Fun Summer Reads for Fifth and Sixth Graders

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What can compete with texts, Minecraft, and listening to Taylor Swift? These books can. 
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Courtesy of Scholastic Inc.

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Send your kid to Hogwarts for the summer! Late elementary- or early middle-school is a great time for your child to embark on this much-adored series full of magical potions and endearing characters. The writing is so good you might want to read along if you haven’t already.  

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Courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing 

Tuck Everlasting

By Natalie Babbett

This book explores the thought-provoking, conversation-starting theme: What if you could live forever? 

Courtesy of Random House Children’s Books
Courtesy of Random House Children’s Books

Wonder

By R.J. Palacio

This blockbuster book, which sparked the “Choose Kind” movement in schools, centers on Auggie, a fifth-grader with a facial deformity who is going to a mainstream school for the first time. Most kids will relate to the broader theme of the book—choosing kindness as a way to combat bullying. 

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Courtesy of HarperCollins

The School for Good and Evil

By Soman Chainani

If your child likes fantasy books, this three-part series, about best friends who are seemingly placed in the wrong schools, is packed with plot twists.   

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Courtesy of Random House Children’s Books

Chomp

By Carl Hiaasen

Even though it has quirky characters and situations (a reality-TV show is part of the plot), this book tackles social and ecological issues. 

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Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books

Series of Unfortunate Events

By Lemony Snicket

This series of 13 books follows the lives of three endearing children after their parents’ death in a fire. Hope and kindness are among the key messages.

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Courtesy of Scholastic Inc.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

Encourage your child to study the pictures—more than 250 pages of drawings are interspersed about the same amount of prose in this clever format. 

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Courtesy of Graphix

Smile

By Raina Telgemeier

In this popular graphic novel, sixth-grader Raina falls after a Girl Scout trip, hurting her two front teeth. Between that, an earthquake, and boy confusion, there’s plenty of middle-school drama going on. If your child likes this book, read Sisters by the same author.  

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Courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books

Inside Out and Back Again

By Thanhhi Lai

Written in narrative poetry, this account of a spirited 10-year-old fleeing Vietnam is a great book to read with your kids because you’ll enjoy it as much as they will.

Courtesy of Algonquin Young Readers
Courtesy of Algonquin Young Readers

The Jumbies

By Tracy Baptiste

For children who like supernatural books, this spellbinding adaptation of a Haitian folktale is just scary enough. 

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