Summer Reading Guide for Kids in Kindergarten to Second Grade
Summer is a great time to get caught up with your favorite books. Getting kids to read over the summer not only helps them get ahead for their return to school in the fall, but it also gives them something engaging to do. But with so many books, how do you know which are appropriate for your children? Check out our guide to find fun, age-appropriate summer reading book choices for readers from kindergarten to second grade. All book selections come from the Association to Library Service for Children’s 2014 Summer Reading List.
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
By Bob Shea
A goat and a unicorn go head-to-head to find out who’s the better animal – but does the unlikely pair have more in common than they think?
By Nick Bruel
Roaring Book Press, 2005
Follow along in this alphabet book about sassy Kitty, who misbehaves when all of her favorite foods are gone.
How Big Were Dinosaurs?
By Lita Judge
Roaring Book Press, 2013
Ever wonder just how big dinosaurs actually were? These humorous portraits paint pictures of some of the biggest and smallest dinosaurs next to sizeable real life objects in the modern world.
By Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Houghton Mifflin, 2013
An old man and a young boy have very different reactions to an approaching rainstorm. How will they cope with it?
By Melanie Watt
Will leaping into the great unknown help Scaredy Squirrel conquer his fears about leaving his tree?
This Moose Belongs to Me
By Oliver Jeffers
Wilfred has a strange pet – a moose! The stranger part? This moose doesn’t realize that it’s a pet!
Old Mikamba Had a Farm
By Rachael Isadora
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013
Learn the sounds of various African animals and meet them as you explore Old Mikamba’s Farm!
By Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cambria Evans
This princess fights trolls, vanquishes evil and saves her castle – all in a night’s sleep! Watch as she sleeps and dreams of her very own castle, with herself as the princess.
The Watcher - Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
By Jeanette Winter
Random House/Schwartz & Wade, 2011
This picture biography book tells the story of famous zoologist Jane Goodall and her famous adventures studying wild chimpanzees.
Pirates Love Underpants
By Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Cort
Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, 2013
Pirates are on the search for the legendary Pants of Gold; laugh along with their rhyming adventures as they search for their treasure.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
By Peter Brown
Little, Brown, 2013
What happens when a proper and polite tiger decides to get a little wild?
By Aaron Becker
Candlewick Press, 2013
Follow the magical journey of a young girl whose red marker will take her on daring quests and dazzling adventures.
I Want My Hat Back
By Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press, 2011
A bear desperately searches for his missing hat and asks his friends for help in locating it.
The Three Ninja Pigs
By Cory Rosen Schwartz, illustrations by Dan Santrat
What do ninja pigs do when the evil wolf tries to take them down? They head to the dojo to train for the final showdown.
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!
By Grace Lin
Little, Brown, 2010
Ling and Ting may be twins, but they’re not as identical as they seem; each twin is unique and different! Read our interview with Grace Lin here!
Niño Wrestles the World
By Yuyi Morales
Roaring Book Press, 2013
Niño is a star wrestler and the lucha libre hero of the world! Until his sisters wake up from their naps.
Searching for more summer reading books? For kids in third grade to fifth grade, click HERE.
For kids in sixth grade to eight grade, click HERE.
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