Sunday, January 5, 2014

5th Grade Reading List

This year I will technically have a 4th and 5th grader, but I have found that both of my girls have done well reading off of the same list and it is pretty easy to find books that stretch across more than 1 grade level so they will continue to read the same books and I will just call it a 5th grade list.

We are working on finishing our 3rd and 4th grade list and while we have done pretty well with me letting them chose what order they read the books in, I am going to change things up a bit. Keira tends to go only for the shorter books thinking they are easier and it takes some convincing to get her to read some of the bigger books which aren't even necessarily more challenging, just longer. Brianna tends to only pick the books about animals. Of course, I have no problem with either of these really, but I am insistent that they will be exposed to a wide variety of literature during their required (oh yes, I require an hour of reading each day) and they are free to read as many short books about animals they desire during their casual reading time. Anyways, I think I will choose the 2 books for them, let them read them and then have them swap so that both girls finish both books and they can be moved onto the "read" shelf.

I compile my lists using other lists from places like Sonlight and Tapestry of Grace. I also prefer to pick books that I have had a chance to read myself, but that doesn't always happen and since I was tortured with bland readers during my school years, I actually missed out on a lot of really good classic literature. My hopes are to have 50 new books for the girls to read each year and a wide variety of genre and difficulty with in reason.

David Livingstone (Christian Heroes Then and Now series)
William Carey (Christian Heroes Then and Now series)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Daughter of the Mountains
Shadow Spinner
Mary Slessor (Christian Heroes Then and Now series)
Call It Courage
The House of Sixty Fathers
The Hobit
Henry Reed Inc
The Kite Fighters
Star of Light
King of  the Wind
Around the World in 80 Days
Red Sand, Blue Sky
Albert Einstein: A Photographic Story of a Life
Billy Graham: Just Get Up & Out of Your Seat
The Breadwinner

Falling Up
Hardy Boys: Tower of Treasure
The Hundred Dresses
Mary Poppins
Pippi Longstocking
Railway Children
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Little Women
Anne of Green Gables
The Secret of the Garden
Carry on Mr Bowditch
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Ella Enchanted
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Because of Windixie
Bridge to Terabithia
The White Stag
A Gathering of Days
It's Like This, Cat
Miracles on Maple Hill
40. By the Great Horn Spoon!
A Wrinkle in Time
The Summer of the Swans
The Land
Maniac Magee
The Midwife's Apprentice
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
The Matchlock Gun
Rabbit Hill
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
Along Came a Dog

I need to add a few more but this is a great start.


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