Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chapter Books That Pair Well With Five in a Row Volume 4

We are diving into Five in a Row Volume 4 this year, so I have put together a list of chapter books I hope to read aloud with my kids to go along with our Five in a Row studies. Volume 4 is geared toward slightly older kids (grades 2-4). Since each book is rowed for two weeks, these might be slightly longer than the books suggested in my other Five in a Row lists. As a bonus, I've also included suggestions for chapter books to pair with the other Digital Units available on the Five in a Row website.

I am recently updated all of my other Five in a Row book lists as well. You can check those out here:
Chapter Books That Pair Well with Five in a Row Volume 1
Chapter Books That Pair Well with Five in a Row Volume 2
Chapter Books That Pair Well with Five in a Row Volume 3

**I have not actually read every book on this list, but I did read the reviews for age-appropriateness and I was helped immensely by recommendations people have shared on the Five in a Row forums.I will probably be tweaking this list as we go through our year so check back often. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment!

Five in a Row Volume 4
The Raft by Jim LaMarche
The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thorton Burgess 
The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat by Thorton Burgess
Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling 
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling

Grass Sandals by Dawnine Spivak
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden 
The Big Wave by Pearl Buck 
The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson

Cowboy Charlie by Jeanette Winter 
Little Britches by Ralph Moody 
The Book of Cowboys by Holling C. Holling 
Riders of the Pony Express by Ralph Moody

Roxaboxen by Barbara Cooney
Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones 
The Borrowers by Mary Norton 
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell 
Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson 
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck 
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin 
Anna, Grandpa and the Big Storm by Carla Stevens 
The Snow Walker by Margaret and Charles Wetterer 
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Gullywasher by Joyce Rossi
American Girl: Josefina
Tales our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection by Alma Flor Ada 
American Tall Tales by Jim Weiss (audio cd) 

Arabella by Wendy Orr 
Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr 
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham 
Seabird by Holling C. Holling

Higgens Bend Song and Dance by Jacqueline Briggs Martin 
American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne 
Mountain Men: True Grit and Tall Tales by Andrew Glass 
McBroom’s Wonderful One Acre Farm by Sid Fleischman 
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell 

Albert by Donna Jo Napoli 
Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White 
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat 
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George 
Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thorton Burgess 

Hickory Chair by Lisa Rowe Fraustino 
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey 
Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman 
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Hannah by Gloria Whelan

Hanna’s Cold Winter by Trish Marx
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwegan

The Hatmaker's Sign by Candace Fleming 
Ben and Me by Robert Lawson 
What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz 
Thomas Jefferson’s America by Jim Weiss (audio cd) 
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold 
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay 
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris

Angelo by David MacCauley
Rome Antics by David McCauley 
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield 
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli 

Bonus: Digital Units 
Paper Lanterns by Stefan Czernecki 
Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore 
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin 
Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look

The Bravest of Us All by Marsha Diane Arnold 
Tornado by Betsy Byars 
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
McBroom’s Zoo by Sid Fleischman

You’re on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt by Judith St. George 
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz 
Teddy Roosevelt, Young Rough Rider by Edd Winfield Parks 

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins
A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy
Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant 
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey


  1. What a terrific list! And I'm so glad you included so many Kate Seredy books, especially A Tree for Peter and The Chestry Oak. Two of the best books of all time.

  2. Your lists are just wonderful! Thank you so much for taking the time to share. We are at FIAR4/BeyondFIAR for the last time and are soooo sad to know its almost over. I think we can stretch out another year with the longer chapter books so thank you.