Suggested Titles for Sixth Grade


The following titles may be enjoyed by Sixth Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.


Fiction books for Sixth Graders can be found in a variety of locations, including J FICTION and KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Click on each title for location and availability.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | video

In the city of Ember, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Or read the graphic novel

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Also available in: video

In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Also available in: audiobook | video

Eldest of three sisters in a land that considers such a station to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice.  Her ordinary life gets shaken up, however, when a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

Nothing But Trouble by Jacqueline Davies

Two smart girls in one small town use their combined genius to liven up their world -- one prank at a time!

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

At first the students at Arizona's Mica High School are captivated by Stargirl Caraway's unusual, carefree behavior.  However, she is soon shunned for everything that makes her unique in this story that pits individuality against conformity.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

Prue's life shifts from ordinary to extraordinary when her baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows and she must embark into the Impassable Wilderness, a dense forest in the center of Portland, Oregon.  With her friend Curtis, Prue will encounter warring creatures, peaceful mystics, and other dark-minded, powerful figures.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

This graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time chronicles teh adventures of Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, as they embark on a journey through space and time.  Assisted by three otherworldly women, they set out to find Meg's father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel.

The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach

Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango lives in a zoo, spending her days taking note of the animals' behaviors.  Then she meets runaway Tyler Briggs, and together they investigate the wolves who are suddenly dying.


Nonfiction titles for Sixth Grade can be found on many topics throughout the CHILDREN'S NONFICTION collection. Click on titles for exact location and availability.

When America created NASA in 1958, there was an unspoken rule: you had to be a man to be an astronaut. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government.

Explore the details of human and animal bones, including the differences between the skeletal structure of various species.  Several gatefolds display the skeletons of many creatures.

Castle by David Macaulay
Also available in: video

Factual and artistic details trace the planning and construction of an elaborate castle.

Learn about the life of Fannie Sellins, a union activist who traveled the nation promoting fair wages and decent working and living conditions for workers in the garment and mining industries.

Siblings Celine and Tucker use the basic principles of energy to experiment with everyday objects, in a story where their scientific gadgets will help them survive Earth in the distant future.

Check out earlier volumes here and here

This biography of America's first traitor -- Benedict Arnold -- reads like an adventure tale, full of heroism, treachery, battle scenes, and surprising twists.

Experiments with food demonstrate various scientific principles and produce an eatable result. This revised and updated edition includes sections about rock candy, grape jelly, cupcakes, and popcorn.

Discover E.B. White's life and career through personal letters, photographs, family ephemera, and original artwork, while offering glimpses into the origins of his iconic works.

Explore the life of the famous nineteenth-century naturalist using text from Darwin's writings and detailed drawings by Sis.

Ugly by Robert Hoge

Robert Hoge was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life. This is the true story of how he embraced his circumstances and never let his "ugly" stop him from focusing on what truly mattered.