Suggested Reading List for Students Entering 2nd Grade



All Aboard! - Ray, Mary Lyn.  Little, Brown, c2002., 32p
Mr. Barnes goes on a train trip and enjoys all the sights and sounds of the ride.

Amanda Pig and the Awful, Scary Monster - Van Leeuwen, Jean. Phyllis Fogelman Books, c2003. 48p
Amanda the pig sees monsters at night, but her parents and her brother find different ways to convince her that there are no monsters.

Beverly Billingsly Can't Catch - Stadler, Alexander. Harcourt, c2004. 32p
When Beverly and Oliver, who do well in school but not on the softball field, set out to become better players they get some pointers from their favorite librarian and spend a lot of time practicing.

Breakout at the Bug Lab - Horowitz, Ruth.  Puffin Books, 2002, c2001. 48p
When a giant cockroach named Max escapes from their mother's bug laboratory, Leo and his brother receive help from a mysterious stranger who advises them to think like a bug in order to recapture the runaway roach.

A Color of His Own - Lionni, Leo. 1910- Knopf, Distributed by Random House, 1997, c1975. 32p
A little chameleon is distressed that he doesn't have his own color like other animals.

Get Well, Good Knight - Thomas, Shelley Moore.  Dutton Children's Books, 2002. 44p
A good knight does his best to help his three ill dragon friends with a wizard's soups, but when these fail miserably, the knight realizes he needs a more dependable source of aid.

It's Justin Time, Amber Brown - Danziger, Paula.  Puffin, 2001. 48p
Unlike her best friend Justin, Amber Brown loves to measure time and hopes to receive a watch on her seventh birthday.

The Josefina Story Quilt - Coerr, Eleanor, 1922- HarperTrophy, c1986. 64p
While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat - Taback, Simms.  Viking, 1999. 36p
An ingenious man named Joseph finds numerous ways to make use of his overcoat as it wears away over time. 

Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea - Rylant, Cynthia. Harcourt Brace, c1994. 44p
Old Mr. Putter gets an elderly cat named Tabby to share his English muffins and tea, listen to his stories, and keep him company while he works in his flower garden.

Nate the Great and the Missing Key - Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1982, c1981.48p
Nate the Great and his dog Sludge look for Annie's house key  which has mysteriously disappeared.

The Pain and the Great One - Blume, Judy.  Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1985, c1974. 32p
A six-year-old (The Pain) and his eight-year-old sister (The Great One) see each other as troublemakers and the best-loved in the family.

Prairie School Avi. 1937-HarperCollins, c2001. 47p
In 1880, Noah's aunt teaches the reluctant nine-year-old how to read as they explore the Colorado prairie together, Noah pushing Aunt Dora in her wheelchair.

Summer Reading is Killing Me! - Scieszka, Jon.  Puffin Books, 2000, c1998. 73p
At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children's books.