We all know it’s good for our children to read over summer, but do we know why? Most children, especially young children, experience what is Readingcalled “summer brain drain.” It’s a phenomenon that essentially makes your child forget instruction that they have already learned. Summer brain drain can erase up to three months of instruction over a single summer.

One of the most effective ways to prevent summer brain drain and continue your child’s learning over summer is to have them read. Reading a few books over summer is essential to your child’s overall educational advancement.

Take your child to the local library – many of which have summer reading programs – to pick out books to read over the summer. A summertime theme may keep them interested in reading, so talk to the librarian about books that focus on summer activities and ideas. We have compiled a list of a few books for summer reading.

Kindergarten Reading List

If your soon-to-be kindergartener does not know how to read, you can read-aloud or read along with them.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  • The Animal by Lorna Balian

First Grade Reading List

  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
  • Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Too Many Toys by David Shannon

Second Grade Reading List

  • Henry and Mudge stories by Cynthia Rylant
  • Nate the Great series by Marjorie W. Sharmat
  • Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel

Third Grade Reading List

  • Math is CATegorical series by Brian P. Clearly
  • The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
  • Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Jones

Fourth Grade Reading List

  • Gully’s Travels by Tor Seidler
  • Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series by Anne Mazer
  • Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne




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