Summer Reading 2019 Entering 1st and 2nd Grade

Princeton Public Schools - Summer Reading Recommendations 2019

First Grade - Second Grade

The Princeton Public School librarians created these lists of books popular with first and second grade children.  In addition to the following lists, we highly recommend sharing a variety of fairy tales from different cultures as well as non-fiction books about favorite topics.


Some favorite authors and illustrators of first and second grade children:

Eric Kimmel, Pat Mora, Robert Munsch, Cynthia Rylant, Dan Santat, David Ezra Stein, Melissa Sweet, Chris Van Dusen, National Geographic Kids, Lisa Wheeler, Mo Willems and Vera B. Williams.

For emergent readers:

Biscuit (series) by Alyssa Capucilli

Don't Throw It to Mo! (series) by David Adler

King and Kayla (series) by Dori Hillestad Butler

Ling & Ting (series) by Grace Lin

Meet Yasmin (series) by Saadia Faruqi

Pinky and Rex (series) by James Howe

Princess in Black (series) by Dean and Shannon Hale

Robot and Rico (series) by Anastasia Suen

Sofia Martinez: My Family Adventures (series) by Jacqueline Jules

For independent readers:

Anna, Banana (series) by Anica Mrose Rissi

Bramble and Maggie (series) by Jessie Haas

Breyer Stablemates(series) by various authors

Cam Jansen (series) by David Adler

Dragon Masters (series) by Tracey West

Frankie's Magic Soccer Ball (series) by Frank Lampard

Judy Moody and Friends (series) by Megan McDonald

Katie Woo (series) by Fran Manushkin

Lotus Lane (series) by Kyla May

Notebook of Doom (series) by Troy Cummings

Pedro (series) by Fran Manushkin

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree (series) by Ellen Potter

The Owl Diaries (series) by Rebecca Elliott

The Questioneers (series) by Andrea Beaty

Super Turbo (series) by Lee Kirby


Pre-K to Grade 5

Did you read through the whole list and need more suggestions?!?  Below are a few of our book award winners and favorite lists of book recommendations created by others.  While perusing the lists, bear in mind that most of the lists include books for children up to age 14 which may not be appropriate for younger readers.


Jane Addams Children's Book Award - peace, social justice, global community and equity books

American Indian Youth Literature Award - books by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promoting Asian American cultures and heritages

Batchelder Award books originally published in another country and also translated to English

Pura Belpre Award celebrating the Latinx experience

Amelia Bloomer Book List feminist themes

Book Riot's 50 Must Read Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Caldecott Award - distinguished picture books (including graphic novels)

Children's Choice Awards and Children's Choices Reading List chosen for kids by kids

Geisel Award distinguished beginning to read books

Charlotte Huck Award - National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s award for fiction

Ezra Jack Keats Award new picture book authors and illustrators

Coretta Scott King Award African American culture and universal human values

Mathical Award Winners - books with a mathematical theme

NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books in Science

New York Public Library's Best Books for Children Lists

New York Times 2018 Notable Children's Books

Newbery Award distinguished contributions to children's literature (usually middle grade fiction)

Orbis Pictus Award National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s award for non-fiction

Scott O'Dell Award historical fiction

Princeton Public Library's Staff Picks for Kids

Schneider Family Book Award artistic representation of the disability experience

Sibert Informational Book Award distinguished non-fiction

Stonewall Award GLBT books

Charlotte Zolotow Award best picture book text