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Books Every Second Grader Should Know

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Actual Size
by Steve Jenkins Details
Discusses and gives examples of the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals.
Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish Details
A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett Details
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Curious George
by H.A. Rey Details
The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.
Horrible Harry and the Triple Revenge
by Suzy Kline Details
When Sid, his annoying third-grade classmate, ruins Song Lee's origami praying mantis, Horrible Harry plots triple revenge on the troublemaker.
by Chris Van Allsburg Details
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
by Barbara Park Details
In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
by John Steptoe Details
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
Nate the Great
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat Details
Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.
Skippyjon Jones
by Judith Byron Schachner Details
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.
Swamp Angel
by Anne Isaacs Details
Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee.
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
by Trinka Hakes Noble Details
Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.
The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss Details
The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.
The Teeny-tiny Woman: A Ghost Story
by Paul Galdone Details
Retells the tale of the teeny-tiny woman who finds a teeny-tiny bone in a churchyard and puts it away in her cupboard before she goes to sleep.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
by Jon. Scieszka Details
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
The Ugly Duckling
by Hans Christian Anderson Details
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.
Thunder Cake
by Patricia Polacco Details
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
by David Wiesner Details
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: a West African Tale
by Verna Aardema Details
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
Zen Shorts
by Jon J. Muth Details
When Stillwater the giant panda moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. Includes factual note on Zen.
Updated 08/20/2016

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