We are on week two of summer break. My 10-year-old will be heading to 6th grade in September, so we have made our annual trip to the library to pick up a few books for the summer. I almost didn’t write this post then I got an email from a reader that said she was waiting on my list. As she puts it, “our girls are in the same grade and your yearly summer reading list has been well received”. That right there is what prompted today’s 6th-grade summer reading list. Frankly, I didn’t know how to break it to her that my list isn’t all that special, it’s compiled from speaking with the librarians at our local library, some of them are based on books my girl and her friends are obsessed with and the rest is based on recommendations from my daughter’s teacher.
With that said, with summer break in full swing, if you are looking for books to keep your 6th grader engaged this summer, here are some suggestions:
6th Grade Summer Reading List
Brown Girl Dreaming – Born in Ohio an African America woman shares what it’s like growing up in the 60s and 70s during the civil rights movement while living in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn New York. She shares vivid and emotional stories from her childhood.
11 Birthdays (Series) – This is the first book in the Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass. Everyone loves their birthday except, Ten-year-old Amanda who is about to celebrate her 11th birthday for the first time without her ex-best friend, Leo. Trouble ensues when she’s forced to relive the day over and over again. It’s a modern day version of groundhog day.
Amulet – The Stonekeeper (Series) – After the death of their father, brother, and sister, Emily and Navin moved into a new home with their mom. Their mom somehow got kidnap while checking out the basement of their new home, leaving the kids to do everything in their power to rescue her from weird creatures like demons, robots, and talking animals. Kids-friendly graphic novel.
Hoot – New to the neighborhood and somewhat of an outcast, Roy Eberhardt finds his tribe in a small Florida community and that begins an adventure to save a colony of owls from a construction site.
Out of My Mind – This novel reminds of Wonder. Eleven-year-old Melody has cerebral palsy which makes it difficult to voice her thoughts. Follow her through her 5th-grade year as she tries to convince every one of her ability and potentials.
The Road to Paris – When Paris Richard is placed with a new foster family because her parents are on drugs, she has a hard time fitting in and accepting her new life. Will she ever reunite with her original family?
The Popularity Paper (Series) – Book 1 follows, best friends, Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang with one goal – to find out what it takes to become popular. Each book in the series tackles different issues faced by middle school kids.
One Crazy Summer – Follow three sisters, Delphine, Vonetta and Fern as they travel across the country in search of their mother. Find out what happens when they get to their mom while learning about their about their family, and themselves during their summer break.
Little Divas – Summer before seventh grade, three friends vow to stop being a pushover and begins their journey to become independent while dealing with a parent’s recent divorce, being forced to live with an estranged Father and handling being a new environment.
Stick Dogs (Series) – If your children enjoyed reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid, then this will be a nice addition. This is the first in the series by Tom Watson. Follow Stick Dog and his friends on an adventure as they set out to look for the perfect hamburger. It’s a fun and light summer read.
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