2nd Grade Reading Recomendations

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    by Dan Andresen Year Published:
    Text and illustrations describe some of the special places that one can go to be quiet and alone and to imagine, such as a woods, a seashore, a library, or inside oneself.
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  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    by Judith Viorst Year Published:
    On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
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  • Chrysanthemum

    by Kevin Henkes Year Published:
    Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.
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  • Hooray for You!

    by Marianne Richmond Year Published:
    "Hooray for You!" is a celebration of "you-ness" - the grand sum of body, mind and heart that makes every person truly unique! Featuring playful verse and illustrations, Hooray for You! takes readers on a head-to-toe-tip journey, honoring the remarkable individuality bestowed on us all.
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  • Hurty Feelings

    by Helen Lester Year Published:
    It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.
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  • Is There Really a Human Race?

    by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell Year Published:
    While thinking about life as a race, a child wonders whether it is most important to finish first or to have fun along the way.
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  • Jessica

    by Kevin Henkes Year Published:
    Ruthie does everything with her imaginary friend Jessica; and then on her first day at kindergarten, she meets a real new friend with the same name.
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  • Laura's Star

    by Klaus Baumgart Year Published:
    A lonely little girl befriends a star that has fallen out of the sky, but when the star begins to get sick she must allow it to return home.
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  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

    by Kevin Henkes Year Published:
    Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing the class her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
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  • Me First

    by Helen Lester Year Published:
    Pinkerton the pig always manages to be first until he rushes for a sandwich and it turns out to be not the edible kind.
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  • Miss Nelson is Missing!

    by Harry G. Allard Year Published:
    What happens to the class when Miss Nelson has had enough of their naughty behavior? They get a visit from Miss Viola Swamp, of course. Can she whip the class into shape, or is Miss Nelson going to have the worst class ever?
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  • Not Norman

    by Kelly Bennett Year Published:
    Norman the goldfish isn't what this little boy had in mind. He wanted a different kind of pet--one that could run and catch, or chase string and climb trees, a soft furry pet to sleep on his bed at night. Definitely not Norman. But when he tries to trade Norman for a "good pet," things don't go as he planned. Could it be that Norman is a better pet than he thought?
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  • Olivia Saves the Circus

    by Ian Falconer Year Published:
    At school, Olivia tells about her summer vacation and how, when she went to the circus and all the performers were out sick, she saved the day, becoming Olivia the Tattooed Lady, Olivia the Lion Tamer, The Amazing Flying Olivia, and more.
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  • Stellaluna

    by Janell Cannon Year Published:
    Little Stellaluna is separated from her mother and ends up trying to fit in with a family of birds. Eventually, she learns that just because you have things in common doesn't mean you can't stay yourself - and just because you're different doesn't mean you can't be friends!
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  • The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published:
    A young boy grows into manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
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  • The Hello, Goodbye Window

    by Norman Juster Year Published:
    A little girl tells about the special kitchen window at her beloved Nanny and Poppy's house from which a person can see anyone or anything coming and going.
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  • The Little Brute Family

    by Russell Hoban Year Published:
    They eat sand and gravel for breakfast and a stew of sticks and stones for dinner. No one says "please" or "thank you." Instead, they kick and yell and punch and shove. Then one day everything changes, when Baby Brute happens upon "a little wandering lost good feeling in a field of daisies." When he brings it home in his pocket, nothing is ever the same for the Little Brute Family.
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  • The Lorax

    by Dr. Suess Year Published:
    The Lorax is what we would call a modern day environmentalist. He realizes that the environment cannot speak for itself until it is too late. He is committed to helping protect the environment because he loves the things that live there and values what he gains from the environment.
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  • Unlovable

    by Dan Yaccarino Year Published:
    When Alfred, a supposedly unlovable pug (or so the cat tells him) meets a new neighbor dog through the solid fence, he can't help himself: "My name is Alfred," he says. "I'm a golden retriever." As long as he can keep the fence between himself and Rex, Alfred is relaxed enough to get to know his new buddy. They share many likes (sleeping in the sun, dog food, and scratching) and dislikes (baths and the vet), and spend hours chatting. But then one day Rex decides to dig a hole under the fence so he can come over to Alfred's side. It's the moment of truth--will Rex find Alfred unlovable when he sees him face to face?
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  • Whoever You Are

    by Mem Fox Year Published:
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  • Willy the Wimp

    by Anthony Browne Year Published:
    A young chimpanzee, tired of being bullied by the suburban gorilla gang, decides to build up his muscles so he won't be a wimp anymore.
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Emphasis on Reading K-1

