Reading is the key to all education. As a certified reading teacher, I always encouraged my students to find books that interested them and set a summer reading goal. Even little kids need summer reading, although some will need help getting through the words and pronouncing them correctly. These are some of the best books that should be on a summer reading list for a 1st or 2nd grader.
The Foot Book: by Dr Seuss
As a teacher, I highly recommend this book for 1st grade students. 1st graders are learning phonetics and the sounds that letters and combinations of letters make. This book is great for learning letter sounds due to the rhyming. Kids also find the wording funny and enjoy the irony of this book. Other Dr. Seuss books to include in a summer reading lists include ‘Hop on Pop’ and ‘One Fish, Two Fish’.
Ivy and Bean: by Annie Barrows
Beginning chapter books are a great start to longer reading assignments. The chapters are smaller and fewer than in more advanced books. ‘Ivy and Bean’ is one of the best early reader chapter books, with a topic about differences that will not only interest but teach young 1st graders. Another great for first readers is the large print, which is easier on little eyes, learning to read.
The Big Snow: by Berta and Elmer Hader
This is a great reader for children interested in nature and animals. This easy to read book discusses winter, hibernation and migration. The animals left behind become friends with a nearby neighbor in a stone country house, who makes sure they are feed for the winter. This book teaches about sharing, and taking care of others. Not only is it a fun book for new readers, but teaches them science in the process. And after all, what kid doesn’t like to read about geese and squirrels!
The Book with a Hole: by Herve Tullet
This giant book is not only for readers but new budding writers as well. This great reader is full of creative pictures and activities that bring out the artsy and creative side in every child. It also teaches children to think outside of the box, listing story starters and interactive pages that are meant for a child’s pencil and crayon. How many books encourage kids to write on them? This alone makes this book a popular with children.
Don’t skip reading for a child who has learning disabilities. Almost every child enjoys being read to. Picture books are another great option for a child who has reading difficulties. Make summer reading fun for children by making reading time special and incorporating hands on learning and related summer field trips. Before long, your first grader will be begging to read.