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50+ Books for a 6th Grader Who Loves to Read

50 Books for a 6th Grader Who Loves to Read from Walking by the Way

A friend has been asking me about our reading lists. I told her I would scour my computer to try and find them, but I wasn't too hopeful that I would actually find them. I typed "reading" into the search box and crossed my fingers. I almost jumped out of my seat when Elijah's 6th grade list popped up! I had one!

So, I've decided to share it here in case someone else also wants a peek into what a voracious reader read in 6th grade (in 2013-14). I am sure I have missed some of his selections because it is impossible for me to keep up with him (3-4+ books each week!), but most of these were on his required list.

Please don't use this list to compare your non-book-devouring child to mine. We don't use much curriculum because he chooses to read so, so much.

Elijah’s 6th Grade Reading List

Biography and Nonfiction

George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Geoff and Janet Benge

Francis Scott Key by David Collins

Noah Webster by David Collins

The Wright Brothers by Charles Ludwig

If the World Were a Village by David J Smith

Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel

Titanic Tragedy by Vincent McDonnell


Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill

Realistic Fiction

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

The Silver Pencil by Alice Dalgliesh*

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate*

Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska*


Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

The Good Master by Kate Seredy*

The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy*

The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett


The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart

Folk and Fairy Tales

The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech

King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table by Andrew Lang


Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field*

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander*

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander

Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander

The High King by Lloyd Alexander*

The Phoneix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit


Paddington Abroad by Michael Bond

Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond

More About Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington at Large by Michael Bond

Historical Fiction

Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson

God King by Joanne Williamson

The Ides of April by Mary Ray

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare*

Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw*

Riders of the Pony Express by Ralph Moody

The Golden Goblet by Elizabeth George Speare*

The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore M. Jewett*

A House of Tailors by Patricia Reilly Giff

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep*

Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs*

Calico Bush by Rachel Field*

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray*

The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong*

The White Stag by Kate Seredy*


Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Big Wave by Pearl Buck

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

*Newbery Award or Honor Book

Happy Reading!

P.S. If you are curious about how I create our book lists, you can read my Choosing Books for Your Homeschool post.

Super Simple Sensory Bins

Super Simple Sensory Bins from Walking by the Way

I love browing all the amazing themed sensory boxes on Pinterest. But looking is about as far as I get. 

I am not going to create and house a different bin for 27 themes or 42 picture books. 

But I really wanted to have sensory bins for my sensory seeker.

So I determined to keep it simple. I chose 15 quart Rubbermaid containers to hold bases.

Base Ideas

Note: I would not choose oats, cereal, cornmeal, or bird seed to keep longterm as these items tend to get buggy. I actually chose to color the rice so that this would not happen as I am not a huge fan of hatching bugs! We have had our boxes (beans, colored rice, pasta) for about 16 months and we have not had any problems. 

Base Ideas for Super Simple Sensory Boxes

When it's time to play, the child chooses a base. Then you move on to your options for add-ins. We keep most of ours in one box for easy storage.

Add-in Ideas

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measure Up Cups (a favorite!)
  • Plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • Scoop
  • Funnel
  • Tongs or Plastic Tweezers
  • Egg Carton
  • Plastic Animals (you can keep themed sets in Ziploc bags)
  • Muffin Tin
  • Empty Containers with Lids
  • Plastic Tray
  • Plastic Bowls, various sizes
  • Aluminum Pie Plate
  • Chop Sticks
  • Plastic Eggs
  • Mini Colanders 
  • Pasta Server
  • Plastic Ladel 

Add-in Options for Super Simple Sensory Boxes

You don't have to spend much money on the add-ins; you can find most of them at a dollar store or at garage sales.

The child chooses a few add-ins and adds them to the base box. I usually give a boundary: "You can choose five items for the box." And then . . . 

It's time to play!

Isn't that easy?

Super Simple Sensory Boxes

After your child is finished, put the add-ins away and place the lid on the base box. All done.

To keep clean up simple, we play with sensory bins on a blanket. Then we can just fold the blanket and shake it off outside to get all the little pieces off the carpet. 

Tip: Keep Your Sensory Play on a Blanket for Easy Clean Up

Every time your child plays with the bins he can have a new sensory experience. Just choose a new base and some different add-ins. There are so many different combinations, and you don't have to store 39 bins! 

Free Months of the Year Copywork Pages

 FREE Months of the Year Copywork Pages from Walking by the Way

One kid in our home still needs to learn the months of the year in order along with the spellings of each month, so I created theses pages for his practice pleasure. (That may be a little overstatement.) 

Months of the Year Copywork Pages can be used to teach or reinforce:

  • Order of the Months
  • Capitalization 
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting Practice

Two sets are provided with different fonts: traditional manuscript as well as Handwriting Without Tears. Each set includes various presentations. Please choose whatever will work best for your student.

Months of the Year Copywork–Traditional Manuscript Font
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Months of the Year Copywork--Manuscript Font

Months of the Year Copywork–Handwriting Without Tears Font

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Months of the Year Copywork--Handwriting Without Tears Font

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