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2nd Grade

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Second graders, here are some books you might like!

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ADVENTURE

This series is full of adventure, action and dinosaurs!

Join Jamie and Tom as they dig for fossils and find a whole world of adventure.

Meet Ricky Ricotta, a little mouse with a big problem! Ricky has a hard time making friends at school, and the neighborhood bullies are always picking on him. If only Ricky could find someone to be his best buddy and keep those creepy bullies away! Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a mad scientist named Dr. Stinky McNasty has created a Mighty Robot who is as gentle as he is powerful. Dr. Stinky plans to make the Robot destroy Squeakyville, but there's one little thing in his way: Ricky Ricotta! When Ricky rescues the Robot, an unlikely friendship begins. And Ricky discovers that a little mouse can be a BIG hero -- with some help from his new best friend!

A MUST-READ series for all kids! These combine mystery, history, magic, and adventure as siblings Jack and Annie adventure through time.

Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa but in this story, she goes by herself to visit her Granny Canada in Canada where it’s snowy and cold. Anna gets to wear warm clothes and eat new foods. She even gets comfortable with Granny Canada’s dog and makes new friends. This is a delightful story of a sweet girl on an exciting new adventure.

This illustrated chapter book is great fun. Zack is moving to a new planet! Everyone will enjoy reading far out series because it’s fun and relatable.

Ever since Stanley Lambchop was flattened by a bulletin board every trip is an adventure! The whole Lambchop family is off to see Mount Rushmore. But when Flat Stanley and his brother, Arthur, team up with a scrappy cowgirl named Calamity Jasper, their vacation turns into the Wild West experience of a lifetime. Pretty soon, they find themselves in a real tight spot—even for a flat boy like Stanley!

Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper writer/adventurist. These books share his adventures with interesting fonts and colorful illustrations.

FANTASY

Princess Magnolia isn’t a regular royal — she’s also a monster-fighting “princess in black”. Not only are these books filled with girl-power, but they’re also funny and entertaining.

In the times of castles and kingdoms, Drake learns he is a dragon master (& that dragons are real!) He must train with the other kids to master his dragon, an earth dragon. This is a perfect fantasy chapter book with just the right amount of conflict, adventure and excitement.

There are lots of different fairies to read about in this charming series. They’re about two human girls who are trusted to help the magical fairies search for something which Jack Frost’s goblins stole.

This is part of the Branches series of early chapter books and a sweet story about a little girl named Stella who sees a mischievous sprite steal her Tooth Fairy money. She learns more about why Stella wants the money and helps her find different ways to solve her problems and make friends.

This is three stories in one. The first story is about a boy (now a father retelling the stories to his son) who rescues a dragon held hostage on a wild island. 

This series is all about ordinary people becoming extraordinary heroes. In this story the children meet a mortal named Perseus who misleads the, Luckily they have each other and quite a few magical objects! They will need them when they find the terrifying hairy snakes! 

Michael Evans travels the world with his dino hunting dad, a famous palaeontologist. As dad searches for and digs up dinosaur bones, Mike does some hunting of his own. This is the foist story in a great series.

GRAPHIC

In this hysterical book, Bird’s over-confident, laid-back character pairs perfectly with Squirrel’s logical, fearful one. The duo crash land in the Penguin world where Bird is thought to be the “Chosen One” meant to save the penguins from the Great Whale.

Weird. Quirky. Funny. I think all three describe this graphic novel series rom the creator of Captain Underpants. In the first story, a police officer and a dog are joined together — the top from the dog, the bottom from the officer to make: Dog Man. Dog Man solves crimes and has adventures,

Hilo can’t remember what happened to him before D.J. finds him crashed into the earth. Hilo remembers an evil monster robot, and that he is a robot meant to protect his world from the bad robots — but those robots have followed Hilo to Earth. This ends of a cliff-note but is worth it — it’s a great page-turning adventure!

Can Eugene aka. Captain Awesome, comic-book and superhero fan, save the town from villains without revealing his secret identity? Totally funny — and a great action-packed adventure.

In this Salem adventure, Salem predictably makes disasters happen everywhere she goes. She has some trouble with making things (herself) gigantic and other things (the birthday party kids) small. Hilarious, wacky, and totally enjoyable. 

Claudette is a dragon slaying, mischievous girl who tricks her little brother and her best friend (a princess) into questing to kill the dragon. It’s a delightful graphic novel, And, don’t worry, there is no killing of any dragons.

HUMOR

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig, she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toast feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. 

Louie and Ralphie Ratso keep trying to do mean, tough-guy things but every time it ends up helping someone. Ultimately, both boys and their dad decide to be kind but before they do, their experiences are very funny.

Get ready to laugh along with these charming young friends who are always involved in funny situations and problems. It’s a fantastic realistic series about two girls with unique personalities.

