Books that I love to use in the fifth grade classroom!

Read Alouds:

  • Seedfolks by Paul Fleishmen
  • Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher
  • Word Eater by Mary Amato
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • When I Was Your Age Edited by Amy Ehrlich
  • Guys Write For Guys Read Edited by Jon Scieszka
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul books
  • Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Vangogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant
  • Hey World, Here I Am! by Jean Little
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
  • The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
  • A Nation’s Hope by Matt De La Pena
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio

Poetry Books:

  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  • Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
  • Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield
  • Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
  • Big Talk by Paul Fleichman
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Pizza, Pigs & Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky
  • A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
  • A Writing Type of Day: Poems for Young Poets by Ralph Fletcher

Book Club Books:

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • The Report Card by Andrew Clements
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • My Name is Keoko by Linda Sue Park
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Genifer Choldenko
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Bull Run by Paul Fleischman
  • The Fighting Ground by Avi
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis

Mentor Texts:

    • Eleven by Sandra Cisneros
    • I Have a Dream Speech (excerpt) by Martin Luther King Jr.
    • House of Mango Street (short stories) by Sandra Cisneros
    • Maniac Magee (excerpts) by Jerri Spinelli
    • Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
    • Fireflies by Julie Brinkoe
    • Shortcut by Donald Crews
    • The Paperboy by Dav Pilky
    • Those Shoes by Maribeth Bolts
    • Shark Attack by Cathy East Dubowski
    • A Writer’s Notebook by Ralph Fletcher
    • Live Writing by Ralph Fletcher
    • How to Write Your Life Story by Ralph Fletcher
    • How Writers Work by Ralph Fletcher
    • Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto
    • Fox by Margaret Wild

Professional Books I Can Read Over and Over Again!

  • Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
  • Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith
  • Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones

Reading & Writing Workshop:

  • The Art of Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins
  • In the Middle by Nancie Atwell
  • Awakening the Heart by Georgia Heard
  • When Kids Can’t Read by Kylene Beers
  • Hidden Gems by Katherine Bomer
  • Words Their Way by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templetone & Francine Johnston
  • The Power of Grammar by Mary Ehrenworth & Vicki Vinton
  • Day by Day by Ruth Ayers & Stacey Shubitz
  • Craft Lessons by Ralph Fletcher & Joann Portalupi
  • Nonfiction Matters by Stephanie Harvey
  • How’s It Going? by Carl Anderson
  • Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo
  • Notebook Connections by Aimee Buckner
  • Independent Writing by Colleen Cruz

4 thoughts on “Books

  1. Denise Krebs says:

    Wow, I love this book list. I’ve taught 2nd-8th grades, and so many of these books are familiar. I’ve seen other titles on your list I want to read, especially your professional books you can read over and over. Thanks for posting this list! Denise

  2. Maria Dudley says:

    I’m a teacher too, in California, and you and I have read many of the same books! I am a huge fan of Lucy Calkins and Nancie Atwell and others. I teach writing to home schoolers (a strange job, but I stumbled upon it) and I use many of those books about to teach writing. I am excited to look up some of those books that I have not heard of! Thanks for a great blog! I stumbled across your blog when I was searching for the text of “Your Name in Gold.” I lost my printout of the story, which I use in my classes, and thought I’d google it and found the text in your blog. Thank you!

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