Five in a Row Volume 4: Book List and Recommendations

Five in a Row Volume 4: Books, movies, and read-along recommendations

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book List and Resource Recommendations


Disclaimer: This page about activities and books list for Five in a Row volume 4 (FIAR volume 4) may contain affiliate links for which I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. (Links are included mostly because it’s an easy way to provide readers with a link to the ISBN and book info. I truly don’t make much money from those links. Local libraries, used booksellers, places like BetterWorldBooks and thriftstore book sections are always great places to stock up on Five in a Row Volume 1 read-along books without breaking the bank.)

Also, these books are related to the Five in a Row curriculum by Steve and Denise Lambert. These are activities recommendations in addition to the parent’s guide, not in place of it. 


Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: Roxaboxen, by Alice McLerran

The reviews generally rate it as one of their favorite books of all-time

Roxaboxen Activity: Roxaboxen Unit Study from Arizona State University






Roxaboxen Read-along recommendation: Island Boy, by Barbara Cooney (of Miss Rumphius fame)

Roxaboxen related books: Children’s Books about Arizona



Five in a Row Volume 4 Book:  The Raft, by Jim LaMarche



Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: Mailing May, by Michael O. Tunnell









Mailing May read-along books: 

Henry’s Freedom Box, Kadir Nelson

Henry Brown mailed himself in a box from Richmond, Virginia to Philadelphia to secure his freedom before the end of slavery

The General Store, by Bobbie Kalman

Explains how General Stores worked in that turn-of-the-century era

The Giant Hug, by Sandra Horning

A boy mails a hug to his grandma, showing the mail process. A story about loving relatives, with a bit of whimsy, mailing a hug.


Articles related to Mailing May and sending babies in the mail:


Facebook has featured photos of children sent in the mail: 

1920’s post about mailing children


Image is from Saving Lincoln on Facebook – link above





Make a Mailbox out of a cardboard box

Make felt letters and carrier bag

Felt envelopes to go along with the felt letters

Create a Mail Sorting Center in your own home

Example 2 of a Letter Sorting Area for family mail, notes, writing practice


Videos for Mailing May: 

How the Mail Gets Sorted, made by the United States Postal Service

“Hail to Mail”, a Reading Rainbow episode, is available online. It appears to be available on PBS Kids, or the Amazon PBS add-on for $1, and it could be previewed on Youtube.

Want to see the coolest Post Offices around the United States? 

The Smithsonian Postal Museum has collections, and this one includes their most “interesting facts.”

Science connection: Saliva, used on mailing stamps

Spit Science

Chapter books for Mailing May: 

Encyclopedia Brown books – because they’re about brain-teasers

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Related books: Children’s Books about Vermont

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: The Gullywasher, by Joyce Rossi

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book:  Arabella, by Wendy Orr

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book:  Higgins Bend Song and Dance, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book:  Cowboy Charlie, by Jeanette Winter

Related books: Children’s Books about Montana


Five in a Row Volume 4 Book:  Grass Sandals, by Dawnine Spivak

Related books: Books, Movies, and resources about Japan

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: Albert, by Donna Jo Napoli

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: The Hickory Chair, by Lisa Rose Fraustino


The Hickory Chair book recommendations: A Chair for My Mother  

(A Chair for My Mother also exists as a Reading Rainbow episode, season 6)


The Hickory Chair Chapter Book read-along recommendation: Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind




Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: Hanna’s Cold Winter, by Trish Marx




Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: The Hatmaker’s Sign Retold, by Candace Fleming

Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: The Pumpkin Runner, by Marsha Diane Arnold

Chapter Books about Australia: Audrey of the Outback, by Christine Harris.

Audrey of the Outback is like a Pippi Longstocking book, but written in the 1990s by a hip librarian, set in Australia, and with less problematic views. (Pippi’s author Astrid Lindgren apologized in the 1960s for the racism found in the Pippi trilogy, instances of anti-Asian hate, anti-Black statements, and anti-Polynesian references. While modern versions have had some editing done to them, they still contain examples of European imperialism, with Pippi being a princess of an island of “cannibals.”) 

Back to Audrey of the Outback. Audrey lives in the Australian outback and goes on many adventures as a young girl.

The books can be hard to find in physical copy, but there’s a 3-for-1 of the Audrey of the Outback collection online if you get it in digital book form. Audrey of the Outback, Audrey Goes to Town, and Audrey’s Big Secret. This set of books has been compared to Anne of Green Gables, as well.


Videos for the Pumpkin Runner: Izzy’s Koala Rescue, on Netflix. Watch Izzy take care of a different koala each episode in this show about a koala rescue center. There’s a lot of focus on the Australian wildfires and how that destroys natural habitats for trees and the animals that survive in the forests.



Five in a Row Volume 4 Book: Angelo, by David Macaulay




Other FIAR volumes: 

Five in a Row Volume 1 Recommendations

Five in a Row Volume 2 Recommendations