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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