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5th/6th Grade Historical Fiction Reading List

Students will be required to read a minimum of 6 books from this list throughout the year-1 book each 6 weeks. They will be required to complete 1 activity for each book. 

1. They can take an AR test on the book OR they can make up a 10 question test. This is their choice.

2. They can choose 1 project from a variety of choices. Examples-wordle, book summary, poster, etc.



Sign of the Beaver

Birchback House


Chains and Forge

Boston Revolts-The American Adventure

The Boston Massacre-The American Adventure


Iron Thunder

Gabriels’ Horses

Nurse, Soldier, Spy, The Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero


Little House one the Prairie books

Our Only May Amelia


Letters From Rifka

Counting on Grace



Out of the Dust


Bud, Not Buddy

Migrant Mother


Number the Stars

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Behind the Bedroom Wall

Hitler’s Daughter

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit



 Candy Bomber:The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s Chocolate Pilot


Little Rock Girl 1957

10 thoughts on “5th/6th Grade Historical Fiction Reading List

  1. Have you used any of the historical fiction by Ann Rinaldi? They might be a little advanced for some students, but I know my daughter loved them.

    She also liked the Dear America/Royal Diaries series.

  2. I like this idea, Shannon. I have a group of reluctant readers this year. I hope my luck will change next year. Thanks for sharing! -mo

    • Mo,

      I’m beginning to think that most of them at this age are reluctant readers. It’s so hard for me to understand since I LOVE to read! 🙂

  3. Ann Rinaldi would be an author I would suggest as well. She has a plethora of historical fiction titles that are 4.5 and below (AR level) for our readers that struggle, but desire the same or similar reading content as their peers.
    Thank you for the information that you have provided here and on your RS blog.

    • Tink-

      1st let me say I LOVE your nickname! 🙂

      I’ve heard of her, but never read her books-headed to goodreads now to add them!

  4. Thanks for this list — I know I’ll be using it to choose my next reading group book! We just finished a thematic unit on the Civil War and read a couple great historical fiction texts: “Three Against the Tide” by D. Anne Love (Confederate perspective) and “Silent Thunder” by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

    • I probably need to update the list- I’ve read some more, but for the life if me can’t remember which ones. Definitely should have tagged them appropriately in my goodreads account! 🙂

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