6th Grade Summer Reading List (Ages 11 – 12)

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Want to keep your 6th grader (age 11-12) reading all summer long? The best way is to make sure they have 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?

  1. Choice 
    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.
  2. Accountability
    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.
  3. Variety
    Think outside the traditional book here. Try ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, or blogs.
  4. Fun
    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.

Shop this book list.

Want to help your child be accountable for their reading? Get this summer reading packet witih goal setting, a genre graph, & book tracker.

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6th Grade Summer Reading List: FANTASY and SCI-FI

If you like fantasy chapter books, you’ll like:

6th Grade Summer Reading List: ADVENTURE

If you like mystery and adventure, you’ll love:

6th Grade Summer Reading List: CREEPY

6th Grade Summer Reading List: SCARY

If you like your stories to be a little creepy, try:

6th Grade Summer Reading List: HISTORICAL

6th Grade Summer Reading List: HISTORICAL

If you like historical fiction, you’ll love:

6th Grade Summer Reading List: REALISTIC

6th Grade Summer Reading List: REALISTIC

If you enjoy reading realistic books, read:

6th Grade Summer Reading List: FUNNY

6th Grade Summer Reading List: FUNNY

If you like funny books, try:

If you’re looking for a good nonfiction book, try these:

I hope these books give your children enough excellent choices and lots of hours of reading!

Don’t forget to find ways to make reading FUN!

Participate in a summer reading program.

Read with a headlamp in bed.

Read on an electronic device. (Free eBooks?)

Start a book club.

Reward reading with . . . more BOOKS! (Kids choose, of course.)

Read nonfiction books and graphic novels, too.

summer reading ideas for 6th graders ages 11 and 12

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6 Responses

  1. I do not see a link for the printable version of the 6th grade list (like the neatly columned 7th and 8th grade lists)….

  2. Addison Young says:

    So helpful! I just wish there was a romance section. Besides that, awesome list!

    1. I’m not a fan of romance as you might have noticed. Do you have any favorites? Maybe I’ll give one a try.

  3. Danielle McCorkel says:

    Hi! I am a new 6th grade teacher coming from 3rd grade. I would love a printable version of your 6th grade list if you wouldn’t mind! I found the links for the 5th and 7th grades and I found them so helpful when trying to set up my new classroom.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Danielle

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