Books for 2nd Graders

The following titles are appropriate for those reading at a 2nd Grade level. Click the titles to locate or reserve a book.

I Can Read (ICR) Books

Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas
A possum and a muskrat become friends despite their many differences. (Part of the Cork & Fuzz series)

Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
Amber Brown is excited to be starting second grade--and a little nervous, too. But Amber Brown decides she’s ready for whatever happens, and second grade had better be ready for Amber Brown! (Part of the Amber Brown series)

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends: Frog and Toad. (Part of the Frog and Toad series)

Nate the Great and Me by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Help Nate solve the mystery of his friend’s missing dog. (Part of the Nate the Great series)

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: School Days by Erica Silverman
Cocoa, Cowgirl Kate’s talking horse, doesn’t know what to do when Kate has to go to school, do homework, and brings home a friend. (Part of the Cowgirl Kate & Cocoa series)

Tales of Amanda Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen
Amanda Pig, her brother Oliver, and their parents share a busy day, working and playing together from breakfast to bedtime.

Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Herbert Wong Yee
It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! It turns out birds are not so easy to watch.

J Elementary Books

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David Adler
A young girl with a photographic memory solves mysteries with her best friend, Eric. (Part of the Cam Jansen series)

Ivy & Bean by Ann Barrows
When seven-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. (Part of the Ivy & Bean series)

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe.

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel
With bath time approaching, Kitty’s owners do what they can to prepare themselves for the disaster they know it will become. (Part of the Bad Kitty series)

Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey
There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But could the new third grade teacher really be a vampire? (Part of the Bailey School Kids series)

Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson, beloved pig friend of Mr. and Mrs. Watson, will do anything for her favorite treat — buttered toast. She will even dress as a princess with a pink dress and a tiara. (Part of the Mercy Watson series)

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
Meet Bink and Gollie. No matter where their roller skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends.

Number One Kid by Patricia Reilly Giff
When Mitchell’s family moves, he and his sister go to a new school where they must make new friends and adjust to new routines. (Part of the Zigzag Kids series)

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Greene
Posey’s fear of starting first grade is alleviated when her teacher invites the students to wear their most comfortable clothes to school on the first day. (Part of the Princess Posey series)

Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman
Miss Daisy’s unusual teaching methods surprise the second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J. (Part of the My Weird School series)

Basketball Bats by Betty Hicks
Henry and his basketball teammates take on the Tigers, and Henry learns a lesson about team work. (Part of the Gym Shorts series)

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline
Doug discovers that though being Harry’s best friend in Miss Mackle’s second grade class isn’t always easy, it’s a lot of fun. (Part of the Horrible Harry & Song Lee series)

Anyone But Me by Nancy Krulik
Katie Carew is fed up. Everything keeps going wrong. If only she could be anyone but herself! But Katie has to be careful what she wishes for...it just might come true. (Part of the Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series)

Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look
“Almost-eight-year-old” Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks, learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends. (Part of the Ruby Lu series)

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself. (Part of the Gooney Bird series)

Akimbo and the Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith
On the African game preserve where his father works, Akimbo has a dangerous plan to capture a ring of elephant poachers. (Part of the Akimbo series)

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, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents’ Day. (Part of the Stink series)

The New Kid at School by Kate McMullan
Wiglaf is off the Dragon Slayers’ Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget. (Part of the Dragon Slayers' Academy)

Mokie & Bik by Wendy Orr
For two rambunctious twins, living on a boat means always being underfoot or overboard.

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and his younger sister, Annie, find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to the time of the dinosaurs. (Part of the Magic Tree House series)

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
A young girl describes her feelings about starting school and not wanting to ride the bus. (Part of the Junie B. Jones series)

The Absent Author by Ron Roy
Dink Duncan and his two friends solve mysteries. (Part of the A to Z Mysteries series)

Marvin Redpost, Kidnapped at Birth? by Louis Sachar
Marvin is convinced the reason he looks different from his family is that he is the lost prince of Shampoon. (Part of the Marvin Redpost series)

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton
When Geronimo’s sister, Thea, discovers an old, mysterious map showing a secret treasure hidden on a faraway island, the gang of the Rodent’s Gazette is dragged into a treasure hunt. (Part of the Geronimo Stilton series)

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
Lulu’s parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but the brontosaurus she finally meets does not intend to be Lulu’s pet.

J Fiction Books

Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
Revisits the sometimes challenging relationship between a six-year-old (The Pain) and his eight-year-old sister (The Great One). (Part of the Pain & the Great One series)