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​Graded Lists: 2nd Grade

These are suggested books for a 2nd grader, but each child develops at a different rate. Don't be alarmed if your child struggles with a book on this list. What's important is to make reading a daily habit.

I am Jackie Robinson          
This biography is one of a new series which highlights inspirational people and their accomplishments.
Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear          

This year's Caldecott Medal winner. The true story of the Black Bear that inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

The day the crayons came home          
This clever series continues with some spirited crayons sending witty postcards of their adventures “outside the box”.
Snappsy the alligator : "did not ask to be in this book!"          
Read what happens when a sassy alligator ends up in a story that he does not want to be in. Hilarious.
How to read a story       
Dear Second Grader, Read this to a friend or younger sibling. You will both love it!
Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music          
Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers. Inspiring.
Tiger and badger          
Sometimes being a friend is challenging. Read how these two pals work things out.
April and Esme, tooth fairies          
A magical adventure about two young tooth fairies who fly off in the night to retrieve a lost tooth.
Don't throw it to Mo!          
A beginner chapter book and the littlest player on the team who is a real winner!
A chapter book about a band of feisty puppies who sail the Seven Seas.
Mango, Abuela, and me          
When Mia’s grandmother comes to live with her family she learns many wonderful, new things.
The grasshopper & the ants          
Enjoy the beautiful art work of this clever retelling of the Aesop fable. Look for more books by Mr. Pinkney.
Mercy Watson fights crime          
Mercy wakes up one night to the sound of the beloved toaster being dragged across the kitchen counter. Certain this means a serving of buttered toast, Mercy goes downstairs to get her share. Only it's not Mrs. Watson in the kitchen--it's a robber stealing the toaster!
The misadventures of Salem Hyde. 1, Spelling trouble          
Salem Hyde is a young witch learning how to cast spells but sometimes she makes mistakes. This is a magical graphic novel.
Go for the gold, Atalanta!          
Atalanta is one brave and strong girl. She is a part of Greek mythology.
The ghost in the attic          
This book is a mystery adventure of a ghost boy named Kaz and the human girl who can see him, Claire. Together they solve mysteries.  This is the first of a series.
Trombone Shorty          
This is a true story about an amazing young musician who had his own band in New Orleans at age six. After you read this book, go to hoopla and listen to his music.