Common Core book recommendations and Common Core-aligned resources for 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade readers



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Beezus and Ramona

Beverly Cleary; Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Newbery Award-winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous portayal of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy this book.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

Lincoln Peirce; Illustrated by Lincoln Peirce

“Big Nate is funny, big time.”--Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy KidFor fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready ...


Anne Ursu; Illustrated by Erin McGuire

The winner of numerous awards and recipient of four starred reviews, Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs is a stunning and heartbreaking story of growing up, wrapped in a modern-day fairy tale....

Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition

Katherine Paterson; Illustrated by Donna Diamond

The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Newbery Medal-winning title by beloved author Katherine Paterson, with brand-new bonus materials including an author's note by Katherine herse...

Bull Run

Paul Fleischman

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children's BookIn this brilliant fictional tour de force, whic...

Cabinet of Curiosities, The

Stefan Bachmann; Illustrated by Alexander Jansson; By (author) Katherine Catmull; By (author) Claire Legrand; By (author) Emma Trevayne

A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories by the acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. The Cab...

Castle Behind Thorns, The

Merrie Haskell

This magical adventure set in an enchanted castle surrounded by thorns tells a tale of the power of memory and story, forgiveness and strength, and the true gifts of craft and imagination. By th...

Charlotte's Web

E. B. White; Illustrated by Garth Williams; By (author) Kate DiCamillo

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.This beloved book by E. B. White, auth...


Eloise Greenfield; Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; By (author) Lessie Jones Little

Three generations of African-American women remember their "childtimes" in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. This book preserves the lives and communities of times past...

Chocolate Touch, The

Patrick Skene Catling; Illustrated by Margo Apple

In this zany twist on the legend of King Midas and his golden touch, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate!Can you eve...

Chronicles of Narnia Teaching Guide, The

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This teaching guide, aligned with Common Core standards for grades 5-6, features all seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series and includes questions for group discussion, journal writing activities, and prompts for writing expository texts for each title. [PDF]

Civil War

Martin W. Sandler

During the years 1861–1865, America was a nation torn apart by war. From terrible land combat to fierce battles at sea, from mothers losing sons to brothers fighting brothers, the Civil Wa...

Class Acts Middle-Grade Summer Reading Guide

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This teaching guide includes discussion questions for ten middle-grade titles and series including The Cold Cereal Saga, Jinx, The Genius Files, The Fourth Stall, Stick Dog, and more. The guide aligns with Common Core standards for grades 3-6 and covers such concepts as Key Ideas and Details, Comprehension and Collaboration, Conventions of Standard English, and Fluency. [PDF]

Cold Cereal

Adam Rex

From author Adam Rex comes the first book in the Cold Cereal Saga—a hilarious, clever, and action-packed adventure series with an educational hook.Scottish Play Doe—aka Scott&...

Common Core Teaching Guide (Fall 2014)

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This teaching guide includes Common Core strands, discussion questions, activities, and Guided Reading Levels for 25 new titles for Kindergarten through High School. [PDF]

Common Core Teaching Guide (Winter and Summer 2014)

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This teaching guide includes Common Core strands, discussion questions, activities, and Guided Reading Levels for 25 new titles for Kindergarten through High School. [PDF]

Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone, The

Tony Abbott; Illustrated by Bill Perkins

Bestselling author Tony Abbott's epic new middle grade series, the Copernicus Legacy, begins with The Forbidden Stone, a thrilling adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action. F...

Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse, The

Tony Abbott; Illustrated by Bill Perkins

Bestselling author Tony Abbott returns with the next full-length book in the Copernicus Legacy series, a globe-trotting adventure packed with more riddles, puzzles, and secret histories. The hun...

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary; Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Newbery Medal Winner * Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children * ALA Notable Children’s BookBeverly Cleary’s timeless Newbery Medal-winning book explores d...


Laurence Yep

Newbery Honor Book Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep takes readers on an adventure-filled journey across the world.Inspired by the story of a Chinese immigrant who cre...

Dyerville Tales, The

M. P. Kozlowsky; Illustrated by Brian Thompson

"If you enjoyed the travels and adventure in The Hobbit, you'll love the action-packed pages of The Dyerville Tales" (

Founding Mothers

Cokie Roberts; Illustrated by Diane Goode

#1 New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts brings young readers a stunning nonfiction picture book that highlights the female patriots of ...

Fourth Stall, The

Chris Rylander

The humor of Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets a Godfather-like tale of crime and betrayal in this first book in Chris Rylander's The Fourth Stall Saga.Do you need something? M...

Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable, The

Dan Gutman

The most exciting road trip in history begins! In this action-packed, New York Times bestselling adventure, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald embark on a family vaca...

Graveyard Book, The

Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Dave McKean; Foreword by Margaret Atwood

The 10th anniversary edition of The Graveyard Book includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood as well as sketches from the illustrator, handwritten drafts, and Neil Gaiman’...

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