Individualized Daily Reading Library: Essential Collection Fiction and Nonfiction, Grade 5

Item Number: IDR2-FNF5-S1 | ISBN: 978-1-68246-070-2

Give students daily opportunities to engage in wide reading through the Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) Library: Essential Collection. This 120-title collection is a high-quality addition to every classroom library, providing a wide range of books that inspire students to explore their interests, feed their imagination, and build knowledge as they read independently.

For educators implementing the Being a Reader comprehensive reading program, the IDR Essential Collection is an instructionally aligned and indispensable companion. The Essential Collection is strongly recommended with any purchase of Being a Reader.

Featuring many texts related to the topics, themes, genres, and text types in Being a Reader lessons, the Essential Collection offers further opportunities to extend the lessons, deepen understanding, expand background knowledge, and make text-to-text-connections.


120 books:

  • 60 fiction
  • 60 nonfiction

Texts for all readers:

  • 50 percent of books are on grade level
  • 25 percent are easier (1–1.5 grades below grade level)
  • 25 percent are challenging (1–1.5 grades above grade level)

Genres and topics include social studies, science, history, biography/memoir, nature, sports, animals, contemporary and historical fiction, mystery, humor, graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy.

Sample titles for this IDR collection (book titles subject to change):

Title Author
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes Roshani Chokshi
As Brave As You Jason Reynolds
Chunky Yehudi Mercado
Hoot Carl Hiaasen
Merci Suárez Changes Gears Meg Medina
The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate
Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear Trang Nguyen
The Season of Styx Malone Kekla Magoon
The Third Mushroom Jennifer L. Holm
The Underneath Kathi Appelt


Title Author
Beauty and the Beak: The Inspiring Story of How Science Technology and a 3D Printed Beak Saved a Bald Eagle Deborah Lee Rose
The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery Sandra Markle
Cuthbert Grant: Leader of the Métis People Carole Lindstrom
History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics Kate Messner
Nelson Mandela Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl
Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist Sylvia Acevedo
Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance Ann Love
Roberto Clemente Claudia Romo Edelman and Sara E. Echenique
What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling Elise Moser
Your Guide to the Islamic Golden Age Tim Cooke


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