Getting Along with Others: Novels for Grades 2–5

These books are about relationships, self-confidence, friends, family, and seeing things a different way. Find them in J Fiction alphabetically by author. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Anderson Granted    (Fairy Ophelia gets her first wish-granting assignment and discovers that the job of granting a human's wish is anything but easy. )
Applegate The One and Only Ivan    (When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant, he decides that he must find her a better life.)
Blume Blubber    (Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it is like when she, too, becomes a target.)
Brown The Wild Robot    (When robot Roz tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help her.)
Clements A Week in the Woods    (The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.)
Creech Moo    (Reena has recently moved to rural Maine where she unexpectedly forms a bond with a cow and her neighbor.)
Curtis Bud, Not Buddy    (Bud sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father.)
DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie    (India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog.)
Donoghue The Lotterys Plus One    (Two couples won the lottery and bought a big house where all of them live together.)
Fleischman Seedfolks    (People transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.)
Fleming Lowji Discovers America    (An East Indian boy tries to adjust to his new life in suburban America.)
Fletcher Flying Solo    (Rachel, having chosen to be mute following the sudden death of a classmate, and other sixth-graders decide not to report that the substitute teacher failed to show up.)
Hanlon Dory Fantasmagory    (Dory is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend.)
Konigsburg The View from Saturday    (Four students attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their class in the Academic Bowl competition.)
Lin The Year of the Dog    (A young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.)
Look Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things    (A boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends.)
Mass Bob    (Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature.)
McDonald Judy Moody Gets Famous    (When a classmate gets her picture in the paper for winning a spelling bee, Judy is determined to find a way to become famous herself.)
Naylor Shiloh    (When he finds a lost beagle in the hills, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to mistreat his dogs.)
Park Project Mulberry    (While working on a project, Julia and her friend learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more.)
Paterson The Great Gilly Hopkins    (A foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.)
Pennypacker Pax    (Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return Pax, his fox, to the wild.)
Perkins All Alone in the Universe    (Debbie is dismayed when her best friend Maureen starts spending time with ordinary, boring Glenna.)
Sachar Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl?    (After Casey tells him that if he kisses his elbow he will turn into a girl, Marvin experiments and finds himself very confused about his identity.)
Spinelli Fourth Grade Rats    (Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a "rat," to be a grown-up fourth grader.)
Warner Dog Years    (After his father is imprisoned, Case switches to a new school, where he makes some important discoveries about friendship and honesty.)
Wiles Each Little Bird That Sings    (Comfort is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their southern town, but she is unprepared for the series of tragic events.)
Wilson The Worry Web Site    (Mr. Speed creates a website on which his students can anonymously type their worries and get feedback from their classmates.)

Last Updated: 1/19


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