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2nd Grade Genre Books

 

Biography

Sandy’s Circus: a story about Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone

When Alexander Calder lived in Paris he would make portraits out of wire for his friends as they chatted. Then he began making a little circus out of wire. Soon, Sandy’s circus was a hit in Paris and New York. Read about this time in the life of the inventor of the mobile, Alexander Calder.

 

Manfish: A story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne

Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this biography, poetic text and paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau.

 

Prisoner for Liberty by Marty Rhodes Figley

An “On My Own History” story biography about James Forten, an African American boy who participated in the Revolutionary War and was captured by the British.

Series: On My Own History

 

Abe’s Honest Words: the Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport

The life of Abraham Lincoln told through quotations.

 

Dolley Madison Saves George Washington by Don Brown

First Lady Dolley Madison takes the White House by storm, throwing lavish parties and decorating in the most fanciful ways. Find out how she “saves” George Washington!

 

Alfred Nobel by Kathy-Jo Wargin

This is the story of Alfred Nobel, the man who created dynamite. Saddened that he was known throughout his lifetime as a man of destruction, Nobel left behind his fortune to create yearly prizes for those who have rendered the greatest service to mankind.

 

Dr. Seuss by Mae Woods

Meet Dr. Seuss, the author of over 50 books for children, and discover the story behind his numerous characters including his favorite, the Grinch.

 

Fantasy

The Tale of Toad and Badger by Mary Jane Begin

This is the first title in the Willow Buds series and follows the characters from Wind in the Willows when they are very young.

 

Red Riding Hood Takes Charge by Tony Bradman

Now that Granny has recovered from her scare with the Big Bad Wolf, she’s lonely. Thankfully Little Red Riding Hood is on the case!  She is ready to find her Granny some new hobbies and some new friends.

Series: After Happily Ever After

 

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.  

 

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow! by Nancy Krulik

Katie gets a new haircut just before her clarinet performance.  Right before the haircut, Katie is switcherooed into the hair stylist.

Series: Katie Kazoo Switcheroo

 

Harry on the Rocks by Susan Meddaugh

When Harry is stranded on an island after a terrible storm, his life is saved by a creature that comes out of a mysterious egg.

 

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley

A boy and a girl are supposed to share their favorite fairy tale. But because they couldn’t agree on one, instead they tell one that they made up. The girl wants to tell a story about a princess who must save her horses from an evil giant, and the boy wants to tell a story about an awesome dude with a motorcycle. Will the two stories (and their tellers) ever work together?

 

A Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel back in time to New Orleans on the eve of All Saints’ Day, where they do some of their spookiest research on ghosts that haunt the city!

Series: Magic Tree House

 

Giant in the Garden by Candice Ransom

Alex, Mattie, and Sophie travel into a mixed-up fairy tale featuring a bean stalk, a girl named Jackie, and a well-known giant.

Series: Time Spies

 

Historical Fiction

Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern

A pioneer woman rescues two orphan buffaloes and helps to save the species from extinction.

 

The Castle on Hester Street by Linda Heller

Julie’s grandfather tells her stories of what it was like when he first came to America. Julie’s grandmother has to remind them that grandfather’s stories are exaggerated.

 

Billy and the Rebel: Based on a True Civil War Story by Deborah Hopkinson

A young Confederate deserter repays a young boy and his mother for giving him shelter while the Battle of Gettysburg wages nearby.

 

The Scrimshaw Ring by William Jaspersohn

Based upon a true story, in 1710 William encounters a band of pirates when they anchor in the cove below the family’s farm house.

 

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth by Jean L. S. Patrick

An “On My Own - History” story biography based on baseball player Virne Beatrice “Jackie” Mitchell.

Series: On My Own History

 

Many Ways To Be A Soldier by Wendy Pfeffer

Eleven-year-old Willie McLean knows that General Lee will defeat the Yankees and win the Civil War, he just knows it. When a battle moves to the fields near his home in Appomattox, Virginia, Willie's thrilled-especially when General Lee himself comes to Willie's house!  

