Anyone who recalls or is now going through the tough years of middle school understands the fears and potential of that age. For 6th graders, books can be dependable companions who help them navigate life with self-awareness and the assurance that they are not alone. It is the perfect age to take your child’s reading to the next level. When it comes to reading, there should always be gradual development into books that are more complex and with a little bit more content. It’s also a fantastic age to be exposed to books that include various voices and cultures and elicit feelings of compassion, wonder, and imagination.
If your child starts reading books that they enjoy along with schoolwork, they will be miles away from the rest of the kids who have not developed the habit of reading. Reading ensures the development of the vocabulary, but most importantly, it encourages kids to think, express, and experience different feelings and know more about life in general. In an era of smartphones and Playstations, reading is hands down the best habit you can help develop in your child, and they will thank you for that later in life. We have listed the top 10 books that your 6th grader can read and enjoy.
Jen Wang, a New York Times bestselling novelist and illustrator, draws on her own childhood experiences to create a deeply personal yet universally relevant friendship tale that is at once happy, heartbreaking, and hopeful at the same time. The story is about Moon and Christine and their friendship. Moon transforms from an unlikely friend to a best friend, possibly even the perfect friend, when her family moves in next door to Christine’s. When Christine’s controlling parents aren’t around, the girls exchange their favorite music videos, paint their toenails, and plan to attend the school talent show together. Christine even learns Moon’s innermost secret, which you will know once you start reading the book. The book is perfect for 6th graders, and your child is sure to enjoy it.
New Kid is a graphic novel written by Jerry Craft. This book has received a lot of awards. It is the winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature. It is one of the best books for middle schoolers because of its story and the amazing graphics included. The story is about Jordan Banks, who loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. Instead of assigning him to the art school of his ambitions, Jordan’s parents enroll him in a prominent private school famed for its academics, where he is one of the few students of color in his class. Jordan soon finds himself divided between two environments on his daily commute from his Washington Heights home to the prestigious Riverdale Academy Day School—and not really belonging to either. This heart-warming tale teaches students the importance of following your passion and is written beautifully.
Pashmina is a story about a young girl from India, Priyanka das. She and her mother abandoned India years ago, and she is confused and wants to know the answers to many questions. Why did her mother leave her father? What is India, her motherland like? And most importantly, who is her father. The story is written beautifully in a graphic novel and is a tale about hardship and self-discovery. There is a little bit of mystery and many aspects to think about in this story, and it is hands down one of the best books on this list.
This story has so many layers to it. The author introduces us to Cece. Cece used to go to a school where everyone in her class was deaf. Now she has been transferred to a regular school. She’s unique in this situation. She’s certain the youngsters are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful hearing aid that will allow her to hear her teacher and everyone else. But because of this device, other students avoid her and do not want to be friends. Then she discovers that this same device gives her superhuman hearing abilities. She can hear her teacher from far away, through walls, and even in the washroom. The story takes a turn as Cece discovers this ability but still wants some friends who will treat her like every other kid. This story is so heart-warming and tender, and the author has perfectly managed to express the perspective of a middle school girl. This novel is particularly great for girls, and the illustrations included with the story are also top-notch. All in all, it’s a perfect middle schooler book.
Emmie is a timid girl who doesn’t want to constantly be silent and unseen, with people joking that she’s a mute and cannot talk. She builds an alternate universe through her doodles, one with better social consequences to cope with what is happening in the real world. Her rate of development is inspiring. Emmie’s inner and outer worlds, as well as the characters who lived in them, made for a compelling story. The story is especially great for kids who are introverted and do not blend into groups easily.
The book’s writing style is really good, and the author really makes the reader sympathize with Emmie and root for her. The graphics In the book complement the story beautifully and make the book a lot more colorful and attractive. Apart from Emmie, there Is another main character, Kalie, who is athletic and popular in school. The story has all the spicy elements of middle school drama and is definitely worth a read.
Since they were children, Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends. Adrienne, on the other hand, begins to hang out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the head of a group of friends known as The Group. Everyone in the group wants to be in the good books of Jen, and they go to any extent to get there. Due to this, things get very different for Shannon and Adrienne, and the story goes on to narrate what happens with their friendship. Perfect for a 10-year-old, Real Friends looks at the complex relationships among elementary school girls. It teaches readers that good friends don’t treat you badly. It also delves into the thorny issues of sibling abuse and rivalry, bullying, and crushes. The book also has really good graphics that support the story.
When Coraline opens a door in her family’s new home, she discovers another home that is remarkably identical to her own (only better). Things appear to be wonderful at first. The food is nicer than at home, and there are flying wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls crawling and rattling their jaws in the toy box. However, another mother and father do not want her to leave and be their young child. They want to alter her and don’t let go of her. If Coraline is to save herself and return to her normal life, she will have to resist with all her brains and all the resources she can discover. Coraline is a fantastic novel with a lot of suspense. The plot may get difficult to follow at times. Sure, we can speculate about the magic behind it, but we’ll never really comprehend how it works. This is part of the book’s brilliance: it will always be enigmatic. So Corlaine’s plot is fantastic.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is one of the funniest books ever written. In fact, this book can make fully grown adults laugh till they puke. The book is written in the form of a diary of Greg, a regular middle school kid. The book does not have a particular story and just goes through Greg’s everyday life and the trouble he gets into. The book can seem unrealistic at times, but it sure is funny. The illustrations in the book are done in such a way that it looks like a middle school kid sketched it. The book was a smash hit, and since then, many other wimpy kid books have been released, and there have even been two film adaptations of two of the books.
This cute graphic is categorized as YA, but it’s perfect for upper elementary. This beautiful story about a varied group of students who must learn to collaborate to achieve a common goal delivers a positive message without being unrealistic or excessively mushy. Following the story, the author shares insights into character development and thorough information on the stages and hard work required in creating a graphic novel (6-7 hours each page) and her infectious excitement for her craft. This book is sure to both entertain and moves your child.
Emily and Navin relocate with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather after their father’s terrible death, but the odd house proves to be perilous. A terrifying entity soon drags the kids’ mother through a cellar door. Em and Navin follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals, frantic not to lose her. The story then follows the boys’ adventures as they go to this dark and mysterious world and the challenges and encounters they face. The book has all the bells and whistles, mystery, fantasy, friendship, everything. This book is great for kids who love adventure stories and fantasy novels.