15 Books to Read at the End of the Year (for upper elementary!)

  Title image for 15 Books to Read at the End of the Year (for upper elementary!)

As our school year draws to a close, I keep hearing the same question on my social media platforms:

What are your favorite novels to end the year?

Well…I hear you! Today I’m sharing 15 books that I LOVE to recommend at the end of the year. This list is diverse! Some are set in the classroom and inspire classroom community. Some have settings that help usher in the summer months. Finally, some are just plain FUN! We all deserve to read something light-hearted at the end of the year. 

Explore the list below of the BEST books for the end of the school year. Let me know in the comments what I’ve missed and which are your favorite!

Books with a School Setting:

Books to Read at the End of the Year: Frindle, Because of Mr Terupt, Matilda, Sideways Stories from Wayside School

1. Frindle by: Andrew Clements

Join Nick Allen as he sparks a language revolution by inventing a new word, 'frindle', and learns about the power of creativity and imagination in the process.

2.  Because of Mr. Terupt by: Rob Buyea

Experience a year in the lives of seven students as they navigate friendship, challenges, and personal growth under the guidance of their inspiring teacher, Mr. Terupt.

3. Matilda by: Roald Dahl

Follow Matilda, a young girl with extraordinary intelligence and abilities, as she stands up to her neglectful family and school headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.

4. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by: Louis Sachar

Explore the eccentricities of Wayside School, a thirty-story building with a classroom on each floor, and encounter its quirky students and teachers.

>>View my read aloud companion for this title on Teachers Pay Teachers!<<

Books to Read at the End of the Year: There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom, The Lemonade War, The Best School Year Ever

5. There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by: Louis Sachar

Join Bradley Chalkers, a troubled fifth-grader, on his journey redemption as he forms an unlikely friendship with the school counselor, Mrs. Ebbel.

6. The Lemonade War by: Jacqueline Davies

Follow siblings Evan and Jessie as they embark on a competitive lemonade-selling venture over the summer, learning valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, sibling rivalry, and the true meaning of success along the way.

7. The Best School Year Ever by: Barbara Robinson

Return to the chaotic world of the Herdmans as they wreak havoc on the school year, ultimately teaching their classmates important lessons about acceptance, kindness, and family.

Books Set in Summer:

Join Opal and her lovable dog Winn-Dixie as they navigate life in a small Florida town, forming unexpected friendships, and uncovering the power of love  forgiveness.

9. Holes by: Louis Sachar

Embark on a journey with Stanley Yelnats as he faces the challenges of Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center, where he and his fellow inmates unearth secrets of the past while discovering the true value of friendship and redemption.

Enter the whimsical world of Pippi Longstocking, a girl with a knack for adventure, as she regales readers with her extraordinary tales and teaches them the importance of independence, imagination, and friendship.

11. Summer According to Humphrey by: Betty G. Birney

Follow Humphrey, the classroom hamster, as he spends his summer vacation with different families, spreading joy and learning valuable lessons about empathy, communication, and the true meaning of home.

12. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by: Jeanne Birdsall

Join the four Penderwick sisters as they embark on a memorable summer vacation at the Arundel estate, where they befriend the owner's son, Jeffrey.

Books that are just plain FUN!

The Best Books to read at the end of the year: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

13. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by: Betty MacDonald

Enter the whimsical world of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who helps parents solve their children's misbehavior with her unconventional remedies.

14. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by: E.L. Konigsburg

Join Claudia and her brother Jamie as they run away from home and live secretly in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They embark on a thrilling adventure and discover the power of friendship, self-discovery, and the wonders of art.

>>View my read aloud companion for this title on Teachers Pay Teachers!<<

15. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by: Chris Grabenstein

Step into the extraordinary world of Mr. Lemoncello's library, where twelve lucky children must solve puzzles and riddles to escape.


Pin image for 15 Books to Read at the End of the Year (for upper elementary!)    Pin image for 15 Books to Read at the End of the Year (for upper elementary!)

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics, or posts made in this blog. 

No comments

Post a Comment