"Treasures" from McGraw-Hill and "Journeys" from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are nationally published fifth grade reading textbooks. Both of these textbooks comply with national Common Core reading standards.
Scholastic's recommended fifth grade reading list includes the novels "Holes" by Louis Sachar, "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbit and "The Hundred Dresses" by Eleanor Estes. These novels supplement reading textbooks.
According to Common Core standards, fifth graders must meet requirements in key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, and reading comprehension level. These standards have been adopted in all states except for Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Alaska as of 2015. They are also used on U.S. military installations and in every U.S. territory except Puerto Rico.
Key ideas and details standards require students to quote texts accurately, explain and draw inferences from texts, summarize a work or describe its theme and compare and contrast elements within a story. Craft and structure requirements involve vocabulary, metaphors and similes, story and poem structure, and point of view. Integration of knowledge and ideas teaches students to analyze multimedia works and compare and contrast elements in more than one story.
The reading level requirement stipulates that students must read stories, drama and poetry at a fourth- or fifth-grade level to meet Common Core standards. Students at the fourth-grade level are expected to read at the highest end of the fourth grade material. This proficiency is measured at the end of the school year.