Second 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.

Reconstructs a possible mission of the fourteen-year-old spy who carried messages to George Washington's camp in the buttons of his coat during the Revolutionary War.

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.

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.

Mr. Bump is drawn into his TV set and bounces between different shows when the channel changes, but he does not know how to find his way home again.

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. Includes a recipe for roasted turnips.

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.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

The legend of Michigan by Trinka Hakes Noble

An old warrior and a young boy travel through the frigid cold of the north to teach the fierce North Wind how to live peacefully with his brothers, allowing the formerly uninhabitable land of Michigane to be settled.

The log cabin wedding by Ellen Howard

Although it was her idea to bring together her family and that of a neighboring widow woman to reap the harvest, Elvirey feels her heart "squeeze tight" at the thought of the widow and her Pap getting married.

Mitt, the Michigan mouse by Kathy-jo Wargin

Mitt, a white-footed mouse, lives in a mitten that is his only reminder of the family he once had, and when it is stolen, Mitt sets out for the city to find the owner of the dog that took his home.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Little Shaq by Shaquille O'Neal

Seven-year-old Shaquille O'Neal, a talented basketball and video game player, learns to share the spotlight with his cousin Barry when the youngsters work together to earn money by watering plants.

Sports sabotage by Franklin W Dixon

The students at Bayport Elementary get ready to compete for Field Day, in which prizes will be offered to the winning grade and the student with the overall high score, but Frank and Joe uncover a mystery when they discover someone has tampered with the equipment the day before the competition.

Second-grader Stink's parents tell him he must play a sport after he gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.

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.

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.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

7 x 9 = trouble! by Claudia Mills

Third-grader Wilson struggles with his times-tables in order to beat the class deadline.

Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend in Miss Mackle's second grade class isn't always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun. Find more adventures about Horrible Harry in JFICTION KLINE.

Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
Also available in: audiobook

Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire. Read more about Grace by looking in JFICTION HARPER.


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.

Capturing the grace and beauty of the two biggest names in dance history, this glimpse into the lives of siblings Fred and Adele Astaire traces their extraordinary journey to success on Broadway and in Hollywood.

Introduces the life and achievements of twentieth-century photographer Imogen Cunningham, describing her first darkroom experiments during childhood and the challenges she faced as a mother of three boys.

A tribute to the Irish-born musician and Civil War bandleader behind the 1869 National Peace Jubilee describes the innovative ideas and extensive repertoire that rendered his celebration history's loudest and most exuberant concert.

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