Printable Before Five in a Row and Five in a Row Book Lists

Since deciding to go the Before Five in a Row route, I have been trying to gather books we already own and buy used books that are used in both the Before program and the regular Five in a Row program.  

It’s been hard to get them all together and remember what goes with what, so I decided to type up the book lists with authors and give myself a check box to mark if we own the book.  I plan to sort each different volume into boxes/baskets.  Once I get all the books sorted and checked off, I plan to create another form to include all the books I’m looking to buy so that I can keep it with me in my purse or wallet.

I thought I’d share the lists in case it saves someone else a little time.

Here’s the Excel file on my Google Docs.  You can click on different tabs at the bottom to see the different sheets.  So far, I have Before Five in a Row, Five in a Row Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, and the Holiday book completed.  I still have to do Volume 4, but we don’t own that yet, so I’ll have to see if I can find a list online.

If you see any mistakes, or have some ideas of other aspects I should add to the sheets, be sure to leave comments!!  I’d also love to know if you end up using these.  It always helps to know one’s work wasn’t in vain. 🙂

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • This is great! We’re considering using BFIAR, and this will definitely come in handy if we do. I appreciate your hard work! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for these!!! VERY helpful!

    I love your blog and your pintrest site too!! thanks!

  • Jeannie says:

    Thank you for these printables. I am in search of all the books so we can do all 4 volumes. I have worked through volume 1 and 2 already. Now my little one is gearing up for BFIAR. I am adding to these lists with a “read it” and “Library” column. Thanks again!

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  • Jackie says:

    This is wonderful!!! I’m using Before and the Regular FIAR for my kiddos and trying to round up all the books! Headed to a used homeschool curriculum sale on Saturday and you saved me a lot of time!!! Thank you!

  • Amy says:

    I stumbled upon your website looking for a book list for BFIAR and from what I’ve seen it looks amazing and very helpful. This is my official first year of teaching my daughter, I’m sure all your tips and ideas will bless us this new school year! Thanks!

  • Leagh says:

    Thank You for spending the time typing these in. I love the ‘own’ box. Just shared it with my friends. Thanks again.

  • Danni says:

    Thanks so much. I’m seriously considering FIAR and this is going to save me TONS of time! So grateful that someone else took the time to make this available. Thanks!

  • FarmMommy says:

    Thanks for this great resource. We were trying to figure out how to pull everything together and this is a great tool.

  • amy says:

    Thank you for posting this. You saved me so much time!

  • analee says:

    thank you for sharing this. I was about to make my own list to I could mark which library had which books. also shared the BFIAR with our preschool teacher, who actually did read most of the list to the kids last year. made me wonder if she used FIAR when she was a K-teacher!

  • Ching says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! The lists are really useful! God bless.

  • Zendie says:

    So generous of you. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

  • Bethany B.. says:

    Bless you!!!! I started making my own then thought to see if someone else had already done it 🙂 Thank you again!!!


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  • Renee says:

    This is such a great resource to use when trying to acquire all the books needed. Unfortunately I will just have to try to replicate it on my own since I can’t print it out due to not wanting to hook google into my wireless printer. But thank you so much for the great lay out!!

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  • Laurie says:

    Just what I was looking for. Thanks!

  • Rainey Daye says:

    What would be even more awesome is also having a list of the books listed in each lesson as supplements…so that people like me who will most likely be checking most of the books out of the library will have a list ahead of time of what books to request be bought for the library or place books on hold ahead of time.

  • steeltoes says:

    Thank you for sharing! What a huge help : )

  • Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to make these! I was just about to make a list to print when I came across it and it saved me some work! 🙂

  • michelle says:

    THANK YOU! 🙂 Did you get to #4 yet? 🙂

  • Amy says:

    Thank you! This was very helpful and time saving for me. 🙂

  • Ashley says:

    Just in case people are needing volume 4 …. I apologize if the formatting isn’t correct! I tried…

    Five in a Row Volume 4
    Title Author
    Roxaboxen Alice McLerron
    The Raft Jim LaMarche
    Mailing May Michael O. Tunnel
    Snowflake Bentley Briggs Martin
    The Gullywasher Joyce Rossi
    Arabella Wendy Orr
    Higgins Bend Song and Dance Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    Cowboy Charlie Jeanette Winter
    Grass Sandals Dawnine Spivak
    Albert Donna Jo Napoli
    The Hickory Chair Lisa Rowe Fraustino
    Hanna’s Cold Winter Trish Marx
    The Hatmaker’s Sign Candace Fleming
    Pumpkin Runner Lisa Rowe Fraustino
    Angelo David Macaulay

  • Here’s the list of books for volume 4 copied from the Five in a Row website for your spreadsheet:

    Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
    The Raft by Jim LaMarche
    Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell
    Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    The Gullywasher by Joyce Rossi
    Arabella by Wendy Orr
    Higgins Bend Song and Dance by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    Cowboy Charlie by Jeanette Winter
    Grass Sandals by Dawnine Spivak Albert by Donna Jo Napoli
    The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rose
    Fraustino Hanna’s Cold Winter by Trish Marx
    The Hatmaker’s Sign Retold by Candace Fleming
    The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane
    Arnold Angelo by David Macaulay

  • Sarah says:

    Thank you, just what I needed as I dash out the door to the library!

  • julie says:

    is there any way to get this where is it editable? I am wanting to do a read aloud with each row and it would be nice to have all my book lists on the same paper! Thanks!

  • Albatina says:

    Thank you this is just what I needed

  • Carla says:

    I used Five in a Row with my now 22 year old daughter. She loved it! Now I have a year old granddaughter, and my oldest daughter asked me about these books that we read. Feel grateful that I found your site.

  • Leslie says:

    Thank you for the Five In A Row lists! Saved me a ton of work!

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