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Old 08-01-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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I am sure this has been posted many times before, but I am new to 5th grade this year after teaching 1st for the last 5 years. I need the titles of some good and/or popular books for fifth graders to build my classroom library. Things have changed so much since I taught an upper grade some 7 years ago! Thanks!


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I try to put contemporary authors in my classroom library. My students love anything by Jon Scieszka or Andrew Clements. Another way to get an idea of what students like is to do a survey at the beginning of the year. Ask them what their interests are. You can also ask what types of books they like, but the interest question will help, especially with the boys. I try to keep a basket with sports related themes, airplanes, comics, male authors,etc on top of my book shelf to make it easier for the boys to choose from. Most of mine didn't like to dig around on the bookshelf to find what they wanted. You can also ask your media specialist (librarian) to keep an eye out for you, watch the books they check out from the library. Hope this helps.
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Here were the big hits in my room last year
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Anything by Andrew Clements, Rick Riordan (the Percy Jackson series), Margaret Peterson Haddix (Among the Hidden series, Lost/Found), Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, anything by Gary Paulsen, anything by Christopher Paul Curtis, and the Anthony Horowitz series. My kids tended to like series where they could get into the characters and follow them from book to book.
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My kids liked the Warrior series by Erin Hunter and the Alex Rider books (sorry I can't remember the author right now!) When my ds gets home I'll ask him for more ideas...he was in 5th with me last year.
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Fifth graders I have had also liked books by Mary Downing Hahn and Avi. (As well as many of the suggestions already given.)


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I had several kids that read the entire Series of Unfortunate Events collection last year. My kids liked The Lightening Thief, Inkheart, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the Warrior series.
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Try your public library; I know here the library keeps a list of books per grade level. The list includes Newberry winners, titles that are popular with the students, etc. Also, try asking staff at bookstores such as Borders or Barnes and Noble. Best wishes~
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Thank you! Now I am going to hit up the used book stores and Scholastic to see what they have. I LOVE books and can't wait to explore all these new ones!
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Last year I noticed that my kids were drawn to: Percy Jackson series, 39 Clues series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Captain Underpants series, anything by Jerry Spinelli, Dear Dumb Diary series for girls, Babysitters Club series, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, anything by Kate DiCamillo, Goosebumps series, Scary Story books, Rotten School series...I hope that helps!
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