Summer Reading List for K-2When school is out and summer is upon us, it can be difficult to keep our kids' minds engaged in the learning process. To avoid the summer slide (a term coined to indicate the loss of knowledge over the summer months), encourage your kids to read or in the case of younger children, read with them.

To help you plan your summer reading beyond your normal BookShark selections, below is a list of books for Kindergarten through second grade. Every child’s reading level varies, so some will be harder or easier. But all should be age appropriate as far as content is concerned. (Please note that you, as the parent, should still screen each book for your own personal standards.)

K-2 Summer Reading List

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is a much loved story written as poetry with gentle, lulling illustrations perfect for a bedtime read.

  2. Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg best known for the line, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Chicken Little gets bonked on the head and runs around trying to convince his friends that indeed the sky is falling.

  3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is a super favorite alphabet story of ours in which the audio song is a must have!

  4. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate is a rhyming book with boldly colored illustration which will help your child practice the alphabet while introducing them to Kindergarten.

  5. Curious George by H. A. Rey - Curious George, the mischievous little monkey whose curiosity is always leading him into precarious situations, delights children young and old alike. (Look for more by this author.)

  6. Five Senses by Aliki helps teach children about their 5 senses in a simple way they can understand. (Look for more by this author.)

  7. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni is just one of this author’s nature inspired books. Join this inchworm in measuring things in his world. (Look for more by this author.)

  8. [This is a title from our 1st grade readers.] Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss - There are so many Dr. Seuss classics to choose from. Some of our favorites were Go, Dog! Go! and Hop on Pop.

  9. [This is a title from our 2nd grade readers.] Nate the Great series by Majorie Weinman Sharmat offers beginning readers the chance to share in the detective mystery genre. Nate uses logical thinking to solve mysteries!

  10. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle - Eric Carle’s larger than life, colorful and whimsical art makes each one of his books special. We have used many as a starting point for great nature studies during months with pleasant weather. (Look for more by this author.)

  11. A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban - Frances the badger learns that friends aren’t always nice in this book.

  12. [This is a title from our 2nd grade readers.] Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad are best friends who do everything together. You can read about their many adventures and mishaps in these child-styled, humorous I Can Read books.

  13. Berenstain Bears series by Jan and Stan Berenstain - The Berenstain Bears stories have been passed down from generation to generation. Each story teaches a lesson for children to learn such as experiencing the dentist, or having a new sibling. Each one done with intricate illustrations and good family values.

  14. Cam Jansen series by David A Adler offers young readers short chapter books in which Cam (the heroine of the story) solves various mysteries in a fun and humorous way.

  15. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin - Pete the cat is a navy blue cat that teaches simple moral lessons with fun and humor. In this case everything goes wrong when his beautiful white shoes keep getting colored by various objects.

  16. Skippyjon Jonesbooks by Judy Schachner is the feline star of a multitude of books in which he is actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter. Thes books are fun and engaging from start to finish with adventures including pirates, dogs, mummies, and more!

  17. The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing deals with helping kids through their own back-to-school jitters in a light manner.

  18. The Magic School Bus series of science books offer an endless supply of science fun. Ms. Frizzle takes her classroom of kids inside the transforming bus to explore the world of science. Head into space, dive into the human body, explore the ocean, or make a rainbow. It is all possible with Ms. Frizzle! (These books offer great starting points into science studies.)

  19. Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmela D’Amics was a favorite of my son who actually had a little blue elephant as a childhood "lovie." Ella is a shy elephant that learns to navigate the world about her. From setting sail to taking the stage, she learns to be strong and confident in herself. (There are more stories about Ella.)

  20. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin - Not only can they type, but they go on strike until the farmer gives in to their demands!

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About the Author

Heidi CiravolaHeidi Ciravola has been married to her husband for over seventeen years.  Together they have three children with whom they began their homeschooling journey with in 2006 when their oldest was beginning second grade.  Heidi is a mother, taxi service, and homeschool parent by day and an avid reader and homeschool blogger whenever there is time left over. You can visit Heidi at her blog Starts at Eight where she blogs about homeschool products and unit studies, homeschool organization and general tips, and homeschooling high school, as well as many book reviews, lists, and unit studies.

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