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Books Every Second Grader Should Know

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A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
"In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself."
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.
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Magic Treehouse
Henry and Mudge : The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
"Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge."
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
"First published in 1939. ________ When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they find a new opportunity in a very surprising place."
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
"Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation."
My Father's Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
"Celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish."
So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George
"The original 2000 edition of this book was awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal--Colophon."
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 Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
It's a rainy day and Dick and Sally can't find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! Lexile 430
The Great Kapok Tree : A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by  Lynne Cherry
"The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rain forest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home."
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
"Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.Note: Many titles by this author adapt well for humorous interpretation."
Updated 10/30/2019