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Books Your Grade 6 Students Will Love

Check out this list of books your Grade 6 students will love.

Check out this list of books your Grade 6 students will love.

Are you on the lookout for some fantastic books to engage and inspire your grade 6 students? I have the list for you. These books are packed with thrilling adventures, heartwarming stories, and thought-provoking themes that will capture the imaginations of your young readers.

These stories will spark discussion about friendship and empathy, as well as take students on thrilling journeys. They will read about various struggles and the power of resilience.

Whether you incorporate these books into your classroom or recommend them to your grade 6 students to read, you’ll not only cultivate a love for reading but also encourage critical thinking, empathy, and a sense of wonder in your students. Whether you engage them in book discussions, creative writing projects, or group activities, these stories will provide a kaleidoscope for learning and growth.

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Books Your Grade 6 Students Will Love

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

This is the story of Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy who takes on his teacher’s challenge to make a positive impact on the world. Trevor devises a plan called “pay it forward,” where he asks people to help three others instead of repaying him. His vision of a global movement of kindness transforms his community in this poignant novel with an unforgettable conclusion.

Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

“Pax” tells the story of a young boy named Peter and his fox companion, Pax. When Peter’s father goes off to war, Peter is forced to live with his grandfather, leaving Pax behind. Filled with regret, Peter embarks on a journey to find Pax, and the book explores their individual struggles to reunite against all obstacles, told from their alternating perspectives.

The Silverwing Collection: Silverwing; Sunwing; Firewing (The Silverwing Trilogy) by Kenneth Oppel

This adventure-packed tale is about a young Silverwing bat named Shade who becomes separated from his colony during a storm while migrating. As he embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with his flock, he encounters intriguing characters like Marina, Zephyr, and Goth, questioning who can be trusted along the way. Filled with suspense and excitement, Shade’s ultimate goal is to find his family and survive with the help of newfound allies.

Space Case (Moon Base Alpha) by Stuart Gibbs

“Space Case” introduces Dashiell Gibson, a twelve-year-old living on Moon Base Alpha. Despite the fame of being one of the first humans on the moon, Dash is bored and isolated. When the base’s top scientist is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Dash becomes convinced of foul play, but his claims are dismissed until he uncovers a potentially groundbreaking secret that someone is willing to kill to protect.


The Strays Like Us by Cecilia Galante

A girl in a foster home becomes drawn to a forlorn stray dog named Toby, despite knowing she shouldn’t get involved. Living with foster parent Margery temporarily, Fred is cautious about forming attachments. However, as she navigates friendships, including with persistent Delia, Fred realizes that the more she allows these misfits into her heart, the more difficult it will be to say goodbye when her mother returns to take her away.

Story Thieves (1) by James Riley

Owen, tired of the mundane real world, witnesses his classmate Bethany emerge from a book in the library. Bethany, who is part-fictional, seeks her missing father within the pages of various books. In order to keep her secret, Owen strikes a deal with Bethany to take him into his beloved Kiel Gnomenfoot series, hoping it will assist in her quest, but little do they know that this adventure might jeopardize the book series, expose Bethany’s truth, and trap Owen in Kiel Gnomenfoot’s ultimate, and potentially deadly, escapade.

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

This story follows the challenging journey of Viji and her sister, Rukku, as they escape their difficult life to live on the streets of Chennai, India. Despite the harsh conditions, they find refuge on an abandoned bridge and befriend two boys, Muthi and Arul. Together, they form a makeshift family, relying on each other for survival, but when illness strikes, and their safety is compromised, Viji and Arul face a critical decision that tests their trust in adults and their hard-won freedom.

The Complete Dive Trilogy, Books 1-3: The Discovery, The Deep, and The Danger (3-Book Set) by Gordon Korman

In the first book of the Dive trilogy, four children embark on a marine expedition to study an underwater habitat impacted by a seismic event. During their exploration, they stumble upon sunken treasure, sparking a race against time and other potential treasure hunters. As they navigate the allure of wealth, they must also contend with the lurking danger of sharks, raising questions about their unity and shared goals.

Get ready to inspire and spark the imagination of your grade 6 readers. These books will take them on incredible journeys, introducing them to new worlds, different ways of thinking, and unforgettable experiences. As you bring the joy of reading into your classroom, you’ll witness your students transform into enthusiastic readers and lifelong learners.

I hope this list gives you some great book ideas and you find some books your grade 6 students will love. If you have any books you’d like to recommend I share, connect with me on social media (@2peasandadog) to let me know.

For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.

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