Grades 1-2

Suggestions for Summer Reading
Ahlberg, Alan             Previously
What was Jack doing before he climbed the beanstalk?
Banks, Kate                And If the Moon Could Talk
Bedtime activities from a moon's eye view.
Barrett, Judi                Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs             
In the town of Chewandswallow, when it rains, it pours…soup, spaghetti and soda! This tall tale about the tiny town where the weather is "served" at breakfast, lunch and dinner is a laugh.
Bianco, Margery Williams                  The Velveteen Rabbit                        
Every child with a favorite stuffed animal will be enchanted by this classic tale about a toy bunny who is loved so deeply that one day it magically comes to life. Beautifully illustrated.
Crimi, Carolyn            Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates
Buccaneer bunnies face off against fowl pirates.
Giff, Patricia Reilly                 Zigzag Kids #1 Number One Kid                 
Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff has authored Zigzag Kids, a new illustrated series about the excitement and surprises of new friends and after-school fun.
Grey, Mini                   The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be
Straight from the pod, a retelling of a fairy tale classic.
Henkes, Kevin                        Owen
Saying bye to blankey is hard to do.
Hort, Lenny                How Many Stars in the Sky?
A father and his son spend the night counting the stars.
Lin, Grace                               Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same
Just because these twins look identical doesn't mean they are.
Leonni, Leo                 Let's Make Rabbits: A Fable
Rabbit illustrations come to life after eating a real carrot.
London, Jonathan                   Froggy Goes to Camp
. . . and sleep-away antics ensue.
Lowry, Lois                Bless This Mouse                   
Two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry and Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohman have teamed up to create an absolutely charming tale. Animal lovers are sure to cherish this book.
McDonald, Megan                  Stink: Solar System Superhero                      
Fun storyline, all sorts of interesting facts about the planets in our solar system, including a simple way to help anyone remember their names and awesome artwork throughout.
McGrath, Barbara                   Teddy Bear Counting
Learn colors, shapes and numbers with playful bears.
McKissack, Pat                       Flossie & the Fox
A wily fox meets his match when he encounters Flossie, a bold little girl who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.
Parish, Herman                        Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie                   
Another from the series about Amelia as a child.  In addition to hilarious misunderstandings, idioms and wordplay, Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Piecomes with an apple pie recipe. 
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro                        Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
What do a frisky pup and a colorful teddy have in common? They're best buddies!
Stampler, Ann Redisch           The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan
Impressed by a poor Jewish shoemaker's belief that God will ensure everything turns out as it should, a shah in Kabul, Afghanistan, devises a series of hardships to test the man's faith.
Stoeke, Janet Morgan             Minerva Louise
The daffy adventures of a feather-brained fowl.
Sturges, Phelemon                  The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
A fresh take on the classic tale, Italian style.
Steig, William    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
A modern classic, and GOA Librarian’s favorite all time book!  Sylvester finds a magic pebble and makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How he is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is tender and filled with true magic.
Steinke, Aron Nels                  The Super Duper Dog Park
This amusement park has gone to the dogs!
Ward, Helen                The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
A retelling of the Aesop's fable in which a country mouse visits a town mouse, and they find they prefer very different ways of life.
Wilcox, Leah               Waking Beauty
Prince Charming has no idea how to wake up Sleeping Beauty.
Willems, Mo                We Are in A Book!
Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read.  But what will happen when the book ends?