Oldies but Goodies: Great Books for Sixth Graders

My oldest is soon off to Middle School, so today’s focus is on classic titles that are appropriate for eleven- and twelve-year-olds. The links below will take you to Amazon.com, where you can see the descriptions and reviews, but please support your local library if possible.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

A Little Princess,
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess (Unabridged Classics)

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
by Eleanor Cameron

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

The Mysterious Island
by Jules Verne

The Mysterious Island (Modern Library Classics)

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden: Centennial Edition

The Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann David Wyss
The Swiss Family Robinson (Signet Classics)

Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
Island of the Blue Dolphins

The Cay
by Theodore Taylor
The Cay

Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables, 100th Anniversary Edition

The Book of Three
by Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1)

Eight Cousins
by Louisa May Alcott
Eight Cousins [8 COUSINS]

Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 Days



Filed under Gifted, Miscellaneous, Reading, Recommended Reading, Uncategorized

13 responses to “Oldies but Goodies: Great Books for Sixth Graders

  1. Lindsay

    You’re missing a REALLY good one: Bridge to Terabithia!

  2. Layinda, these books bring back such memories! I love that you highlighted them. These are a ‘must read’ for every kid. Great choices!

  3. Awesome, awesome books!

    I’d add in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen & The Giver by Lois Lowry too πŸ™‚

  4. Another that I should have included:

    Gone Away Lake
    by Elizabeth Enright

  5. Laylinda,

    How about The Call of the Wild? It’s still one of my all time favorites.

  6. Those were my faves back in the day! I love that you do this and will have to pull some of those out for my middle son.

    This is such a great reminder that literature doesn’t have to be contemporary to be good and relavent.


  7. Kids benefit so much from reading older books – not only are the stories good, but I think it gives students a sense of time and place in the world that isn’t always as available in contemporary literature. πŸ™‚

  8. What a fabulous list – I read so many of these titles as a kid. I’d add A Wrinkle in Time, another of my favorites.

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