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Grade 6 Summer Reading List

The books on this list have been chosen to appeal to a variety of interests and a range of reading and maturity levels. Parents may want to select reading material with their children.

Adventure Stories:

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and R. Pearson

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exup’ery

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Classic Fiction:

Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, or other titles by Charles Dickens

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Carey

Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and other titles by Mark Twain

Titles by Emily or Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, or Herman Melville

Modern Fiction:

Blue Heron, Nothing But the Truth, and other titles by Avi

Sounder by William Armstrong

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very

Interesting Boy by J. Birdsall

The Legend of Spud Murphy by E. Colfer

Free Baseball by Sue Corbett

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Monkey Island One-Eyed Cat, and other titles by Paula Fox

My Side of the Mountain, The Cry of the Crow by Jean Craighead George

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the

World by K. Hannigan

The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho

Worth by A. LaFaye

A Summer to Die, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The Big Field by Mike Lupica

A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray by A. M. Martin

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

All of the Above: a Novel by Shelley Pearsall

Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Let the Circle Be Unbroken; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Dicey’s Song, Jackaroo, Tree by Leaf and other titles by Cynthia Voigt

H.I.V.E.: Higher-Institute of Villainous-Education by Mark Walden

Half Moon Investigations, The Legend of Spud Murphy by E. Colfer

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes mysteries

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Animal Studies:

Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks and the Sea by P. Benchley

All Creatures Great and Small, and other titles by James Herriot

The Dolphins and Me by Don C. Reed

Walking with the Great Apes: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas

By Sy Montgomery

Anthropology and Archaeology:

The Secrets of Vesuvius: Exploring the Mysteries of an Ancient Buried City

bySara C. Bisel

From the Beginning: The Story of Human Evolution by David Peters

Auks, Rocks, and the Odd Dinosaur: Inside Stories from the Smithsonian Museum

ofNatural History by Peggy Thompson


The Impressionists by Steven Adams

The Magic Mirror of M. C. Escher by Bruno Ernst

Biography and Autobiography:

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

The Triumph of Discovery: Four Nobel Women by Joan Dash

Wild Animals, Gentle Women by M. Facklam

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig

Kids with Courage: True Stories about Young People Who Make a Difference

by Barbara Lewis

Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of the Universe by Kitty Ferguson

Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and their Inventions by Jim Haskins

Rachel Carson: The Environmental Movement by John Henricksson

The Prince of Mathematics, Carl Friedrich Gauss by M. B. Tent:
Historical Fiction:

Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc by Polly S. Brooks

My Brother Sam Is Dead by James and Christopher Collier

The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble

Johnny Tremain by Ester Forbes

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Bread and Roses by Katherine Paterson

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt

Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Blitzcat, Echoes of War, The Kingdom by the Sea, The Machine Gunner

by Robert Westall

Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop
Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

2010 by Michael Crichton

City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by R. O’Brien

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
History and Geography:

America Goes to War: 1941 by John Devaney

The Berlin Wall: How It Rose and Why It Fell by Doris Epler

Desert of Ice: Life and Work in Antarctica by W. John Hackwell

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott

Fascinating Fibonaccis by Trudi Garland

Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd, More Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd

by Sam Loyd

Mathematicians are People, Too ( Two Volumes) by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer

The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzenberger
Science and Engineering:

Sports Science for Young People by George Barr

Industrial Minerals: How They Are Found by Robert Bates

Space: The Next 100 Years by Nicholas Booth

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Medicine in the Future by Mark Lambert

The Human Mind: How We Think and Learn by Thomas Metos

A New Treasury of Children’s Poetry by Joanna Cole

Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry by X. J. and Dorothy Kennedy

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem, by Jack Perlutsky
Mythology and Folk Tales:

Great American Folklore by K. Battle

The People Could Fly: American Black Folk Tales by Virginia Hamilton

Tales of the Early World by Ted Hughes

Nota Bene: If you have already read the first book listed in a series, you may select a later volume in that series to read (as long as it is the first time you have read it.)

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