Multcolib Kids Picks: Fast Fun Reads for 5th-6th Grades

Looking Like Me
Looking Like Me By Myers, Walter Dean (Book - 2009 ) jE MYERS 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Who are you? Jeremy sets out to discover all of the different "people" that make him who he is, including brother, son, writer, and runner, in this book that’s also a collage. RL 2.6

Super Storms
Super Storms By Simon, Seymour (Book - 2002 ) j 551.55 S596ss 2002 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Read all about weather gone wild, including thunderstorms, hailstone showers, tornadoes, hurricanes, and typhoons. RL 3.8 670L

Northwest Animal Babies
Northwest Animal Babies By Wolfe, Art (Book - 1998 ) j 591.39 W855n 1998 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Introduce yourself to some of the baby animals found in the Pacific Northwest, including raccoon kits, a bison calf, grey wolf pups, Coho salmon fry, Western Sandpiper chicks, and a cougar kitten. RL 4.6 850L

Feathers By Woodson, Jacqueline (Book - 2007 ) j WOODSON Available in some locations

Annotation:When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light. RL4.4

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach By Woods, Brenda (Book - 2011 ) j WOODS 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Saint Louis Armstrong Beach is enjoying life in New Orleans, playing clarinet for the tourists in his spare time, accompanied by Shadow, a local stray dog. When Hurricane Katrina approaches, Saint faces unexpected challenges in trying to rescue Shadow. RL 4.1 660L

Into the Volcano
Into the Volcano By Donovan-O'Meara, Donna (Book - 2005 ) j 551.21 D687i 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:While their parents are away doing research, brothers Duffy and Sumo Pugg go with their cousin to Kokalaha Island, where they meet Aunt Lulu and become trapped in an erupting volcano, in this exciting graphic novel. RL 2.2 240L

The Star Maker
The Star Maker By Yep, Laurence (Book - 2011 ) j YEP 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Artie lives in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He brags to his cousins that he has enough money to buy them all fireworks for the New Year. The problem is, he doesn’t really have any money.

Jellaby By Soo, Kean (Book - 2008 ) jgn SOO All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Portia discovers a huge purple monster she names Jellaby in this graphic novel. She gets the help of fellow student Jason, as the two search for a way to find their new friend's true home--a search which may connect Portia to her missing father. RL2.0

Dogs By Simon, Seymour (Book - 2009 ) j 636.7 S596d 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Woof! How do dogs behave? What is it like to have a dog for a pet? RL 4.6 870L

Cats By Simon, Seymour (Book - 2009 ) j 636.8 S596c 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Meow! Want to know more about cats? Learn about different kinds of cats and how to care for a cat too. RL 4.5 880L

The Not-so-perfect Planet
The Not-so-perfect Planet By Service, Pamela F. (Book - 2012 ) j SERVICE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Josh writes about an ideal vacation planet, hoping that he and his sister Maggie can travel to outer space safely and have summer fun, but he does not count on encountering the creatures that are already living there. RL 4 620L

It's All Greek to Me
It's All Greek to Me By Scieszka, Jon (Book - 1999 ) j SCIESZKA Available in some locations

Annotation:Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported back to the time of Zeus and the other gods in Greek mythology. The gods are as badly behaved as their classmates. RL 3.7 530L

Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out & Back Again By Lai, Thanhha (Book - 2011 ) j LAI 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. RL 4.8

Binky the Space Cat
Binky the Space Cat By Spires, Ashley (Book - 2009 ) jgn SPIRES 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:Binky builds a spaceship out of his litterbox, and is afraid of insects, who he thinks are aliens, because they can fly and have giant eyes. RL 3.3 360L

Knucklehead Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories About Growing up Scieszka By Scieszka, Jon (Book - 2008 ) j 813.54 S416k 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Jon Scieszka and his six knucklehead brothers would try about anything that sounded dangerous. It is a wonder they did not die or burn the house down. RL 4.6 750L

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Collected From Folklore By Schwartz, Alvin (Book - 2010 ) j 398.25 S399sh 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Spooky tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. RL 4.1 640L

Star in the Forest
Star in the Forest By Resau, Laura (Book - 2010 ) j RESAU 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico but she stays behind. She lives under a pile of car parts in her old trailer park and takes care of a wounded dog—and waits for her father to return. RL 4.5 780L