I loved this series because it’s exciting as well as it includes a lot of factual information about marine life. Stink gets to sleep over at the aquarium. While he’s there, he learns more about sharks, gets to solve a mystery, learns a ghost story, and has tons of fun. I like that kids can easily relate to the characters in the story, as well as the setting.

These are updated Amelia chapter books by the original author’s son. In this silly story, Amelia looks for ways to earn money for a new bicycle.

This is the first book in the series of the innocent but funny misadventures of Roscoe Riley. As you’ll learn, it is those misadventures that lead to Roscoe’s extensive list of rules for his own behavior. In this story, Roscoe wants to help his teacher with his unruly classmates during their school performance. His idea to help is super gluing kids to chairs and bug headbands onto heads! Needless to say, this latest disaster leads to more rules.

MYSTERY

This addictive mystery series will keep your kids reading for hours and days and months as you wor your way through the alphabet. I highly recommend this series.

The girls in the Critter Club love animals and want to help them any way they can. Sweet stories that will interest anyone who loves animals and mysteries!

Springtime in Motham City means baseball, but the player who could lead the Stinkbugs to a rare winning season loses confidence when his special bat is stolen, and Ace Lacewing is hired to find it before the team misses the playoffs

This is a great series about an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and solving mysteries with technology.

REALISTIC

Dory is one of my favorite book characters because her imagination is THE BEST! She has three imaginary friends: one monster friend, one fairy godmother that’s actually not a lady, and one bad lady nemesis. I love this story because she meets a real-life friend who understands all about imaginary friends and together, they’re the perfect match.

What an adorable main character! Yasmin is an exuberant girl who is interested in everything from exploring to building to fashion. This book tells four short stories from Yasmin’s life, all in chapters with lively, full-color illustrations. Each story shows Yasmin as a creative problem solver even when things get hard.

This is a great series? Judy Moody is a relatable third grader with a big personality, an annoying little brother, the coolest aunt ever, and lots of humorous antics.

Tori and her little sister are spending the summer at their grandma’s ranch. Tori falls in love with the spunky pony named Jewel who she can’t ride just yet, which is really hard. This is a sweet story and great for animal lovers!

Lulu befriends a stray dog while on vacation. Everyone in the town thinks the dog is trouble but Lulu loves animals and she is convinced that all the dog needs is a good friend.

Kylie Jean is all Texas, determined and spunky! This is a very cute books in a series aimed at girl second-grade readers. 

Jasmine is so jealous that the older kids in her family have important jobs on the mochi making day — she wants to do what the older boys and men are doing, pound the mochi rice. Her understanding father figures out a way for Jasmine to join in. And even though it didn’t work out how she wanted, her family is proud of her and decide it’s okay to break some rules like who gets to pound the rice. Not only is the story’s message sweet, Jasmine’s Japanese-American culture and warm family community shine through

Growing up is challenging and in the first novel, The Year of the Book, Anna turns to books for company while she learns how to make friendships in real life.

SCARY

Sam isn’t thrilled about becoming hall monitor. Especially when he discovers that the school is ALIVE and trying to harm him and the other students. Sam has quite a wild adventure trying to save the students from the school.

Andres moves to a new house next to a kid named Desmond who specializes in catching ghosts — of which Andres happens to have in his house!! Something you need to know about Andres, he’s scared of everything!! Luckily, Desmond isn’t. Once they trap the ghost, Desmond and Andres discover that the ghost is lonely and just wants a place to live forever. So what will they decide to do?

NON FICTION

A highly addictive series. This particular book pits two ocean carnivores against each other. First, you’ll learn facts about a sperm whale, then you’ll learn about the giant squid. Finally, read what happens when these two creatures face-off.  Can you predict who will win? 

A fantastic exploration into the world of Ancient Egyptian mummifications. Another great read from National Geographic which is just right for second grade.

I adore Fly Guy. And I think it’s such a genius idea of Tedd Arnold to create a nonfiction easy reader series with his popular characters! In Dinosaurs, Fly Guy and Buzz visit the museum and learn about dinosaurs. I like the combination of comics and photographs as well as narrative and informational text. Each of the books in this series is a field trip to learn about the topic

This is a great read if you love dog. It is fascinating — I learned a few things myself. What a great high-interest book for beginning readers!

Kids everywhere love these weird and random facts but that’s not the only awesome thing about Weird But True nonfiction books! They are just so much fun. Why? Because there are lots of colorful photographs, one-sentence facts, and you can flip around to read the pages out of order.

These aren’t your princess pink variety of pink animals. No! In fact, these are gelatinous blobfish, hairy tarantulas, naked mole rats, and more — that just happen to be pink. Great writing pairs perfectly with photographs and cartoons. I love this book!