2020 Staff Picks 2020: Grades 4-5
Our favorite books of 2020 for kids in 4th and 5th grade.
The One and Only Bob2020 by Applegate, KatherineGet this item
If the author had asked my opinion, I would have said do not write a sequel to The One and Only Ivan, a book beloved by me and so many other kids and adults. I'm so glad she didn't ask my opinion, because The One and Only Bob doesn't disappoint. The animals are wonderful and wise and funny, and the humans are great too. There's big adventure and a twist too! Recommended by Shelley.
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes2020 by Chokshi, RoshaniGet this item
I am always pleased to delve into mythological fiction, and I’ve loved each book in this series (this is the third). It’s an action-packed fantasy/adventure, with plot twists, likable characters, and amusing dialogue. Aru Shah is the best to have on any type of quest. Recommended by Sharon.
When Stars Are Scattered2020 by Jamieson, VictoriaGet this item
I feel like I learned so much about what life in a refugee camp is like for so many children. Recommended by Karen.
Stepping Stones2020 by Knisley, LucyGet this item
There are a lot of tough parts in this graphic novel, but I love the way the main character, Jen, tries to deal with them. Recommended by Shelley.
What Lane?2020 by Maldonado, TorreyGet this item
I rooted for Stephen the whole way through. I like how this book asks some tough questions but also provides some answers and actions for kids who want to make the world a better place for everyone. Recommended by Caitlin S.
From the Desk of Zoe Washington2020 by Marks, JanaeGet this item
I love this book because Zoe is such a passionate and smart character. This book left me feeling hopeful. Recommended by Katie.
Chirp2020 by Messner, KateGet this item
I love how Mia maneuvers friendships, family relationships, and her own courage to speak up. Plus, there's a grandma who starts a cricket farm! Recommended by Katie.
The Mayflower2020 by Messner, KateGet this item
I was never a big fan of history in school, but maybe it's because I never read anything like this! Part graphic novel, part fact-filled history lesson. I love the way this book tells the whole truth, even when it's painful, and still leaves room for laughs. Recommended by Caitlin S.
Bloom2020 by Oppel, KennethGet this item
Well, this was an unusual book! It's a science-fiction, survival, adventure story, and it's impossible to put down. Recommended by Shelley.
Anti/Hero2020 by Quinn, Kate KaryusGet this item
This book is fun! A modern twist on the old body-swap story…with superheroes? Yes! I’m looking forward to the sequel. Recommended by Caitlin S.
The List of Things That Will Not Change2020 by Stead, RebeccaGet this item
I love this book because it realistically deals with disappointment, something that we all experience, but that is hard to write about. Life is complicated, relationships are complicated, and nothing is simplified here. Recommended by Gudrun.
Brave Like That2020 by Stoddard, LindseyGet this item
I love this great story about kindness, bullying, and a boy who figures out who he is and how to stand up for himself. I may or may not have teared up while reading this. Recommended by Meleesa.
Clean Getaway2020 by Stone, NicGet this item
I love a book with great characters, and Scoob and G’ma are awesome. It's the mark of a good book when, in real life, you worry about the characters. Plus, an adventure that's touching and funny and takes place in an RV? Sign us up. Recommended by Caitlin S.
The Runaway Princess2020 by Troïanowski, JohanGet this item
I really like this graphic novel. The artwork is wonderful, and I especially love the puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, and other interactive things! Recommended by Karen.
Wayside School beneath the Cloud of Doom2020 by Sachar, LouisGet this item
This book is light, silly, and a fun read. Recommended by Karen.
Ways to Make Sunshine2020 by Watson, RenéeGet this item
I love the way the main character, Ryan, manages to stay positive and in love with life, even when her family goes through tough times. For readers who love Ramona, this family also lives in Portland, OR, and in many other ways they remind me of the Quimbys. Recommended by Shelley.
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