Summer Reading List for Incoming 1st Graders

So your child completed kindergarten. They’ve learned tons and even can read on their own, but they’re still small enough to snuggle up next to you while you read together. It’s the perfect time to listen to them read aloud to you. But you’re not sure which books to pick for them. Look no further. Here are 6 books and 4 series that are sure to keep your child’s reading progress moving forward throughout the summer break.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
How do dinosaurs say goodnight? Jane Yolen puts an educational twist on her bedtime story. Each page is filled with detail about putting a dinosaur to bed, which is very similar to putting a child to bed. You and your child will visit 11 different dinosaurs as you journey through kisses, tucking in tails, and turning out lights. As an added educational bonus each dinosaur species name is spelled out somewhere in the room. This book is sure to bond you and your child over bedtime.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This timeless picture book is sure to have you feeling nostalgic when you read this with your child. The Very Hungry Caterpillar helps readers learn the days of the week in an interactive experience.

It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How To Work My Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis isn’t just an award-winning actress, she also has a knack for writing silly and engaging children’s books. It’s Hard to be Five teaches children ways to cope with things they may be currently struggling with, such as waiting your turn, sitting still, and keep your hands to yourself. Learning self-control can be difficult for any child (and even some adults) but the encouraging text and playful illustrations make these struggles a little bit easier and much funnier!

Brown Bear’s Wonderful Secret by Caroline Castle
Everyone is interested in Brown Bear’s secret, but the characters in this book won’t find out until spring. Luckily, you can find out just as soon as you and your child make time to read this lovely story by Caroline Castle.

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental
What would do if a penguin was delivered to your door every day for 365 days? At first, it might be cute and pretty fun, but boy, what a mess these birds start to make! And also, who is sending these squawking, bathroom-hogging penguins? With enormous amounts of counting opportunities 365 Penguins is sure to become a childhood favorite.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Molly Lou Melon is different, but this doesn’t slow her down. In this beautifully written story, your child will learn the beauty that resides within each individual, no matter how different they are.

Llama Llama by Anna Dewdney
Llama llama Red Pajama started it all back in 2005. Now over 10 books make up the Llama Llama series and if you invest in reading all of them, you’ll find out where “No more of this llama drama!” comes from.

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
These five classic books will introduce your child to the funny and childlike bear cub and his friends while they take trips to the moon, celebrate birthdays, and look into Little Bear’s wishes and adventures. The beautiful illustrations are warm and bring the characters to life. This is sure to be a favorite for young readers.

Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
Travel through 25 different books in the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems. Gerald is a careful elephant while Piggie is an adventurous, well, pig. The series kicks off with Today I will Fly! Of course, Gerald is hesitant, but Piggie is determined. Who will be right? You and your little one will just have to pick up the books to find out!

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be. These award-winning children’s books are sure to teach your child the value of a great friendship.

These books take the stress out of finding the perfect book to keep your child engaged in reading throughout the summer. If your little one proves to be a voracious reader, you can find the full list of summer recommended reading on Blackboard!


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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”