Fun Books for First & Second Graders

Picture books

  • Barnett, Mac. Leo: A Ghost Story. 2015.

    You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Berry, Lynne. Pig and Pug. 2015.

    Two pocket-size pets meet and get into a tussle when Pug insists that Pig is a pudgy pug, and again when Pig calls Pug a muddy pig.

  • Colfer, Eoin. Imaginary Fred. 2015.

    When Sam, a lonely little boy, wishes for a friend, Fred appears.

  • Henkes, Kevin. Waiting. 2015.

    Five toy animal friends sit happily together on a windowsill, patiently awaiting the anticipated weather changes orchestrated by their young human companion.

  • Long, Ethan. In, Over and On the Farm. 2015.

    Why is Pig inside Chicken's coop? How many animal friends can fit on top of a tractor? Lift the flaps to find out in three, easy-to-read stories that take readers all over the farm!

  • Willems, Mo. The Story of Diva and Flea. 2015.

    Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.


  • Jules, Jacqueline. Sofia Martinez: Picture Perfect. 2015.

    Sofia feels that because she looks so much like her older sisters, nobody notices her. So when school picture day comes around, she comes up with a way to stand out.

  • Shea. Bob. Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. 2015.

    While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret.

  • Virjan, Emma J. What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig. 2015.

    Illustrations and rhyming, easy-to-read text introduce an increasing, then decreasing, cast of characters sharing a boat in a moat with a pig in an enormous wig.

  • Juvenile fiction

    • Aureliani, Franco. Dino-Mike and the T. Rex Attack. 2015.

      The son of a famous paleontologist, young Michael Evans travels the world with his dino-huntin' dad. As dad digs dino bones, Mike does some exploring on his own and winds up finding a live T. rex!

    • DiCamillo, Kate. Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon. 2015.

      Talented animal control officer Francine Poulet questions her skills when she confronts a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost.

    • Ghigna, Charles. Tiny Tales: Lucy Goose. 2015.

      Lucy Goose lives on a farm with all the other animals. When she inadvertently hatches a baby duckling, she has a new friend and follower to teach about life and friendship in the barnyard.

    • Green, D.L. Silver Pony Ranch: Sparkling Jewel. 2015.

      Looking forward to spending the summer on her Gran's pony ranch, but dreading the prospect of having to share a room with her pink-clad, puppy-loving little sister, Tori falls in love with a pony that her Gran says is too rowdy to safely ride.

    • Kredensor, Diane. Buck's Tooth. 2015.

      Buck the beaver feels like a misfit because he has one large buck tooth, while his family has two front teeth. After entering a talent contest, he has to discover a talent that his tooth won't make troublesome. (Read a staff review of this title!)

    • McKnight, Marty. Jim Nasium is a Football Fumbler. 2015.

      Ten-year-old Jim Nasium is desperate to live up to his name and find the perfect sport to suit his yet-to-be-discovered skills! He wants to try his luck on the gridiron, but how can he test his football skills when his schoolyard enemies are all in the starting lineup?

    • Stadelmann, Amy Marie. Olive & Beatrix: The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders. 2015.

      Beatrix is a witch, but twin sister Olive is not. Tired of the tricks Beatrix always plays on her, Olive decides to get back at her with a bucket of spiders. When the spiders get into a growing potion, the kids must work together to save their town.


    • Fly Guy Presents: Insects by Tedd Arnold. 2015. [J 595.7 ARN]

      Fly Guy is buzzing around outside today learning about insects.

    • How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. 2015. [J 591.5 JEN]

      This clever and whimsical book reveals the skills animals use to survive in the wild in an imaginative and humorous how-to format.

    • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. 2015.

      A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather rescued and learned to love a bear cub as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I. The bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

    • Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder. 2015. [JB PAVLOVA ANNA]

      When young Anna's mother takes her to the ballet, everything is changed. So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, serving as an inspiration to legions of dancers.

    revised December 2015