Here’s a list of books second graders will enjoy. 2014.

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Journey
Aaron Becker

E BECKER

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire?


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Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter
Cari Best

E BEST

Beatrice enjoys learning to spell, and gets really excited about it after some encouragement from her grandmother, but she has trouble convincing her classmates that spelling is not boring.


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Year of the Jungle
Suzanne Collins

E COLLINS

Suzy spends her year in first grade waiting for her father, who is serving in Vietnam, and when the postcards stop coming she worries that he will never make it home.


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Amber Brown Is on the Move
Paula Danziger,Bruce Coville,Elizabeth Levy

JE DANZIGER

Now that Amber’s mom and Max are married, the family is moving to a new house, and Amber is worried about more than just packing. How can she leave the only home she’s ever known?


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Nelly May Has Her Say
Cynthia DeFelice

E DEFELICE

A retelling of an old tale in which a servant girl’s new master insists she use uncommon names for common objects.


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Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists
Various Authors

GRAPHIC J FAIRY

Presents seventeen fairy tales, including classics such as “Puss in Boots” and “Little Red Riding Hood” and more obscure tales such as “The Prince and the Tortoise.


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Dodsworth in Tokyo (A Dodsworth Book)
Tim Egan

ER EGAN

Dodsworth’s duck companion is surprisingly well-behaved during a visit to Tokyo, although he does fall into the koi pond at the Imperial Palace and becomes the center of attention at a Sanja Festival.


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The Year of Billy Miller
Kevin Henkes

JE HENKES

Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.


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Little Red Writing
Joan Holub

E HOLUB

Once upon a time, in pencil school, a brave little red pencil sets out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and everything—but first she has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.


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Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story
Deborah Hopkinson

E HOPKINSON

When his father leaves to fight in World War I, Mikey joins the Central Park Knitting Bee to help knit clothing for soldiers overseas.


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Bowling Alley Bandit (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut)
Laurie Keller

JE KELLER

Arnie the talking doughnut is delighted to be Mr. Bing’s new pet “doughnut-dog,” so when Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls during a big bowling tournament, Arnie suspects foul play and sets out to solve the mystery.


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Brush of the Gods
Lenore Look

E LOOK

During the Tang dynasty, master painter Wu Daozi creates an extraordinary mural for the emperor.


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Gooney Bird and All Her Charms (Gooney Bird Greene)
Lois Lowry

JE LOWRY

Gooney Bird’s Great Uncle Walter lends her second grade class a skeleton while they study human anatomy and at the end of the month the students use Gooney Bird’s charm bracelet to present all they have learned.


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The Meanest Birthday Girl
Josh Schneider

JE SCHNEIDER

Dana soon learns that receiving a big white elephant for her birthday is not as wonderful as she thought it would be.


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Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Means Business
Herman Parish

JE PARISH

Young Amelia Bedelia will do almost anything for a shiny new bicycle. Her parents say they’ll split the cost with her, and that means Amelia Bedelia needs to put the pedal to the metal and earn some dough! With Amelia Bedelia anything can happen, and it usually does.


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Claude in the City
Alex T. Smith

JE SMITH

When Claude, a small, plump dog, and his friend, Sir Bobblysock, visit the city Claude heroically, if accidentally, stops a thief, then, when Sir Bobblysock becomes ill, Claude rushes him to a hospital and is mistaken for a doctor.


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Gone Fishing: A novel
Tamera Will Wissinger

JE WISSINGER

In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.


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Things That Float and Things That Don't
David A. Adler

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Explains the concept of density in easy-to-understand terms, and shows many ways to demonstrate the concept through simple, hands-on activities.


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