6th Grade Books. A Guide for Shared Book Reading

6th grade books, and how I use them

The books that I review and recommend on this site are stories that I use everyday as language intervention texts.

I select books based on particular criteria The selected book has to be engaging and language rich, with compelling characters. Ideally, 6th grade level books should feature good story, have descriptive language and interesting characters.

I also like to use books that contain interesting figurative language, such as metaphor and simile.

The books don't always have to feature text. There is much useful information that can be extracted from picture books with no text, or minimal text.

Shaun Tan's The Arrival is a great example of a graphic novel with no text that still has a compelling narrative. The Arrival does use complex and elegant language, but the language is to be found within the pictures themselves.

Please click onto the links for a detailed review of the featured authors. Books and authors will be added in the coming months.

The reviewed authors will be listed in alphabetical order.

Recommended 6th Grade (Years 5, 6 & 7) level Authors and Texts

Scene from Shaun Tan's, The Lost Thing

Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing Review

A scene from Shaun Tan's, The Arrival
Shaun Tan's, The Arrival Review

A scene from Shaun Tan's, The Red Tree
The Red Tree Review

Scene from Brian Selznick's, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick Review

A scene from Colin Thompson's, The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness
Colin Thompson Review

A scene from Chris Van Allsburg's, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Chris Van Allsburg Review

A scene from Kate DiCamillo's, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Kate DiCamillo Review

The front cover of Bill Bryson's, A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson Review

The front cover of John Marsden's, Norton's Hut
John Marsden Review

The front cover of John & Caitlin Matthew's, Storyworld
Storyworld Review

The front cover of Isobelle Carmody's, Night School
Isobelle Carmody Review

The front cover of Colin Thompson's, Dust
Dust Review

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