Grade 5 Reading List

**Note: These books are suggestions based on the topics and time frames in the Big Ideas (below) of the BC Education Plan. These do not meet all of the standards below but can be used as part of your student’s learning plan.**

This selection of books is to be used with parental discretion.

Overdrive Resources:

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Social Studies:

A Different Game by Sylvia Olsen

Andrei and the Snow Walker by Larry Warwaruk

After Peaches by Michelle Mulder

Angel Square by Brian Doyle

Back to Batoche by Cheryl Chad

Band of Acadians by John Skelton

Battle Cry at Batoche by B.J.Bayle

Beginning Again by Mary Beacock Fryer

Belle of Batoche by Jacqueline Guest

The Broken Blade by William Durbin

By the Skin of His Teeth by Ann Walsh

Caged Eagles and War of the Eagles by Eric Walters

Discovering Emily by Jacqueline Pearce

Dog Tracks by Ruby Slipperjack

Emily’s Dream by Jacqueline Peace

Escape: Adventures of a Loyalist Family by Mary Beacock Fryer

Escape to Gold Mountain by David H.T. Wong

Full Steam to Canada by Anne Patton

The Gnome’s Eye by Anna Kerz

The Hollow Tree by Janet Lunn

Hope’s Journey by Jean Rae Baxter 

The King’s Daughter by Suzanne Martel

Little Voice by Ruby Slipperjack

Morning Star by Judith Plaxton

Moses, Me and Murder by Ann Walsh

The Mountain that Walked by Katherine Holubitsky

My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling

The Old Brown Suitcase by Lillian Borks-Nemetz

Outcasts of River Falls by Jacqueline Guest

Racing Home by Adele Dueck

Red River Rising by B.J. Bayle

The Reunion by Jacqueline Pearce

Shabash! by Ann Walsh

Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton

Tales from Gold Mountain by Paul Yee

Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker

The Way Lies North by Jean Rae Baxter

West Bay by Joan Donaldson Yarmey

West to Grande Portage by Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

Winds of L’Acadie by Lois Donavan


Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton

The Last Airlift by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak by Emily Hearn

Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson

They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

The Fort on Fourth Street by Lois Spangler

Frank Enstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

George Ferris: What a Wheel by Barbara Lowell

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

The Yucky Duck Rescue by Lynda Beartegard


Big Ideas from the BC Education Plan:


Language Arts:

Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.

Exploring text and story helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.

Text can be understood from different perspectives.

Combining different texts and ideas allows us to create new understandings.

Texts are created for different purposes and audiences.


Social Studies:

Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies.

Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.

Immigration and multiculturalism continue to shape Canadian society and identity.

Canadian institutions and government reflect the challenge of our regional diversity.



Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment.

Solutions are homogeneous mixtures.

Machines are devices that transfer force and energy

Humans use earth materials as natural resources.

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