A good book can make you self-reflect and deepen your inner dialogue. It can even inspire you to learn something new, perfect a skill, or pick up a new hobby. But what if a book could actually engage with you?
We might not have enchanted books, but we have the next best thing: interactive books! Any one of these books will provide your middle-grader with hours of fun activities. Read on to discover the five best books for sixth-graders and seventh-graders for off-the-page excitement!
Magic Tricks with Coins, Cards, and Everyday Objects
by Jake Banfield
In this book, Jake Banfield reveals sleight of hand tricks that can be performed with everyday objects. This fun-filled book will introduce your middle-grade reader to the world of “street magic,” tricks meant to wow an up-close audience.
Magic Tricks is an amazing read that joyfully reveals the secret world of magic to your child, supporting their critical thinking and instruction-following skills. Your sixth-grader will get so engrossed in these step-by-step tricks, you’ll think they made themselves disappear!
Adventures in Engineering for Kids: 35 Challenges to Design the Future
By Brett Schilke
Adventures in Engineering asks an important question: without limits, what can kids create? The answer is pretty much anything and everything, including the first human settlement on another planet.
This book recruits your child to an elite engineering team, the Irresistible Futures Agency. It’s their job to help design City X and solve the many challenges that lie ahead. With 35 design and engineering challenges, this is one of the best books for sixth-graders or seventh-graders who love science, puzzles, and making the impossible a reality.
LOL: A Keepsake Journal of Hilarious Q&As
By Brandon T. Snider
“Dear Diary” can get a little boring from time to time. How about a prompt to get that journal entry started—would you rather shave your head or wear the ugliest wig in the world for a week? Eat a slug, or keep a live cricket in your mouth for five minutes?
With super silly would-you-rathers, fill-in-the-blanks, and doodle ideas, this book beats a blank diary any day of the week. Your middle-grader will love coloring outside the lines in this keepsake journal and digging deep to answer thought-provoking questions.
THIS IS NOT A SCIENCE BOOK
By Clive Gifford
Don’t let the title fool you—this activity book teaches science through stealth. Your middle-grader will draw, puzzle, and build their way through this super-interactive book, and before they know it, become a science sage.
This book is a perfect pick for kids who are shy around the subjects of math and science. They’ll map out bones in the body, create their own optical illusions, and even build high-flying rotocopters. This book is a non-intimidating romp through the natural world, making it the best book for sixth graders or seventh graders who struggle with science.
Cardboard Box Engineering: Cool, Inventive Projects for Tinkerers, Makers & Future Scientists
By Jonathan Adolph
Junior engineers, gather ’round: this book is about to forever change your perception of the complex and ingenious building material that is—cardboard. You’ll be amazed at how many functioning machines your middle-grader can create using the recycling pile! This activity book helps develop your child’s three-dimensional thinking and eye for design as they create a working kaleidoscope, a wind-powered tractor, a robotic hand, and more.
This is one of the best books for seventh graders learning the basics of physics and engineering. The real-life applications are endless and the satisfaction gained from building one of these cardboard beauties is priceless.
Interactive Reading for a Lifetime of Learning
Whether you’re encouraging your junior engineer or supporting a budding young writer, there’s a book that complements every interest—it’s just a matter of finding them. With Literati’s personalized book clubs, you can ensure your reader’s getting the right stuff for their individual learning progress, box after box.
With a Literati Kids subscription, your child can discover books that fit their interests, match their reading level, and adapt to their progress as they grow. As sixth and seventh graders move into longer chapter books, we’ll send reads that make for an easy, and highly entertaining transition.
So sign up, sit back, and watch your child’s passion for reading bloom with books that challenge new skills every month—just take the personalization quiz to get started!