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First and Second Grade
Suggested Reading

About Insects:  A Guide for Children ~ Cathryn Sill

      If spiders, beetles and butterflies make you scream with delight, this is the guide for you covering their physical appearance, behavior and life cycle. 2003

The Bookstore Burglar ~ Barbara Maitland 

      Mr. Brown owns a bookstore that sells only books about ghosts, and when a burglar tries to break in one night, can the real ghosts scare him away?   2001

The Case of the Baffled Bear ~ Cynthia Rylant

      Bunny Brown and Jack Jones are the High-Rise Private Eyes who solve puzzles, crimes and mysteries.  In Case #7, Bernard the Bear is a messenger who needs his red whistle to let people know he’s coming, but when it goes missing, how will they find it? 2004

Eight Animals on the Town ~ Susan Middleton Elya

      Combining a seamless union of English and Spanish, eight traveling animals visit the market then spend a rip-roaring good time in town.  2000

Fortune Cookies Fortunes ~ Grace Lin

      Following tradition, a young Chinese-American girl opens fortune cookies with her family and discovers they start to come true.  2004

Franklin’s Nickname ~ created by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

      Franklin wants to make up his own nickname, but his friends want to pick one for him. 2004

Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing ~ Claudia Mills

      Gus learns how to fish with top fisherman Grandpa. 2003

Henry and Mudge and Mrs. Hopper’s House ~ Cynthia Rylant

      Henry’s mother and father are off to the Valentine’s Day Dance, so Henry and Mudge play at Mrs. Hopper’s house with a room full of masquerading surprises.  2003

How the Cat Swallowed Thunder ~ Lloyd Alexander

      When old Mother Holly leaves her cat in the care of her home, mischief abounds for the worse…or perhaps for the better.  2000

Ice-Cream Dreams ~ adapted by Nancy Krulik

      Join SpongeBob Squarepants and friends in celebrating the opening of a new Krusty Krab!  2004

Inspector Hopper’s Mystery Year ~ Doug Cushman

      A mystery for every season is here for you to solve with Inspector Hopper and friends.  2003

Junie B., First Grader:  One-Man Band ~ Barbara Park

      Junie B. is stuck and sore:  she’s got a sore toe, so instead of joining the kickball tournament, she offers her distinctive talents to the halftime show.  2003

Little Rat Rides ~ Monika Bang-Campbell

      Brave Little Rat dreams of becoming a fancy rider, so when her first riding lesson comes, she’s in for a BIG surprise.  2004

Mr. Putter & Tabby Stir the Soup ~ Cynthia Rylant

     Mr. Putter and Tabby love soup, but when their stove is on the blink, Mrs. Teaberry offers them hers along with the company of her playful dog, Zeke. 2003

Nate the Great on the Owl Express ~ Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

      Pick up the clues and join the one and only Nate the Great on another adventure in solving a mystery on the Owl Express.   2003

On the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe ~ A.E. Cannon

      Yo ho ho!  Meet two of the silliest pirates as they look for the perfect ship and the best parrot for seafaring adventures.  2002

Red-Eyed Tree Frog ~ Joy Cowley

      Enjoy this fully illustrated hop into the life of a red-eyed tree frog that must look for food at night while predators look for him during the day.  1999

Say Hola to Spanish at the Circus ~ Susan Middleton Elya

      Laugh at the clowns and watch a whole troupe of crazy animals doing their tricks in the circus.  Pick up a few new words in Spanish, too!  2000

Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown ~ Paula Danziger

      Amber Brown’s second grade teacher gives the class lots of fun things to do, but can she clean up her messy desk so the desk fairy, Deskarina, brings her a treat to enforce the new rule?  2004

Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Cat ~Sara Swan Miller

      Do you want to know what your cat really thinks?  Cozy up with your kitty and find out in this hilarious trio of stories.  Also, try Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Dog and Three Stories You Can Read to Your Teddy Bear.  2002


Researched and compiled by M. Sulikowski
(Updated on November 11, 2004)

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