Suggestions for Second Graders

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All fiction is shelved alphabetically by the author's last name. 

PICTURE BOOKS

Nothing
by Jon Agee
When Suzie Gump, the richest lady in town, stops by Otis's sold-out antique shop to buy, he has nothing to sell her but won't sell her nothing, so she decides to buy nothing somewhere else, and the buying craze soon catches on, much to Otis's dismay. 

The Miss Nelson Treasury
by Harry Allard
Collects three school stories featuring Miss Nelson, her students, and Miss Nelson's alter ego, Violet Swamp, at the Horace B. Smedley School. 

M is for Mischief
by Linda Ashman
A rhyme for each letter of the alphabet describes the misbehavior of a child, from Angry Abby to Zany Zelda.

Stellaluna
by Janell Cannon
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

Chrysanthemum
by Kevin Henkes
Loving her name until the first day of school, Chrysanthemum is embarrassed when Victoria teases that she is named after a flower, and she learns an important lesson in self-esteem.

Bittle
by Patricia MacLachlan
Happy with their simple lives around the home, Nigel the cat and Julia the dog find the arrival of Bittle the baby to be an exciting addition and so tend to her with all the love, affection, and care they can offer.

If I Ran the Zoo
by Dr. Seuss
Gerald tells of the very unusual animals he would add to the zoo, if he were in charge. 

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
by William Steig
In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again. 

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
by Mo Willems
Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his pronouncement.

The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson
Aware of the fence that separates the black part of town from the white part, Clover is curious when a white girl suddenly comes around and sits on the fence day after day, so she decides to take the initiative and make a friend despite the consequences of breaking the strict rules that everyone lives by.  

READERS
These books build confidence, as readers move up through the levels. 

TIP:
If a book from a particular reading series seems ideal for your child’s current reading level, type the name of the series (e.g. “I Can Read Level 2”) into the library catalog search box, and you will find similar books to choose from. 

The Golly Sisters Ride Again
by Betsy Byars
May-May and Rose, the hilarious theatrical team, return for their latest colorful and easy-to-read adventure in which they find a talking rock, endure a thunderstorm, and have a fun-filled vacation. 

Minnie and Moo Save the Earth
by Denys Cazet
While relaxing in the farmer's hot tub, two cow friends unknowingly thwart an alien invasion and save the planet.

The Great Snake Escape
by Molly Coxe
Mirabel, a goose, and her friend, Maxie, a frog, get a scare one day when a king cobra escapes from the zoo.

Aunt Eater’s Mystery Vacation
by Doug Cushman
A mystery-loving anteater has a chance to solve several mysteries during her vacation at the Hotel Bathwater. 

Get Ready For Second Grade, Amber Brown
by Paula Danziger
Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher, but despite being in the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine.

Flat Stanley and the Haunted House
by Lori Houran
Stanley and Arthur Lambchop can't wait for their school's Halloween party--Arthur is excited to experience the haunted house and Stanley wants to show off his limbo moves, but when they see a bully picking on their friend at the party, the boys know that they have to help, and soon Stanley comes up with a plan that is flat-out hilarious!

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways
by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
In three short stories, two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and take advantage of some creative juice.  

Mouse Tales
by Arnold Lobel
Amusing drawings and text provide beginner readers with a collection of tales about the adventures of mice.

Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day
by Kate McMullan
April Fools' Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him.

Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia shows her niece Effie Lou how to follow instructions to the letter as they dust the potato bugs and sew seeds. 

Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars
by Cynthia Rylant
When Mr. Putter cannot sleep after eating too many of Mrs. Teaberry’s pineapple jelly rolls, he and Tabby take a moonlit stroll that ends with the perfect neighborly gathering.  

Detective Dinosaur: Lost and Found
by James Skofield
Humorous, detailed illustrations feature the ever-clueless Detective Dinosaur and his loyal sidekick, Officer Pterodactyl, as they search for a lost baby, find a home for a stray kitten, and lose their way in a park after dark.  

Good Night, Good Knight
by Shelley Moore Thomas
When three little dragons are left to fend for themselves in a cold and lonely cave, a kind young knight befriends them and helps them along by reading them stories, singing them songs, and giving them food. 

Amanda Pig and Her Big Brother Oliver
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Presents five stories about telling secrets, playing alone, and other activities in the lives of Oliver and Amanda who are sometimes known as Mighty Pig and Amazing Baby Pig.

Fox on the Job
by James Marshall
When Fox breaks his bike, his mom tells him to get a job to pay for a new one. He tries working at a shoe store (too much!), an amusement park (too scary!), and even tries delivering pizzas (too fast!). Then he finds a job that's just his speed - bed testing in a store window! Zzzzzzz. 

The Meanest Birthday Girl
by Josh Schneider
Dana soon learns that receiving a big white elephant for her birthday is not as wonderful as she thought it would be. 

Nate the Great Goes Undercover
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
A junior detective and his dog try to nab the creature that has been raiding a neighbor's garbage can. 

Paddywack
by Stephanie Spinner
Believing he has successfully trained his young rider, Jane, to administer treats in exchange for his trotting, cantering and jumping, a spunky little pony is challenged to rise to the occasion when a nervous Jane forgets to bring treats to a horse show.  

I Broke My Trunk!
by Mo Willems
Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.

