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Middle School Summer Reading: 6th Grade Summer Reading

Everything you need to know for summer reading for grades 5-8 for 2020.


Sixth Grade Summer Reading

Summer reading is very important!  Randolph’s curriculum works best when it builds upon what parents are doing at home.  We want our children to return after the summer ready to read, write, and learn.  Research shows that the child who does not read 20 minutes every day all summer loses reading and cognitive skills they developed in the previous school year.  This “summer slide” is cumulative and children do not catch up in the fall. 

Students who love to read will see success in school.  This begins at home where students are encouraged to read, their parents set an example of reading in front of them, and their parents read aloud to them.  Becoming a good reader takes practice.  Offer your children quiet times and good places to enjoy reading.  Read aloud to them on a regular basis - students whose parents do so perform better on standardized tests, have a decided advantage in terms of vocabulary and grammar development, and find more success in all subjects. 

Summer Reading Requirements for rising sixth grade:

One non-fiction book of your choice (including any from the Suggested Reading List)


Any three books of your choice (including any from Suggested Reading List) 

We believe students enjoy reading more when allowed to read books and articles of their choice.  We would like them to read age-appropriate material, and realize that some families would appreciate a suggested reading list, which we have done.

By all means, if your child finds another book in the library, bookstore, or family bookshelf which you feel is appropriate, allow them to read it as part of their “summer reading requirement.”


For the three books of your choice (and for ALL books read over the summer, even ones that go above and beyond the Randolph requirement):

  • You are asked to fill out a chart on a sheet of paper giving the name of the book, its author, and signed and pledged by both you and a parent that you finished the book and that you had not read it before.   You will be able to include these three for your “40 Book Challenge” in 6th grade! This will be turned in on the first day of school.


For the non-fiction book of your choice:

  •  Fill out the thinking routine:  Circle-Square-Triangle.  You may print off the one provided with this document or create your own.  After you read the non-fiction book fill out the shapes as follows:  Square- “What are you square with?  What did you learn that you understand well and could even teach it to someone else?  Triangle- What are the three main points of the book?  Circle- What questions do you still have swirling around in your mind?  What does the book make you wonder about?  (Include at least three questions.) This will also count toward the “40 Book Challenge.”

The 40 Book Challenge

Sixth graders will be challenged to read 40 books during the course of the school year. They will get more information about the Challenge when school starts. The purpose is to introduce students to a variety of books from different genres and to instill a love of reading. The required summer reading will count towards the 40 Book Challenge, so all students will start the year with four books already finished. The suggested reading list below is divided by genre and is a resource that parents and students can use throughout the year to find books that meet the genre requirements of the Challenge.   


Non-fiction Suggested Reading

Historical Fiction


Realistic Fiction

Graphic Novels


Science Fiction