Book List for 6th Grade

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Do you scour Pinterest for book list pins?

I do!

I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to book lists. I LOVE book lists.


I’ve created quite a few book lists over the past few years – from books that enhance our history or science studies to lists of fun and funny books to read aloud.

I also create a book list for each grade level so I never run short on ideas for great reads each school year.


However, I found that I wasn’t being intentional when creating these book lists. Some years the books were all in the fantasy genre while other years my list was full of historical fiction. And biographies?? Oh my! We rarely read books in that genre.


So I designed a plan to help me have better variety in our book lists. You can download your copy right here!


I created a book list planning worksheet to help me choose a better variety of books from several different categories.

  • Poetry
  • Picture books
  • Biographies and Autobiographies
  • Non fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Classics
  • Modern fiction
  • Cultural focus


I used my worksheet to help plan our reading list for 6th grade and I’m excited about all the wonderful books that are waiting to be read this upcoming school year. However, I’m still a little bit in shock that my oldest child is about to start middle school!


If you need some reading inspiration, check out the list below. And don’t forget to download the book list planning worksheet so you can intentionally choose your next read alouds.




Kira Kira


Miracles on Maple Hill

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

A Way Through the Sea and Book 2

The Birchbark House

Out of My Mind

Pirate City

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Sign of the Beaver

Summer of the Monkeys

Sword in the Stone

Swallows and Amazons

Huck Finn

Anne of Green Gables (complete series)

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Goose Girl

The Hobbit

The Lightning Thief

Double Fudge

The Never Ending Story

The Great Greene Heist

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

A Long Walk to Water

Breaking Stalin’s Nose

House of Sixty Fathers

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

Freedom Summer

The Boy Who Drew Birds

The Gardener

Island Boy


The Little Match Girl

Soul Surfer

Carry on Mr. Bowditch

Hudson Taylor Deep in the Heart of China

Carry a Big Stick

Duel in the Wilderness

Teresa of Calcutta

Basher Five Two

Journey to the Center of the Earth



Don’t miss my book list planning guide that will help you create the perfect book list for your homeschool year!



Further Reading and More Book Lists

5th Grade Book List

4th Grade Read Alouds

Summer Reading for my rising 4th grader

Starting a family reading challenge

Why my kids read aloud every day

Read alouds and real life

Why read aloud 


4 thoughts on “Book List for 6th Grade

  1. I chose a few new ones for the middle school reader in my house! We do a lot of traveling with the kids and we always read before we go! Love finding your website and all the book lists. I have a few book lists on specific destinations and lists save so much time!! Great resources you have here!

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