(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!
- The Cricket in Times Square – George Selden
- The Trumpet of the Swan – E. B. White
- Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry
- Miracles on Maple Hill – Virginia Stevenson
- The Door in the Wall – Marguerite de Angeli
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).
- The Indian in the Cupboard – Banks
- The Penderwicks series (3 books) – Birdsall
- The Tale of Despereaux – DiCamillo
- The Gardener – Stewart
- Paul Revere’s Ride – Longfellow
- Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald
I Am David – Anne Holm
Clara Barton – Heroes of History series
Since a few of the books also have movies to go along, we’re going to have some fun with that aspect as well – comparing the book to the movie version and just spending some fun time together! While this isn’t a huge list, the main goal for this year is learning more about various aspects of literature and assuring that McKenna has a firm grasp on key lit terms, literary devices, and knows how to look for those things in her reading.
- What books are on your kid’s reading list for this year?
Our Other Reading Lists
Interested in seeing our 9th Grade Reading List as well? You can check out our reading choices for this year.