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency By Pinkwater, Daniel Manus (Book - 2007 ) j PINKWATER Available in some locations

Annotation:Arthur goes to pick up the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner but comes back with a 266-pound chicken. RL 4 780L

Ramp Rats
Ramp Rats A Graphic Guide Adventure By O'Donnell, Liam (Book - 2008 ) jgn ODONNELL 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Join Bounce and Marcus on wild ride, as they defend the town’s skateboard park from bullies. Learn to ollie, do 50-50 grinds and other skateboard tricks from this graphic novel. RL 3.2 520L

The Year of the Dog
The Year of the Dog A Novel By Lin, Grace (Book - 2006 ) j LIN Available in some locations

Annotation:The Year of the Dog is supposed to be lucky for Pacy, a Taiwanese-American girl. Meeting her new best friend and surviving the science fair do seem lucky. What else could happen? RL 4.2

Sticky Burr
Sticky Burr Adventures in Burrwood Forest By Lechner, John (Book - 2008 ) jgn LECHNER 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sticky Burr is on the verge of being kicked out of his village in Burrwood Forest because he is not prickly enough to suit some of the other burrs, but when the village is attacked by wild dogs, Sticky Burr and his friends come to the rescue. Graphic novel. RL 2.8

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute By Krosoczka, Jarrett (Book - 2009 ) jgn KROSOCZKA 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The school lunch lady is a secret crime fighter who uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots. Graphic novel. RL 2.2 240L

A Coyote Solstice Tale
A Coyote Solstice Tale By King, Thomas (Book ) j Holiday KING 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Coyote and his animal pals follow a girl in a reindeer costume back to the mall, Coyote goes on a mad shopping spree, but is horrified to discover he has to pay for things. RL 4.9

Babymouse 1, Queen of the World! By Holm, Jennifer L. (Book - 2005 ) jgn HOLM Available in some locations

Annotation:In this graphic novel, an imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party. RL 2

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key By Gantos, Jack (Book - 1998 ) j GANTOS Available in some locations

Annotation:To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired. RL 4.9 970L

Nic Bishop Frogs
Nic Bishop Frogs By Bishop, Nic (Book - 2008 ) j 597.89 B622n 2008 Beginning Facts Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Frogs, frogs, FROGS! Look at big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and even a see-through frog. RL 4 890L

The Field Guide
The Field Guide By DiTerlizzi, Tony (Book - 2003 ) j DITERLIZZ Available in some locations

Annotation:When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences. RL 4.2 1230L

Legend Of-- Captain Crow's Teeth
Legend Of-- Captain Crow's Teeth By Colfer, Eoin (Book - 2005 ) j COLFER Available in some locations

Annotation:When Will hears the legend of Captain Crow's Teeth from his prank-loving older brother, the nine-year-old fears he will be the bloodthirsty pirate's next victim. RL 3.8 640L

Bad Kitty Gets A Bath
Bad Kitty Gets A Bath By Bruel, Nick (Book - 2008 ) jE Reader BRUEL 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:WARNING: you may need to wear a suit of armor and have an ambulance waiting in the driveway, if you give Bad Kitty a bath. Read this graphic novel to learn how to get this cat wet without getting clawed. RL 3.7 650L

Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths
Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths By Bishop, Nic (Book - 2009 ) j 595.789 B622n 2009 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:This book is packed with amazing color photographs and quirky facts about these beautiful bugs with wings. RL 2 890L

Nubs The True Story of A Mutt, A Marine & A Miracle By Dennis, Brian (Book - 2009 ) j 636.70929 D4112n 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Marine Major Brian Dennis befriended a wild dog in Iraq, who, when they were separated, trekked seventy miles through the desert winter to rejoin his friend. RL 4.8 810L

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When you want good books that aren’t too hard, use this booklist! Each book’s reading level (RL) is included in the description. The Lexile measure is also included when available. The reading level is not the same as the maturity level; check to make sure this book is right for you. Some titles may not be available at all locations. Please ask library staff for help if you are not able to find the item you want. (This list used to be called Shorter Books for Taller Readers. )


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