Favorite Fifth Grade Read Aloud Texts

Fifth grade teacher friends,  are you looking for the best 5th grade read aloud books?


If you're like me you probably enjoy switching up your read alouds once in awhile and trying something new.  But finding that something new can be a lot of work. When I'm looking for my next read aloud I ask my coworkers for ideas, scour my favorite celebriteacher blogs, stalk the Nerdy Book Club blog, and take recommendations from my fellow literacy fanatics on Instagram.  All of these steps take time and I'm spending this time over and over again throughout the year. Why is finding the perfect read aloud always so hard?

Cue lightbulb -

and then it hit me.........

I realized that instead of repeating this process continuously, I needed to put all of these AMAZING recommendations into a list that I could refer to whenever needed.  AND even better, that I could share with all my fifth grade teacher friends like you!!!

So, here it is friends!!  The BEST fifth grade read alouds - chosen by those who know best.  You!!!

       

All of these recommendations were gathered through your responses on my Wild About Fifth Grade and our Fifth Grade Freebies facebook pages.  I threw in some of my own personal favorites as well.

To make your life even easier, because who has time to search for things?!?, here are links to the read alouds mentioned in the FREEBIE if you're interested.


Historical Fiction:


 


Realistic Fiction: 





Mystery:




Fantasy/Science Fiction:




Enjoy!

Happy back to school season!!!

10 comments

  1. I was bummed Flying Solo was not on the list. It was of my students favorite Every Year! Great book for POV. The students always try to identify the characters as their classmates. Love it! Thank you for the read aloud list. I have read a lot of them. I know what I am doing with the rest of summer!!

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    1. Ralph Fletcher is an amazing author and I loved Flying Solo too. It's so hard to get all of the great books onto only one list. :( Have you read his book Fig Pudding? Whoa, there is a total surprise in that book that I never saw coming!

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  2. I am looking forward to reading Wonderstruck and Maniac Magee with my 5th graders this year. Thanks for sharing the list!

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

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    1. Wonderstruck is the book I'm looking forward to this year also. :)

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  3. I read Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn every October for Halloween. After six years, it is still one of their favorites every time.

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    1. I haven't read that one. Thanks for the recommendation!!

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  4. Great list... can you share some more information (any of you...commenters welcome) about your read aloud time. How often? How long or how much at one time? Specific time of day? Enjoyment or lesson-driven? What do you require/allow your students to do during this read aloud time? Thanks!

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    1. I read aloud every day from a novel. Usually for about 15-20 minutes. During the read aloud time, it's for enjoyment. But we revisit the read aloud often during workshop mini-lessons. So it serves both purposes.

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  6. Hi, great list! Do you have any recommendations for non-fiction titles for the age group?

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