Books for Sixth Graders to Read

I’ve had four kids go through sixth grade.  My kids really get into reading series books during this time.  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 kids. 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.

Books My Kids Have Read

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Powerless by Mathew Cody
  • The 39 Clues Series
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Strategies 6th Graders Should Master While Reading

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.