Second Grade Suggested Summer Reading List
Research has shown that the single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are some titles to get you started! Please note that the reading level of the books suggested varies. If your child is already reading, have him or her read a page of the book aloud to you to see if it is a good fit. If they struggle with more than a few words on the page, it is probably too difficult, but the book would still be a great book to read aloud to your child.
Note: The following books are only suggestions. Please feel free to add any books that are appropriate for your reader. The staff in the children’s area of the public library will also have many wonderful suggestions for you.

Printable Version:

School Stories
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Arthur’s Prize Reader by Lillian Hoban
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
Fish Face by Patricia Reilly Giff
• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
• Polk Street Gang series by Patricia Reilly Giff
Books About Friends
A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban
The Beast in Ms. Rooney’s Room by Patricia Reilly Giff
Fox on the Job by James Marshall
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline
Pinky and Rex by James Howe
Historical Fiction
• American Girls series
Deputy Dan and the Bank Robbers by Joseph Rosenbloom
Kamishibai Man by Allen Say
Classics to Read Aloud
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Just-so Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Caldecott Awards and Honor Books
The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel
Many Moons by James Thurber
The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
Learning to Read Stories
• Berenstain Bears series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler
• Hello Reader!
• I Can Read Books
• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
• Puffin Easy-to-Read
• Step Into Reading Levels 1–4
The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron