5th & 6th Grade Nonfiction Book Recommendations

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson

Paranormal

If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.

When Ally starts at a new school, she is unable to hide her reading difficulties from her new teacher, Mr. Daniels. Mr. Daniels support helps Ally's confidence grow despite her dyslexia. 

The Young Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook by Mark Ainsworth

Cooking & Food

When 10-year-old Raymie Clarke's father leaves their family, Raymie comes up with a plan to make her dad want to come back home: she will enter and win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. Raymie thinks that if her dad sees her picture in the paper that he surely will come home. As Raymie works toward winning the contest, an unlikely friendship forms among her and two of her competitors. 

The Technology of Football by Shane Frederick

Sports: Football

This 665-page book may seem overwhelming long at first, but the first 400 pages are entirely pictures! This first half of the book begins in 1766 with the shipwreck and rescue of Billy Marvel and follows the Marvel family over five generations with their involvement in London theater. The second half of the book begins in 1990 with Joseph Jervis, who runs away from boarding school to find his uncle who lives in London in the Marvels’ old house. Strangest of all is that his uncle appears to be the caretaker for the ghosts of the Marvel family.

Bugopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Insect, Plus other Creepy-Crawlies by James Buckley

Animals: Insects & Other Invertebrates

Booked, the follow-up to the Newbery Award-winning Crossed, is a sports novel written in verse. Booked follows eighth grader Nick Hall’s love of soccer, dealing will bullies, and daydreaming about the girl he likes.

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

Animals: Pets & Pet Care

Set during prehistoric times, The Wolf’s Boy follows the story of Kai, a twelve-year-old boy born with a clubfoot who was left in a wolf den as an infant because of his disability. One day, Kai’s mother discovers that her son is still alive, and she takes him back into the family. However, Kai is bullied by the other boys. One day, Kai finds a motherless wolf pup and decides to adopt him. A special friendship forms between Kai and his wolf, whom he calls Uff.

It's Getting Hot in Here: The Past, the Present, and the Future of Global Warming by Bridget Heos

Environment & Environmental Issues

In this humorous book, seventh grader Luke Abbott attends Forest Shade Middle School, a school famous for losing. In fact, the only trophy that they have in their trophy case is for “World’s Best Secretary.” So when Life Skills teacher Mr. Terry starts a robotics club, and Luke’s father makes him join, Luke dreads being stuck with all of the “loser” kids in his school. However, an unlikely friendship forms between Luke and a boy named Tim, or “Lunchbox Jones.”

Historium by Jo Nelson

General World History

If you liked My Name is Malala, this book is for you! In this semi-autobiographical novel, middle schooler Cindy, whose real name is Zomorod Yousefzadeh, immigrated to California from Iran just prior to the Iran hostage crisis during the 1970s. Even though Cindy has worked hard to adapt to life in America, she must overcome prejudice about her national origin.

Surviving Middle School -- Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster and Unmasking the Real You by Luke Reynolds

Psychology & Self Help

Jeremiah loves baseball. However, because of his heart transplant, Jeremiah is not allowed to play. Not wanting to be far from his favorite sport, Jeremiah decides to coach!

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli

Biography

When their mom gets remarried, twelve-year-old twins Nick and Eryn are curious about their new step-siblings, but are told that in order to ease the transition that they will not meet their step-siblings. Like any twelve-year-olds, being told they can’t do something peaks their interest, and Nick and Eryn make it their mission to find out about their new step-siblings. However, as they work together on this mission, more and more things don’t add up. What they eventually discover is surprising and alarming, and it challenges their beliefs about the human race.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodsom

Biography

When Nic, an orphaned slave living in ancient Rome, finds a good-luck amulet belonging to Julius Caesar, he develops magical powers and becomes entangled as a pawn in the politics of the Roman Empire.

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