Booklist

2nd Grade Reading Recomendations

  • 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

    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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Reading Group Books

  • Ghost Town at Sundown

    by Mary Pope Osborne Year Published: Challenging
    Part of the Magic Treehouse series
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  • Good Morning, Gorillas

    by Mary Pope Osborne Year Published: Challenging
    Part of the Magic Treehose series
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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    by Dr. Seuss Year Published: Average
    Remember this Christmas classic? Come see Mrs. DeBord's reading group perform it during our Holiday Reader's Theater Performance on Monday, December 17 at 8:30 a.m. You're in for quite a treat!
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  • Shark Tooth Tale

    by Abby Klein Year Published: Challenging
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  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Challenging
    If only every school were as interesting as Wayside School! This book definitely sparks the imagination and gets you wondering what Rancho Santa Fe Elementary would be like if the teachers were like the ones at Wayside!
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  • Sunset of the Sabertooth

    by Mary Pope Osborne Year Published: Challenging
    Part of the Magic Treehouse series
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  • Thanksgiving on Thursday

    by Mary Pope Osborne Year Published: Challenging
    Part of the Magic Treehouse series
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  • The BFG

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Challenging
    Who is the BFG and why does he snatch Sophie out of her bed in the middle of the night? Will they become friends? And will Sophie become the BFG's protector? This is the perfect book for learning that first impressions about people may not always be right!
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  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Challenging
    What's moved into the old candy shop down the street? A young boy's curiosity gets the best of him in this story by one of our favorite authors.
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  • The Mystery of the Dark Old House

    by Irene Schultz Year Published: Challenging
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  • The Phantom Tollbooth

    by Norton Juster Year Published: Challenging
    Milo is bored with everything in his life until he receives a mysterious gift of a tollbooth. He embarks on an adventure filled with word play and fascinating number problems, and learns to appreciate is everyday life.
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  • The Turkey Saves the Day

    by Shelagh Canning Year Published: Average
    Will Toby Turkey end up as Thanksgiving dinner? Or can he earn his way to a place of honor on the farm?
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  • The Witches

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Challenging
    Can you really stop a Society of Witches who have a master plan to rid the world of children? Read one of my favorite books about how powerful children really are!
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  • Twister on Tuesday

    by Mary Pope Osborne Year Published: Challenging
    Part of the Magic Treehouse series
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  • Wayside School is Falling Down

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Challenging
    The second book in the triolgy of fun stroies about the strangest school in print.
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Favorite Picture Books

Read Alouds

  • Beezus and Ramona

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Challenging
    Little sisters can be exasperating, but little sisters also depend on big sisters to be a good example. See how big sister Beezus and little sister Ramona get along in the first book of the Ramona series.
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  • Fudge-a-mania

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Challenging
    You just can't seem to stop Fudge - especially on vacation!
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  • Ralph S. Mouse

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Challenging
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  • Ramona Quimby, age 8

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average
    Ramona is finally in 3rd grade! It certainly isn't as easy as she hoped it would be, but somehow everything always seems to work itself out. Newberry Honor winner.
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  • Ramona The Pest

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Challenging
    Ramona's back - and discovers what school is really about!
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  • Roxie and the Hooligans

    by Phyllis Naylor Year Published: Challenging
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  • Runaway Ralph

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Challenging
    Ralph continues his adventures with his motorcycle as he runs away to summer camp. But will he ever go back to his family?
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  • Superfudge

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Challenging
    Fudge is up to it again! Can Peter survive his little brother, a new little sister, and a move to a new neighborhood?
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  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Challenging
    This is the first book of the Fudge series. Readers are introduced to Peter Hatcher and his trouble-making little brother Fudge, as Peter tries to get the reader to understand how hard it is to be a 4th grader with a brother named Fudge.
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  • The Best School Year Ever!

    by Barbara Robinson Year Published: Challenging
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  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Challenging
    Ralph Mouse discovers that he can ride a motorcycle! Laugh your way through his adventures and fall in love with a mouse in this Beverly Cleary classic.
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