• The book list provided below is a good resource for choosing books that are on your grade level.  The books are organized by topic for easy reference.  First grade is listed first, then scroll down for second grade.  Happy reading!



    Summer Reading for First Grade


    All About Friends

    Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

    Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

    Margaret and Margarita: Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser

    My Best Friend by Pat Hutchins

    There Is a Bird on Your Head ! by Mo Willems

    Widget by Lyn Rossiter McFarland

    Books About the Joy of Reading

    Aunt Chip & the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco

    The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter

    Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by Jessica Spanyol

    Edward a nd the Pirates by David McPhail

    Max's Words by Kate Banks

    You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

    Books About Nature

    The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson

    Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

    The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

    Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

    The Snow Leopard by Jackie Morris

    Winter's Eyes by Douglas Florian

    Books About School

    Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

    The Dot by Peter Reynolds

    Emily's First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells

    Little Cliff's First Day of School by Clifton L. Taulbert

    Miss Smith's Incredible Story Book by Michael Garland

    The New Girl ... and Me by Jacqui Robbins

    Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

    Books to Calm Anxieties

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Is a Worry Worrying You by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz

    Oh Brother! by Nikki Grimes

    Books with a Positive Message

    Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran

    Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Uhlberg

    Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin

    The Empty Pot by Demi

    Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

    How to Be a Good Dog by Gail Page

    I Knew You Could by Craig Dorfman

    Raggedy Ann's Wishing Pebble by Johnny Gruelle

    What's So Bad About Being An Only Child? by Cari Best

    Classic Childhood Favorites

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

    I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo. LeSieg

    The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

    The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

    Fantasy Books

    Fairytale News by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins

    Fin M’Coul, The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie DePaola

    Flotsam by David Wiesner

    The Flower by John Light

    The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer

    Goldilocks and the Three Martians by Stu Smith

    Hot Hot Hot by Neal Layton

    How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

    Tuesday by David Wiesner


    Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery by Doug Cushman

    Minnie and Moo and the Case of the Missing Jelly Donut by Denys Cazet

    Young Cam Jansen & The Lost Tooth by David Adler

    Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden

    Historical Fiction

    Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Nelson

    Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz

    Seasonal Stories

    Seasonal Stories by Jean Luc Fromental

    Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie Louise Gay

    Silliness and Humor

    Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

    Frankie Stein by Lola M. Schaefer

    George Washington’s Cows by David Small

    The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning

    Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

    I Lost My Bear by Jules Feiffer

    Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

    Oops! by Alan Katz

    Sally and the Some-Thing by George O’Connor

    Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! by Barbara Odanaka

    So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? by Karla Kushkin

    Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold


    Out of the Ballpark by Alex Rodriguez

    Ballerina Girl by Kirsten Hall


    The Arts

    M is for Music by Kathleen Krull

    Museum ABC by Brown

    The Shape Game by Anthony Browne


    Mae Jemison by Nancy Polette

    Picasso and Minou by P.I. Maltbie

    Teammates by Peter Golenbock


    A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley

    Looking After Myself by Sarah Levete


    Aliens Are Coming! The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio

    Broadcast by Meghan McCarthy

    Castle: Medieval Days and Knights by Kyle Olmon

    G is for Golden: A California Alphabet by David Domeniconi

    The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern

    Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

    Science and Nature

    The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches

    The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

    Carolina’s Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too! by Donna Rathmell

    Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley

    The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Palotta

    The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World  by Lizann Flatt

    The Polor Bears’ Home: A Story About Global Warming by Lara Bergen

    The Reptiles by Simon Holland

    The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca

    Uneversaurus by Aidan Potts

    Water Boy by David McPhail

    Why Do Leaves Change Color by Betsy Maestro


    Summer Reading for Second Grade






     Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra & Sal Barracca

    Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

    Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown

     All About Friends

     Dear Max by Sally Grindley

    Dogku by Andrew Clements

     Fox and His Friends by Edward Marshall

     We Are Best Friends by Aliki

     Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

    Books About Art

     Painted Dreams by Karen Lynn Williams

     Books About the Joy of Reading

     Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson

     Could You? Would You? By Trudy White

     Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle by David Elliott

     Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman

     Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest

     My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond

     Once Upon a Time by Niki Daly

     The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky

    Books About School

     A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

     It’s Test Day, Tiger Turcotte by Turcotte

     Maltilda by Roald Dahl

     Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

    Books with Positive Messages

      Brundibar by Tony Kushner

     Building with Dad by Carol Nevius

     Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela S. Turner

     Lassie Come-Home by Rosemary Wells

    Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna and Loren Long

    Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Sam and the Lucky Money Karen Chinn

    Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison

     Classic Childhood Favorites

     The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

    The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

     Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky

     Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

     The Puppy Sister by S. E. Hinton

    Fantasy Books

     Atomic Ace (He’s Just My Dad) by Jeff Weigel

    The Bee-Man of Orn by Frank R. Stockton

     Dinosaurs Before Dark, Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

     Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

     Dude, Where’s My Spaceship?  by Dan Greenburg

     Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser

     The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

    Roger the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist

     Space Station Mars by Daniel San Souci

     Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F. Isabel Campoy

     The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

     Why the Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale by Mary-Joan Gerson

     Traction Man Is Here! By Mini Grey

     The Worst Witch at School by Jill Murphy

     Winter of the Ice Wizard, Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope

    Historical Fiction

    Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

     Chig and the Second Spread by Gwenyth Swain

     The Enchanted Dolls’ House by Robyn Johnson

    Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson


     Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball by David Adler

     Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron

     The Seven Treasure Hunts Besty Byars

     Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie’s Missing Brain by Scott Nash

    Seasonal Stories

     Babymouse: Skater Girl by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm

     Come on, Rain by Karen Hesse

     Marja’s Skis by Jean E. Pendziwol

     Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

    Poppleton in Winter by Cynthia Rylant

     The Race of the Birkebeiners by Lise Lunge-Larsen

     Snow Wonder by Charles Ghigna

     Silliness and Humor

     Chester by Melanie Watt

     Down Girl and Sit: Smarter than Squirrels by Lucy Nolan

     Drooling and Dangerous: The Riot Brothers Return by Mary Amato

     Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

     How to Save Your Tail by Mary Hansen

     Ira Sleeps Over  by Bernard Waber

     Its Raining Pigs & Noodles by Jack Prelutsky

     Ready Freddy: Don’t Sit on My Lunch (Series) by Abby Klein

     Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford

     Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

     Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester

     Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

     Three Stories You Can Rea dto Your Dog by Sara Swan Miller


     Mama Played Baseball




     Emperor Penguins by Roberta Edwards

    Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs by Matthew Reinhart

     Look What Tails Can Do by Dorothy Souza

    Water Hole by Zahavit Shalev


    The Flyer Flew! The Invention of the Airplane Frida by  Jonah Winter

     Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates

    Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

    What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven

    Smart About–George Washington Carver,The Peanut Wizard  by Laura Driscol


    George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor

     On the Mayflower by Kate Waters

     It’s Disgusting and We Ate It!: True Food Facts From Around the World and

    Throughout History by James Solheim

    Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of

    Shackleton and the Endkurance by Jennifer Armstrong

     The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross

    How Things Work

    How to Be a Baby, by Me the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones

     My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs

     My Senator and Me by Edward M. Kennedy


    Science and Nature

    Compost, by Gosh! An Adventure With Vermicomposting by Michelle Eva Portman

    Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel

    Dear Children of the Earth by Schim Schimmel

     Recycle! A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons