Recommended Reading for Grades 6-8

  • Celebrating Black History Month & the Environment Through Literature

    This Black History Month, we celebrate the individuals who are inspiring all of us to connect with the environment, whether through their work or through their beautiful words and illustrations about nature.

  • cover photo of Forest World La Selva book by Margarita Engle two young children sit huddled on the forest floor

    Forest World

    Told entirely in verse, Forest World embraces a hybrid form of storytelling. Use this novel with students to explore poetry, increase their understanding of forest biodiversity, learn how to make your own paper, and much more!

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    Wishtree tackles tough topics with scientific facts, all told from the perspective of a generations-old red oak tree. It is best suited for middle grade readers who are growing out of illustrated narrative and into more complex subject matter.

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    Song of the Trees

    It’s the 1930s in rural Mississippi. This short novel for grades 6-8 tracks a family’s tough choices during the Great Depression. Something tells 8-year-old Cassie the family’s trees are worth something…

  • The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story

    The word “yoga” derives from a Sanskrit word “yuj,” meaning “to unite or integrate.” This book embodies Sanskrit’s yuj and can be used to integrate multiple discipline areas.

  • The Walking Fish: recommended reading for grades 6-8

    The Walking Fish

    Use this book with grades 6-8 to emphasize several Science and Engineering Practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.

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    Chocolate: Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat

    What is the difference between cacao and cocoa? Where do cocoa woods grow? Why do we crave chocolate? This book (ages 12+) explores these questions.

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    Energy: Reading for Grades 6-8

    A collection of children’s books about energy for grades 6-8.