30 Favorite Fiction Books for Upper Elementary Students

Looking back at the end of each school year, I am always amazed at how many good books we’ve read, listened to and enjoyed ~ books that have helped shape our homeschool and my boy’s childhoods.

My oldest, in 3rd grade this year, is a voracious reader. It’s been quite the feat to keep up with his appetite for books, but thanks to the internet and other mamas on Instagram, I’ve been collecting a hefty stack of both classics and newer fiction.

This list of 30 of our favorite fiction books includes classics (like The Secret Garden), adventure stories (like The Green Ember and Dragons in a Bag), and beloved nature-inspired reads (like My Side of the Mountain and The Sign of the Beaver).

So if you’re looking for some new book recommendations for your little reader, save this list ~ I hope it can be helpful!

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Li Lun, Lad of Courage

The One and Only Bob

The One and Only Ivan



The Princess and the Goblin

Rickshaw Girl

A True Home (Heartwood Hotel)

Dragons in a Bag

The Dragon Thief

Because of Winn-Dixie

The Good Master

The Green Ember

Ember Falls

The Hundred Dresses

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

The Secret Garden

Miss Hickory

The Sign of the Beaver

My Side of the Mountain

The Wild Robot

Encyclopedia Brown

Kildee House

The Mad Scientists Club

A Little Princess

Five Children and It

The Phoenix and the Carpet

The Railway Children

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