NON-FICTION
Don't forget the Non-Fiction section! It includes readers, classic stories and comics.

A Picture Book of Harry Houdini                     J793.8092
by David A. Adler
Presents the story of how Harry Houdini astounded audiences around the globe as he freed himself from ropes, handcuffs, and prison cells. 

Fly Guy Presents: Sharks                     J597.3
by Tedd Arnold
Buzz and Fly Guy visit the aquarium, where they learn facts about sharks, including how they breathe in water, what they eat, and how they take care of their young.

Magic School Bus Explores the Senses           J612.8
by Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle, her pink-haired mom, the students, and assistant principal Mr. Wilde take an amazing ride through the nose of a dog, the eye of a policeman, and the ear of a child as they learn about sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.

Castle Under Siege! Simple Machines            J621.8
by Andrew Solway
Why were castles built and how were they defended? How would an enemy attempt to takeover a castle? Find out in this title filled with facts and charts. 

Sindbad: From the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights                J398.22
by Ludmila Zeman
The legend of the beautiful Shahrazad who saved her life by telling the evil king a thousand and one captivating stories, one of which is the story of Sindbad the sailor.

IN-BETWEENS
The step between Readers and Chapter Books.

Cam Jansen and the Basketball Mystery
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y David A. Adler
After it was signed by all his former players and the governor, the team's retiring coach is upset to learn that his special basketball has suddenly gone missing, so clever sleuth Cam and her friend Eric take the case to discover who stole it and return it to its rightful owner.

Billy and Blaze
by C. W. Anderson
A little boy who loves horses gets a special birthday present, a pony he names Blaze.

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover                
by Cece Bell
Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.  

Mercy Watson to the Rescue
by Kate DiCamillo
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor. 

Horrible Harry Takes the Cake
by Suzy Kline
Horrible Harry sets out to discover who Miss Mackle is going to marry, and he takes some risky moves to be the first one to know. 

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
by Hilary McKay
Seven-year-old Lulu and her cousin think their vacation house is the most perfect place ever until they find a trouble-prone, stray dog living on the beach. 

Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth
by Jane O’Connor
Displaying their best work at school in preparation for Parents' Day, Nancy and her sidekick, Bree, are on the case when a prized possession goes missing, in a first chapter book starring the irrepressible Fancy Nancy.   

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House)
by Mary Pope Osborne
When he and his younger sister discover a tree house that travels through time, Jack and his younger sister, Annie, begin an adventure that takes them to the era of dinosaurs. 

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
by Barbara Park
Junie B. Jones will do just about anything to avoid riding on the stinky, smelly, awful school bus. 

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
by Julie Sternberg
When nine-year-old Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.  

The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich
by Greg Trine
After graduating from the superhero academy, Melvin Beederman heads for Los Angeles, where he unexpectedly teams up with Candace Brinkwater, school play actress, to nab the evil McNasty Brothers.  

CHAPTER BOOKS
These are perfect for reading alone or aloud.

Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea?               Also IN BETWEEN
by Annie Barrows
When all the second-grade students must enter the science fair, which has global warming as its theme, best friends Ivy and Bean team up to create an unusual project. 

The World According to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

The Year of the Baby
by Andrea Cheng
In the fully-illustrated sequel to The Year of the Book, Anna's family adopts a baby from China, but when her new sister fails to thrive, Anna and her best friends Laura and Camille create a science project that may save the day. 

The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo
An illustrated fairy tale tells the adventures of Despereaux Tilling the mouse and his two associates, Roscuro the rat and Miggery Sow, who happen upon a journey together to a castle where their destiny awaits.  

My Father’s Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal
by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth-grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
by Megan McDonald
The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school. 

Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker
Armed with attitude, individuality, and a penchant for disaster, Clementine, a wonderfully wacky girl who is the inventor of the world's first pair of bologna glasses, makes her first appearance in this hilarious chapter book. 

The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

FICTION BOOKS TO READ ALOUD
Bigger books for everyone to share!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions. 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
A cyclone transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz, where she must find the great wizard in order to return home.  

Ralph S. Mouse
by Beverly Cleary
In trouble at his home in the Mountain View Inn, Ralph, a mouse, decides to find a new home at the school that Ryan, the housekeeper's son, attends.

The BFG
by Roald Dahl
The BFG--Big Friendly Giant--kidnaps Sophie from her bed in the orphanage and takes her back to Giantland where she becomes involved in a scheme to end the loathsome activities of nine evil giants.

Finn Family Moomintroll
by Tove Jansson
A fun story about a family of trolls. 

Toys Go Out
by Emily Jenkins
This collection of six interconnected stories follows the adventures of three curious toys, Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic--all of whom belong to the Little Girl, as they ponder the meaning of life, among other things.  

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
by C. S. Lewis
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. 

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
by Betty MacDonald
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
by Louis Sachar
High atop Wayside School's sideways school, mean Mrs. Gorf is changed into an apple and replaced by Mrs. Jewls, who has her own special way of teaching arithmetic, while pretty Maurecia offers to beat up the school bully.

A Light in the Attic                  J811.54
by Shel Silverstein
This collection of poems and drawings features an assortment of nutty characters, including Almost Perfect Mary Hume and The Turnable Twistable Man, and creates a lively world full of imagination and fun 

Charlotte’s Web
by E. B. White
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter. 

Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.