Summer 2013 Recommended Reading List

Rising Second Grade 2013-2014

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Nonfiction Books

Butterflies by Nic BishopButterflies
Bishop, Nic
Call Number: J 595.789 BISH
2011
Full-color photographs and illustrations describe the physical characteristics, behaviors, habits, and life cycle of butterflies..
Zero the Hero by Joan HolubZero the Hero
Holub, Joan
Call Number: JE HOLU
2012
Zero believes that he is a hero, but the counting numbers think he is worthless until they get into trouble with some Roman numerals, and only Zero can help.
Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve JenkinsPrehistoric Actual Size
Jenkins, Steve
Call Number: J 568 J
2005
What is it like to come face-to-face with the ten-foot-tall terror bird? Or stare into the mouth of the largest meat eater ever to walk the earth?
People in the Community by  People in the Community
What do you want to be when you grow up? Books in this series include Veterinarians, Teachers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Doctors, Dentists, and many more.
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George LevensonPumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
Levenson, George
Call Number: J 635.62 L
1999
Rhyming text and photographs follow a pumpkin patch as it grows and changes, from seeds to plants to pumpkins ready to harvest, to jack-o-lanterns and then to seeds again.
E-mergency! by Tom LichtenheldE-mergency!
Lichtenheld, Tom
Call Number: JE LICH
2011
The letter “e” has fallen and injured herself. Which letters will replace her and how will words be spelled without her? Full of verbal and visual puns, this book is sure to tickle the brain.
Mountain Dance by Thomas LockerMountain Dance
Locker, Thomas
A poetic description of various kinds of mountains and how they are formed. Includes factual information about mountains.
All the Water in the World by George Ella LyonAll the Water in the World
Lyon, George Ella
Call Number: J 551.48 LYON
2011
Water doesn't come. It goes. Around. The water cycle is explained in lyrical verse that celebrates its power to give life.
Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes by Stuart MurphyCaptain Invincible and the Space Shapes
Murphy, Stuart
Call Number: J 513 M
2001
While piloting his spaceship through the skies, Captain Invincible encounters three-dimensional shapes, including cubes, cylinders, and pyramids.
Molly, by Golly! by Dianne OchiltreeMolly, by Golly!
Ochiltree, Dianne
Call Number: J 921 WILLIAMS
2012
Read about the first known female firefighter, Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11. When many firefighters were sick with influenza, she jumped into action to help stop a house fire.
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce SidmanSwirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Sidman, Joyce
Call Number: J 811 SIDM
2011
A beautifully illustrated free-verse poem explores various examples of spirals appearing in nature, looking at snail shells, flower petals, elephant tusks, crashing waves, and more.
I Am America by Charles R. SmithI Am America
Smith, Charles R.
Call Number: JE SMIT
2003
Through a series of pictures accompanied by poetic text, this book explains that all children have similar appearances, feelings, likes, dislikes, and cultures.

Fiction Books

Little Beauty by Anthony BrownLittle Beauty
Brown, Anthony
Call Number: JE BROW
2008
When a gorilla who knows sign language tells his keepers that he is lonely, they bring him a very special friend.
Penny and Her Doll by Kevin HenkesPenny and Her Doll
Henkes, Kevin
Call Number: JE HENK
2012
Penny instantly loves the doll her grandmother sends her, but finding the perfect name for her is a challenge.
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad HillsRocket Writes a Story
Hills, Tad
Call Number: JE HILL
2012
Rocket loves books, and he wants to make his own, but he can't think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey.
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann HobermanYou Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together
Hoberman, Mary Ann
Call Number: J 811 HOBE
2007
Uses traditional teaching techniques to invite young children to read short scary stories along with an adult.
The Best Chef in Second Grade by Katharine KenahThe Best Chef in Second Grade
Kenah, Katharine
Call Number: JE KENA
2007
A famous chef is coming to visit Mr. Hopper's second grade class, and every one is excited about bringing in their family's favorite dish to share except Ollie. He loves to cook but cannot find a dish his whole family likes. Will he find one?
Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen LeedyMapping Penny’s World
Leedy, Loreen
Call Number: JE L
2000
After learning about maps in school, Lisa maps all the favorite places of her dog, Penny.
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace LinLing and Ting: Not Exactly the Same
Lin, Grace
Call Number: JE LIN
2010
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
Virginia Wolf by Kyo MaclearVirginia Wolf
Maclear, Kyo
Call Number: JE MACL
2012
Vanessa’s sister, Virginia, is in a “wolfish” mood -- growling, howling and acting very strange. Using art to transform her bad mood, this is an uplifting story for readers of all ages.
Buzz Beaker and the Outer Space Trip by Cari MeisterBuzz Beaker and the Outer Space Trip
Meister, Cari
Call Number: JE MEIS
2011
Buzz travels to outer space with his dog, Raggs, and wonders if it was just a dream.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron ReynoldsCreepy Carrots
Reynolds, Aaron
Call Number: JE REYN
2012
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.
Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover by Cynthia RylantHenry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover
Rylant, Cynthia
Call Number: PBK JE RYLA
2006
Henry and his dog, Mudge, are invited to a sleepover in Patrick's attic where they watch monster movies, eat pizza, and enjoy a contest to determine whose dog is the best popcorn catcher.
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn WilliamsA Beach Tail
Williams, Karen Lynn
Call Number: JE WILL
2010
When his father tells him not to leave the lion he draws on the beach, a little boy makes a very, very long tail as a trail to follow back as he wanders down the beach.