Series: On My Own History

 

Mystery

Ace Lacewing Bug Detective by David Biedrzycki

Detective Ace Lacewing uses his bug brains to solve the mystery of the missing Queenie Bee.

 

Breakout at the Bug Lab by Ruth Horowitz

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.

 

Missing Math: A Number Mystery by Loreen Leedy

A town is losing its numbers and everything is falling apart.

 

Case of the Stinky Socks by Lewis B. Montgomery

Detectives-in-training Milo and jazz join forces to tackle their first big case, finding out who stole the lucky socks from the high school baseball team’s star pitcher.

Series: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries

 

The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket

A detective must investigate the case of a dead composer. He interrogates all the instruments in the orchestra, certain that one of them is the suspect he’s looking for.

 

Nonfiction

The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino

Have you ever wondered how snow is formed? Have you ever wondered what snowflakes really look like? The Story of Snow combines drawings and photography to give readers a close-up view of how snow is made and what it looks like.

 

Prairies by Hollie Endres

Here is a simple, easy-to-read introduction to the ecology (plants and animals) of a prairie.

 

Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Do you have brothers or sisters?  Read this book to learn about animal siblings like twin bats, quadruplet armadillos, and quarreling hyenas.

 

The Buffalo are Back by Jean Craighead George

Once almost extinct, this exciting book tells of how the American buffalo have made a comeback and are once again roaming the prairies and plains.

 

Up Your Nose! The Secrets of Schnozes and Snouts by Melissa Stewart

Find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about how your nose and breathing system work.

 

Hot Diggity Dog by Adrienne Sylver

Learn about the history of America’s favorite food, the Hot Dog!

 

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

Although chewing gum had been around for years, learn how one man created the recipe for bubble making gum!

 

Realistic Fiction

Dessert First by Hallie Durand

In this book, a third grader named Dessert gets in trouble with the very thing that is her name.

 

Andy Shane: Hero at Last by Jennifer Jacobson

Andy Shane wants to win the best decorated bike contest and be a hero. Will he accomplish his goals?

 

Gridiron Bully by Jake Maddox

Juan used to run track, but now that he’s moved to a new town he’s been asked to join the football team. In addition to the adjustment of changing sports, one of Juan’s teammates is more interested in picking on him than working as a team. Will he be able to learn everything he’ll need to know his new sport in time for the big game?

Series: Impact Books

 

Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson

Meet an irrepressible young lady with a flair for getting into trouble! Sassy, fun-loving Keena Ford always tries to do the right thing, but somehow, she just keeps making things worse.

 

Beans Baker’s Best Shot by Richard Torrey

The Wildcats are ready for the big soccer game. But Beans is hurt and his foot is in a cast! Can Chester, his best friend, play his best if Beans is on the bench?

 

Science Fiction

Green Wilma, Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold

Wilma, a frog, is taken on adventure through space when mistaken for an alien child.

 

Stranger from Somewhere in Time by Sam McBratney

What would you put in a time capsule?  Five kids receive a message from the future when they make their own time capsule.

Series: Yellow Bananas 

 

Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker

When agents of the Rogue Imperium of Planets kidnap a brilliant scientist in order to construct a devastating super-weapon, it is up the Galactic Security Agency’s top operative, Missile Mouse, to save the day.

 

Who Cloned the President by Ron Roy

KC discovers that the President of the United States has been replaced by a clone and sets out with her friend Marshall on a dangerous mission to set things right.

Series: Capital Mysteries

 

The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra

Read this story about a science project out of control.

 

Commander Toad in Space by Jane Yolen

The courageous crew of the space ship "Star Warts" lands on a water-covered planet inhabited by Deep Wader, a horrible hungry monster.
Series: A Break-of-day book

 

 
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