It is a type of literature that has magical and supernatural elements that don’t exist in the real world. Fantasy fiction is called that by Masterclass. Fantasy elements are mixed with elements from the real world in a way that isn’t based on reality or scientific fact.
Where the Red Fern Grows isn’t the first fantasy book I ever read, but it was one of the first chapter books I remember reading in fifth grade. The whole generation was scarred for life. Only a little bit kidding.
They are still young enough to be kids but adults find them interesting and fun. Fifth grade is a great time in a child’s life. You know what? It’s the best time of my life. This post only talks about fantasy books for 5th graders. Let’s start now!
Fantasy Books for 5th Grade
High Fantasy Series
To put it another way, high fantasy stories are about things that aren’t real. Is it high fantasy when it happens in a time and place you have never been to or read about? Most of the high fantasy books we’re going to look at on this list are part of a series, like the first two on our list.
How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
A boy named Hiccup must follow an old tradition on the Viking island of Berk: capture and tame a dragon, or be sent to live on another island for the rest of his life.” When he comes across a small creature, he names it Toothless, and the two form an unlikely friendship. They become the heroes his clan didn’t think they would be. With 11 more books, How to Train Your Dragon is the best of adventure, friendship, and silly humor.
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
It’s Princess Celie’s favorite day to go to Castle Glower on Tuesday. When the Castle adds a new room, tower, or even whole wings on Tuesday, that’s the reason. Neither Celie nor anyone else takes the time to figure out how to add new rooms. Celie has a secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns. When King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, Celie will have to protect the castle and save the kingdom.
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Low fantasy, or magical realism, is a type of story that takes place in the real world, but there are magical parts. Harry Potter is the best person to show this. With these two other great books.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matthewa is very sweet, but her parents don’t like her because they think she’s a bother. She thinks that school will be different, but when she gets there, she has to deal with a headmistress who hates kids. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull, she learns that she can fight back with a very powerful tool. I think Matilda could be the person to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Borrowers: Homily, Pod, and their daughter Arrietty, 14, live under the kitchen floor of an old English country house. They are tiny people who live there.” People who live above them have given them all of their small things, like postage stamp paintings and champagne cork chairs, to use in their homes. Isn’t everything going well until I see Pod on the top floor of the house? No, the Clocks can’t stay in their favorite hidden home. They’ll have to leave.
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Fantasy stories about portals usually have some kind of door between our world and the world of magic. It could be a real door, a wardrobe, or even a tornado that takes you to the magical world!
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Milo doesn’t like anything. The only reason he drives through a tollbooth that shows up in his room is because he has nothing better to do. But on the other hand, things look a little different. There is a place called the Island of Conclusions that you get to by jumping. Milo learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even goes on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Astonishing things start to happen to Milo along the way. I don’t think that life is very boring at all, though. In fact, it’s more exciting than he could have ever dreamed.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American children’s book that was first published in 1900.” The story is about a young farm girl named Dorothy and her dog Toto, who get swept away from their Kansas home by a tornado. They end up in the Land of Oz, which is full of magic. “The book is one of the most well-known stories in American literature,” says this.
Fairy Tales, Folktales, and Myths
They were fantasy stories that told morals or how life came to be. Some of the first stories ever written were about these things. These stories have been changed and retold many times. Including the next two book ideas!
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Good: “Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or keep his temper in check.” This isn’t the first time things have been getting worse. There was a time when Percy thought that his pre-algebra teacher had turned into a monster and tried to kill him. He needs to know the truth about where he came from and where he can be safe. To a summer camp for demigods, she sends Percy to Camp Half Blood. He learns that his father is Poseidon, the God of the Sea, and that he never knew him. It turns out that there’s a mystery going on. With the help of his friends, Percy goes on a quest across the United States to get to the Underworld and stop a huge war between the different gods.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
A young girl named Minli lives with her parents in the valley of the Fruitless Mountain. They live in an old shack.” He tells her about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answer to all of life’s questions, in the evenings. As a result of these stories, Minli goes on an amazing journey to find the Old Man on the Moon and ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. “She meets many different people and magical creatures as she goes.” One of them is a dragon, which she takes along as she searches for the answer.
As if that wasn’t enough, science fiction is also a type of fantasy fiction. Dystopian fiction is a type of science fiction that deals with what might happen in the future. I’m still with you. Dystopian stories are about the end of the world or the end of society. Think of them as sad adventure books.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A normal boy is Bod. Nobody Owens, better known as Bod, is not like that. There is no way for him to live in the world of the living and the dead. He is being raised by ghosts, and has a guardian who isn’t from either. Boys have fun in the graveyard. That’s why Bod should stay inside. If he leaves, he will be in danger from the man Jack, who already killed Bod’s family.
There are many types of xenofiction, which are stories that are told from the point of view of an animal or other nonhuman creature. It is some of the best children’s literature out there. Like the last book on my list!
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
She is a widowed mouse with four small children, and she has a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer home right away, or she will almost certainly die. The only thing she can’t do is move her youngest son, Timothy, who has pneumonia and can’t be moved. Fortunately, she meets the rats of NIMH, a special kind of animal that is very smart. They come up with a brilliant solution to her problem. Their lives are made a lot better by Mrs. Frisby as well.
And that’s it! Fantasy books for 5th graders: 10 ideas! I hope you found a book you enjoy.
Happy reading, everyone!