Summer Reading (Grades K-2)

This list of outstanding literature comes with lessons and activities to enrich each title and keep your students learning and entertained all summer.
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It's not easy for duck parents to find a safe place to raise their ducklings, but during a rest stop in Boston's Public Garden, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard think they just might have found the perfect spot. When Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings are stuck at a busy street in downtown Boston, their policeman friend Michael rushes in to stop traffic and make way for them.
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This is the Chinese version of the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. Three sisters, Shang, Tao, and Paotze, must defend themselves against a frightening wolf while their mother is away visiting their grandmother for her birthday.
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Miss Nelson is Missingby Harry Allard
Miss Nelson is Missing
by Harry Allard
The students in Miss Nelson's class have difficulty following the rules and being respectful. One day Miss Nelson concocts an ingenious plan and disappears, making it necessary for substitute "Viola Swamp" to take over. Soon the children are inundated with homework and have their storytime taken away. Eventually, Miss Nelson comes back to a much improved class who appreciate her.
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Dawdle Ducklingby Toni Buzzeo
Dawdle Duckling
by Toni Buzzeo
Launch a lively water birds, ducks, or wetlands unit with the help of a curriculum guide to Dawdle Duckling, a story in verse about a little duckling who swims to the beat of his own drummer, paying attention to the small details and fun that can be had at every turn.
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A Caldecott Honor winner, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi charms readers with its engaging storyline and brilliant pencil drawings. The adventure begins when Alan loses Fritz, the dog he is sitting for. Fritz wanders into a garden owned by a former magician. Alan hopelessly looks for Fritz and to his dismay thinks that the dog has been turned into a duck by the old magician.
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If you give a mouse a cookie
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a wonderful tale of a boy who tries to meet the demands of a very needy mouse. Young readers will come away smiling at the mischief in this delightful picture book.
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Katie is an ordinary third-grader -- except for one very extraordinary problem! She accidentally wished on a shooting star to be anyone but herself, and what Katie soon learns is that wishes really do come true -- and in the strangest ways.
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The Little Engine That Could is a classic tale of a determined railroad engine that, despite its small size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.
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This book teaches the numbers one through ten in Swahili as well as various aspects of east African culture. Your students will enjoy the rich pictures and information presented.
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So you want to be president! Why not? From the embarrassment of John Quincy Adams to the mischievous adventure of Theodore Roosevelt's pony, Judith St. George shares the backroom facts, the spitfire comments, and the comical anecdotes that have been part and parcel of America's White House. Hilariously illustrated by Caldecott honor-winning artist David Small, this celebration shows us the foibles, quirks, and the humanity of men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world.
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Even Firefighters Hug Their Momsby Christine Kole MacLean
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms
by Christine Kole MacLean
This touching picture book is about a little boy and the heroes he loves to pretend to be - Big Frank the firefighter, Officer Dave the policeman, Dan the construction worker. He loves to rescue people at sea, help the sick, and put out fires. What the little tough guy doesn't have time for is hugging his mom - until she convinces him that even heroes hug their moms.
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