Fun Books for First & Second Graders

New titles

  • Arnold, Tedd. Fly Guy's Amazing Tricks. 2014.
    Fly Guy has learned a lot of new tricks, but when he shows off at dinnertime he and Buzz get into trouble—though later they prove useful. [Lexile: 380]
  • 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! [Lexile: 600]
  • Copeland, Misty. Firebird. 2014.
    American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, to keep practicing. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
  • Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Peep. 2015.
    All the barnyard animals are excited about the arrival of a new duckling, until the noisy little one refuses to go to sleep. [Lexile: AD80]
  • Dean, James. Pete the Cat: Cavecat Pete. 2015.
    Pete the Cat grooves back in time to the Jurassic era where, under the guise of "Cavecat Pete," he helps his herbivore and carnivore friends learn to get along. [Lexile: AD350]
  • De La Pena, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. 2015.
    A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother, and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. [Lexile: AD610]
  • DiCamillo, Kate. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up. 2014. [also available on audio]
    Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse—until he meets Maybelline, that is. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets an important rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. (Read a staff review of this title!) [Lexile: 500]
  • Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale. The Princess in Black. 2014.
    When trouble calls, Princess Magnolia trades her frilly dresses and glass slippers for a black mask and cape to become The Princess in Black. [Lexile: 400]
  • Hawkes, Kevin. Remy and Lulu. 2014.
    A down-on-his-luck painter with poor eyesight teams up with a dog with a knack for painting portraits. [Lexile: 570]
  • Jules, Jacqueline. 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. [Lexile: 310]
  • Manushkin, Fran. Katie's Noisy Music. 2015.
    Katie Woo wants to learn an instrument, but she is having trouble deciding what kind of music suits her best. [Lexile: 380]
  • Morris, Richard. This is a Moose. 2014.
    Director Billy Waddler is trying to film a documentary about moose, but the moose in question has no intention of spending his life in the woods. (Read a staff review of this title!)
  • Novak, B.J. The Book with No Pictures. 2014.
    In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.
  • Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing. 2014.
    With the help of her canine assistant, a little girl plans to make the most magnificent thing, but making it proves harder than she thinks. [Lexile: AD380]
  • Willems, Mo. My New Friend is So Fun. 2014.
    Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends. [Lexile: 10]

Classics and modern classics

Nonfiction

  • Dolphins by Penelope Arlon. 2014. [J 599.53 ARL]
    Introduces dolphins and their behavior to new science readers. [Lexile: 740]
  • Fly Guy Presents: Insects by Tedd Arnold. 2015. [J 595.7 ARN]
    Fly Guy is buzzing around outside today learning about insects. [Lexile: 570]
  • The Fruits We Eat by Gail Gibbons. 2015. [J 634 GIB]
    Gibbons combines a clear, simple text with her signature paneled illustrations to present fruit facts galore.
  • Dogs by Cari Meister. 2015. [J 636.7088 MEI]
    This photo-illustrated book for early readers explains how to take care of a pet dog. [Lexile: AD80]

revised May 2015