Don’t Leave Home Without Them…


charlottes-webAs a teacher and librarian, I am often asked for book suggestions. Recently, a parent of a 6th grade student asked me for a top 10 of sorts—a list of books that most kids should read at some point.

Of course, that is a nearly impossible task. Fortunately, there are lots of different books for lots of different readers. But I did not want her to leave empty handed, so if push comes to shove, here are 10 books no child should miss:

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Giver by Lois Lowry (this one is generally best appreciated by 12 and 13 year olds)

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White


5 thoughts on “Don’t Leave Home Without Them…

  1. Thanks for this list. As the parent of a 6th grade girl, it was well-timed for us. I read many of the books on the list when I was that age. However, it has been one of my greatest pleasures as a parent to read, in tandem with my daughter, those books that I missed or those that have been published since I got old.

  2. Wow…what an awesome list and many of my all-time favorites. Tuck Everlasting….sigh and I’ll never forget The Witch of Blackbird Pond. We were assigned it as a 6th grade book report and I didn’t want to read it because “the cover looked dumb.” Mind you it was then and to this day is one of my very favorites. Not many people know of it so I was thrilled to see it on your list. I always recommended that book to students when I was teaching!

    • Hi Kristen,

      Thanks for your comment. I totally understand your comment about The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I get that same reaction from kids all of the time, and then, of course, they end up loving the book.

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