Fun Books for First & Second Graders

Picture books

  • Atkinson, Cale. Explorers of the Wild. 2016.

    Boy and Bear both love to explore the outdoors. There are so many neat things to see, and so many strange things to find. These explorers are prepared for anything - except each other!

  • Farley, Brianne. Secret Tree Fort. 2016.

    When two sisters are told to play outside on a beautiful day, the little sister wants them to play together but the big sister just wants to sit under a tree with a book – what could possibly get her attention? A super-secret tree fort, of course!

  • Kuhlmann, Torben. Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon. 2016.

    A long time ago a mouse learned to fly...and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next? Torben Kuhlmann's book transports readers to the moon and beyond!

  • Litchfield, David. The Bear and the Piano. 2016.

    A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it and travels to the big city to become rich and famous. He discovers, though, that his friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all.

  • Wenzel, Brendan. They All Saw a Cat. 2016.

    In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world to see and be seen in many different ways.


  • Boelts, Maribeth. Pupunzel. 2016.

    Locked in a tower by a witch, Pupunzel, a cocker spaniel puppy, and her family are determined to set things right in this fun twist on the Rapunzel fairy tale.

  • Manushkin, Fran. Pedro, First Grade Hero. 2016.

    Get to know Katie Woo's classmate and friend, Pedro, in this collection of four fun stories.

  • McDonald, Kirsten. Carlos and Carmen: The One-Tire House. 2016.

    The Garcia family is moving, but twins Carlos and Carmen don't want to leave their small, familiar home – especially when their father says their new house is big, red and has one tire!

  • Santat, Dan. The Cookie Fiasco. 2016.

    There are only three cookies and four hungry friends with whom to share them. This is not good. This is not equal! A new series by Dan Santat and Mo Willems is sure to pick up where Elephant and Piggie left off.

  • Shea, Bob. Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! 2016.

    Ballet Cat and her friend Butter Bear have practiced a dance to perform, but Butter Bear will need a lot of encouragement to try the super-high leaps in front of an audience.

Juvenile fiction

  • Angleberger, Tom. Inspector Flytrap. 2016.

    Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap, a Venus Flytrap, and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate "big deal" mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop and a garden.

  • DiCamillo, Kate. Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? 2016. [also available on audio]

    Baby Lincoln sets out to escape her bossy, big sister and ends up meeting new friends, seeing new places and learning about her true self.

  • Faber, Polly. The Not-A-Pig. 2016.

    Mango Allsorts and Bambang, an Asian tapir, meet, become fast friends and go on new adventures in this quirky and sweet story collection. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Hay, Sam. Knit-Knotters. 2016.

    Stella's new glasses are magic, allowing her to see the knit-knotters - night sprites flitting around town tying knots in children's hair. When Stella discovers why, she comes up with a plan to deal with the mischievous fairies!

  • Landry, Leo. What's Up, Chuck? 2016.

    Chuck is a skilled wood sculptor, winning the Best of the Forest art contest three years in a row. This year, however, the woodchuck faces a serious challenge from a newcomer, Scooter Possum.

  • McAnulty, Stacy. The Dino Files: A Mysterious Egg. 2016.

    During a summer at his grandparents' dinosaur museum and dig, Frank, aided by his cousin Sam and cat Saurus, cares for a newly-hatched dinosaur, trying to keep its existence secret from both his grandparents and the neighbors.

  • Young, Jessica. All Paws on Deck. 2016.

    Tank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane, and Haggis is a bored, curmudgeonly Scottie. One afternoon, Tank suggests they turn the wagon in the backyard into a ship and play pirate.


revised December 2016