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Summer Reading: Early Readers (Emerging and Grades 1 and 2)See more

Early Readers  (Emerging and Grades 1-2)

Our staff hand-picked and reviewed each book in this year's summer reading lists. Click on the book titles to add them to your cart!

Toon Into Reading - Luke on the Loose

Lively graphic novels for beginning readers by various authors, at three different reading levels. Titles include Luke on the Loose, Benny and Penny and Chick & Chickie Play All Day. Lots of fun!


Best Friends Forever? by Michele Jakubowski

A great read for first and second graders. Neighbors Ash and Lee have different interests – soccer and ballet – but are best friends. What will happen when Lee has to move away? First in a series called Ashlee Small & Ashlee Tall.


Pedro First Grade Hero by Fran Manushkin

Four funny short stories about first grader Pedro from the author of the Katie Woo books.  Bonus jokes at the end!


Ant and Bee books by Angela Banner

Delightful little emerging readers, Ant and Bee have many adventures together. Take an adventure with them!


Inspector Flytrap series by Tom Angleberger  

Witty and silly series that is perfect for beginning readers and already has a following eager for the next instalment. Inspector Venus Flytrap is a plant trying to become the World’s Greatest Detective!  


Lola Levine series by Monica Brown  

Entertaining series featuring soccer-loving second grader, Lola Levine, and her friends. Deals with everyday situations like friends, sports and school plays.


March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hopper  

The first in an action-packed series, full of crazy mishaps. Four kids discover that their neighbor is a mad scientist and his new invention has brought toy animals to life – and they are still growing. The series is called D.A.T.A., which stands for Danger! Action! Trouble! Adventure! That sums the books up nicely!


Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe by Tricia Springstubb Great characters are only part of the charm of this series. Join Cody and her friend Spencer on an adventure as they try to solve the mystery of the mysterious neighbor with the skull and crossbones sign in his window. Second in the series.

Dragonnsitter by Josh Lacey 

A hilarious series, told in email form. Eddie looks after Uncle Morton’s dragon for a week, but things didn’t turn out the way he thought!


Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

An irresistible, fast-moving and fun graphic novel from the author of Captain Underpants. Half man, half dog, Dog Man is the ultimate police officer, fighting crime and cats. The follow-up, Dog Man Unleashed is also now available.


Rabbit and Robot & Ribbit by Cece Bell

In this delightful sequel, Robot introduces his friend Rabbit to Ribbit the frog with hilarious results! Hardcover.


Skunked! Calpurnia Tate Girl Vet by Jacqueline Kelly

When Callie and her brother Travis discover a family of baby skunks, will they be able to keep the critters away from their mother? A lively story and strong characters. First in a series. Hardcover.