Want to keep your 6th grader (age 11-12) reading all summer long? The best way is to make sure he has a lot of excellent books. I’ve debated forever and finally chosen the best books for your child to read. Here’s my 6th grade summer reading list for kids ages 11 and 12.
Of course, it’s not always that easy. Kids are distracted by technology and activities and life and on and on.
What else helps motivate kids to read?
Let kids pick their own books. Even if it’s a choice within certain guidelines, it’s still a choice. No one likes to be forced to do anything, so the more autonomy kids can have, the better.
If I didn’t require a certain amount of time reading, it wouldn’t happen with my tween. Even though she loves reading. Last summer my kids tracked minutes reading to earn minutes on screen time. However you plan it, make sure you’re checking in on the reading so it doesn’t get forgotten.
Think outside the traditional book here. Try ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, or blogs.
Get a new beanbag pillow just for reading. Read with headlamps in the dark. Whatever your kids like, see if you can pair it with reading.
I have the lists organized by genre. Consider picking one book from each genre to read this summer. That way, your child gets exposed to a wide variety of fiction.
DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE LIST HERE. (updated for 2017)
6th Grade Summer Reading List (age 11 – 12)
6th Grade Summer Reading List: FANTASY
If you like fantasy chapter books, you’ll like:
- Iron Trial (Magisterium series) by Holly Black
- The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland
- Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
- Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson
- The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainan
- Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland
- The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
- Impyrium by Henry H. Neff
- Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke
6th Grade Summer Reading List: ADVENTURE
If you like mystery and adventure, you’ll love:
- Hoot by Carl Hiassen
- Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger
- Ranger’s Apprentice series by John A. Flanagan
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- Masterminds by Gordon Kormon
- The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
- Edge of Extinction The Ark Plan by Laura Martin
6th Grade Summer Reading List: SCARY
If you like your stories to be a little creepy and a little scary, try:
- Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
- Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
- Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
- A Tale of Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
- Dead City by James Ponti
6th Grade Summer Reading List: HISTORICAL
If you like historical fiction, you’ll love:
- The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford
- Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
- Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
- The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and A Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson
- The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
- The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
6th Grade Summer Reading List: REALISTIC
If you enjoy reading realistic books, read:
- Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
- Booked by Kwame Alexander
- See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
- 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
- Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
- Rules by Cynthia Lord
- Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
- All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
- Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
6th Grade Summer Reading List: FUNNY
If you like funny books, try:
- Vordak the Incomprehensible by Vordak T. Incomprehensible
- Big Nate Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce
- Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup
- Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
- The Croc Ate My Homework by Stephan Pastis
- Plants vs. Zombies by Paul Tobin and Ron Chan
- The Tapper Twins Go to War (with each other) by Geoff Rodkey
I hope these books give your children enough excellent choices and lots of hours of reading!