Grades 6-8

Designed as a companion piece to Indiana’s Academic Standards in English/Language Arts, the following selections of the Indiana Reading List illustrate the quality and complexity of the suggested reading materials for students in Grades 6 – 8. The Indiana Reading List is not required reading nor is it meant to be all-inclusive. Teachers and parents are encouraged to review the selections to ensure suitability for the individual student.

Fiction: Classic and Contemporary

The Acorn People – Jones, Ron
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Twain, Mark
Anne of Green Gables – Montgomery, Lucy Maud
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit – Danziger, Paula
The Cay – Taylor, Theodore
Child of the Owl – Yep, Laurence
A Christmas Carol – Dickens, Charles
Durango Street – Bonham, Frank
Eyes of Darkness – Highwater, Jamake
Firefly Summer – Bulpre, Pura
Flowers for Algernon – Keyes, Daniel
Friendly Persuasion – West, Jessamyn
The Friends – Guy, Rosa
Ganesh – Bosse, Malcolm
The Glory Field – Myers, Walter Dean
Holes – Sachar, Louis
Homecoming – Voigt, Cynthia
Island of the Blue Dolphins – O’Dell, Scott
The Islander – Rylant, Cynthia
The Journey Home – Uchida, Yoshiko
Lisa, Bright and Dark – Neufield, John
The Little Prince – De Saint-Exupery, Antoine
Little Women – Alcott, Louisa May
M.C. Higgins, the Great – Hamilton, Virginia
The Moves Make the Man – Brooks, Bruce
My Side of the Mountain – George, Jean Craighead
Park’s Quest – Paterson, Katherine
The Pearl – Steinbeck, John
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Taylor, Mildred D.
Summer of My German Soldier – Greene, Bette
Summer of the Swans – Byars, Betsy
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi
Words by Heart – Sebestyen, Ouida
Year of Impossible Goodbyes – Choi, Sook Nyui
The Yearling – Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan

Historical Fiction

Across Five Aprils – Hunt, Irene
After the Dancing Days – Rostkowski, Margaret
Bull Run – Fleischman, Paul
Catherine, Called Birdy – Cushman, Karen
Johnny Tremain – Forbes, Esther
Lyddie – Paterson, Katherine
The Night Journey – Lasky, Kathryn
Out of the Dust – Hesse, Karen
The Slave Dancer – Fox, Paula
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 – Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Speare, Elizabeth George

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Abel’s Island – Steig, William
The Book of Three – Alexander, Lloyd
The Hobbit – Tolkien, J.R.R.
I, Robot – Asimov, Isaac
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Lewis, C.S.
Peter Pan – Barrie, James
Phantom Tollbooth – Juster, Norton
The Shepherd Moon – Hoover, H.M.
Swiftly Tilting Planet – L’ Engle, Madeleine
The Time Machine – Wells, H.G.
Tuck Everlasting – Babbitt, Natalie
A Wizard of Earthsea – Le Guin, Ursula
Z for Zachariah – O’Brien, Robert C.


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Doyle, Arthur Conan
And Then There Were None – Christie, Agatha
Call of the Wild – London, Jack
Hatchet – Paulsen, Gary
Motel of the Mysteries – Macauley, David
Stranded – Mikaelsen, Ben
Treasure Island – Stevenson, Robert Louis
The Westing Game – Raskin, Ellen

Folklore/Fairy Tales/Mythology

Aesop’s Fables – Aesop
American Tall Tales – Osborne, Mary Pope
The Crest and the Hide (and other African stories) – Courlander, Harold
D’Aulaire’s Norse Gods and Giants – D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar
Favorite Folktales from Around the World – Yolen, Jane
Grimm Fairy Tales – Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm (original authors)
Jason and the Argonauts – Osborne, Mary Pope (ed.)
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales – Hamilton, Virginia
Three Strong Women – Stamm, Claus and Kazue Mizumura


