Suggested Summer Reading: 2nd Grade

2020 Suggested Summer Reading2nd Grade 


Picture Books
 

  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (RL: 4.1). Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do. 
  • Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin (RL: 1.0)   Baby Monkey, private eye, will investigate stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries--if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon (RL: 3.5). In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.
  • Bad Seed by Jory John (RL: 1.3). A bad seed who cuts in line, never washes his hands or feet, and lies. 
  • Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain (RL: 2.0). Papa Bear keeps getting into trouble when he tries to show Junior how to ride a bike. 
  • The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak (RL: 1.6). In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what. 
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes (RL 3.3). Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair. 
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (RL: 2.3). When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. 
  • Dear Boy by Paris Rosenthal (RL:3.1). Encourages readers to accept and love themselves as they are and advises them to be confident, curious, adaptable, and willing to speak up. 
  • Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio (RL: 2.4). A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park. 
  • Giraffe Problems by Jory John (RL: 1.3). A giraffe struggles to feel comfortable with his neck. 
  • The Good Egg by Jory John (RL: 1.9). A very good egg learns to relax and not be perfect all the time. 
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio (RL: 4.6). After finding out there has never been a female U.S. president, Grace decides to run in her school's mock election, 
  • Hotel Bruce by Ryan Higgins (RL: 2.6). A reluctant mother to four young geese, grumpy Bruce the bear loses his temper when he migrates home in the spring only to discover that mice have converted his den into a hotel. 
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman (RL: 2.9). The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches. 
  • Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen by Lisa Campbell Ernst (RL: 3.7). When a town-wide costume contest is announced, everyone assumes Sylvia Jean will be triumphant. But Sylvia Jean panics. How will she ever top her previous performances?  
  • There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent (RL: 2.9). Billy Bixbee's mother will not admit that dragons exist until it is nearly too late. 

Chapter Books 

  • Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty (RL 3.0). Ada must get some answers fast, or else Uncle Ned may be headed for outer space.  
  • Attack of the Shadow Smashers by Troy Cummings (RL 3.4). The latest monsters threatening Stermont Elementary are shadowy shapeshifters that attach themselves to people, eat their shadows, and block out all light--but before he can think of a way to deal with them, Alexander has to deal with a startling revelation from his friend Nikki 
  • The Bad Guys (Graphic Novel) by Aaron Blabey (RL 2.8). The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry. 
  • The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin (RL 3.2). When a weird blue chicken comes to Chicken Squad headquarters for help, siblings Dirt, Sugar, and Sweetie help find her missing house. 
  • Clover’s Luck by K. George (RL 4.7). Clover, who wants to change her bad luck, accepts a volunteer position at a pet adoption agency unlike any other and soon finds herself in a world of fairy horses, dragons with temperamental snouts, wizards, princesses, and, unfortunately, witches. 
  • The Ember Stone (Last Firehawk #1) by Katrina Charman (RL 3.1). Perodia is threatened by Thorn, a powerful vulture, who is using magic to spread a terrible darkness--but when a young owl named Tag, and his best friend, the squirrel Skyla, rescue a golden egg from Thorn's Tiger bats they may have found the key to Perodia's salvation: the last firehawk, guardian of the ember stone. 
  • Eva and Baby Mo (Owl Diaries) by Rebecca Elliott (RL 3.5). Eva offers to babysit for little brother Baby Mo so her parents can go sky-dancing competition, and she enlists a couple of her friends to help--unfortunately Mo proves to be a handful, eating too much candy, making a big mess, and throwing a tantrum, and she and her friends have to clean up fast before her parents get home. 
  • Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger (RL: 3.2). Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher, but despite being in the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine. 
  • The Ghosts at the Movie Theater (Haunted Library) by Dori Hillestad Butler (RL 3.6)When their search for a long-lost uncle takes them to a bakery and a movie theater, Kaz and Claire meet another kid ghost detective who reveals that an even bigger mystery is underway. 
  • Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron (RL: 3.2). When Julian, his little brother Huey, and their friend Gloria decide to be "crime busters," they find themselves in one adventure after another. 
  • Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-up by Melissa Thompson (RL: 2.7). Second grader Kenna Ford tries to do the right thing, but always seems to make things worse, especially when it comes to a mixed up birthday. 
  • Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg (RL: 3.1). When nine-year-old Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one. 
  • Owen Foote, Second Grade Strongman by Stephanie Greene (RL: 3.5). Owen, a second grader who is being teased for his small size, discovers that his friend Joseph is just as concerned about being overweight, and they share their fear of being humiliated by the school nurse. 
  • Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog by Sara Swan Miller (RL: 2.0). Stories addressed to dogs and written from a dog's point of view, featuring such topics as a burglar, bones, and running free.  

