(Going into 2nd)Rising Second Graders' Summer Reading Suggestions List
**These are only suggestions. The students may read anything they like, as long as they read and enjoy what they are reading. Continue to read aloud to your children as well. Two super websites for children and their parents to learn more about books, take quizzes, and play games are: http://www.bookadventure.com/ and http://www.kidsreads.com/.
The Beauty of the Beast: Poems of the Animal Kingdom, Prelutsky
Lots of different animal poems by Jack Prelutsky.
Entertaining poems and hilarious drawings.
Dinosaur Dinner (with a Slice of Alligator Pie), Lee
Dennis Lee is the Canadian children's favorite funny poet.
If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, Dakos
Funny poems about life in school.
Something Big Has Been Here, Prelutsky*
Poems with a sense of humor about many different things.
AMELIA BEDELIA by Peggy Parish and Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia is a zany housekeeper who takes things a bit too literally. Whether she's "dressing" a chicken or "stealing" second base in a baseball game, her understanding of things always causes a mix-up
ANDREW LOST by J. C. Greenburg
Andrew Dubble is a curious boy who enjoys acquiring knowledge. Andrew's curiosity leads him to make major mistakes that put him and his friends in very unusual and, at times, scary situations.
ARTHUR by Marc Brown
Have you been introduced to Arthur and the gang? If you have, then you know what great adventures can be found between the pages of the Arthur Adventure series by Marc Brown.
BENNY AND WATCH by Gertrude Chandler Warner
If you're not quite ready for the Boxcar Children Mysteries, you can still enjoy the family of characters created by Gertrude Chandler Warner in these chapter books starring Benny Alden (the youngest of the Boxcar Children) and his dog, Watch.
BOXCAR MYSTERIES by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children --- those same lovable orphans that have entertained generations of young readers --- are still discovering new adventures after 60 years!
CURIOUS GEORGE by H. A. and Margaret Rey
Can you think of anyone more curious than the mischievous monkey who left the jungle and found a home with the man in the yellow hat?
DRAGON SLAYERS' ACADEMY by Kate McMullan
When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy.
ELOISE by Kay Thompson; illustrated by Hilary Knight
From New York to Paris to Moscow, take a stroll through the world of Eloise, an extremely precocious 6-year-old girl.
IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE by Laura Numeroff
It all began with IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE... about a little traveler who drops in for a snack and creates a lot of mayhem.
JUDY MOODY by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter Reynolds
Meet Judy Moody, a third grader with plenty of attitude and a mood to fit every occasion.
JUNIE B. JONES by Barbara Park
Junie B. Jones just can't help herself! No matter how hard she tries, she keeps getting into all kinds of scrapes.
MADELINE by Ludwig Bemelmans
Mais oui! But of course we love Madeline --- the spunky redheaded school girl of Ludwig Bemelmans's classic books.
MAGIC TREE HOUSE by Mary Pope Osborne
Travel through time with Jack and Annie --- just step into their magic tree house filled with books.
MATT CHRISTOPHER SPORTS
Spring is arriving and everyone is heading outdoors to play their favorite sport --- baseball, soccer, swimming, skateboarding --- have fun in the sun!
NATE THE GREAT by Marjorie Sharmat, illustrated by Marc Simont
It's no mystery that Nate the Great is the coolest kid detective ever!
CamJansen Series by David Adler
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1
Dorling Kindersley Readers
The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.
Level 2: Beginning to Read Alone
Longer sentences and an expanded vocabulary make this series of 48-page books slightly more challenging; Level 2 is appropriate for children who have started to read but still need help. Information boxes full of background information will stimulate inquisitive minds. These books contain between 700 and 850 words, and they are approximately 70 percent pictures and 30 percent text.
All Aboard Reading Level 2 - Level 3
NBA Readers -by Scholastic
by John Hareas
Scholastic First Biographies: Let's Read About..Series ex. Martin Luther King, Jr