6th Grade Homeschool Reading List

6th grade homeschool reading list

(not all books pictured – because someone still has ordering to do!)

Out of all of the book lists, I think our 6th graders reading list is the one that I am looking forward to the most this year. Much of that is because of the time that McKenna and I are spending sitting down to talk about the various books and discussing in-depth the story lines.

Her reading list alternates between her assigned list and the additional reading list, typically finishing two books a month. The below lists do not include those that we will be reading aloud as a family or the books that she chooses to read for fun.

A Peek at the Assigned Reading List

All of the books on this list are based on the Ready Readers 2 guide that we are using this year for literature and reading. During the week we are using Ready Readers to look at our current book and take a comprehensive look at the conflict, plot, setting, characters, theme, literary devices and author of the stories. The guide provides us with a fabulous set of questions (and answers) to get us started – and it has already been great!

Additional Reading

Along with the above books, I’ve pulled together some additional books using the  Reading Roadmaps guide (also put out by Center for Lit). Overall, I’m really appreciating the book suggestions it offers for grades K – 12. Although it doesn’t offer the same in-depth questions and comprehension as Ready Readers 2, it does provide some basic information for discussion (theme, plot, and conflict) for all of the recommended stories.

We’ll be filling out a book report form, story chart, or creating a simple literature summary for the below books (including plot, characters, setting, theme/conflict, and one literary device used in the story).

9th grade reading list

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Our 9th Grade Reading List

9th grade reading list

While our daughter is actually in the 8th grade, the literature class she is taking is for high school credit. So – I’m not sure if you would term this our 8th or 9th grade reading list (grins). Many of the books on Laurianna’s reading list include ones that are a part of her literature class, but there are also a few added we’d really like for her to read because they go along with the era of history that we’re studying (early America to modern times) or we want her to read a book before seeing the movie (The Hobbit). The typical pace is at least one book per month for her lit class, and another one when that book is finished. 

Remember, this list doesn’t include any the books that she decides to read over the course of the year just for fun. She has her eye on a few books and definitely takes advantage of our library system! Keeping up with our 8th’s graders voracious reading can be difficult. She is constantly borrowing books from the library or friends, but not all of them are ones that we would call ‘school worthy’. This also doesn’t include the list of family read alouds for the year – and we’ve already worked on a few of those!

A peek at her reading list for the year:

A Few Extras on the List for 8th Grade:

    Since many of the books also have a video version, we’re hoping to watch them together (after we read the books, of course) and compare the book to the movie version. It’ll be a little something fun we can do together.

    Overall not a huge list for the year, but several of the books are fairly hefty and will involve a lot of essay writing and discussion, so definitely enough to keep her busy for the year!

    What books are in your kid’s reading stack for this year?

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    Books on My Nightstand – and All Over the House

    The amount of books that I’ve been piling on my nightstand, stuffing in baskets, and dropping all over the house is just about ridiculous lately. I do believe I have a book problem.

    (I suppose there are worse things, right?)

    Books to Read in 2014

    At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 12 non-fiction books by the end of the year, because typically those are the books that I avoid. I’d much rather read book candy, but my brain really needs some deeper stuff to fill it up and my heart really needs encouragement too.

    Technically, I’m a little behind on the original list, although I have finished ten books now (see the full list here). That may have something to do with the fact that I have four books currently in hand that I am reading (sticking to one at a time is apparently boring).

    Non-Fiction to Recommend

    Not a Fan

    One of the books added to my list last month, Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman, was an accidental order (I was supposed to order the journal). We’ve been working through the series with our homegroup and it has been great – so now I’m reading the book too!

      Parenting with Love and Logic

    Parenting with Love and Logic goes along with Loving Our Kids on Purpose, a book I read earlier this year. Rick and I are now reading them together. Both books  have clicked with how my brain works and have given me some good parenting tips (and I can use all that I can get!).

    I’m also looking forward to these few books…

    Favorite Fiction Reads

    As You Are by Sarah Eden

    Reading before bed is just relaxing. Especially on my Kindle. Here are just a few of the books that I’ve recently enjoyed and recommend.

    • Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon – just know that it’s the first in a series, and the rest of the books aren’t available yet. Boo.
    • As You Are by Sarah M. Eden – cannot say enough how much I love her books!
    • The Lady Emily Mystery series by Tasha Alexander – I happened to pick one up at the library and immediately went back to read all EIGHT of the books in the series. Good, clean, and well written (and I like that).