Poetry 

  • Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian (RL: 3.3). Twenty-one short poems about such insects as the inchworm, termite, cricket, and daddy longlegs. 
  • It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky (RL: 2.5). A collection of humorous poems such as "The Dancing Hippopotami," "You Can't Make Me Eat That," "My Father's Name is Sasquatch," and "Dear Wumbledeedumble." 
  • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander (RL: 3.4). Text and illustrations present twenty poems that look at well-known poets from around the world. 
  • A Place to Start a Family by David L. Harrison (RL: 3.7). Contains poetry showing twelve animals and their habitations. 
  • Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen (RL 4.0). Presents a collection of poems that look at the mysterious world underneath us. 
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes   by Julie Fogliano (RL: 2.8). A book of poetry moving through the seasons 
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (RL 3.1). A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings. 

Informational 

  • Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs by Kathleen Kudlinski (RL: 3.9). Describes how information and ideas about prehistoric dinosaurs are constantly changing as new discoveries are made. 
  • Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends by Heidi E. Y. Stemple (RL: 3.3). Learn about Frank Chapman, who used his bird knowledge and magazine "Bird-Lore" to found the first annual bird count. 
  • Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved the Apollo 13 by Helaine Baker (RL: 3.3). The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures. 
  • Creekfinding:  A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (RL: 3.3). This is a true story about a man named Mike who went looking for that creek long after it was buried under fields of corn and how a creek can be brought back to life, and with it a whole world of nature. 
  • How to be an Elephant by Katherine Roy (RL: 7.8). Follow an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth. 
  • I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton (RL: 2.0). Text and illustrations present a humorous introduction to spiders. 
  • Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible Story of the Man behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson (RL: 3.3). Describes how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary. 
  • Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating (RL 4.5). An informative introduction to the weirdest, wildest, pinkest creatures in the animal kingdom. 
  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating (RL 3.0). This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady. 
  • Zooborns!: Zoo Babies from Around the World by Andrew Bleiman (RL: 2.2). Contains color photographs and information about baby animals born at zoos around the world. 

 

Pennsylvania Youngs Reader’s Choice K-3 Nominees 2020-2021 

  • Billie Jean! How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women’s Sports by Mara Rockliff 
  • Can I Be Your Dog?by Troy Cummings 
  • Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!by CeCe Bell 
  • A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade 
  • Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon by Suzanne Slade 
  • Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore 
  • Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlifeby Sarah Grace Tuttle 
  • Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz 
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero 
  • The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier 
  • Potato Pants by Laurie Keller 
  • Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty 
  • Sign Off by Stephen Savage 
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach 

 

Second Grade Series 

  • Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish 
  • Babymouse by Jennifer Holm 
  • Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey 
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel 
  • Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler 
  • Cam Jansen mysteries by David Adler 
  • Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin 
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker 
  • Dog Man Series by Dav Pilkey 
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon 
  • Down Girl and Sit by Lucy A. Nolan 
  • Dragon Masters by Tracey West 
  • Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight 
  • Geronimo Stilton by various authors 
  • Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline 
  • I Survived by Lauren Tarshsis 
  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows 
  • Jake Maddox by various authors 
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park 
  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne 
  • Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar 
  • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo 
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant 
  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald 
  • My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett 
  • Narwhal by Ben Clanton 
  • Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings 
  • Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume 
  • Picture book biographies by David Adler 
  • Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant 
  • Press Start by Thomas Flintham 
  • Princess in Black by Shannon & Dean Hale 
  • Ranger in Time by Kate Messner 
  • Ready Freddy by Abby Klein 
  • Roscoe Riley by Katherine Applegate 
  • Stink by Megan McDonald 
  • Who Would Win? By Jerry Pallotta