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Ages 6-8

Books Every Second Grader Should Know

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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Lyle is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th Street in New York City until Mr. Grumps, their irritable neighbor, has Lyle put in the zoo.
Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant
"Poppleton the pig moves from the city to a small town, where he makes new friends and spends Mondays reading adventure books in the library."
Rabbit's Bad Habits by  Julian Gough
"A story of a rabbit and bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend ... Bear wakes up early from hibernation. If she can't sleep, then at least she can make a snowman. Rabbit has never made a snowman, but he definitely wants to make one that's better than Bear's. But with an avalanche and a hungry wolf heading his way, Rabbit soon realises that it might be nice to have a friend on your side."
Tales of Sasha: The Big Secret by Alexa Pearl
Sasha discovers that she really isn't like the other horses in her valley when wings sprout from her back and she soars through the air!
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
The Magic Mirror by Anna Staniszewski
The Ice Princess's magic mirror is broken, one piece is missing, and without it the Enchanted Kingdom is locked in a terrible, unseasonable, heat wave (even the palace is melting); two children, Kara and Zed, are determined to help, but first they must figure out whether the break is the result of the sibling rivalry between the Ice Princess and her sister the Sun Princess--or did the monkey do it?"
The New Kid by  A. I Newton
"While his scientist-parents study Earth, second-grader Zeke tries to fit in but Harris, a classmate, notices his abilities and sets out to prove Zeke is an alien."
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood
"A narrator's story is disrupted by the main character (Panda) who refuses to play the part."
The Three Little Superpigs : Once Upon a Time by  Claire (Illustrator) Evans
"When they arrive in Fairyland to settle down and build their own houses, everyone they meet warns the three little superpigs about the Big Bad Wolf, but only one of them pays much attention--and when the Wolf comes looking for a pork dinner, it is his brick house that saves his foolish brothers and earns them all the status of superheroes in Fairyland (which is what they have always dreamed of being)."
This Book Will Not Be Fun by  Cirocco Dunlap
"A young mouse uses his imagination to see all sorts of unusual things, such as a flying whale."
Updated 12/15/2021