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Great Reads for 2nd Graders

 

Fiction

Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger

The plant detective works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat on his community's unsolved cases.

 

Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows

Seven-year-old Bean befriends her new neighbor, Ivy, who is less boring than she first suspected.

 

Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel

Series: Bad Kitty

Sick Kitty is off to the vet. After receiving a shot, this naughty feline finds herself waking up in Puppy Paradise because of her poor treatment of dogs on Earth. Now she must make amends for her bad behavior, or will she?

 

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova

When the outlaw Dirk Yeller arrives in town, young Sam knows just what this dangerous and jittery criminal needs to calm down.

 

Lucy by Randy Cecil

Three overlapping stories star a small stray dog, the little girl that feeds her, and the girl's father, a juggler with stage fright.

 

Sweet Pea & Friends: The Sheepover by John Churchman

This photo-illustrated book is the story of an orphan lamb, Sweet Pea, who lives on a farm in Vermont.

 

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale.

 

Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green

The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he'll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

 

A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson

Series: Detective Gordon

Detective Gordon, a pudgy toad, and his assistant Buffy, an energetic mouse, investigate a new case involving the discontented forest creatures.

 

 

Nonfiction

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food by Christine Butterworth

One of the best parts of a young child’s day is opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did that delicious food get there? From planting wheat to mixing dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods.

 

Green City by Allan Drummond

This is the story of Greensburg, Kansas, a town that rebuilt itself completely green after being hit by a deadly tornado.

 

The Marvelous Thing that Came From a Spring: the Accidental Invention of the Toy that Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford

A story of the invention of an iconic American toy, describes how engineer Richard James observed the remarkable movements of a coiled spring that fell from his desk.

 

The Deadliest Creature in the World by Brenda Guiberson

Fourteen animals vie for the title of deadliest creature in the world, from venomous fish and strangling snakes to infection-spreading insects.

 

Proverbs for Young People by Jack E. Levin

A collection of versions of twenty-nine popular proverbs with illustrations to demonstrate the principles as well as a section at the end that goes over the meaning of each of them.

 

Coding, Bugs, and Fixes by Heather Lyons

Learn how to create codes, what happens when instructions are out of order, and how mistakes are fixed.

 

Queen of the Diamond: the Lizzie Murphy Story by Emily Arnold McCully

A picture book biography about Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game, and the first person to play on both the New England and American Leagues’ all-star teams.

 

Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark by Jerry Pallotta

Contains facts about killer whales and great white sharks, comparing such aspects as their sizes, brain structure, and abilities.

 

 
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