Saturday, August 3, 2019

Best Book List: Personal Favorites #BestBooks #iLoveMG

At the end of the year, I asked my fifth grade students to create their own Best Book List, themed however they wished. Click our Best Book tag for more lists or #iLoveMG for individual books recommended by my fifth graders. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Check out #3rdfor3rd for kid recommendations from when I taught third grade.

Probably Every Book I Read in Fifth Grade that You Should Read!

Recommended by MT

Personal favorites:

  • The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt (Has sort of a Romantic genre, don’t read it if you don’t like Romance!)
  • Better Than Nate Ever by Tim Federle (Was my assigned book club book, however was slightly weird.)
  • Lemons by Melissa Savage (Katie has this in her library! SO GOOD!!!)
  • Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang (Super good for dog lovers!🐶)
  • The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz (Good book, and I’m pretty sure it’s in the school library)
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord (About an older girl, who’s brother has autism. Good book, in Katie’s library)
  • Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (A book club book, my favorite of them. In Katie’s library. READ IT!!!)
  • Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (The first in the Vanderbeeker’s series. Amazing! In Katie’s library)
  • Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser (Second in the Vanderbeeker’s series, also AMAZING)
  • The Truth about Martians by Melissa Savage (Another by Melissa Savage, really good. You should read it.)
  • The Sky at our Feet by Nadia Hashimi (Very touching, also saddish. If you haven’t read it, go do it. I think it’s in the school library)
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelley (About a girl who is deaf, and sets out on a journey of a lifetime.)
  • Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (About baseball and women’s rights. In school library)
  • The Amazing Magicians of Elephant County by Adam Perry
  • LION by Saroo Brierley
  • George by Alex Gino (About a transgender girl who still hasn’t told their mom how they feel)

Student-designed cover for Better Nate Than Ever

More good books:

  • Max Einstein by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
  • We are Party People by Leslie Margolis
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Into the Lion’s Den by Linda Fairstein
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  • Story Thieves by James Riley
  • Bloomability by Sharon Creech
  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

Click here for all of our Best Books posts or here for more great middle grade recommendations. What are your favorite fantasy books?

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