Common Core book recommendations and Common Core-aligned resources for 4th grade and 5th grade readers



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Ah, Music!

Aliki; Illustrated by Aliki

In this richly layered compendium, Aliki, the beloved creator of many award-winning books for children, shares her keen insight about music and all its themes and variations. Ah, Music!...

Alien in My Pocket #1: Blast Off!

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

2015-2016 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Winner!With engaging illustrations on every spread, a page-turning plot, a do-it-yourself experiment on building your...

Alien in My Pocket #2: The Science UnFair

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

The must-read second book in the Alien in My Pocket series. Zack and Amp are back and up to even more trouble in this hilarious story, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment!Ev...

Alien in My Pocket #3: Radio Active

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

This third book in the Alien in My Pocket series is the zaniest yet! Zack and Amp create a massive mishap in this hilarious story. Plus the book comes with a do-it-yourself science experiment.

Alien in My Pocket #4: On Impact!

Nate Ball; Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

This must-read Alien in My Pocket book is the fourth in the series by Nate Ball, the host of PBS's Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. In this hilarious new adventure, Za...

Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Means Business

Herman Parish; Illustrated by Lynne Avril

Amelia Bedelia makes her chapter book debut! In Amelia Bedelia Means Business, a New York Times bestseller and the first book in the new chapter book series, young Amelia Bedel...

Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Series Teaching Guide

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This teaching guide for Amelia Bedelia Means Business, Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, and Amelia Bedelia Road Trip! is aligned with Common Core standards for grades 2-5 and includes discussion questions, writing prompts, classroom activities, a reproducible word search, and a reproducible "Homophone Memory Game." [PDF]

Ant Cities

Arthur Dorros; Illustrated by Arthur Dorros

Did you ever wonder where an ant goes when it disappears into an anthill? Underneath the hill, there are miles of tunnels and hundreds of rooms! With simple, easy-to-understand words and colorfu...

Beezus and Ramona

Beverly Cleary; Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Newbery Award-winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous portayal of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy this book.

Best Bug Parade, The

Stuart J. Murphy; Illustrated by Holly Keller

Which bug is the biggest? Which bug is the longest? It's time to find out as all the bugs in Ladybug's garden line up for the best bug parade! This fun book written by Stuart J. Murphy and illus...

Best Vacation Ever, The

Stuart J. Murphy; Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

This busy family needs a vacation, but they don't know where to go. Mom and Dad want peace and quiet. Grandma wants to go somewhere hot. Fluffer wants to go somewhere that pets can go, too! Not ...

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

Lincoln Peirce; Illustrated by Lincoln Peirce

“Big Nate is funny, big time.”--Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy KidFor fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready ...

Brave Girl Teaching Guide

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This teaching guide for Brave Girl aligns with Common Core standards for grades 2-5 and includes discussion prompts and extension activities that cover writing and presenting speeches, writing arguments, research, and more. [PDF]


Anne Ursu; Illustrated by Erin McGuire

The winner of numerous awards and recipient of four starred reviews, Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs is a stunning and heartbreaking story of growing up, wrapped in a modern-day fairy tale....

Brick by Brick

Charles R. Smith; Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The compelling true story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. From Coretta Scott King Award winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper.

Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition

Katherine Paterson; Illustrated by Donna Diamond

The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Newbery Medal-winning title by beloved author Katherine Paterson, with brand-new bonus materials including an author's note by Katherine herse...

Bull Run

Paul Fleischman

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children's BookIn this brilliant fictional tour de force, whic...

Cabinet of Curiosities, The

Stefan Bachmann; Illustrated by Alexander Jansson; By (author) Katherine Catmull; By (author) Claire Legrand; By (author) Emma Trevayne

A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories by the acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. The Cab...

Castle Behind Thorns, The

Merrie Haskell

This magical adventure set in an enchanted castle surrounded by thorns tells a tale of the power of memory and story, forgiveness and strength, and the true gifts of craft and imagination. By th...

Charlotte's Web

E. B. White; Illustrated by Garth Williams; By (author) Kate DiCamillo

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.This beloved book by E. B. White, auth...


Eloise Greenfield; Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; By (author) Lessie Jones Little

Three generations of African-American women remember their "childtimes" in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. This book preserves the lives and communities of times past...

Chocolate Touch, The

Patrick Skene Catling; Illustrated by Margo Apple

In this zany twist on the legend of King Midas and his golden touch, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate!Can you eve...

Chronicles of Narnia Teaching Guide, The

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This teaching guide, aligned with Common Core standards for grades 5-6, features all seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series and includes questions for group discussion, journal writing activities, and prompts for writing expository texts for each title. [PDF]

Circle, Square, Moose

Kelly Bingham; Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

In this companion to the acclaimed Z Is for Moose, Moose infiltrates a book about shapes (because he loves shapes, naturally) and it is up to his best friend, Zebra, to restore order an...

Civil War

Martin W. Sandler

During the years 1861–1865, America was a nation torn apart by war. From terrible land combat to fierce battles at sea, from mothers losing sons to brothers fighting brothers, the Civil Wa...

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