A Summer Without Reading is Dangerous to a Student's Future: Discover Contemporary, Grade-Appropriate, Fun Books for 2nd Graders

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Students who don't read during the summer are in danger of falling behind on reading scores. The recent education reform, the Common Core State Standards, also requires kids read harder books at an earlier age. A new website, 2ndGradeReading.net, offers book recommendations that are contemporary, grade-appropriate and fun.

Summer reading is essential for students or their reading scores suffer. 2ndgradereading.net (http://2ndgradereading.net/summer) makes it simple for parents to find great books for the first grader moving into second grade, or the second grader moving into third. What kinds of books are best for second grade readers?

Contemporary Books
A recent study of books read by kids revealed that Dr. Seuss was the most popular author for K-3rd grades. Most Dr. Seuss books are first grade reading level, yet his works are still the most popular books read by many second and third graders. In fact, it appears that classics are 75-80% of what kids are reading in school.

Compare this to television viewing. What does a typical 2nd grade student watch on TV? Reruns of “I Love Lucy,” “Gomer Pyle,” or “Lassie”? There’s nothing wrong with classics, they are classic for good reason. But when students only watch reruns, it hurts their ability to relate to today’s culture. Likewise, today’s students need today’s literature. Not reruns.

Instead, 2ndGradeReading (http://2ndgradereading.net) encourages kids to read contemporary literature, both nonfiction and fiction. Publishers are turning out exciting, engaging, contemporary work in every genre. Kids who only read classics are missing out on books meant for their generation.

Common Core Standards Require New Reading Levels: Grade Appropriate Books
Education reform, the Common Core State Standards, also requires a more complex texts at an earlier grade. 2ndgradereading.net (http://2ndgradereading.net) recommends grade-level appropriate, contemporary books for kids, especially designed to meet the needs of the Common Core.

For second grade readers, the recommended Common Core State Standards reading levels are 450-790 Lexile. Lexile is a measure of the grade level and text complexity of a book. All books recommended at 2ndgradereading.net fall within the required Lexile range.

2ndgradereading.net makes it easy to choose fun, exciting books simply by signing up for the free e-newsletter. The books recommended are contemporary (published within the last five years), grade level appropriate (second grade reading level) and fun (nothing boring here!). With the e-newletter, parents will have confidence when they check out the books from the library or buy at a local bookstore. By encouraging summer reading, parents invest in their child’s future.

About: 2ndgradereading.net (http://www.2ndgradereading.net) provides a free e-newsletter that provides grade-appropriate, contemporary, fun book recommendations for second grade students. For more information, see the FAQ at http://www.2ndgradereading.net/FAQ

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