Some popular Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books for fifth graders include "Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes" by Pamela S. Turner, "Bread and Roses, Too" by Katherine Paterson and "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry, according to the website GreatSchools. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a publishing company that produces educational books for children.
"Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes" was published in 2005. The book tells the story of the veterinarians who work at Rwanda's Mountain Gorilla Project. The book provides factual information about gorillas as well as stories about how the doctors treat the animals. The book has an interest grade level of 4 to 8.
"Bread and Roses, Too" is an historical fiction book published in 2006. It tells about the life of an Italian family working the mills during 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts as seen by its narrator, 12-year-old Rosa. After her father dies in an accident, her mother must take in boarders. Rosa is allowed to go to school, while her sister must work in the mill and is later involve din a strike.
"Number the Stars" was published in 1989. It tells the story of a Danish girl who helps bring her Jewish friends to safety. It has a recommended reading level of ages 9 to 12.