Sixth Grade Reading List

Sixth Grade Supplemental Reading List


Dictionary & Thesaurus:

  • Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary, Dorling Kindersley (available at
  • The American Heritage Student Thesaurus, Houghton Mifflin (available at

Recommended Anthologies:

  • American Cardinal Readers, Book Six(available at Book Six contains fifty-nine stories and poems, including the following titles: On Lighting a Candle in Church; The History of Ali Baba; A Late Walk, Robert Frost; A Christmas Carol, Christina G. Rossetti; George Washington; I See His Blood Upon the Rose, Joseph Plunkett; Sun and Shadow, Oliver W. Holmes; The Death and Resurrection of Our Lord; The Glorious Whitewasher, Mark Twain – from Tom Sawyer; Saint Isaac Jogues; The Flower of Liberty, Oliver Wendel Holmes; The Grass, Emily Dickinson; Saint Aloysius; O Captain! My Captain! (Walt Whitman); Soldiers of Freedom, Woodrow Wilson; A Lad That Is Gone, Robert L. Stevenson; The Lily of the Mohawks; The Address of the Roman Catholics to George Washington; Washington’s Answer; The Ship of State, Henry W. Longfellow.
  • What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know (available at
  • Realms of Gold, Volume 1: (parental guidance advised – available at
  • Treasury of Christian Classics for Children, adapted by Rhonda S. Hogan and Mary Hollingsworth
  • The Children’s Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett
  • The Best of Shakespeare (The Iona and Peter Opie Library of Children’s Literature), by E. Nesbit, Iona Opie (Introduction), Peter Hunt

Foreign Languages and Cultures:

International Children’s Digital Library (available at

Book Report Books: Saints

Mary Fabian Windeat Books (available at

  • Saint Dominic
  • Saint Benedict
  • The Children of Fatima
  • Saint John Masias

Vision Books (available at

  • Saint Philip of the Joyous Heart
  • Mother Cabrini
  • Saint Francis of the Seven Seas
  • Saint Ignatius and the Company of Jesus

Unabridged Children’s Classics:

  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne
  • Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne
  • Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll
  • All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley – (Recommended edition: The Whole Story ISBN: 0-670-87801-4)
  • Call it Courage, Armstrong Sperry
  • Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling
  • Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Old Yeller; and Savage Sam by Fred Gipson
  • Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
  • Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss
  • The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli
  • The Elephant’s Child, by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The White Company, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories, by Edgar Allan Poe – (Recommended edition:The Whole Story ISBN: 0-670-88725-0)

Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books (

A wide selection of non-fiction picture books including:

  • Castle, and Knight, by Christopher Gravett
  • In the Beginning: The Nearly Complete History of Almost Everything, by Richard Platt
  • Wonders of the World, by Giovanni Caselli

Non-fiction: World History

  • Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan, by Jean Fritz
  • Mapping the World, Sylvia Johnson [ISBN: 0-689-81813-0]
  • Children’s Atlas of People and Places, by Jenny Wood and David Munro
  • Children’s Atlas of Exploration, by Anthony Mason
  • The Great Atlas of Discovery, by Neil Grant
  • True Stories from History and Biography, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Old World and America, by Bishop Furlong (
  • Michelangelo, by Richard McLanthan
  • The Renaissance, by Tim Wood, Viking, 1993 (includes detailed pictures of Saint Peter’s Cathedral)
  • “Major Naval Battles” (the March/April 1991 issue of Calliope, the world history magazine for young people (Call (800) 821-0115 or write to Cobblestone Publishing, 7 School Street, Peterborough, NH 03458)
  • The Ancient World of the Bible, by Malcolm Day, Viking, 1994
  • Ancient Greece, by Daniel Cohen, Doubleday, 1990
  • Ancient Rome: A Cultural Atlas for Young People, by Michael Corbishley, Facts on File, 1989
  • The French Revolution, by Adrian Gilbert, Thomson Learning, 1995 (Try complementing this non-fiction book with the fiction book Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)
  • The Industrial Revolution, by Andrew Langley, Viking, 1994
  • The Industrial Revolution, by John D. Clare, Harcourt Brace/Gulliver Books, 1994 (Try complementing this non-fiction book with the fiction book Hard Times by Charles Dickens)
  • The Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World: From the Ice Age to the Fall of Rome, by Hazel Mary Martell
  • The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, by Jack Zevin

Recommended Publishers:

Catholic Publishers:

Seton Educational Media
(540) 636-9996

Pauline Books and Media
(800) 876-4463

Ignatius Press
(800) 651-1531

The Neumann Press
(800) 746-2521

TAN Books
(800) 437-5876

Bethlehem Books
(800) 757-6831

Catholic Book Publishing
(888) 662-2356