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Recommended 6th Grade Reading List

6thgraderecommendedreadingbooksWhether you are looking for a 6th grade reading list to supplement your child’s schooling or a great summer reading list, we have a list of books for you.

We included a list of inspiring biographies, classic novels and fun short stories that you may even remember reading when you were a kid.

Click on the story link for a complete description and reviews from Amazon if you want to learn more.

If you have never read these, they are even great to read as adults!


Abe Lincoln Grows Up, by Carl Sandburg

The Complete Book of Christian Heroes by by Dave Jackson and Neta Jackson

Corrie Ten Boom, Keeper of the Angel’s Den, by Janet & Geogg Benge

Nate Saint, On a Wing and a Prayer, by Janet & Geoff Benge

David Livingstone, Africa’s Trailblazer, by Janet & Geogg Benge

C. S. Lewis: Christian and Storyteller, by Beatrice Gormley, Wm B. Eerdmans

Heroes Tales for Kids, Vol. 1, 2, and 3, by Dave and Neta Jackson

Margaret Bourke-White: Racing with a Dream, by Catherine A.. Welch

Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson, by Ann McGovern, Scholastic Inc.

William Bradford, Plymouth’s Faithful Pilgrim, by Gary D. Schmidt, William B. Eerdmans

Fiction Recommended Reading List

Return to Sender by Alvarez

Tangerine by Bloor

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Cochrane

My Life in Pink and Green by Greenwald

Bird by Johnson

The Thing About Luck by Kadohata

Schooled by Korman

Rain Reign by Martin

Darius and Twig by Myers

Wonder by Palacio

Keeper by Peet

Bamboo People by Perkins

The Red Pencil by Pinkney

Slob by Potter

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Rundell

Esperanza Rising by Ryan

Holes by Sachar

Guys Read: Funny Business by Scieszka

Counting by 7s by Sloan

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Sonnenblick

Love, Stargirl by Spinelli

Stargirl by Spinelli

Emma-Jean Lazurus Fell Out of a Tree by Tarshis

Drama by Telgemeier

Make Lemonade by Wolff

After Tupac and D Foster by Woodson

Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt, Follett

Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne

Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink, Macmillan

Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift.

Heidi, by Johanna Spyri

Johnny Tremain, by Ester Forbes

My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Sounder, by William H. Armstrong

Sourland, by William H. Armstrong


Hold Fast by Balliett

The Brixton Brothers by Barnett

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Berry

Zora and Me by Bond

The Grace Mysteries by Cavendish

Under the Egg by Fitzgerald

Skink: No Surrender by Hiaasen

Alex Rider by Horowitz

Kiki Strike by Miller

The Boy Sherlock Holmes by Peacock

Sally Lockhart by Pullman

Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues by Robinet

The Egypt Game by Snyder

Liar and Spy by Stead

Sammy Keyes by Van Draanen

Palace of Spies by Zettel

Legends and Myths

Will in Scarlet by Cody

Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection by Dembicki, ed.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Gidwitz

Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Lee

Egg and Spoon by Maguire

Gilgamesh the Hero by McCaughrean

Rose Daughter by McKinley

Treasury of Egyptian Mythology by Napoli

Ain’t Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Nelson

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Pullman

Beowulf: A Tale of Blood, Heat, and Ashes by Raven

The Kane Chronicles by Riordan

The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold by Rylant

Breadcrumbs by Ursu

Short Stories for Sixth Grade Students

“A Candle for St. Bridget” by Ruth Sawyer, published in A Newbery Christmas

Farmer Giles of Ham” and “Smith of Wootton Major.” by J. R. R. Tolkien

Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, The Sketch Book.

The Reluctant Dragon” by Kenneth Graham, from Dream Stories

“Rikki Tikki Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling, from The Jungle Book