Consumers can purchase 6th grade science textbooks from educational publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Harcourt, Spectrum and BJU Press. Consumers can also find grade-appropriate textbooks in brick-and-mortar stores like Barnes & Noble, or by utilizing online retailers or resellers, including resources such as DiscountSchoolSupply.com, AbeBooks.com, TheBackPack.com, DirectTextBook.com or EcoEncore.org.
Depending on the type of curriculum the purchaser is seeking to utilize, different publishers may be more or less appropriate. For example, BJU Press is known for providing Christian-curriculum based materials. As technology advances, electronic resources like the Amazon Kindle provide digital versions of textbooks, as well. Barnes & Noble and the Kindle store both provide separate e-textbook purchasing resources. Consumers can purchase some textbooks from the above retailers in PDF format, and convert them utilizing the Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator. It is important to determine what the local educational requirements are for sixth graders, if the purchaser intends to use the text for primary educational use, and not purely as a supplement to the student's existing educational structure. Purchasing a subject-appropriate textbook, rather than a text labeled "6th grade", may increase the purchaser's pool of potential retailers. The most common subject areas for sixth grade science are Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, or Physical Sciences.