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Parent picks: What first- and second-graders are reading this summer

GreatSchools members share their favorite children's books, from classics to trendy tales.

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By GreatSchools Staff

Books that play off real-life experiences are especially popular with this age group. Now is a great time to dive into early-reader chapter books.

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park. Popular in homes and classrooms, your child will relate to the adventures of Junie B. Jones — and be inspired to read on her own.

The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain.  As one parent says, “We love these books because of the reality of life experiences they reflect in the family, community, and society at large. Funny too!” By dealing with issues like honesty, friendship, safety, and kindness, this family of bears is practically human.

The Who Was Biography series. These books are a great way to sneak in history lessons in under 100 pages. Your early to middle reader will love learning about the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Amelia Earhart, and the Beatles!

Judy Moody (# 01) by Meagan McDonald. Judy Moody is a loveable and, yes, moody third-grader whose adventures delight children and parents alike. The book begins with Judy’s apprehensions about starting third grade and her consequent sulkiness. If you want to help your child make an easy transition from picture books to chapter books, look no further.

Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner. Skippyjon Jones is a spunky kitten with a huge imagination. Sent to his room for acting like a bird instead of a cat, Skippyjon Jones pretends he is a swashbuckling Chihuahua. The rhymes are enchanting, and the author does a wonderful job of incorporating Spanish phrases and humor.

Have your own book recommendations? Add them to the Parent Picks list!

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

04/11/2011:
"Magic Tree House. My daughter loves them. Great bites of history in fun fiction stories."
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