Second Grade Suggested Reading List





                               Mrs. Altavilla's Summer Reading Assignment


The main goal for incoming second graders is to inspire an enjoyment of reading and to encourage regular reading habits.


Summer is a time for students to focus on reading what interests them the most!


A great goal for this summer would be to read at least one to two books per week.


Parents, it is wonderful to read to and with your child, I totally encourage this! Also, if possible, try to ‘set them free’ for a bit to read, then circle back and ask some simple comprehension questions (Who is the main character? Where did the story take place? What was a problem the characters encountered?) This will give your child independence but, then you can be sure that he or she has understood and retained the information read!


Your child’s ‘homework’ for this summer is simple! Pick a character from a favorite book and complete a ‘character sketch’ on him or her. Please check your recent emails from school to get instructions on how log in to you child’s google classroom. There, you will find the assignment and grading rubric for this activity.


Below, you will find some of my favorite authors and series. Your child’s character sketch does not have to be from one of these authors or series, these are just some suggestions.



Tomie dePaola (he’s my absolute favorite of all time!)

Ted Arnold

Marc Brown

Kevin Henkes

Leo Lionni

Peter Reynolds

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Linda Kranz

Cynthia Rylant

Mark Teague



Series :

Caldecott Winning Books

Step Into Reading

Junie B. Jones

Ready to Read Books

Henry and Mudge

Magic Treehouse

Horrible Harry

Frog and Toad

Who Will Win?