2nd-Grade-Book-List

Selected titles of fiction and nonfiction for appropriate for independent reading or as read alouds for second graders.

Picture Books

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Picture Books
A Piglet Named Mercy
Author: Kate DiCamillo

When a piglet named Mercy arrives at the Watsons' front door, she brings love and chaos to their lives.  Picture book introducing Mercy Watson as a piglet. 

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A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars Fishman, Seth,
Author: Seth Fishman

"A look at the numbers that surround us, big and small, on earth and in outer space."-- publisher.

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The New Neighbors
Author: Sarah McIntyre,

As young rabbit siblings excitedly share the news that the new neighbors are rats that have moved into their building. the old neighbors inform the rabbits that rats are dirty, thieving, and destructive; but is it fair to judge the rats before even meeting them?

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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
Author: Dan Santat

 

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.

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Second Grade, Here I Come!
Author: David Steinberg

Follows a group of children as they experience their second grade school year, including chapter books, auditioning for the school play, and a visit to the principal's office.

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Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community
Author: Susan Verde

Armed with pencils, paints, dreams, and Grandma Addy's memories of how beautiful the neighborhood once was, Angel and others paint the big wall that had been cold, empty, and cheerless.

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Second Grade Holdout
Author: Audrey Vernick
Missing the familiarity of first grade and imagining the impossible tasks assigned by his next teacher, a boy refuses to start second grade.
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Early Readers

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Early Readers
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Tales from Deckawoo Drive series

Saddle up for this first volume in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from DiCamillo's ...Mercy Watson books.  Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse--until he meets Maybelline, and then it's love at first sight.

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Early Readers
Yasmin the Superhero
Author: Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin gathers a cape and mask and sets out to find a villain to defeat with her "super powers"--however, there are no villains hiding on her block, just neighbors who need a little help.  A book in an early reader series about Yasmin.  Also available in Spanish Language: Yasmin la Superheroina = Yasmin the Superhero by Faruqi, Saadia

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Early Chapter Books

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Early Chapter Books
Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
Author: Katherine Applegate

Roscoe Riley rules series

When the first-graders' bee antennae would not stay on their heads and the drummers would not stay in their seats for the open house play, Roscoe decides to help by using the "don't-you-dare" glue.  Also available in Playaway format.

 

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Early Chapter Books
The Miniature World of Marvin & James
Author: Elise Broach

Masterpiece adventures series

When his best friend, a human boy named James, goes away on vacation, Marvin the beetle worries that their friendship may end.

 

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Early Chapter Books
The School is Alive
Author: Jack Chabert

Eerie Elementary series

Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is and plotting against the students, and,as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them--but he will need some help from his friends.

 

 

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Early Chapter Books
Jenny Archer, Author
Author: Ellen Conford

Third humorous book about Jenny Archer:  Stymied by an assignment to write her autobiography, Jenny decides to enhance her life story by using her considerable imagination.  

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Early Chapter Books
Absolutely Lucy
Author: Ilene Cooper

Absolutely Lucy series

Bobby is a shy boy until he gets a beagle puppy named Lucy, who helps him to make new friends.

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Early Chapter Books
Mercy Watson Fights Crime
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Mercy the pig's love of buttered toast leads to the capture of a small thief who would rather be a cowboy.

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Early Chapter Books
Pa Lia's First Day
Author: Michelle Edwards

On the first day of second grade at her new school, Pa Lia Vang discovers that things are not as bad as she had feared

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Early Chapter Books
Dog Days
Author: Karen English
1st book in

Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping.

 

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Early Chapter Books
Nikki & Deja
Author: Karen English

1st book in Nikki and Deja series

When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected.

 

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Early Chapter Books
A Toad for Tuesday
Author: Russell Erickson

On Thursday a toad is captured by an owl who saves him to eat on Tuesday, the owl's birthday, but the intervening five days change his mind.

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Early Chapter Books
My Explosive Diary
Author: Emily Gale
1st book in

Eliza Boom is the daughter of a spy gadget inventor who hopes to create a great invention like her father, but first she needs to get a roll of her father's top-secret film back from the class bully Zoe Wakefield

 

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Early Chapter Books
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel
Author: Nikki Grimes
1st book in

Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.

