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Ages 6-8

Books Every Second Grader Should Know

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A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
"A hermit crab who has outgrown his old shell moves into a new one, which he decorates and enhances with the various sea creatures he meets in his travels."
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
Attack of the 50-Foot Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
"When Fly Guy snacks from a radioactive trash can, he grows until he is fifty feet tall--and Buzz has to find out a way to counteract the effect before the army attacks his pet."
Click, Clack, Moo : Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
"When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want."
Fruit Bowl by  Mark Hoffmann
"A tomato tries to convince his fellow companions that he belongs in the fruit bowl too, but his efforts prove fruitless and will require the authorative voice of Old Man Produce to settle the debate."
I'm New Here by  Anne Sibley O'Brien
"Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States."
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein
"When Little Red Chicken comes home excited about what she learned in school, she explains to Papa that every story has an elephant of surprise."
Rot, the Cutest in the World! by Ben Clanton
"Rot, a mutant potato, enters a Cutest in the World contest but worries when he sees his competition."
Sarabella's Thinking Cap by Judith Byron Schachner
"Sarabella spends so much time thinking that she has a hard time focusing in school until an understanding teacher finds a way to help."
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
"Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden are orphans looking for a place to live together as a family. Could a boxcar in the woods be their new home?"-- Provided by publisher.
The Patchwork Bike by  Maxine Beneba Clarke
"When you live at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe Mum is using it, maybe not), a bent bucket seat, and bashed tin-can handles. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpetty bump over the sand hills, past your fed-up mum, and right through your mud-for-walls home. ________ Originally published in Australia and New Zealand in 2016 by Hachette Australia."
Who Is the Mystery Reader? by Mo Willems
"As Zoom Squirrel and his friends try to identify the Mystery Reader, they learn about books, how they are written, and how to read--while sharing a-corny jokes."
Updated 05/19/2020