Best Books for Summer Reading by Grade Level

Well hello summer and hello readers!  We are a group of reading specialists and literacy coaches, and we have been collaborating and supporting each other for two years now. Wow! So hard to believe how time flies. We are so glad you have taken time out of your hectic schedule kicked-back day of leisure. Oh how sweet it is, right?? We teachers love our summers and after the last few weeks of testing and closing down the school year, we need a little time off to regroup. Now, if you are a sweet momma or daddy looking for how to help your child this summer, we are so glad you dropped by too. Trust me, we know you’ll be busy, and we are here to help make the summer better for you and your children.
51e57yjiiyl-1934016Today’s hop is aimed at summer learning loss prevention. You may have heard of Summer Slide?? Well, our kids work hard all year, and then…bam! Summer hits! The kids’ learning comes to a grinding halt and for many, the idea of reading books is considered something just for school. I am reading Summer Reading by Richard Allington, and the statistics on how low income students are impacted is a real call to action for parents and teachers. What can be done? Plenty according to Allington. For starters, we must keep kids reading, writing, and thinking, and that requires books in kids’ hands and motivation to stick with it. Allington shares ideas such as a 1000 minute challenge, partnering with restaurants for reward meals for readers, and book drives to get books to the kids. This book will be featured on Adventures in Literacy Land in July if you’d like to read more about it.
So, what are you reading this summer? Do you have a few choices on your list? If your second or third grader is looking for a great choice, these books are kid tested and approved!  I promise. I have been watching my students this year, checked with our librarian, and I took suggestions from my bloggy friends on what their students love to form these lists. From them, I have a few I want to showcase since they have been published in the last two years and may not be as well known as Ramona and Amelia Bedelia.




Below, you will find my list of recommended books and series options for second and third graders. In the stops that follow, you’ll receive lists for other grade levels as well as lots of great materials for other reading needs. To download my freebie, just click the image below.


Have a wonderful summer, and be sure to stop by each Wednesday this summer for our Summer Blog Party that will focus on a different literacy topic each week.  To learn how that will run, click [here]. All the topics, dates, and images are available there. Those participating in the hop this weekend will also be hosting the linky periodically throughout the summer, so to make sure you don’t miss it, you can follow us on Bloglovin. See you soon…



Carla is a licensed reading specialist with 27 years of experience in the regular classroom (grades 1, 4, and 5), in Title 1 reading, as a tech specialists, and a literacy coach. She has a passion for literacy instruction and meeting the needs of the individual learner.

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  1. I can't download your freebie!! Tried clicking everywhere on it!!! Help!!!

  2. Amy

    Great book suggestions. Thank you!

  3. Carla – your post and freebie – awesome. You have a knack for creating great stuff – Love all your work. Thank you for bringing us together for hops like this one!

  4. I've been looking for a list like this! Thank you so much!!!

  5. Wonderful resource! My two sons (2nd and 3rd grades) love many of the books you suggested and I found some new ones for them! Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. I love Richard Allington. I've seen him speak a few times at the IRA conferences and he is so blunt. I have that summer reading book on my reading list!

    Literacy Spark

  7. Glad to organize. I love all of the great resources you all made, and I'm so happy to know how they will help kiddos all summer long.

  8. You are too much, Michelle! I am so glad for friendships formed and that we're doing good things for teachers, parents and kids.

  9. Thank you posting the lists!! I teach third and I definitely hate the summer slide! I'm going to start reading Summer Reading as soon because I'm finishing up the Book Whisperer which I LOVE!!

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