In one of the other teacher blogs I read, a second grade teacher revealed that she is spending her summer getting acquainted with the sorts of books her second graders will be reading in the coming year: Horrible Harry and his ilk, etc.
"What an excellent idea!" I thought. "The next time I hit the library, I'll make sure to check out a good number of those books!"
Then I remembered that as an AIS teacher, my second grade students won't exactly be at a second grade reading level. Based on what I know of them from this past year, the great majority of my students will be reading at a level F when I meet them; that's about an early-to-mid first grade reading level. And if my students ever do achieve grade level (yay for me!), they get switched out of my group and I get another low performer.
So I don't think I'll have to worry about pre-reading Poppleton anytime soon...which is somewhat of a bummer, as I love Poppleton, but at least it gives me something to strive for.