Gr. 5 Lit. Survey

a one-year survey of 52 novels for fifth-grade students
who are competent readers

Once you are a competent reader, you should no longer focus on improving your skill level. Instead, you should focus on expanding your knowledge and appreciation of literature while still maintaining your skill level. One way to do this is to use a reading list that will expose you to many different genres, to many different authors and to some of the classics. If you read one novel per week, you will have read all these books by the end of a year.

Canadian Authors
These novels will introduce you to a few great Canadian writers.
Baker, Deidre. Becca At Sea. (AR 4.4)
Berton, Pierre. The Secret World of Og. (AR 5.7)
Cullen, Sean. Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates. (AR 5.1)
Cumyn, Alan. The Secret Life of Owen Skye. (AR 5.5)
Ellis, Deborah. A Company of Fools. (AR 5.2)
Ellis, Sarah. Next-Door Neighbours. (AR 4.6)
Korman, Gordon. The Deep. (AR 5.6)
Lawson, Julie. White Jade Tiger. (AR 4.5)
MacGregor, Roy. Danger in Dinosaur Valley. (AR 5.8)
Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing. (AR 4.7)
Watts, Irene N. Remember Me. (AR 4.5)
Wilson, Eric. Cold Midnight in Vieux Quebec. (AR 4.7)

International Authors
These novels will give you an overview of some great writers from other countries.
Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three. (American; AR 5.3)
Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks. (American; AR 4.7)
Boston, L.M. The Children of Green Knowe. (British; AR 5.3)
Bunting, Eve. The In-Between Days. (American; AR 3.9)
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. (British; AR 6.3)
Codell, Esme. Sahara Special. (American; AR 4.2)
Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog. (American; AR 4.5)
DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Field Guide. (American; AR 4.2)
Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats. (American; AR 5.2)
Garrigue, Sheila. The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito. (American; AR 4.2)
King-Smith, Dick. Babe: the Gallant Pig. (British; AR 5.6)
MacDonald, George. The Light Princess. (British; AR 6.3)
MacLachlan, Patrica. Arthur, For the Very First Time. (American; AR 4.2)
McSwigan, Marie. Snow Treasure. (American; AR 5.3)
Morey, Walt. Gentle Ben. (American; AR 4.8)
Morpurgo, Michael. The Butterfly Lion. (British; AR 4.6)
Nesbit, Edith. The Railway Children. (British; AR 5.5)
Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone. (British; AR 4.8)
Park, Linda Sue. When My Name was Keoko. (American; AR 4.6)
Peck, Richard. On the Wings of Heroes. (American; AR 4.6)
Peck, Robert Newton. Soup. (American; AR 4.4)
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon. (American; 5.4)
Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. (American; AR 6.4)
Spinelli, Jerry. Loser. (American; AR 4.3)
Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins. (British; AR 6.1)
Walsh, Jill Paton. Gaffer Samson’s Luck. (British; AR 4.7)
White, E.B. Stuart Little. (American; AR 6.0)
Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Castle in the Attic. (American; AR 4.9)
Yep, Laurence. The Dragon’s Child. (American; AR 4.4)

Newbery Winners
The Newbery Award was named after a British bookseller who lived in the 1700s: John Newbery. Every year, the American Library Association recognizes one author for making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Note that this is an American award and so many outstanding books from other countries are not eligible. Therefore, it is important to also read great literature from other countries. Keeping that in mind, here are some Newbery novels especially suitable for fifth grade students.
Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath. (2009 Medal Winner; AR 5.2)
Bauer, Marion Dane. On My Honor. (1987 Honor Book; AR 4.7)
Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw. (1984 Medal Winner; AR 4.9)
DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. (2001 Honor Book; AR 3.9)
Enright, Elizabeth. Gone-Away Lake. (1958 Honor Book; AR 5.3)
Fritz, Jean. Homesick, My Own Story. (1983 Honor Book; AR 5.1)
Gantos, Paul. Joey Pigza Loses Control. (2001 Honor Book; AR 4.9)
Holm, Jennifer L. Our Only May Amelia. (2000 Honor Book; AR 4.8)
Horvath, Polly. Everything on a Waffle. (2002 Honor Book; AR 5.8)
Lawson, Robert. Rabbit Hill. (1945 Medal Winner; AR 6.4)
O’Brien, Robert C. The Secret of NIMH. (1972 Medal Winner; AR 5.1)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. The Long Winter. (1941 Honor Book; AR 5.3)

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