Manchester, Connecticut

Great Books for Second Graders

  • Adler, David A. Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie.* (JJE Adler)
    • Eight-year-old sleuth Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to discover what happened to a classmate's missing cookie.
  • Cleary, Beverly. Ramona and Her Mother.* (J Cleary)
    • Ramona, at 7 1/2, sometimes feel descriminated against by being the youngest in the family.
  • Colfer, Eoin. Legend of Spud Murphy.* (J Colfer)
    • When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.
  • Danzinger, Paula. Get Ready for Second Grade Amber Brown.* (JE Danziger)
    • Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher, but despite being n the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine.
  • Guest, Elissa Haden. Iris and Walter, the Sleepover. (JJE Guest)
    • Iris's first sleepover at her friend Walter's house ends early when Iris gets homesick and wants to go home.
  • Howe, James. Pinky and Rex Go to Camp* (JE Howe)
    • Although his best friend Rex is excited about going to camp, Pinky is afraid of leaving home.
  • Kline, Suzy. Horrible Harry in Room 2B.* (JCD Book Kline)
    • Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend isn't always easy, it is often a lot of fun.
  • McDonald, Megan. Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid.* (J McDonald)
    • The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.
  • Marshall, Edward. Fox in Love.* (JJE Marshall)
    • Fox falls in love with several girls and then enters a dance contest with his sister.
  • Miller, Sara S. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog.* (JJE Miller)
    • Stories addressed to dogs and written from a dog's point of view, featuring such topics as a burglar, bones, and running free.
  • Osborne, Mary Pope. Dinosaurs Before Dark.* (JE Osborne)
    • Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs. This is the first of the Magic Tree House Series.
  • Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.* (JJE Parish)
    • A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
  • Roy, Ron. The Absent Author.* (JE Roy)
    • Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace. This is the first book in the A to Z mystery series.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter and Tabby.* (JE Rylant)
    • Mr. Putter gets an old cat to share his life and humorous adventures with him.
  • Sharmat, Marjorie W. Nate the Great and the Long List.* (JE Sharmat)
    • Nate the Great interrupts his backyard vacation to find his friend's lost grocery list--before lunch.

* This book is part of a series.