Common Core Standards for 2nd Grade (RL 2.3)
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Bully by Judith Caseley
Mickey has trouble with Mack, a bully at school, until he decides to try being nice to Mack and making him a friend.
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippen by Jennifer Bryant
Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.
The Little King and His Marshmallow Kingdom by Louis Rotella
Captures the extraordinary spirit of a young boy and encourages children to think about the uniqueness of others in a new way.
Autism and Me: Sibling Stories by Ouisie Shapiro
In these moving essays, children tell their stories of what it is like to live with a sibling who has autism.