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Books for 6th Graders

Updated on December 21, 2013

Books for Sixth Graders to Read

For the 2012-2013 school year my son will be in sixth grade. I will be adding books during the summer of 2012 to this lens as my son finds books to read. I've had two daughter graduate from 6th grade, the first after the 2007-2008 school year and the second after the 2009-2010 school year. I have two more children that will be in sixth grade in the future and this list of sixth grade books is for them and for me when they want to know what to read.

It is interesting watching 6th graders start to read series books. The Twilight books and Harry Potter books are mostly all out, so they don't have to wait for the big release to read the next one, although The 39 Clues Books falls into this category. Most of the books here, my wife has read alongside my daugthers. This provides a way to communicate any particular events that happened within the books.

I believe reading is by far the best way for children to learn, in fact, the better reader you are, normally the better learner you are as you tend to understand the things around you quicker. Readers are better test takers, as they can quickly grasp the question being asked and therefore understand how to answer the question. And of course, reading is fun.

If you find these sixth grade books too simple or too challenging, please check out these 5th grade books or 7th grade books.

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6th graders draw conclusions, make critical judgments, and form unique interpretations

Sixth Grade Reading Strategies - Strategies 6th graders should be trying to master

I found this list from a school district next to mine. I like the traits it is trying to teach to 6th grade students.

  • Connecting Known to New - 6th grade readers activate relevant, prior knowledge (schema) before, during, and after reading text. Sixth graders use prior knowledge to build mental models to use to evaluate what they read.
  • Ask Questions - 6th grade readers ask questions of themselves, the authors, and the texts they read. Sixth graders use their questions to clarify and to focus their reading.
  • Determine Importance - 6th grade readers determine the most important ideas and themes in a text. Sixth graders use their conclusions about important ideas to focus their reading and to exclude peripheral or unimportant details from memory.
  • Form Sensory Images - 6th grade readers create visual and other sensory images from text during and after reading. These images may include visual, auditory and other sensory connections to the text. 6th grade readers use these images to deepen their understanding of the text.
  • Infer Meaning - 6th grade readers draw inferences from text. Sixth graders use their prior knowledge (schema) and textual information to draw conclusions, make critical judgments, and form unique interpretations from text. Inferences may occur in the form of conclusions, predictions, or new ideas.
  • Synthesize Ideas - 6th grade readers retell and synthesize what they have read. Sixth graders attend to the most important information and to the clarity of the synthesis itself. They synthesize to better understand what they have read.
  • Solve Reading Problems - 6th grade readers utilize a variety of fix-up strategies to repair comprehension when it breaks down. Sixth graders select appropriate fix-up strategies from one of the six language systems (pragmatic, schematic, semantic, syntactic, lexical, or grapho-phonic) to best solve a given problem in a given reading situation.

My 6th grade son is currently reading... - Powerless by Matthew Cody

Powerless won the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award

My daughter's favorite book in 6th grade - Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Ok, I have to admit, Harry Potter was one of my favorite set of books to read as well. They are very captivating and very easy to read. I even read the seventh book on my 15th wedding anniversary in Maui.

My daughter read the entire series in about 3 months and couldn't wait to finish the one she was on and read the next.

Books my kids have read in 6th grade - Let us know what books your kids have read by clicking on the up arrows.

Here are some titles of books my kids have read while in 6th grade. You can click on the links to see a full description at Amazon. You can vote for your favorite book by clicking on the up arrow.

Recommend a book for a 6th grader - What books have your kids read while in 6th grade? We would like to know so we have more birthday and christmas gift ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i would recommend the hunger games series .

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      Tom Fattes 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @martyp lm: The books on this lens are from those read by my children in sixth grade. Starting in the fall of 2012, my son will be entering sixth grade and I will be updating this page with new books at that time.

      You are correct in noticing that it has been two years since my daughter was a sixth grader.

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      martyp lm 5 years ago

      Excellent list of books. Do you have any books in your list that were published in 2011 or 2012?

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      LewesDE 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Interesting reading!

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      Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

      My son, a 6th grader, finished Percy Jackson in 2 months and Harry Potter series in 4 months in 4th grade. Now, he's reading Hunger Games, Eragon, and Les Miserable. The librarian scratched her head in finding new books for him to read. He's already read Gregor the Overlander, which is the book for the next book club. My daughter who is now in 4th grader is not an avid reader.

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      jinggaberseri 5 years ago

      I like this lens

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      ananimoss2 5 years ago

      Something called 'Darke', and it is not a misspelled word!

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      susy23cindy 5 years ago

      6th graders usually read a lot of series and more than 1 book

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Love this lens too

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      having a dictionary near one is always handy! cheers

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      jp1978 6 years ago

      Im going to second The Westing Game (posted below). Great fun!

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for info! My son is in 6th Grade and needs some new books!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like that you think. Thank you for share very much.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i was a sixesth grader last year and i liked most of those books

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      When my kids were in 6th grade they also loved the Harry Potter series. My youngest read Inkheart. There were so many other books that they read at that age it is difficult to remember. We also read books aloud to each other. One of our favorites was Swallows and Amazons about a family of 5 kids living on an island one summer and sailing back and forth on a lake to pick up supplies from the parent's summer cottage.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I teach 6th grade Reading/ELA and I tried to think of some of the books that my last years kids really enjoyed...

      The Phantom Tollbooth by: Norton Juster

      Princess Academy by: Shannon Hale

      The Westing Game by: Ellen Raskin

      Fever 1793 by: Laure Halse Anderson

      The Alex Rider series by: Anthony Horowitz

      Stargirl, Love Stargirl, and Maniac Magee by: Jerry Spinelli

      Number the Stars by: Lois Lowry

      Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by: Robert C. O'Brien

      Then of course Harry Potter, Twilight, Inkheart...

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