  • 17 Things I'm Not Allowed To Do Anymore

    by Jennifer Offill Year Published: Easy Reading
    A young girl lists the seventeen things she is not allowed to do anymore, including not being able to make ice after freezing a fly in one of the cubes.
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  • Bean Thirteen

    by Matthew McElligott Year Published: Easy Reading
    Two bugs, Ralph and Flora, try to divide thirteen beans so that the unlucky thirteenth bean disappears, but they soon discover that the math is not so easy.
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  • Jack's Talent

    by Maryann Cocca-Leffler Year Published: Easy Reading
    On the first day of school, as the children in Miss Lucinda’s class introduce themselves and name their special talent, Jack wonders if he is good at anything.
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  • Jake Stays Awake

    by Michael Wright Year Published: Easy Reading
    Jake can’t sleep. He climbs into bed with his mom and dad. Now Jake’s parents can’t sleep. Even the dog is awake. This family needs a good night’s rest. Where can they sleep?
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  • Llama, Llama Mad at Mama

    by Anna Dewdney Year Published: Easy Reading
    A young llama wants to play but must go shopping with his mother instead, and so he gets angry and makes a mess at the store.
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  • Oh, Theodore!

    by Susan Katz Year Published: Easy Reading
    Come meet Theodore: a plump, fuzzy guinea pig with a big appetite, a lot to say, and a personality all his own.
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  • Stick

    by Steve Breen Year Published: Easy Reading
    An independent young frog goes on a wild adventure when he accidentally gets carried away by a dragonfly.
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  • Super Guinea Pigs to the Rescue

    by Udo Weigelt Year Published: Easy Reading
    Little guinea pig is obsessed with his favorite TV show and its star, Super Guinea Pig. Every day he tunes in to watch Super Guinea Pig save the world. And every day he ignores his friends—an old hound dog, a yellow canary, and a plump goldfish—to watch his hero.
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  • The Mine-o-Saur

    by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen Year Published: Easy Reading
    The Mine-o-saur does not like to play nicely—and that doesn’t win him many friends in the school yard. Soon the Mine-o-saur is lonely. But will the other dinos want to give him a chance when the Mine-o-saur is ready to give back all their stuff and apologize?
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  • Wind Flyers

    by Angela Johnson Year Published: Easy Reading
    This book reveals how a boy’s love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt roads of Alabama to the war-torn skies of Europe and into the hearts of those who are only now beginning to understand the part these brave souls played in the history of America.
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Emphasis on Reading 2-3

  • Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Average
    Roy Campanella loved baseball. A professional player since the age of fifteen, he later became the first African American catcher to integrate Major League Baseball. Fans and players adored Campy for his good nature and cheered his multiple MVP awards as a Brooklyn Dodger.
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  • Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars

    by Douglas Florian Year Published: Average
    A collection of poems about the earth, the moon, the sun, and stars.
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  • Hair for Mama

    by Kelly A. Tinkham Year Published: Easy Reading
    When Marcus’s mother has chemotherapy for her cancer and loses her hair, he tries to find new hair for her to make her well again.
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  • Maybelle in the Soup

    by Katie Speck Year Published: Average
    When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite guests to dinner, Maybelle, the cockroach who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up “splashing” into a big adventure.
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  • Piper Reed Navy Brat

    by Kimberly Willis Holt Year Published: Average
    Piper is sad about leaving her home and friends behind when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred yet again, but with help from her often-annoying sisters and a surprise from their parents, she finds happiness in their new home in Pensacola, Florida.
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  • Pssst!

    by Adam Rex Year Published: Easy Reading
    The animals at the zoo have some unusual requests for a little girl who goes to visit.
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  • Rudy Rides the Rails

    by Dandi Daley Mackall Year Published: Average
    In 1932, during the Depression in Ohio, thirteen-year-old Rudy, determined to help his family weather the hard times, hops a train going west to California and experiences the hobo life.
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  • The Longest Season

    by Cal Ripken Jr. Year Published: Easy Reading
    The longest season: the story of the Orioles’ 1988 losing streak.
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  • The Mutiny on the Bounty

    by Patrick O'Brien Year Published: Average
    In 1788, the Bounty sailed from England to the island of Tahiti, legendary for its charming people and natural beauty. The epic tale of the mutiny on the British ship Bounty has fascinated readers for more than 200 years. The author has retold this true story for young readers for the first time.
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  • Wolf! Wolf!,

    by John Rocco Year Published: Easy Reading
    The hungry old wolf has been dreaming of a feast, but all he can manage to scrounge up from his garden are a few weeds. One day, he hears a young shepherd boy call “Wolf! Wolf!”
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