5th Grade Book List

5th Grade Independent Reading List

This year, the fifth graders at Ibn Seena Academy will be participating in an exciting reading journey.  They will be competing against each other in this reading race to see who can read the most books and present them to the class by the end of the year.  Happy Reading! 


1.  Choose a book from the list below or get a book approved by Sister Quratulain and begin reading.

2.  Every time you read your book, record it on your reading log. 

3.  Students are expected to read at least 20 minutes every night.

4.  When you are finished with your book, choose one the following projects to prepare and present to the class.

5.  Try to read from different genres in each time.

6.  Each student should read at least one book each month and turn in a project each month! 

**Book Report Form:  Click here for form.

Please click on the link above, print it out and fill it in for each book that you read.  All completed forms must be turned into Sr. Quratulain upon finishing your book.


 Project Ideas:  (Worth 50 points each!)

1.  Book Report:  Write a 1-2 page book report on your book.  Make sure you discuss the characters, setting, plot, theme, symbols and morals/lessons.  Also, be sure to discuss whether or not you liked the book or not and why. 

2.  Art Project:  Create an art project on a poster board or tri-fold board about your book.  Make sure it includes information about the book’s characters, setting, plot, and morals/lessons.

3.  Powerpoint Project:  Create a powerpoint presentation about your book.  Mae sure it includes information about the book’s characters, setting, plot, theme symbols, and morals/lessons.  Also, make sure you include information on why or why not you would recommend the book to the class.  In other words, explain why should we or why we should not read this book.

4.  Booktalk:  Give a 7-minute talk about your book.  Talk about its characters, setting, plot, theme symbols, and morals/lessons.  Tell us if we should read the book or not and why.  DO NOT GIVE AWAY THE ENDING!  

5.  Acting Out the Part:  Choose a character from your book.  Your job is to become your character.  Write a 1-2 page summary of the story from the viewpoint of the character.  Be sure to include information about the book’s characters, setting, plot, theme symbols, and morals/lessons from your chosen character's point of view.  Act out your summary in front of the class.  Try to dress up like the character and talk/act like him or her throughout your whole presentation.

6.  Mystery Bag:  Find 3 items you can fit into a brown paper bag that relate to your book.  These items should be symbols that stand for major themes/ideas in your story.  Write 3 paragraphs describing in detail how your items relate to your book.  Present your items and speech to the class.

7.  Interview:  Write 10 questions for a character in your story to answer in an interview.  Then on a separate sheet of paper, write or type answers to each question in the way your chosen character would answer them.  Each answer should be at least 4 sentences long.  Pick a student from the class to play the interviewer.  Have the student ask you questions while you respond to the questions as if you were the character from the story.

If you have any other ideas on how to present your book, get approval from Sr. Quratulain!

The List 



Frindle by Andrew Clements

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Action & Adventure)

The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Island:  Book One:  Shipwreck by Gordon Korman

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Holes by Louis Sachar

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech


Historical Fiction

The Watson Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg



Matilda by Roald Dahl



The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

The Man Who was Poe by Avi



Wait Till Helen Comes, A Ghost Story
by Mary Downing Hahn


Islamic Books

*I’d like to encourage you all to find books about Islam and Muslims to read.  Please let me know what you find so I can add it to the list.


If you'd like to read a book that's not on this list, please ask Sr. Quratulain for approval!  Happy Reading!