I find 6th grade students are kind all over the map when it comes to reading. Some love reading and never want to put their books down, some read because they “HAVE to”, and others love to share their “HATRED” for reading! I think I was destined to become a 6th grade reading teacher because I detested reading as a 6th grader!
I don’t remember who helped me resolve my hatred of all things reading, but I can tell you that having a special job stamping check-out books in the school library and finding The Babysitter’s Club series, transformed me as a reader! So-I take it personally if my students have not left me at the end of the school year and found “THE BEST BOOK EVER!
So-onto my list…I must admit that I am a realistic and historical fiction nut! I love knowing that stories have or can actually transpire, so my list is full of these genres. I am actually really honest about books with my students because it helps them understand that even though I am a reading teacher, I can struggle with books, too. I often share that except for the Hunger Games series and Among the Hidden, science fiction can be a challenge for me to stick with. Dare I say that I was not a big fan of Harry Potter after the first two novels?!
I have compiled a list of 10 of my favorite books to share with students at this 6th grade level…If you click on the title, you will see that I have created novel units for each of these texts due to my strong LOVE for these books!
Best Book #1: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Best Book #2: Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Best Book #3: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Best Book #4: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Best Book #5 and #6: Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Best Book #7: Woodsong by Gary Paulsen
Best Book #8: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Best Book #9: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Best Book #10: The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt
BONUS: Here is a FREEBIE character analysis resource to use with your students…
I would love to hear more of the texts you LOVE to utilize with your 6th graders…I am always on the hunt for “Best Books”! Now, race to your library and GRAB these AMAZING works! Your students will thank you!