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

Disney-Hyperion, 2013

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?


Bad Kitty

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?


Scaredy Squirrel

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!


Part-Time Princess

By Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cambria Evans

Disney-Hyperion, 2013

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

Putnam, 2012

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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28 Jun 2014

By Mabel Sterritt