Assigned reading list, 5th grade

We're studying American History, and following is a list of the books I assigned to Ella for the year.  Turns out she's finished all but three of them, so I may have to do a little more hunting to round out the year, since it's barely February and we school through May.  

It's always a challenge for me to find good books for her to read.  I like to post the books we've read so that: 1)I have a list for future reference for our younger kids, and 2)so that those of you who read here have some book recommendations!

{for History}

o choose a book on Benjamin Franklin, read it, and then tell us about it!
o The Look-It-Up Book of Presidents (Wyatt Blassingame), read about our 2nd, 3rd and 4th Presidents!
o Dolly Madison (Jane Mayer)
o Flag Maker (Susan Bartoletti)
o A Little Maid of New Orleans (Alice Turner Curtis)
o Great Inventors and Their Inventions (Frank Bachman) > choose 2 inventions to read about, then do a written narration, with drawings
o Jessica’s First Prayer (Hesba Stretton)
o Johnny Appleseed (David R. Collins)
o The Story of Davy Crockett (Enid Lamonte Meadowcroft)
o The Look-It-Up Book of Presidents (Wyatt Blassingame), read about James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson
o Dorothea Dix, pg. 72 of And Long Remember (Dorothy Canfield Fisher)
o Martha of California (James Otis)
o Personal Correspondence of Hannah Brown and Sarah Smith (Nancy LeSourd), library has it
o Brady (Jean Fritz)
o Tad Lincoln: Abe’s Son (LaVere Anderson)
o Mr. Lincoln’s Drummer (G. Clifton Wisler)
o Turn Homeward, Hannalee (Patricia Beatty)
o Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee (Patricia Beatty)
o The Children Who Stayed Alone (Bonnie Bess Worline)
o Custer’s Last Stand (Quentin Reynolds)
o The Nickel-Plated Beauty (Patricia Beatty)

{other just for fun books}

o Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 4
o Ruby Throat: The Story of a Hummingbird (Robert M. McClung)
o The Borrowers Afield (Mary Norton)
o Saturday Cousins (Rebecca Caudill)
o The Good Master (Kate Seredy) *we also have the sequel, The Singing Tree
o Mary Elizabeth (Eleanor Clark)

I'll also post Isaac's Assigned reading list.


  1. Thank you! I always love your reading lists! I would love to know what she is reading for fun these days? Maybe you already posted that, and I missed it?


  2. Stacy, so many of those are unfamiliar to me that I can't figure our her level (high, I think!) but we have enjoyed several others you may want to add. Johnny Tremain (Forbes), Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Latham), Phoebe the Spy (lower level but delightful), The First Woman Doctor (Baker), and Skippack School (deAngeli) are all Amercican history.

    1. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch was a read-aloud (Mark read it, we all LOVED it), and I think Ella has read The First Woman Doctor and Skippack School, but I'll have to check with her. I'll have to look up Phoebe the Spy and I know we own Johnny Tremain but I perused it last year and thought it a bit too old for her (I think?) I'll pull it out again. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. what a great list!! love that your girl is such a passionate reader :) what an organized mama you are.

    1. Emily~ I love it that she's such a passionate reader, too! :) Girl after my own heart...

  4. my girls LOVED johnny tremain too! ... calico captive, witch of blackbird pond, ben and me, almost home, amos fortune, and ... i know you don't use textbooks ... but my kids LOVE joy hakim's american history books. odd.

    great list! she IS a voracious reader! good luck with that ;)

    1. Okay, that's two votes for Johnny Tremain. I'll have to pull that off the shelf and give it to her. Calico Captive she's read, I know. Ben and Me was in our history book bin from the library, Amos Fortune I read aloud (and we loved it), Almost Home is a favorite around here, too. I'll have to look at Witch of Blackbird Pond and Joy Hakim books. Thanks!

      ps- I read your blog on Google reader, Kathi-- but have tried to comment and it won't let me. :(

  5. Yay for lists! From one list-lover to another! :)
    You may already know these two titles but I'll post them here anyway.
    The Gold Smugglers (original title: Patriot's Gold) by Virginia Frances Voight (I read this many times as a young girl.)
    Silver for General Washington: A Story of Valley Forge by Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft (I haven't read this so I can't vouch for it, I just picked it up used at some sale thing.)

    Also has she read the biography of Amy Carmichael called Let the Little Children Come by Lois Hoadley Dick? (That was also another book I read more than once and the reason I grew to love Amy Carmichael who by the way corresponded with Charlotte Mason, I believe.)

    All for now, love to see you on here. ♥


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