Fifth Grade Book List

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“Fifth graders begin to come to grips with the history of humanity with the study of ancient cultures from India, Persia, Egypt and Greece. They connect history lessons with their growing athletic prowess in a Greek-style Olympics in the spring. In geography they expand out to the United States and North America. In science they study plant life with botany…” – From Waldorf 101

Thank you to Waldorf Teacher, Diane Power for creating a book-list for students! She says…

5th & 6th Grade

Premlata & the Festival of Lights by Rumer Godden

Planting the Trees of Kenya – The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Big Tree by Mary & Conrad Buff


The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Holes by Louis Sachar

Ingwe by M. Norman ¨Ingwe¨ Powell

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Regarding the Fountain – A Tale in Letters of Liars & Leaks by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise

The Last 5th Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

The Captain´s Dog: My Journey with the Louis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith

I´ll Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda with Liz Welch

Other recommendations from members are…

Arabella Buckley Books
In the Meadow
Madam How and Lady WhyUrsala le GuinBooks
The Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan

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