Selections from Been to Yesterdays – Hopkins, Lee Bennet
Selections from The Collected Poems of John Ciardi – Ciardi, John
Selections from Custard and Company – Nash, Ogden
Selections from The Dream Keeper and Other Poems – Hughes, Langston
Selections from Ego Tripping and Other Poems for Young People – Giovanni, Nikki
Selections from Four Ancestors: Stories, Songs, and Poems from Native North America – Bruchac, Joseph
“The Highwayman” – Noyes, Alfred
Selections from Inner Chimes – Goldstein, Bobbye
“The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” – Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
“Odes to Common Things” – Neruda, Pablo
“Song of Myself” – Whitman, Walt
Selections from You Come Too – Frost, Robert

Short Stories

Selections from Baseball in April and Other Stories – Soto, Gary
“The Bear” – Faulkner, William
“Boys and Girls” – Munro, Alice
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” – Twain, Mark
“Charles” – Jackson, Shirley
“A Day’s Wait” – Hemingway, Ernest
Selections from Eight Plus One – Cormier, Robert
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” – Irving, Washington
“A Mother in Mannville” – Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan
“The Night the Bed Fell” – Thurber, James
“Raymond’s Run” – Bambara, Toni Cade
“Riki Tiki Tavi” – Kipling, Rudyard
Selections from Somehow Tenderness Survives: Stories of Southern Africa – Rochman, Hazel (ed.)
“The Storyteller” – Saki
“The Tell-Tale Heart” – Poe, Edgar Allan
“Thank You Ma’am” – Hughes, Langston
“Zlateh the Goat” – Singer, Isaac Bashevis


Brian’s Song – Blinn, William
Inherit the Wind – Lawrence, Jerome and Robert Lee
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare, William
The Miracle Worker – Gibson, William
The Mousetrap and Other Plays – Christie, Agatha
Our Town – Wilder, Thornton

Nonfiction: Science, Social

Studies, and Mathematics Across America on an Emigrant Train – Murphy, Jim
The American Revolutionaries – Meltzer, Milton
Bound for America: Forced Migration of Africans – Haskins, James
The Brooklyn Bridge: They Said It Couldn’t be Built – St. George, Judith
Cathedral: The Story of its Construction – Macaulay, David
Digger: The Tragic Fate of the California Indians – Stanley, Jerry
Farewell to Manzanar – Houston, Jeanne Watkazuki
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women – Thimmesh, Catherine
The Great Fire – Murphy, Jim Hiroshima – Hersey, John
History of Women in Science for Young People – Epstein, Vivian
How the Future Began: Communications – Wilson, Anthony
The I Hate Mathematics! Book – Burns, Marilyn
Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns – Hampton, William
Living Up the Street – Soto, Gary
A Night to Remember – Lord, Walter
No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War – Lobel, Anita
Orphan Train Rider – Warren, Andrea
Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Homefront in World War II – Colman, Penny
Safari Beneath the Sea: The Wonder of the Pacific Northwest – Swanson, Diane
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World – Armstrong, Jennifer
Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall – Dyson, Marianne
The Way Things Work – Macaulay, David
When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story – Chin, Steven A.
Wildlife Rescue: The Work of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay –
Dewey, Jennifer Owings


King of the World: Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero – Remnick, David
The Life and Death of Crazy Horse – Freedman, Russell
Shadow Catcher: Life & Work of Edward S. Curtis – Lawlor, Laurie
Amelia Earhart: Courage in the Sky – Kerby, Mona
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison – Cousins, Margaret
Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo – Filipovic, Zlata
The Diary of a Young Girl – Frank, Anne
Benjamin Franklin: The New American – Meltzer, Milton
Homesick: My Own Story – Fritz, Jean
The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport – Golabek, Mona and Lee Cohen
My Life with the Chimpanzees – Goodall, Jane
All Creatures Great and Small – Herriot, James
Thomas Jefferson: The Revolutionary Aristocrat – Meltzer, Milton
On the Court with Michael Jordan – Christopher, Matt
Lives of the Writers – Krull, Kathleen
The Great Little Madison – Fritz, Jean
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery – Freedman, Russell
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt – Fritz, Jean
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? – McKissack, Patricia
Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Inventor, and Scientist of the Renaissance – Romei, Francesca
Ryan White: My Own Story – White, Ryan


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