This HelMet English Reading Diploma is for 5-6 grade students.

When you have read ten (10) books, you get a diploma. You can select books from this list or select books that are interesting to you that are not found on this list. Ask your teacher if books not on the list can be used for the Reading Diploma. You can also ask a librarian for ideas.

You can also read audiobooks and e-books.

When you have completed the Reading Diploma you can then complete a bonus diploma by reading ten (10) different books. Ask for help from your teacher and or a librarian.

Table of contents

Novels • Fantasy and scifi • THRILLER AND HORROR • Comics and poems • Nonfiction


Johnson Varian

Playing the cards you're dealt

Alcott Louisa May

Little Women

Applegate Katherine

The One and Only Ivan

Bradley Kimberly Brubaker

The war that saved my life

Callender Kacen

King and the Dragonflies

Cheng Jack

See you in the cosmos

Fox Matthew

The Sky Over Rebecca

Gino Alex


Gino Alex


Hargrave Kiran Millwood

Julia and the shark

Harris Neil Patrick

The magic misfits series

James Greg

Super Ghost

Jones Rosie

The amazing Edie Eckhart

Kelly Erin Entrada

Hello universe

Kelly Lynne

Song for a whale

Kinney Jeff

Diary of a wimpy kid series

Machias Jules

Both can be true

Mbalia Kwame

Black Boy Joy

Morpurgo Michael

Boy Giant

Ness Patrick

A Monster Calls

Nielsen Susin

No Fixed Address

Parr Lesley

When the war came home

Pastis Stephan

Timmy Failure series

Sass A.J.

Ana on the edge

Sass A.J.

Ellen Outside the Lines

Scott Libby

Can you see me?

Shevah Emma

How to save the world with a chicken and an egg

Wolfe Sean Fay

Minecraft: The Elementia Chronicles

Woltz Anna

Talking to Alaska

Yang Kelly

Front Desk

Fantasy and scifi

Rick Riordan presents series

Alston B.B.

Amari and the Night brothers

Bayron Kalynn

The Vanquishers

Braillier Max

The last kids on Earth

Burnell Cerrie

Wilder than midnight

Clayton Dhonielle

The Marvellers

Colfer Eoin

Artemis Fowl series

Collins Suzanne

Gregor the Overlander

Edge Christopher

The Jamie Drake equation

Farnaby Simon

The Wizard in my Shed

Funke Cornelia

Inkworld Series

Hunter Erin

Bravelands Series

Lapinski L.D.

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency

Lee Yoon Ha

Dragon pearl series

Martin George R. R.

The ice dragon

Ohlsson Kristina

The Silver Boy

Robertson David A.

The Barren Grounds

Simukka Salla


Steadman A.F.

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

Townsend Jessica

Nevermoor series


Foulkes Alex

Rules for Vampires

Ireland Justina

Ophie's ghosts

K.S. Ansari Rebecca

The in-between

Killick Jennifer

Dread Wood

Leonard M.G.

The Highland Falcon thief

Lindgren Astrid

Ronja the robber's daughter

Sami Annabelle

Agent Zaiba Investigates series

Comics and poems

Jen Wang


Alvarez Lorena


Alvarez Lorena


Angelou Maya

Life doesn't frighten me

Craft Jerry

New kid

Craft Jerry

Class act

Dahm Evan

Island book

Duffy Carol Ann

New and collected poems for children

Fipps Lisa


Freeman Megan E.


Johnson Varian


LaMotte Lily

Measuring Up

Liu Marjorie


Marsden Mariah

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

Nyström Patric

Siri the Viking series

Peirce Lincoln

Big Nate series

Rosen Michael

On the move

Solter Sonja K.

When you know what I know

Sutherland Tui T.

Wings of Fire

Telgemeier Raina

The Baby-Sitters Club Series

Telgemeier Raina


Woodson Jacqueline

Before the ever after


Girl who drew butterflies

Barr Catherine

Fourteen wolves

Bishop-Stephens William

How to create animation in 10 easy lessons

Boyer Crispin

The book of heroes

Challoner Jack

Super science

Fletcher Robert

Philosophy : a visual encyclopedia

Frith Alex

Politics for Beginners

Hudson Wade and Cheryl

We rise, we resist, we raise our voices

Ignotofsky Rachel

Women in science

James Alice

The Usborne outdoor book

Jules Howard

The who, what, why of zoology : the incredible science of the animal kingdom

Lewis Leigh

irate queens : dauntless women who dared to rule the high seas

Long David


Peterson David J.

Create your own secret language

Richards Jon

Atlas of everything

Sedlackova Jana

The complete book of fashion history

Swift Keilly

How to Make a Better World

Thomas Isabel

This book will (help) cool the climate

Vordeman Carol

Computer Coding Python Projects for Kids

Young Karen Romano

Antarctica : the melting continent