Second Grade Favorites

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Bones and the Dinosaur Mystery by David Adler
Young Detective Jeffrey Bones investigates the disappearance of the plastic dinosaur his grandfather just bought for him in a museum gift shop.

The Case of the Stolen Drumsticks by Dosh Archer
On the eve of the Battle of the Bands, Vinnie "The Crash" McLaren's best drumsticks are stolen, and it’s up to Detective Paw and Patrol Officer Prickles to determine which of Vinnie's neighbors is the thief.

Cece Loves Science: Push and Pull by Kimberly Derting
Cece and her friend Isaac conduct an experiment using the forces of push and pull to deliver a treat to Cece's dog, Einstein. Glossary and activities using the forces of push and pull are included.

Flat Stanley and the Firehouse by Lori Haskins
Stanley’s Stop, Drop and Roll poster won the Fire Safety Month contest and his prize is a trip to the firehouse! When Chief Abbot invites him to climb onto a real fire truck, Stanley thinks things can't get any better, but the visit takes an even more exciting turn.

Max and Zoe at Recess by Shelley Swanson Sateren
Max always seems to be missing something he needs to participate in school recess. Can his best friend Zoe devise a system so he will remember everything he needs for school?

Commander Toad in Space by Jane Yolen
Brave Commander Toad and the crew of the spaceship Star Warts have a mission: they must go where no spaceship has gone before and bring a little bit of earth out to the alien stars. But when they try to land their sky skimmer on the planet made of water, a terrible sound rises from the waves.



Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
When 7-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day by Betty Birney
When Mandy, one of the students from classroom 26, brings a special hamster-sized racecar to class, it means just one thing – Humphrey is going to be in a hamster race.

The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert
Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and, as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them – but he will need some help from his friends.

Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
A girl named Zoey and her cat Sassafras, use science experiments to help a dragon with a problem.

Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters – and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
Having a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea – but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help.

Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! by Thomas Flintham
When King Viking and his evil robot army attack Animal Town and kidnap Singing Dog, it is up to Super Rabbit Boy, with some help from Sunny and his video game console, to save the day.

Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman
On the first day of class, second-grader A.J. tells Miss Daisy he loves football and video games but hates school. Then Miss Daisy tells him she hates school, too, and the students think their teacher just might be an impostor.

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

Home is Where the Heart Is by Cam Higgins
Rambunctious puppy Bo, who lives with his human family on a farm, loses his dog tag and enlists his barnyard animal friends to help him find it.

Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald
Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It's because they're chasing the bad guys and saving your butt! With master of disguise Rock Pigeon, bendy Tumbler, strong Frillback and super-finder Homey, the Real Pigeons will solve any mystery and fight any bad guy to keep the city safe!

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan 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.

Tia the Tulip Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Every flower is bright and blooming, thanks to the Petal Fairies! But when Jack Frost steals their magical petals, there's trouble in Fairyland. Help save Fairyland's flowers!

Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian
Imaginative Omar goes through the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends with the help of his wonderful (and silly) Muslim family.

Puppy Place: Goldie by Ellen Miles
Charles and Lizzie want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work, but Mom doesn't think the family is ready for a puppy. Then, Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever who needs a home. Goldie is very young and doesn't know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her?

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope 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.

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey
Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, is being bullied at school, but when he rescues a powerful robot from its evil creator, he acquires a friend and protector – and saves the city from Dr. Stinky.

EllRay Jakes is not a Chicken by Sally Warner
Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.

Stick Dog by Tom Watson
Stick Dog and his four friends - Stripes, Mutt, Poo-Poo and Karen - will do anything to steal some sweet-smelling hamburgers from a family at Picasso Park!



Happy Stories for Nature Lovers by Dawn Casey
This cheerful compendium of true, narrative non-fiction stories shows that when we give it a little bit of space and maybe a gentle helping hand, nature comes bouncing back!

Life Savers by Eryl Nash
Meet 11 real-life emergency service heroes and discover what their days are like and the important equipment they use to save lives.

My First Book of Sign Language by Joan Holub
Pictures of children demonstrate the forming in sign language of alphabetically arranged words, accompanied by illustrations of the words themselves.

Fly Guy Presents: Weather by Tedd Arnold
Fly Guy is buzzing over to the weather station today. Come along to learn all about weather!

Plants Fight Back by Lisa Amstutz       
The clever ways plants protect themselves from being eaten by hungry herbivores are humorously described in rhyming verses. Plants fight back with prickles, thorns, grit, goo and other adaptations. Fascinating facts and STEM activities are included.

What Do They Do with All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz
This book features an exploration of different types of animal poo and what the zoo uses it for.

Koko’s Kitten by Francine Patterson
This is the true story of Koko the signing gorilla and her kitten, All Ball – how they met, how Koko loved and cared for All Ball, and how Koko grieved when All Ball died. 

One Million Trees: A True Story by Kristen Balouch
This is a true story about when the author was a little girl and she and her family traveled to Canada to help plant trees to replace ones that had been removed by loggers.



Catwad. It’s Me by Jim Benton
Meet Catwad. He's blue, he's a bit of a grouch, and his best friend is a happy-go-lucky cat named Blurmp who can see the bright side of anything. From pizza and computers to love and happiness, this furball has a funny take on just about everything, and he's not afraid to share it.

Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
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 to free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound –but their plan soon goes awry.

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton
Two beavers thwart an evil plot by penguins who plan to turn Beaver Island into a frosty resort.

Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World by James Kochalka
Johnny Boo is the best little ghost in the whole world, because he's got Boo Power. This means he can "boo" really loudly. His pet ghost named Squiggle has Squiggle Power, which means he can fly and do really fast loop-the-loops. Together they have the world's greatest ghost adventures!

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey     
George and Harold create a new comic book hero in Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, who faces off against his archnemesis Petey the cat.