Popular Books for Upper Grades?

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  1. Teppiedoo

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    I'm switching to upper grade next year at a new school and a brand new position/classroom. I'm working on making a classroom library (which you all have already been so helpful with!) I was wondering what types of books are popular now for grades 3-5? Any series that I need to be sure I get? (like Diary of a Whimpy Kid or something).

    If I am going to spend my own money on books, I want to make sure I get books the kids with want to read :lol:

    Thank you!!
     
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  3. yellowdaisies

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    I teach 5th, but these books are kind of in a 3rd-6th range, with most towards 4/5 range.

    These are books my kids loved this year:

    Series/sets:
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Big Nate
    The Giver quartet
    The City of Ember series
    The Shadow Children (Among the Hidden, etc)
    Rick Riordan's series (Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, etc)
    Harry Potter
    Dork Diaries
    I Survived
    Who Was/ Who Is/ What Was books
    Gregor the Overlander series

    Authors:
    Andrew Clements
    Roald Dahl
    Kate DiCamillo
    Sharon Creech
    Gary Paulsen

    Books:
    Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mulally Hunt
    One for the Murphys - Lynda Mulally Hunt
    Out of My Mind - Sharon Draper
    Chains (and sequel, Forge) - Laurie Halse Anderson
    Wonder - R.J. Palacio
    Smile, Sisters, and Drama - Raina Telgemeier (She's also recreating the Babysitter's Club as graphic novels; I KNOW my girls will love those.)
    The Girl Who Could Fly - Victoria Forester
    Freak the Mighty - Rodman Philbrick
    Rules - Cynthia Lord

    Other:
    Any graphic novels
    Anything about animals
    Survival stories (There's a book called Raft my girls really loved this year.)

    That's off the top of my head. :) I'm sure there are more I'm not thinking of. Hope that helps.
     
  4. vickilyn

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    Just went book shopping at the Scholastic Warehouse sale with my teacher son, and I immediately recognized the titles that YellowDaises listed as many of the same titles that came home with us (still in my car). Although I teach HS, and my books were more focused in science, I helped him find and pick up the graphic novels, the survival stories, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate and many more. I know that we also had some books for lower reader - he teaches ESL in elementary.
     
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    I just love the Scholastic Warehouse sale. I've noticed that the books Scholastic carries and the books my kids love are often the same. They have someone doing a good job selecting titles over there, I guess!
     
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    Our 5th grade summer reading book is "Because of Mr. Terupt" and it is amazing for older grades. It would be a great read aloud.

    I do a book talk ever week and for ten minutes we look at the cover, read the summary, infer, and make preditictions.mwhen I am. Done I ask who wants to read it.....someone "wins" the opportunity.

    Some of the favorites are How to Steal A Dog, I Survived ...., Percy Jackson, and the Babysitter's Club.
     
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    For upper elementary (4/5 grade) take a look at the Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka.
     
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    These are among my favorites:

    Because of Winn Dixie, Di camillo
    Maniac Magee, Spinelli
    Frindle, Clements
    The View From Saturday, Konigsburg
    My Side of the Mountain, George

    And anything else by those authors.
     
  9. Teppiedoo

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    Wow! Thank you so much! This was super helpful everyone :)
     
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    Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (she has several series)

    Popular books: The One and Only Ivan, Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH
     
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    I second Big Nate, and would add The Loser List to that.

    I bought a used book from the Poison Apple Series, and all girls wanted to read it....needless to say, I had to go out and buy more. I think they also have a Candy Apple and Rotten Apple series along the same lines.
     
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    Don't forget the Magic Tree House series - they may not be as high as some of the others, but they contain valuable historical themes and ideas!
     

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