Reading is arguably the most important subject that kids need to master. We are constantly using this tool that we have learned as a child! Just think about it… when was the last time you got through an entire day without reading a single word??

Reading is connected to everything we do. Reading is a foundational skill that allows us to further our knowledge in almost all aspects of life.

With that said… there are many young kids who view reading as a chore! This isn’t true for everyone, but telling your child to go read a book could be like trying to get your kids to take their medicine. IT’S TOUGH!

As an elementary teacher I have seen time and time again the LEARNING GAP that separates young kids in school. Reading is a practiced skill that should be reinforced in the HOME. Many benefits directly linked to reading include:

What they read could change their view and motivation towards reading. Below I have created my top 5 most popular reads for grades 1-2.

Check out my post for my top 5 favorite books for toddlers!

Top 5 Most Popular Reads For Kids (Grades 1-2)

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1. First Day Jitters

First Day Jitters By: Julie Danneberg is a great read for kids who are getting ready to start or go back to school. Many teachers use this book to read to their class on the first day, but it is a fun read for the kids as well. The book puts into perspective the nerves that many students get before starting school by helping them understand that everyone gets those same nerves, teachers included. I highly recommend this book to young kids just starting a full school schedule or those who are moving to a new school.

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2. The Sasquatch Escape

The Sasquatch Escape By: Suzanne Selfors is a FUN and ENGAGING book that kids can’t seem to put down. The ordinary start to a summer vacation soon begins to turn into a wild fantasy. The Sasquatch Escape is a fun series that many kids can continue to read. This book could be a challenging read for some 2nd graders but can push them to keep reading to see what happens next.

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3. Junie B. Jones

Junie B. Jones By: Barbra Park is one of my favorite series for elementary students. This is one of the most popular series the has won numerous awards including the New York Times #1 bestsellers. Kids find a lot of comedy by reading about this cranky kindergartner who finds ways to complain about everything. Many find these books inappropriate for the negative language Junie B. Jones uses but you can be the judge of it. Students can’t seem to put these books down as soon as they flip the cover.

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4. Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House By: Mary Pope Osborne is another series of books that young children seem to gravitate towards. This series will challenge 1st and 2nd graders to turn the page. Magic Tree House series is the #1 best selling series of ALL-TIME! The series has received great reviews from parents and teachers alike. I think this would be a great option for any student who loves comical and adventurous stories.

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5. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie By: Laura Numeroff is another award winning book loved by most elementary students. Another New York Times #1 Bestseller. The reviews for this book are some of the highest of any children books. This is a perfect option for beginning readers, but is still loved by more advanced readers as well. You cannot go wrong with this book.

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