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Building Your Classroom Library: The Best Books for Grades 6-8

See the books that teachers of grades 6-8 say are must-haves for your classroom library.

WeAreTeachers recently polled over 200 teachers about the best books in their classroom libraries, from their favorite read-alouds and fiction books to the top science, humor and poetry. Here’s what teachers of grades 6-8 had to say:

The Best Books for Grades 6-8
Top Read Aloud Books
  1. The Tale of Despereaux
    Written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. $7.19
  2. No Talking
    Written by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott. $5.39
  3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    Written by Judy Blume. $5.39
Also recommended: Top Realistic Fiction
  1. The Outsiders
    Written by S.E. Hinton. $8.49
  2. Wonder
    Written by R.J. Palacio. $11.99
  3. Speak
    Written by Laurie Halse Anderson. $8.48
  4. Number the Stars
    Written by Lois Lowry. $5.71
Also recommended: Top Mystery Books
  1. The Westing Game
    Written by Ellen Raskin. $7.19
  2. Chasing Vermeer
    Written by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist. $6.53
  3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. $3.50
  4. Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House (Series)
    Written by R.L. Stine. $4.89
Also recommended: Top Fantasy and Science Fiction Books
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Series)
    Written by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Mary GrandPre and Kazu Kibuishi. $7.79
  2. The Hunger Games (Series)
    Written by Suzanne Collins. $5.64
  3. The Giver
    Written by Lois Lowry. $7.88
  4. The Lightning Thief
    Written by Rick Riordan. $4.79
Also recommended: Top Historical Fiction Books
  1. The Book Thief
    Written by Markus Zusak. $7.34
  2. Chains
    Written by Laurie Halse Anderson. $6.29
  3. Number the Stars
    Written by Lois Lowry. $5.71
  4. The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
    Written by Christopher Paul Curtis. $6.29
Also recommended: Top Biographies
  1. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Written by Anne Frank. $11.36
  2. Night
    Written by Elie Wiesel. $5.97
  3. The Red Scarf Girl
    Written by Ji-li Jiang. $6.29
  4. Soul Surfer
    Written by Bethany Hamliton and Rick Bundschuh. $10.89
Also rcommended: Top Science Books
  1. Sports Science for Young People
    Written by George Barr. $8.96
  2. Human Body: A Book With Guts
    Written by Dan Green, illustrated by Simon Basher. $8.09
  3. One-Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!
    Written by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder. $8.95
Also recommended:
  1. Janice VanCleave’s A+ Science Fair Projects
    Written by Janice VanCleave. $11.16
  2. How They Croaked
    Written by Georgia Bragg, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley. $8.48
  3. The Periodic Table: Elements With Style
    Written by Adrian Dingle, illustrated by Simon Basher. $7.88
Top History Books
  1. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
    Written by James L. Swanson. $2.94
  2. Night
    Written by Elie Wiesel. $5.97
  3. Hana’s Suitcase
    Written by Karen Levine. $8.48
Also recommended: Top Poetry Books
  1. Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. $14.36
  2. Poetry Speaks: Who I Am
    Edited by Elise Paschen. $14.09
  3. A Light in the Attic
    Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. $14.48
  4. Poetry for Young People: The Seasons (Series)
    Edited by John N. Serio, illustrated by Robert Crockett. $8.95
Also recommended: Top Humor Books
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. $4
  2. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.
    Written by Louise Rennison. $6.66
  3. Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life
    Written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park. $7.19
Also recommended: Top Drama Books
  1. The Miracle Worker: A Play
    Written by William Gibson. $10.28
  2. The Diary of Anne Frank
    Adapted by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. $7.20
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
    Adapted by Christopher Sergel. $8.33
  4. Monster
    Written by Walter Dean Myers. $6.68
Also recommended: Top Reference Books
  1. Guinness World Records 2014
    Edited by Guinness World Records. $10.86
  2. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
    Edited by the Modern Language Association. $15.69
  3. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus
    Edited by Merriam-Webster. $15.08
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