WGMS Summer Reading List for Students Entering Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade

Printable Version of WGMS Summer Reading List for Students Entering Fifth and Entering Sixth Grade

Reading over the summer months is fun and also helps to keep your child ready for school in September. The list of books is only a suggested list to encourage reading throughout the summer. There are no assignments connected to summer reading. Feel free to pick a book from either grade level list based on your child’s interest.  Also, reading together as a family is a great experience and highly encouraged. All of the local libraries can be a terrific resource.

For an extensive list we recommend this source from the New York Public Library:


Entering Grade 5 Reading List

Historical Fiction

Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpugo


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Realistic Fiction

Crossover by Kwame Alexander


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Al Capone Does My Shirts (series)


El Deafo by Cici Bell

Who Was/Who Is Series

Many great titles including Jackie Robinson, Benedict Arnold, LEGO, Harriet Tubman


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Entering Grade 6 Reading List


Misunderstood:Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever by Rachel Toor

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

How They Choked: Failures, Flops and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends by David Stabler

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town by Warren St. John


Mayday by Karen Harrington (realistic fiction)

Pax by Sara Pennypacker (realistic fiction)

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (realistic fiction)

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbit (historical fiction)

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa De Los Santos (fantasy)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (fantasy)

The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerals (mystery)

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (thriller)

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (adventure)

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (sports)

The Contract by Derek Jetter (sports)

Hideout by Watt Key (mystery)

Loot by Jude Watson (mystery)

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen (historical fiction)

Restart  by Gordon Korman (historical fiction)

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