These are fantastic Read Aloud Books for Fifth Grade (ages 10 and 11). Reading aloud to 5th graders can help them get excited about books, as well as expose them to new vocabulary, authors, and genres.
Fifth grade is my favorite age to read aloud to! There are so many great books to choose from at this age and at 10 and 11 years old, fifth graders are able to understand big ideas in books and really begin to appreciate great literature. It’s such a rewarding time to read together, at home and in the classroom.
This list of read aloud books for fifth grade has a little something for everyone and is a collection of so many of my favorite middle grade books. It’s a great mix of old and new books, all of which make great read alouds.
TIPS FOR READING ALOUD TO 5TH GRADERS
Pick High Interest Books. A great book, with pacing that will hold listeners’ interest, can reach even the most reluctant readers.
Have Open Ended Discussions. Ask questions that have many possible answers and let your fifth grader(s) share their ideas and opinions. Help your fifth grader(s) find evidence in the text to support their points. This will feel very empowering and help them think critically about what they read.
Preview the book first. Books written for upper elementary and tweens often tackle some heavy topics. This is a good thing, but it’s a good idea to preview the book and make sure it’s right for your listeners. If you have questions about any of the books on this list, leave them in the comments.
Encourage your fifth grader(s) to write their own book reviews. You can do this in a book journal, or have them write reviews online on Amazon, Goodreads, or Common Sense Media. This not only encourages them to think critically about the book, it also integrates writing into the reading process and helps them feel more confident about sharing their opinions and ideas.
READ ALOUD BOOKS FOR 5TH GRADE
Below is a collection of my favorite read aloud books for fifth grade. I’ve read every single book on this list, most of them aloud to my children, and I love them all. Note: All of the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. You can also download a printable copy of the list below.