6th Grade Reading List

The 6th grade reading list gives the top ten picks of literature for sixth graders.

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Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

This is the captain of all pirate stories. In fact, the popular notion of pirates is derived from the famous but fictitious Long John Silver who first sailed the high seas in the 1880's. The hero is Jim, a pre-teen boy, who sets off with adults from his British town to find the treasure of the deceased but dreaded Captain Flint. It is both exciting for young children and thought provoking for adults.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis

A book of both fantasy and allegory, this is the first story in the highly acclaimed series "The Chronicles of Narnia." Four children leave WWII era England and slip into the magical world of Narnia. Can they save Narnia from the evil White Witch? All books in this series would be appropriate for a sixth grade reading list or older.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain

The most famous of Mark Twain's book, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer tells the fictitious story of a high-spirited boy living on the Mississippi River in the late 1800s. Some of the adventures - and misadventures - are based on true events that happened in the author's home town of Hannibal, Missouri.

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold

By Jean Fritz

This biography of Benedict Arnold shows the fascinating details of the man whose name is equated with betrayal. The author describes both good and bad qualities of this intriguing figure from the American Revolutionary War.

The Bronze Bow

By Elizabeth George Speare

If I ever had to choose a single favorite novel for kids, I think this would be it. Historical fiction, it takes place in the first century Isreal. The main character is a fictitious boy, Daniel, whose father was crucified by the Romans. Afterwards, Daniel joins a band of Zealots living in the mountains. This is a touching story of hate, forgivenenss, and friendship.

Black Beauty

By Anna Sewell

One of the more reflective books on the 6th grade reading list, this novel is written in first person with the horse, Black Beauty, as the narrator. This is not a fast moving story, but a descriptive journey in the life or a horse as it moves from the hands of one master to the next. Considered a landmark in preventing cruely to animals, it is treasured by horse lovers around the world.

The Door In the Wall

By Margeurite de Angeli

Historical fiction from Europe in the 1300's. Robin is a fictitious son of a nobleman who will someday become a knight. But he finds himself alone, deserted, and handicapped. Then even greater danger faces him as the castle is attacked. A reflection of life and dangers in the Middle Ages.


By Johanna Spyri

Heidi is a story about a young orphan living with her hermit grandfather in the Swiss Alps. Later she moves to town to stay with a wealthy family with a handicapped daughter, Clara. Heidi goes through times of unhappiness and loneliness, but eventually brings joy to many around her, particularly her grandfather and Clara.

The Golden Goblet

By Eloise J. McGraw

Historical fiction, this story takes place in Egypt about 1500 B.C. A young goldsmith apprentice discovers a theft from the tomb of the Valley of the Kings. The young apprentice needs to solve a mystery with danger and intrigue. The customs of ancient Egypt are described.

Anne of Green Gables

By Lucy Maud Montogomery

Fictitious story about an orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to a farm on Prince Edward Island, when the owners had requested an orphan boy to serve as a farm hand. There she captures the hearts of a pragmatic spinster and her shy brother, as well as the millions of readers. Life in a turn of the century farming village in Canada is reflected.

6th Grade Reading List Book Club

Get a book club certificate for sixth graders who read seven or more books from this list. See the 6th Grade Book Club form more details.

More Sixth Grade Books

So many, many books to choose from. In addition to those listed above, here are a few other sources for finding great books for your sixth grader:

For great paperback books see our discount classics for 4th to 8th grade.

Students might also want to check the classic list for middle school.

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