Grade 6 Reading List


Grade 6 Reading List

**Note: These books are suggestions based on the topics and time frames in the Big Ideas (below) of the BC Education Plan. These do not meet all of the standards below but can be used as part of your student’s learning plan.**

This selection of books is to be used with parental discretion. Feel free to contact Pippa should you have any concerns.

Overdrive Resources:

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Social Studies:

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk by Jan Coates

Alexandria of Africa by Eric Walters (Grades 7-12)

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Angel Square by Brian Doyle

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Grades 9-12)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (Grades 9-12)

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Grades 7-12)

The Breadwinner and My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis

By the Skin of His Teeth by Ann Walsh

Chasing Freedom by Gloria Ann Wesley

Children of the River by Linda Crew

The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter

Daughters of the Ark by Anna Morgan

Follow the Elephant by Beryl Young

Forbidden City by William Bell

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (Grades 9-12)

Judy’s Journey by Lois Lenski

Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park

Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Lost Cause by John Wilson

The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart

Media Meltdown by Liam O’Donnell

Number the Stars by Lois Lowery

The Old Brown Suitcase by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Paper House by Lois Peterson

Peacekeepers by Dianne Linden

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

So Much for Democracy by Kari Jones

Tabloidology by Chris McMahen

Throwaway Daughter by Ting-Xing Ye (Grades 9-12)

Thunder over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay

The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War of the Eagles and Caged Eagles by Eric Walters

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell by Jennifer Maruno

White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson

The Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi


I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Last Airlift by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Nelson Mandela, World Leader for Human Rights by Matt Doeden

Nelson Mandela, The Unconquerable Soul by Lewis Helfand

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Amazon: You Decide How to Survive by David Borgenicht

A Crash Course in Forces and Motion with Max Axiom Super Scientist by Emily Sohn

Deadly Seas: You Decide How to Survive by David Borgenicht

Everest: You Decide How to Survive by David Borgenicht

Mars: You Decide How to Survive by David Borgenicht

The Missing Cuckoo Clock by Lynda Beauregard

Learning Standards:

Language Arts:

Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.

Exploring text and story helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.

Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking.

Texts are created for different purposes and audiences.

Synthesizing the meaning from different texts and ideas helps us create new understandings

Social Studies:

Economic self interest can be a significant cause of conflict among peoples and governments.

Complex global problems require international cooperation to make difficult choices for the future.

Systems of government vary in their respect for human rights and freedoms.

Media sources can both positively and negatively affect our understanding of important events and issues.


Multicellular organism rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce and interact with their environment.

Everyday materials are often homogenous solutions and heterogeneous mixtures.

Newton’s three laws of motion describe the relationship between force and motion.

The solar system is part of the Milky Way, which is one of billions of galaxies.


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