 

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Early Chapter Books
The Princess in Black
Author: Shannon Hale
1st book in

Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats.

 

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Early Chapter Books
Freddie Ramos Takes Off
Author: Jacqueline Jules
1st book in

Freddie finds a mysterious package outside his apartment containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train, and inspire him to perform heroic deeds.

 

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Early Chapter Books
Lotta on Troublemaker Street
Author: Astrid Lindgren

Angry because everyone at home is so mean, five-year-old Lotta takes her favorite toy and goes to live in a neighbor's attic.

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Early Chapter Books
Archie Takes Flight
Author: Wendy Mass
1st book in

On "Take Your Kid to Work Day," eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.

 

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Early Chapter Books
Hello, Nebulon!
Author: Ray O’Ryan

Galaxy Zack series

Moving from Earth to the futuristic planet Nebulon in 2120, eight-year-old Zack is nervous about starting school and meeting people.

 

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Early Chapter Books
The Lost Stone
Author: Jordan Quinn
1st book in

Eight-year-old Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, is eager to explore and Clara, daughter of the queen's seamstress, knows the kingdom well, so they team up to find a lost jewel and visit all of the land's main attractions as they search.

 

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Early Chapter Books
Bookmarks Are People Too!
Author: Henry Winkler

Hoping to land the lead in the class play, Hank freezes during his audition and is only able to buzz like a fly, inspiring his teacher to create a special role for him as a silent bookmark that saves the show when a rival suffers an attack of stage fright.

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Graphic Novel

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Graphic Novel
Benjamin Bear in "Bright Ideas! : a Toon Book
Author: Philippe Coudray

Benjamin Bear, accompanied by his faithful rabbit friend, continues to share his observations and questions about the world around him.  In a series of Toon books about Benjamin Bear.

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Fiction

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Fiction
My name is María Isabel
Author: Alma Ada

Third grader Maria Isabel, born in Puerto Rico and now living in the U.S., wants badly to fit in at school; and the teacher's writing assignment "My Greatest Wish" gives her that opportunity.

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Fiction
The No. 1 Car Spotter
Author: Atinuke Atinuke

No. 1 car spotter series

When the cart breaks down and the villagers can't get their goods to market, Oluwalase Babatunde Benson, otherwise known as the No. 1 car spotter in his village, comes up with a brilliant solution.

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Fiction
Blast Off
Author: Nate Ball

Alien in my pocket series

Fourth-grader Zack McGee's life is turned upside-down when Amp, a tiny alien, crash-lands in his bedroom, then causes trouble at school while trying to get parts to repair his spaceship.

 

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Fiction
Dragons in a Bag
Author: Zetta Elliott

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

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Fiction
Dory Fantasmagory
Author: Abby Hanlon
1st book in

Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

 

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The Year of Billy Miller
Author: Kevin Henkes

Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year, he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and has learned many important lessons.

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Fiction
Bowling Alley Bandit
Author: Laurie Keller

Arnie the talking doughnut is delighted to be Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut-dog," so when Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls during a big bowling tournament, Arnie suspects foul play and sets out to solve the mystery. 

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Zac's Shark Attack
Author: H. I. Larry
Some available in Overdrive Ebooks Zac Power Mega Missions.

Zac has two new gadgets to test drive. Can they help him chase sharks away from swimmers?

 

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Fiction
Juana & Lucas
Author: Juana Medina

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

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Nonfiction

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Nonfiction
Beetles: Native Pollinators
Author: Roberta Baxter

Stop! Don't step on that beetle. Many beetles are pollinators. Without them, we wouldn't have magnolia flowers, palm trees, or the fruit of the pawpaw. Beetles can be pests and also helpful. Farmers use ladybug beetles to eat insects that are eating their plants.

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Fire Trucks
Author: Chris Bowman

Blastoff! readers.  Mighty machines in action series

"Relevant images match informative text in this introduction to fire trucks. Intended for students... through third grade"-- publisher.

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