2nd Grade

 

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

During the Revolutionary War, a fourteen-year-old spy carried messages to George Washington's camp in the buttons of his coat.  This story reconstructs a possible mission.

Chang's Paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr

In San Francisco during the 1850s gold rush, Chang, the son of Chinese immigrants, wants a pony but cannot afford one until his friend Big Pete finds a solution. (I Can Read).

The gardener by Sarah Stewart

A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Meet Ook and Gluk, the stars of this sensationally silly graphic novel from the creators of Captain Underpants! It's 500,001 BC, and Ook and Gluk's hometown of Caveland, Ohio, is under attack by an evil corporation from the future. When Ook, Gluk, and their little dinosaur pal Lily are pulled through a time portal to 2222, they discover a future world that's even more devastated than their own. 

Backpack stories by Kevin O'Malley

You don't think much about your backpack. It's just kind of dirty and crammed with stuff. But wait - did you know the backpack has a history? That it could be a superhero's secret weapon? Or an exploding science experiment? Or even a living creature of immense proportions?

Bake sale by Sara Varon

Cupcake runs a successful bakery with help from his best friend, Eggplant, but dreams of going abroad to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, who is the most famous pastry chef in the world.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by Second Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for Second Grade can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and JFICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

 

Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho goes on a trip to China with his family.

Around the World! by Suzanne D. Nimm

It's "Friendship Day" and Dora travels around the world returning friendship bracelets that were taken by Swiper.

The Big Box Fort by Johnathan Rand

Freddie and his friends have a lot of fun and adventure, building the coolest box fort, until they have to deal with a skunk intruding into their fort.

Confident that Stanley can succeed where international spies and thieves have failed, Stanley's mom who loves to cook, mails him to Mexico to get a secret herbal ingredient that she must have.

Author/illustrator Nick Bruel tries to explain to the reader how to write a story, but Bad Kitty is not at all happy about the plot, which has her going on a turnip diet to lose weight.

Best friends forever by Kate DiCamillo

The friendship of tall Gollie and short Bink is tested by Gollie's queenly airs, a lack of pancakes, and their shared profile in a book of record holders.

When the three members of the Bad Guy Brotherhood buy a time machine to keep the younger Melvin from gaining his superhero powers, Melvin and his sidekick Candace, disguised as pirates, travel back in time to stop them.

Alien Superman! by Yale Stewart

When Superman is transformed into a strange green alien by Lex Luther's latest invention, Wonder Woman must somehow get him to the Fortress of Solitude where he can be cured.

The amazing mini-mutts by Donald B Lemke

At Bowwow Boot Camp the latest class of super canine cadets must face a real danger when the camp is attacked by Brainicat, an evil cyborg kitty from the planet Colu--will they discover their own super powers in time?.

Attack of the invisible cats by Scott Sonneborn

The Space Canine Patrol is sent to find the Phanty-Cats, after they escape from the Phantom Zone, but finding them will not be easy because the cats are invisible.

Batman and Robin team up for the first time to fight Two-Face, the twisted troublemaker, in Gotham City.

The Green Lantern Bug Corps spring into action to defend a baseball game and the planet from an invasion of the evil Sinestro Bug Corps.

Cosmo and the robot by J. Brian Pinkney

Cosmo, a boy living on Mars, must come up with a quick solution when his malfunctioning robot Rex threatens his sister Jewel.

Danny Dragonbreath is excited about going to camp with his best friend Wendell and classmate Christiana even though his obnoxious, seven-year-old cousin Spencer is going too, but things change when Spencer finds a real jackalope.  Follow Danny's other adventures in the rest of the Dragonbreath series.

When their spaceship crash lands on Earth, Ploo is captured by the Army and taken to the mysterious Area 51. While her brothers, Lek and Klatu, try to rescue her, Ploo uses her ESP to make a new friend.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

When the Beatles burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s, they were just four unknown lads from Liverpool. But soon their off-the-charts talent and offbeat humor made them the most famous band on both sides of the Atlantic. Explore the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania in this book, and listen to some of their tunes through Hoopla.

In this autobiography, Cunxin Li describes how, despite being born into extreme poverty in Mao's China, he was able to achieve an amazing career as a ballet dancer in the West through through happenstance, determination and talent.

This introduction to the life and contributions of Nikola Tesla covers his innovations in the field of alternating current and his role in the development of such inventions as remote controls, fluorescent lights, and cell phones.

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