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 talk back to you?
Well, we’re not quite saying we have a store of enchanted books, but we have the next best thing—interactive books! To that end, 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!
#1 Magic Tricks with Coins, Cards, and Everyday Objects
In this book, Jake Banfield reveals sleight of hand using familiar everyday objects. Your child may not learn to make a dove fly out of a handkerchief, but if they can find a coin, a muffin, or a pack of chewing gum, they’re ready to become master magicians.
Hint: keep your keys and wallet close by!
This book will introduce your middle grader to the world of “street magic,” sleight of hand tricks meant to wow an up-close audience. No special equipment needed here: all 50 magic tricks use common household objects and the power of illusion.
Magic Tricks is an amazing read that joyfully reveals the secret world of magic to your child. Your sixth grader will get so engrossed in these step-by-step tricks, you’ll think they made themselves disappear!
#2 Adventures in Engineering for Kids: 35 Challenges to Design the Future
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. For example, what will this future civilization do to support energy, the environment, transportation, security, food, safety, and health?
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.
#3 LOL: A Keepsake Journal of Hilarious Q&As
“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 5 minutes?
Your child’s answers may surprise you!
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 questions like, “What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you on social media?”
This journal is made for loud laughs and scribbling down secrets. Watch as your middle grader makes this book totally their own, getting lost in preposterous prompts and side-splitting mad libs.
#4 THIS IS NOT A SCIENCE BOOK
…Or is it? 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. Once they learn about the moon’s movements and beat all those brain-busters, they’ll shed their shyness and take on new learning challenges.
This book is an un-intimidating romp through the natural world, making it the best book for 6th graders who struggle with science.
#5 Cardboard Box Engineering: Cool, Inventive Projects for Tinkerers, Makers & Future Scientists
Junior engineers, gather around—this book is about to forever change your perception of the complex and igenius building material that is… cardboard.
Yup! You’ll be amazed at how many functioning machines your middle grader can create using the recycling pile! Flexible, adaptable, and eco-friendly, cardboard is the new concrete. This activity book helps develop your child’s three-dimensional thinking and eye for design. Your middle grader can create a working kaleidoscope, a wind-powered tractor with working gears, and a robotic hand, just to name a few projects.
This is hands down the best book for 7th 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 making sure those books reach your child. And with Literati, you can skip trips to the bookstore.
Our kids book subscription guarantees five home runs every month, along with collectible stickers, art, and posters. Your doorstep just became the new library. Sign up, sit back, and watch your children’s passion for reading bloom with Literati’s kids book club!
Bookshop. Magic Tricks with Coins, Cards, and Everyday Objects. https://bookshop.org/books/magic-tricks-with-coins-cards-and-everyday-objects/9781682971512
Bookshop. Adventures in Engineering for Kids: 35 Challenges to Design the Future. https://bookshop.org/books/adventures-in-engineering-for-kids-35-challenges-to-design-the-future-journey-to-city-x-without-limits-what-can-kids-create/9781631598395
Bookshop. LOL: A Keepsake Journal of Hilarious Q&As. https://bookshop.org/books/lol-a-keepsake-journal-of-hilarious-q-as/9781454918332
Kane Miller. THIS IS NOT A SCIENCE BOOK. http://www.friends.kanemiller.com/this-is-not-a-science-book.html
Bookshop. Cardboard Box Engineering: Cool, Inventive Projects for Tinkerers, Makers & Future Scientists. https://bookshop.org/books/cardboard-box-engineering-cool-inventive-projects-for-tinkerers-makers-future-scientists/9781635862140