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Second & Third Grade Book Recommendations

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Ivy & Bean - book coverIvy and Bean: Doomed to Dance
by Annie Barrows

Second-grade best friends Ivy and Bean beg for ballet lessons, then, until they are cast as squids in their first recital.

Friend or Fiend? With the Pain and the Great One
by Judy Blume

First-grader Jake "The Pain" and his sister, third-grader Abigail "The Great One" have more adventures.


Because of Winn-Dixie
by Katie DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Miss Mary is Scary - book coverMiss Mary is Scary (My Weird School Series)
by Dan Gutman

When a British student-teacher arrives, A.J. and his friends wonder if her all-black clothing and love of blood sausage makes her a vampire.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
by Jeff Kinney

Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father's attempts to change his wimpy ways until dad threatens to send him to military school.

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Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
by Lenore Look illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Alvin is afraid to speak in school, so making friends is difficult.

Judy Moody and Stink:  The Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt 
by Megan McDonald

During a weekend trip, siblings Judy and Stink take part in a pirate treasure hunting game.

Third Grade Stinks - book coverThird Grade Stinks!
by Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna illustrated by Stephanie Roth

Gordie's problems start when he has to share a locker with a girl instead of his best friend.

Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House Series)
by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel back to 19th century Ireland to inspire a young Augusta Gregory to share her love of Irish legends with the world.


Clementine: Friend of the Week
by Sara Pennypacker

With her kitten, Moisturizer, missing and having fought with her best friend, Margaret, 8 year old Clementine finds it hard to concentrate.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race - book coverMr. Putter and Tabby Run the Race
 by Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter is convinced to run in a senior marathon with his neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, when he learns that second prize is a train set.

Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems
by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel illustrated by Janet Stevens

Dogs across the United States write to Mr. Mutt, a people expert, for help with their humans.

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Lou Gehrig - book coverLou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
by David Adler

Traces the life of the Yankees' star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue 
by Jon Agee

Have you ever gotten tripped up trying to say a silly succession of similar syllables? Try out these hilarious tongue twisters.

14 Cows for America
by Carmen Deedy

An illustrated tale of a gift of fourteen cows given by the Maasai people of Kenya to the U.S. in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Never Smile at a Monkey - book coverNever Smile at a Monkey
by Steve Jenkins

Discover how dangerous an animal can be when it feels threatened or trapped.

Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming
by Anne Rockwell illustrated by Paul Meisel

Learn about global warming and how you can help reduce it.


Polar Bear, Why is Your World Melting? - book cover
Polar Bear, Why is Your World Melting?
by Robert Wells

Describes how global warming and greenhouse gases are contributing to rising arctic temperatures and explains how it affects animal populations.

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Bones and the Math Test Mystery - book cover
Bones and the Math Test Mystery

by David A. Adler illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman

Detective Jeffrey Bones' math test paper is missing.

Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl
by Tedd Arnold

When Fly Guy meets Fly Girl, he is amazed and smitten.


cork and fuzz - book cover
Cork & Fuzz: The Collectors

by Dori Chaconas illustrated by Lisa McCue

Two best friends, a muskrat and a possum, collect shiny stones.

Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship
by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu photographs by Peter Greste

A baby hippopotamus and a 130-year-old tortoise are friends.


Nate the Great and the hungry book club - cover
Nate the Great and The Hungry Book Club

by Marjorie Sharmat

Nate and his dog Sludge help Rosamond discover who has been tearing pages out of her books.


Graphic Novels

Benny and Penny - book coverBenny 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.

Babymouse: Burns Rubber!
by Jennifer Holm

Babymouse's dreams of being a race car driver come true when she and her best friend Wilson enter a soap box derby.



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Last updated: December 7, 2010