Fun Books for First & Second Graders

New Titles

  • Brown, Monica. Lola Levine is Not Mean! 2016.
    Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher and the best friend ever, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.
  • Dillard, Sarah. Mouse Scouts. 2016.
    To earn their Sow It and Grow It badge, Violet, Tigerlilly and the other Mouse Scouts plant a vegetable garden. [Lexile: 710]
  • Falatko, Julie. Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to be in this Book!). 2016.
    Snappsy's ordinary day is interrupted by a meddling narrator.
  • Fan, Terry. The Night Gardener. 2016.
    William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. [Lexile: AD390]
  • Funke, Cornelia. Ruffleclaw. 2015.
    Ruffleclaw, a furry red monster, decides to move in with a human family, but young Tommy, who wants to keep him as a pet, learns that taking care of Ruffleclaw will not be easy. [Lexile: 560]
  • Hartt-Sussman, Heather. Noni Speaks Up. 2016.
    Noni always tries to do the right thing, but she doesn't know how to help her classmate Hector, who is constantly bullied for his name, his size and his giant glasses.
  • 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 while trying to keep its existence secret, both from his grandparents and from the neighbors. [Lexile: 440]
  • Stead, Philip C. Ideas are All Around. 2016.
    In search of writing ideas, an author takes a walk with his dog around the neighborhood. [Lexile: AD480]
  • Zemke, Deborah. Bea Garcia: My Life in Pictures. 2016.
    When budding artist Bea Garcia's best friend moves to Australia and a loud, rambunctious boy moves into her old house, Bea must learn to make new friends. [Lexile: 670]

Classics and Modern Classics

  • Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice. 1971.
    Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for 50 cents. But what starts out as a simple freckly juice recipe, quickly turns into something disastrous. [Lexile: 400]
  • Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure. 2003.
    After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages. [Lexile: AD550L]
  • Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business. 1985.
    A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps, while he naps under a tree. [Lexile: AD480L]
  • Willems, Mo. I Really Like Slop! 2015.
    Piggie really likes slop. She likes it so much, she wants Gerald to try some! Can Gerald find the courage to do it, or will the smell alone be too much to handle? [Lexile: BR]
  • Winkler, Henry. Here's Hank: You Can't Drink a Meatball Through a Straw. 2016.
    Challenged to enter the same cooking contest as his know-it-all chef cousin, Hank becomes an unexpected finalist! He also makes surprising discoveries about his cousin, while frantically preparing for the final cook-off. [Lexile: 640]


  • Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer. 2016. [J 811.54 SIN]
    What happens when you hold up a mirror to poems about Greek myths? You get a brand-new perspective on the classics! Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar myth but, when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view! [Lexile: 670]
  • Fly Guy Presents: Snakes by Tedd Arnold. 2016. [J 597.96 ARN]
    It's time for a field trip! Fly Guy and Buzz are going to the zoo to learn all about snakes. With straightforward text, humorous asides and kid-friendly photographs throughout, young readers will love learning about these slithery creatures. [Lexile: 700]
  • Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating. 2016. [J 591.472 KEA]
    This is an informative introduction to the weirdest, wildest, pinkest creatures in the animal kingdom.

revised May 2016