Realistic Fiction for Grades 3-5

The titles listed below are shelved in J Fiction alphabetically by the author's last name. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
ArnoldA Boy Called Bat
When his mom brings home a stray baby skunk, Bat, who has austim, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently. (198 pp.)
J Arnold
BaskinAnything But Typical
Jason, a boy with autism, wants to become a writer. He relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world. (195 pp.)
J Baskin
BirdsallThe Penderwicks
On vacation with their father, four sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. (262 pp.)
J Birdsall
BlakeIvy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
In the aftermath of the tornado that destroyed her home, Ivy begins to develop feelings for another girl at school (310 pp.)
J Blake
BlumeTales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter finds his demanding toddler brother to be an increasing problem. (120 pp.)
J Blume
BoothKinda Like Brothers
When his mother takes in a twelve-year-old foster boy, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy. (248 pp.)
J Booth
CabotMoving Day
Allie has rules for everything, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town. (228 pp.)
J Cabot
ClearyDear Mr. Henshaw
In letters to his favorite author, Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce and finding his place in the world. (133 pp.)
J Cleary
ClementsNo Talking
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest. (146 pp.)
J Clements
CreechLove That Dog
In this novel-in-verse, Jack, initially skeptical of poetry, comes to love it and even writes his own inspired poem. (86 pp.)
J Creech
DayI Can Make This Promise
Edie makes a discovery that changes everything she believed about her Native American mother's adoption, her family's history, and her own identity. (264 pp.)
J Day
DowellSam the Man and the Chicken Plan
When Sam volunteers to look after a neighbor's chickens, the experience inspires him to get his own chicken. (116 pp.)
J Dowell
A number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled city lot into a productive and beautiful garden. (69 pp.)
J Fleischman
FlorenceJasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family celebrates New Year's. (115 pp.)
J Florence
Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before revealing her true self. (195 pp.)
J Gino
GratzBan This Book
Amy Anne fights back when her favorite book is taken off the shelves of her school library. (255 pp.)
J Gratz
HymanMango Delight
When Mango accidentally breaks her BFF's new cell phone, her life falls apart. Soon Mango must make some tough choices about friendship. (219 pp.)
J Hyman
KhanAmina's Voice
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's culture while blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community. (197 pp.)
J Khan
KonigsburgThe View from Saturday
Four students attract the attention of their teacher, who chooses them for the Academic Bowl competition. (163 pp.)
J Konigsburg
LaFleurLove, Aubrey
While living with her Gram, Aubrey writes to deal with the deaths of her father and sister, and being abandoned by her mother. (262 pp.)
J LaFleur
LookAlvin Ho : Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
Alvin loves superheroes and descends from brave Chinese farmer-warriors. He wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. (172 pp.)
J Look
LowryAnastasia Krupnik
Anastasia falls in love, gets to know her grandmother, and finds out about an impending baby brother. (113 pp.)
J Lowry
MagoonThe Season of Styx Malone
Caleb and his big brother spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city. (297 pp.)
J Magoon
PeckThe Best Man
When Archer's uncle and teacher get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget. (232 pp.)
J Peck
ReynoldsAs Brave As You
When Genie and his brother spend the summer in the country with their grandparents, Genie learns a family secret and what it means to be brave. (410 pp.)
J Reynolds
SteadThe List of Things that Will Not Change
After her parents' divorce, Bea is reassured by her parents' unconditional love for her and excited by the changes her father's remarriage will bring. (218 pp.)
J Stead
TorresStef Soto, Taco Queen
Mexican-American Stef hopes to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business. (166 pp.)
J Torres
WeeksSave Me a Seat
Ravi, who has just moved to the United States from India, and Joe, who has always lived in the same town, form an unlikely friendship. (216 pp.)
J Weeks

Last Updated: 10/20


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