Summer reading lists (random thoughts-long!)
As someone has said before, DRA 18-20 are the levels that bridge first and second grade. I guess that's on average. On this site, many parents are saying their kids are at the Junie B Level or higher -that would be DRA 24-28, which is average for the second half of second grade (if you go by the charts...)
Some lists span the whole 2nd grade gamut, some focus on 18-20, and some even include the novels and poems they think parents should be reading to their kids.
I hate the "readers" section at the library, because the books look so boring and identical. I'm looking for books at dd's level that I can pull out of the picture book section - like Caldecott Award winners - real stories with real pictures! (No, all readers aren't bad I guess.).
Jumanji and The Paperboy are two at the right level that I found on my lists and have won the Caldecott medal.
Who knows, dd's school might give us a generic list, but the kids are at such different reading levels that I wouldn't put much stock in it. I'm taking my own time to sift through it all.
Anyway...last year I made the huge mistake of giving her the summer off. Her reading ability regressed. It's not happening this year - that's why I'm so gung-ho.
Thanks if you took the time to read all this! Are you thinking about the summer?