Fun Summer Reads for First and Second Graders
In this nearly 75-year-old novel—E.B. White’s first children’s book—a shy yet adventurous mouse goes to great lengths for his best friend. Valuable lesson: It’ll remind your kid what it means to be a good friend too.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
What kid can resist a book with a marshmallow room, Golden Tickets, and cast of wacky characters, like gum-chewer Violet and TV-obessed Mike? If your child is craving more Wonka after finishing the book, watch the movie, and compare the two.
Once Upon an Alphabet
In this gorgeous book from the illustrator of the best-seller The Day the Crayons Quit, each letter gets its own short story. Read one every couple of days throughout the summer and ask your child to write down words that begin or end with that letter.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Ideal for kids who are just starting to read chapter books, this story is the first of a series of adventures for the much-loved pig.
The Year of Billy Miller
Your child will be able to relate to Billy’s sibling squabbles, diorama projects, and friendships in the second grade.
Frog & Toad Are Friends
The unlikely BFFs hop along through four enchanting short stories, looking for buttons, waiting for mail, swimming, and doing other day-to-day relatable things. It’s one of the best early-reader books of all time!
Great for kids with older brothers and sisters, this book focuses on a quirky 6-year-old who entices her older sibs to play with her—and eventually wins their respect.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Your child will be laughing along with these silly twists on fairy tales, like Little Red Running Shorts who beats the wolf to grandma’s house. Ask your child how she’d change a classic story to make it funny.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
This picture-book biography about the first female doctor in America will spark a lot of questions about gender equality. After all, most kids don’t realize there was a time when a woman couldn’t be a doctor.
Don’t Throw It to Mo!
The sentences are simple, but the plot is still interesting, in this 32-page early reader about a boy who loves playing football.
Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover
This short chapter book focuses on the silly tale of two friends with different personalities.