Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 2nd Graders

Greetings Parents and Students

Dear Parents,


The books, stories and poems have been carefully selected to foster an enjoyable and thoughtful reading experience. Enjoy this special time with your child. These assignments are meant to be enriching and meaningful.


Be sure to balance the assignments with lots of fun, enjoyable time outside with family and friends. Best to you and your family.


Mrs. Karen Tessier

Assistant Head Master

Saint John Academy

Core Elements of Summer Reading for Rising Second Graders


  • From the reading list below, choose 7 books to be read out loud or with students. Parents may choose to read to their child or have them child read to them. Required readings include Quiet by Tomi DePaola, choose three stories from Book of Bible Stories by Tomie DePaola or three parables from The Parables of Jesus by Tomie DePaola. Recommended, read Mary by Tomie DePaola.


The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie DePaola

Quiet by Tomi DePaola

Book of Bible Stories by Tomie DePaola

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola

The Good Samaritan by Tomie Depaola

The Parables of Jesus by Tomie Depaola

My First Easter by Tomie Depaola

The Legend of the Poinsetta by Tomie Depaola

Mary, the Mother of Jesus by Tomie Depaola

The Tale of Three Trees- Angela Elwell Hunt

James and the Rain- Karla Kuskin

The Story of Ferdinand- Munro Leaf

Red Wolf Country- Jonathan London

Beatrice’s Goat- Page McBrier

Jumping Bean- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Christmas Eve- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Frosty Friend- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Golden House- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Thanksgiving- Edna Miller

Mousekin’s Woodland Sleepers- Edna Miller

Patches Finds a New Home- Edna Miller

Adler, David Cam Jansen Series

Lobel, Arnold Frog and Toad Series

Munsch, Robert (Canadian author)

Rylant, Cynthia Henry and Mudge Series

Polacco, Patricia Any book

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web (advanced)

Osborne, Mary Pope Magic Tree House Series

Brown, Marc Arthur Chapter Books

Warner, Gertrude Chandler The Boxcar Children Series (advanced)

Cynthia Rylant Mr. Putter and Tabby Series

Roy, Ron A – Z Mysteries Series

Parish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia Series

dePaola, Tomie Any book

Stilton, Geronimo Geronimo Stilton Series (advanced)


  • Read the following three poems, your child should memorize one of them and recite to you and your family. They will also recite at school.

"At the Zoo" by William Makepeace Thackeray

"The Moon" by Robert Louis Stevenson

"Fog" by Carl Sandburg



  • Choose three Aesop's Fables to read
The Fox and the Grapes
The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
The Mice in Council
The Lion and the Mouse
The North Wind and the Sun
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Boy and the Wolf
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
The Grasshopper and the Ants


We also recommend that you read with your child, Beauty and the Beast by Charles Perrault and The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen.

Be sure to read what is required but also read books that you love!

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