Finished reading “Quest of the Keys” and looking for more great middle school fantasy books to share with the young readers in your life? While QotK was designed to provide leadership development training that teaches kids to live with purpose, some of the best books for 6th graders simply transport kids to fantastic worlds that come alive off the page.
So what inspirational books for students should you put beside “Quest of the Keys” on the bookshelf? If you’re looking for fantasy books for 6th graders that aren’t full of overly sexualized vampires (one of the worst kinds of vampires), then here are some of our top recommendations for young readers.
Four More Fantasy Books for 6th Graders
“Tommysaurus Rex,” by Doug TenNapel
Many young people (and adults) love graphic novels. Unfortunately, most graphic novels are either too immature or too mature, full of either superheroes or adult content. This exciting graphic novel is perfect for young people, and tells the classic “boy and his dog” story with one fantastic twist, the dog is actually a friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex.
“The Indian in the Cupboard,” by Lynne Reid Banks
Like other contemporary classics, parents might remember this novel from their childhood as well. When Omri gets a disappointing plastic Indian toy for his birthday, he’s shocked to discover it comes alive when placed in an old cupboard. This magical tale is one of the classic fantasy books for 6th graders, and a wonderful introduction to the genre of magical realism, too.
“The BFG,” by Roald Dahl
It can be hard narrowing down a Roald Dahl book to put on middle school book lists, and readers of all ages are still arguing about whether they prefer “Matilda,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” or the “BFG.” Well, here’s one vote for the Big Friendly Giant, which tells a heartwarming story about a young girl’s unlikely friendship with a giant, while also incorporating lighthearted humor sure to delight young people.
Plus, a movie version of this classic novel is on its way to theaters in 2016, which can help interest some reluctant readers.
“The Stonekeeper,” by Kazu Kibuishi
Finally, we have the first entry in the “Amulet” series by graphic novel super writer Kazu Kibuishi. Not only do kids love this illustrated novel, but the American Library Association named it a “Best Book for Young Adults.” This thrilling story follows two siblings as they move into a haunted house. Once their mother disappears through a portal, they follow her into a bizarre fantasy world, one filled with robots, evil demons, and a giant mechanical rabbit.
Fantasy is perhaps the single oldest writing style in the world, dating back to the days of Homer and Gilgamesh. Still, it’s ever bit as popular today, which is why fantasy books for 6th graders are a great way to instill a love of reading. Not only do great books help people of all ages keep their minds sharp, but it can help preteens learn about the world and discover solutions to life’s problems.