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Kid Favorite Books for Summer Reading

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Written by: Katie Palmer

As summer approaches, the dreaded summer slide might pop into mind. The best way to combat academic loss over the summer is to keep reading. Explore our list of teacher-approved, kid-loved book series for 1st grade & 2nd grade to keep the love of reading alive this summer–and reading levels on par.

Let's divide these series recommendations by reading level to make this easier.

Beginning of 1st Grade

Middle of 1st Grade

End of 1st Grade

Beginning of 2nd Grade

Middle of 2nd Grade

End of 2nd Grade

Beginning of 1st Grade

A spinoff of the Henry & Mudge series, Puppy Mudge is written for the very beginning reader and tells the cute stories of a rambunctious puppy.

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Middle of 1st Grade

There are few authors that get beginning readers more excited than Mo Willems. His comedic books let kids enjoy the silly adventures of Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie..all while practicing foundational phonics skills.

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End of 1st Grade

Get your kids flipping through these groovy books that follow the adventures of Pete the Cat and friends.

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Beginning of 2nd Grade

The Bad Kitty books combine humor and lessons on friendship and problem solving. Students will be excited to turn the pages.

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Middle of 2nd Grade

Bad Guys is a humorous graphic novel series that is so popular that it has been made into an animated movie.

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End of 2nd Grade

Not only is the Magic Tree House book series ginormous, kids get a taste of history and adventure in these time traveling engaging reads.

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Summer Reading Challenge

Level up the fun with this summer reading challenge kids will be eager to tackle.

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Audiobooks

Traveling? Try audio books with Audible or the Libby app.


With these engaging book series in tow, your 1st grade & 2nd grade learners will be ready to tackle that summer reading slide!

Prevent the Summer Slide

If you are wanting ideas to keep your little learners skills sharp over the summer, check out this idea filled post.

Happy summer!

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