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.

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).

 

Put on your detective cap and get sleuthing with one of these mystery stories.  Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

While visiting Aunt Molly at a fancy downtown hotel, Cam uses her photographic memory to help one of the guests find her stolen luggage and pet cat, and to catch the thief.

The case of the buried bones by Lewis B Montgomery

When a puzzling note and a skeleton are found in place of the town's time capsule, sleuths-in-training Milo and Jazz race with Gordy Fletcher to solve a seventy-five-year-old mystery.

 

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?

 

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.

 

Ready for goosebumps and crazy creatures? Here's a collection of spooky stories featuring unexpected creatures and adventures. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The boy of a thousand faces by Brian Selznick

Obsessed with horror films, ten-year-old Alonzo dreams of transforming himself into "The Boy of a Thousand Faces" and gets his wish in an unexpected way.

An alphabetical examination of creatures of popular legend presents well-known creatures such as mummies, werewolves, and zombies, as well as lesser-known monsters such as the Roc and the giant called Xing Tian.

 

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.

 

Looking for something to read that will tickle your funny bone?  Try one of these humorous books.  Some titles will give you a chuckle, while others will make you burst out with laughter.  Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

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.

 

Looking for superheroes like Wonder Woman and Spider-Man? Try checking out one of these super-powered stories. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

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?

 

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 Michigan 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.

 

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.

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