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Summer Reading: Books for Young Readers

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Although it’s important for all kids to keep reading over the summer, it’s especially imperative that beginning readers continue to practice and develop their new skills. For this group, we’ve selected popular picture books that parents can share with little ones and timeless beginning chapter books that kids can read on their own.

Picture Books

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (PreK–2)
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
Dinosaur parents try to put their youngsters to bed, and it turns out dinosaurs act a lot like people do.

Goodnight Moon (K–2)
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
In this classic picture book, a little bunny says goodnight to everything in sight!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (K–2)
by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. . . And that's only the beginning!

Love You Forever (K–2)
by Robert Munsch
A gentle affirmation that parents love their kids forever — no matter what!

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (K–2)
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Typing cows are demanding their rights in this hilarious barnyard tale with a twist.

Olivia (K–2)
by Ian Falconer
This Caldecott honor book introduces Olivia, an irrepressible little pig with plenty of imagination and even more attitude!

Chapter Books

Frog and Toad series (K–3)
by Arnold Lobel
Pass the time with Frog and Toad, best pals who are testaments to the give and take of enduring friendship.

Junie B. Jones series (K–3)
by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus
Here she comes — the funny, delightful Junie B. Jones! Her energy and irrepressible self-confidence land her in trouble every time!

Cam Jansen series (K–3)
by David A. Adler
Cam doesn’t miss a clue! Will you? These easy-to-read mysteries will keep young readers engrossed.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series (K–3)
by Betty MacDonald
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children, and she has a treatment for everyone — some with very interesting results.

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    Literature Appreciation, Early Reading, Summer Themes, Teacher Tips and Strategies