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6th Grade Libri Aestivi

Libri Aestivi /ˈlibɾi aestīvī/ is Latin for "Summer Books".

Please select summer reading lIsts by Incoming grade:


For incoming 6th graders, students are required to read two books before the end of summer. One of those two books must be chosen from the first list below, and the second book may be chosen from either list. Learn more about Libri Aestivi guidelines and requirements.

Book Report Form

Download the book report forms, and print out a copy for each of the books read. Book report forms are specific to each grade level and are not interchangeable. Both book reports are required to be submitted on the first day of school, and will result in a literature completion grade.

Choose 1 Required Book

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

by AVI

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

ISBN 978-0-7868-1658-3

Matilda Bone

by Karen Cushman

Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a medieval English village, tries to reconcile the spiritual and practical aspects of her life.

ISBN 978-0-547-72242-9

Choose 1 additional Book

Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt

by Janet Benge

A biography of the American missionary woman who founded an orphanage in Egypt in the early 1900s, when Egyptians were rebelling against their British overlords, where she trusted God to provide for the thousands of children in her care. ISBN 978-1-57658-305-0

The Great Brain

by John Dennis Fitzgerald

The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah, are described by his younger brother, frequently the victim of the Great Brain’s schemes for gaining prestige or money. ISBN 978-0-14-240058-6

Old Yeller

by Fred Gipson

In the late 1860s in the Texas hill country, a big yellow dog and a fourteen-year-old boy form a close, loving relationship. ISBN 978-0-06-440382-5

Misty of Chincoteague

by Marguerite Henry

Two youngsters’ determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction. ISBN 978-1-41692-783-9

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

Milo, a young boy with little interest in anything, takes a trip through the Phantom Tollbooth to the Lands Beyond where he meets an enchanting cast of characters that teaches him the importance of words, numbers, ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm for life. ISBN 978-0-394-82037-8

Big Red

by Jim Kjelgaard

A trapper’s son and a champion Irish Setter roam wilderness areas and grow to maturity together. ISBN 978-0-8234-2391-0

Mara, Daughter of the Nile

by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The adventures of an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen Hatshepsut ruled. ISBN 978-0-14-031929-3

Mary, Bloody Mary

by Carolyn Meyer

Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid-sixteenth century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII. ISBN 978-0-15-216456-0

Brian’s Winter

by Gary Paulsen

Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as in the author’s book Hatchet, this story portrays what would have happened to Brian had he been forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with only his survival pack and hatchet. ISBN 978-0-307-92958-7

Men of Iron

by Howard Pyle

Young Myles Falworth, son of a fourteenth-century nobleman unjustly named as a traitor, sets out to reclaim his family’s honor in a quest that leads to knighthood and the defeat of his father’s betrayer. ISBN 978-1-60450-607-5

Summer of the Monkeys

by Wilson Rawlings

In the late 1800’s, a fourteen-year-old Ozark mountain boy spends the summer trying to recapture monkeys escaped from a traveling circus. ISBN 978-0-440-41580-0

The Eagle of the Ninth

by Rosemary Sutcliff

A young centurion ventures among the hostile tribes beyond the Roman Wall to recover the eagle standard of the Ninth, a legion which mysteriously disappeared under his father’s command. ISBN 978-0-312-64429-1


by Rosemary Sutcliff

Cast out because of his Roman birth by the Celtic tribe that raised him, fifteen-year-old Beric feels increasingly bitter isolation when, after reaching a Roman settlement, he is sold into slavery and sentenced to serve in a galley for the rest of his life. ISBN 978-0-374-45673-3

Augusta Came to Kent

by Barbara Willard

In 597, Wolf, a young Angle, travels from Rome to England, the land of his birth, accompanying Prior Augustine, later to be known as St. Augustine of Canterbury, on his mission to bring Christianity to English soil. ISBN 978-1-883937-21-8