)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 (read by Claire)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 (read by Claire)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 (read by Claire)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

All’s Faire in Middle School

Wings of Fire series (12)

Whatever After series (11+)

Upside Down Magic series (5)

School for Good & Evil series (4)

The Cardboard Kingdom

The Isle of the Lost (4+)

The Land of Stories (6)

Photo credit: Tracy Dockray (author: Beverly Cleary)

The Mouse And The Motorcycle

Runaway Ralph

Ralph S. Mouse

Photo credit: Lin Oliver (author: Henry Winkler)

Hank Zipzer: Niagara Falls, Or Does It?

Hank Zipzer: I Got a D in Salami

Hank Zipzer: The Day of the Iguana

Hank Zipzer: The Zippity Zinger

Hank Zipzer: The Night I Flunked My Field Trip

Hank Zipzer: Holy Enchilada!

Hank Zipzer: Help! Somebody Get Me Out of Fourth Grade!

Hank Zipzer: Summer School! What Genius Thought That Up?

Hank Zipzer: The Secret Life of a Ping-Pong Wizard

Hank Zipzer: My Dog’s a Scaredy-Cat

Hank Zipzer: The Curtain Went Up, My Pants Fell Down

Hank Zipzer: Barfing in the Backseat

Hank Zipzer: Who Ordered This Baby? Definitely Not Me!

Hank Zipzer: The Life of Me (Enter At Your Own Risk)

Hank Zipzer: A Tale of Two Tails

Hank Zipzer: Dump Trucks and Dogsleds

Hank Zipzer: A Brand-New Me!

Further episodes available on YouTube.

Photo credit: Ellen Raskin (author: Madeleine L’Engle)

A Wrinkle in Time

Photo credit: Edward Gorey (author: John Bellairs)

The House with a Clock in its Walls

Photo credit: Lincoln Peirce (author: Lincoln Peirce)

Big Nate: From the Top – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 (read aloud by Claire)

Big Nate: Silent But Deadly – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 (read aloud by Claire)

Amulet: The Stonekeeper – part 1, part 2, part 3 (read aloud by Claire)

Amulet: The Stonekeeper’s Curse – part 1, part 2 (read aloud by Claire)

Amulet: The Cloud Searchers

Photo credit: (author: Robert C. O’Brien)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Little House of the Prairie

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (author: Beatrix Potter)

The Secret Garden

Charlotte’s Web

Classics of Literature (these books have entered the public domain; they are free to download)

(author: Carlo Collodi)

The Adventures of Pinochio; pdf version

(author: Lewis Carroll & Alice Gerstenberg co-authored Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; pdf version

Through the Looking Glass; pdf version

The Story of Dr. Dolittle; pdf version

The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle; pdf version

Gulliver’s Travels; pdf version

 (author: Johanna Spyri)

Heidi; pdf version

The Jungle Book; pdf version (author: Rudyard Kipling)

Peter Pan; pdf version

 (author: Eleanor H. Porter)

Polyanna; pdf version

Polyanna Grows Up; pdf version

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