Awesome Books for 2nd Graders

2nd Grade Reading Suggestions

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    Cam Jansen and the mystery of the Babe Ruth baseball
    by David A. Adler, Susanna Natti

    Cam Jansen, assisted by her friend Eric, track down the valuable baseball, autographed by Babe Ruth, which disappeared.

    star rating 57 pages
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    Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
    by Katherine Applegate, Brian Biggs

    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 ...

    star rating 79 pages
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    The Mysterious Mask
    by Jürgen Banscherus

    Klooz decides to investigate the strange accidents that have been happening at the ice cream parlor after Vinnie hangs a weird mask on the wall.

    star rating 65 pages
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    Ivy and Bean
    by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall

    When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister Nancy, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than ...

    star rating 120 pages
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    Lunch Walks Among Us
    by Jim Benton
    star rating 112 pages
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    In Stitches with Ms. Wiz
    by Terence Blacker

    The magical Ms. Wiz helps Jack when he goes to the hospital to have an operation, but the doctors become suspicious when her stethoscope plays disco music, ...

    star rating 57 pages
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    Miss Brooks loves books (and I do not)
    by Barbara Bottner, Michael Emberley

    A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian's efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might ...

    star rating 32 pages
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    Daniel's duck
    by Clyde Robert Bulla
    star rating 60 pages
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    The Library Doors
    by Toni Buzzeo
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    Boo's Surprise
    by Betsy Cromer Byars, Erik Brooks

    Boo finds an egg that hatches into a new dinosaur.

    star rating 48 pages
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    Saving Mister Nibbles!
    by Patrick Carman
    star rating 80 pages
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    Wild Times at the Bed & Biscuit
    by Joan Carris
    star rating 128 pages
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    Cork and Fuzz
    by Dori Chaconas
    star rating 32 pages
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    The great kapok tree
    by Lynne Cherry

    The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down ...

    star rating 36 pages
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    The Big Balloon Race
    by Eleanor Coerr
    star rating 62 pages
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    The missing tooth
    by Joanna Cole, Marylin Hafner
    star rating 48 pages
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    Diary of a worm
    by Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss

    A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

    star rating 40 pages
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    Diary of a spider
    by Doreen Cronin
    star rating 40 pages
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    Hattie the Bad
    by Jane Devlin
    star rating 32 pages
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    Bink and Gollie
    by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile
    star rating 81 pages
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    Mercy Watson to the Rescue
    by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen
    star rating 80 pages
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    If You're a Monster and You Know It
    by Rebecca Emberley, Ed Emberley

    Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.

    star rating 32 pages
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    The Boss Baby
    by Marla Frazee

    From the moment he arrives, it is obvious that the new baby is boss and he gets whatever he wants, from drinks made-to-order around the clock to his executive ...

    star rating 40 pages
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    The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow
    by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

    Presents ten humorous rhyming stories about exploding cows that go kapow, a rock-and-roll mole named Noel, and Klaus the mouse's very small house.

    star rating 144 pages
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    Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel
    by Nikki Grimes
    star rating 74 pages
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    Mr. Klutz is nuts!
    by Dan Gutman

    A skateboarding principal offers unusual incentives to his students to motivate them to learn more.

    star rating 112 pages
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    Mimi and Lulu
    by Charise Mericle Harper
    star rating 40 pages
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    A Bargain for Frances
    by Russell Hoban
    star rating 64 pages
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    Amazing Grace
    by Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch
    star rating 26 pages
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    Houndsley and Catina
    by James Howe, Marie-Louise Gay

    Houndsley and Catina run into trouble when they decide to prove that they are the best at cooking and writing, respectively.

    star rating 40 pages
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    Lucy Rose
    by Katy Kelly
    star rating 163 pages
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    Martin Bridge sound the alarm!
    by Jessica Scott Kerrin, Joseph Kelly

    In two separate stories, Martin Bridge learns some dance steps with his new babysitter and he and his friend Stuart, sitting inside a large model rocket, lose ...

    star rating 110 pages
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    Horrible Harry goes to sea
    by Suzy Kline
    star rating 58 pages
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    Song Lee and the Hamster Hunt
    by Suzy Kline, Frank Remkiewicz

    When Song Lee's hampster escapes from its cage in Room 2B, the class members and other students in South School become involved in the search for him.

    star rating 52 pages
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    Friends (Mostly)
    by Barbara M. Joosse, Tomaso Milian

    Henry and Ruby are best friends forever, even though they do not always get along, in a lively look at the ups and downs of friendship.

    star rating 32 pages
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    Lionel in the spring
    by Stephen Krensky, Susanna Natti
    star rating 48 pages
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    Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit
    by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

    Lunch Lady, Betty, and the Breakfast Bunch must figure out who is stealing the goods from the bake sale.

    star rating 96 pages
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    Gooney the Fabulous
    by Lois Lowry, Middy Chilman Thomas

    Gooney Bird Greene takes charge of a class project as she and her fellow students in Mrs.

    star rating 96 pages
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    by Megan McDonald

    When Stink discovers that Pluto has been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, he launches a campaign in his classroom to restore its status to that of a ...

    star rating 128 pages
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    by Kate McMullan, George Booth

    Each morning, student Ron Faster hurries to Harvey N. Trouble School, where he encounters such staff members as science teacher Ms. Roxanne Pebbles, music ...

    star rating 149 pages
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    Perrywinkle's Magic Match
    by Ross Martin Madsen, Dirk Zimmer

    When Perrywinkle and Andromeda try out some new magic tricks, the results are disastrous. Instead of a new pet they create a glop monster, and they accidently make their classmates' hair disappear! Finally they discover that magic works best when they work together."The magic elements and feisty friendship will appeal to beginning readers." --The Horn Book

    star rating 40 pages
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    Fox Outfoxed
    by James Marshall

    Sometimes even the clever Fox can be outfoxed! Whether he's entering the Big Race with a secret weapon, going trick-or-treating with the gang, or trying to impress his new neighbor Lulu, something always seems to go wrong...

    star rating 48 pages
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    Dinosaurs before dark
    by Mary Pope Osborne
    star rating 68 pages
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    Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
    by Peggy Parish, Wallace Tripp
    star rating 64 pages
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    Poppleton Has Fun
    by Cynthia Rylant
    star rating 56 pages
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    Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble
    by Cynthia Rylant, Suçie Stevenson

    For Henry and his big dog Mudge, spring means admiring the first snow glory, playing in puddles in the rain, and watching the five new kittens next door.

    star rating 48 pages
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    Mr. Putter and Tabby bake the cake
    by Cynthia Rylant

    With his fine cat Tabby at his side, Mr. Putter bakes a Christmas cake for his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry.

    star rating 44 pages
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    Marvin Redpost: Class President
    by Louis Sachar
    star rating 80 pages
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    Miss Bindergarten celebrates the one hundredth day of kindergarten
    by Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff
    star rating 32 pages
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    Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up
    by Melissa Thomson

    Keena Ford chronicles her many mishaps as she begins second grade.

    star rating 102 pages
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    Captain Small Pig
    by Martin Waddell
    star rating 32 pages
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    Hello! Is This Grandma?
    by Ian Whybrow
    star rating 32 pages
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    Sammy the Seal
    by Syd Hoff

    Originally published in 1959, this celebrated tale presents the story of a very special seal and his great adventures in the big city. Simultaneous.

    star rating 64 pages