    If you’re interested in seeing all of the books that I’ve read so far this year, visit my 2014 Pinterest Reading Board.

    What are YOU reading right now?

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    Look What Just Arrived at Our House!!

    Yesterday, a fun box – complete with silly snail art – showed up on our doorstep and inside was the final level of All About Reading. We took advantage of the $20 off special that is being offered on the new release of Level 4 and cannot wait to dig in.

    All About Reading Level 4

    Our boys have been using All About Reading since it first released, and it is truly my favorite reading program by far. Zachary will be working on Level 4 this year and he was so excited to see the box – that says a lot to me!.

    (On a side note, I wasn’t stalking the Fed Ex guy at all in anticipation of its arrival…nor did I do a little happy dance when it showed up. Nope, not me.)



    The only time that All About Learning Press offers discounts is during the release week of their new product, so I wanted to let you know about the sale just in case! Through September 15, 2014 you can save $20 off the Level 4 bundle and also save money on the individual components of the program.

    In Level 4 (the final level of the All About Reading series), your student will learn exciting new concepts, including words with multiple suffixes, fifteen new phonograms, and methods for decoding multi-syllable words – and continue to establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

    New concepts are applied through engaging hands-on activities and beautifully illustrated, fully decodable short stories.

    For more details and to see what’s included in the Level 4 materials, check out the All About Reading Level 4 overview page. You can even download samples of four complete lessons from the teacher’s manual, activity book, and decodable readers.

    Want a sneak peek at the Level 4 activity sheets? Check out this blog post to download three FREE reading activities.


    Win the All About Reading Level 4 Set!

    Be sure to hop over to the All About Learning Press site and enter their  GIVEAWAY for the brand new level! But hurry! This giveaway ends on September 14th – and the sale ends September 15th! (p.s. if you purchase the program and then win – they will refund your purchase! How great is that?)

    We’ll keep you posted on our progress throughout the year, but this is a program we recommend 110%!

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    Sweet Wisdom from a Simple Picture Book

    A few months ago I shared a 30 picture books in 30 days challenge that was mainly to get me reading more books with our youngest. Turns out there are quite a few kids in the house that were willing to crowd around when the books were pulled out (you can never be too old for picture books, right?).

    The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

    Those books were read over and over again, lots of cuddles were had, and it really was a GREAT challenge for our family – and one that has encouraged even more reading, especially so the youngest doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

    When we read The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco, I have to admit that I almost started crying a little when reading one of the last pages of the book. If you’ve never read the book before, it is the story of a grandfather and his granddaughter who begin chasing bees to find the bee tree. One by one, people in the town begin looking with them in search of the bee tree. (It’s really a sweet book!

    The Bee Tree quote

    There was one part though that I absolutely loved. Because this quote is SO very true of what I want for our children, but also what books bring to our lives.

    Grampa took Mary Ellen inside away from the crowd. “Now, child, I am going to show you what my father showed me, and his father before him,” he said quietly.

    He spooned the honey onto the cover of one of her books. “Taste,” he said, almost in a whisper.

    Mary Ellen savored the honey on her book.

    “There is such sweetness inside of that book too!” he said thoughtfully. “Such things….adventure, knowledge and wisdom. But these things do not come easily. You have to pursue them. Just like we ran after the bees to find their tree, so you must also chase these things through the pages of a book!”

    I still remember the hours and places I spent reading as a child. The corner of our living room curled up in a recliner. Backseats of cars. Under the covers at night when I was supposed to be sleeping (shhh!!!). And that craving hasn’t ended as an adult. There are so many books that I read just for pleasure or read to learn more! If you know me well, chances are you’ve seen me toting around a book – or two!

    Teaching our own kids to read has been so amazingly rewarding. Especially knowing that the steps taken early on will be with them for the rest of their lives and play such a big part in their learning! The early stages of reading can be a challenge for some kids (it has for a few of ours), but I have loved watching things ‘click’ with them one by one and love watching as they begin to love  books and what lies between the pages.

    The analogy of chasing things like the Mary Ellen and her Grampa chased the bees gives such a wonderful visual for kids and adults. We have to pursue knowledge and wisdom (even we as adults!). The learning never stops – for that I am thankful. And sometimes those little nuggets of wisdom are resting  within the pages of a simple picture book.

    What books have you enjoyed reading lately with your kids? Remember those picture books can be full of wisdom too!


    Grab this free reading activity from All About Reading!

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