2nd Grade

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

Author: 
Lynne Cox
Illustrator: 
Brian Floca

Reading Level: Grades K - 4

Elizabeth the elephant seal lived in a park in the middle of a busy city. The residents all loved her, but drivers did not because she had a tendency to take naps in the middle of the road. Eventually the government decided that Elizabeth needed to be relocated to an elephant seal colony well away from the city where she would be happy. However, Elizabeth had a different opinion about what would make her happy.

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Los vecinos de la c/Quiénsabe

Author: 
Cristina Zafra

Reading Level: Grades 2 - 4

In this Spanish picture book a young girl meets the neighbors who have moved into the new building next door. Each neighbor she meets is a bit strange. For example, the first neighbor she meets has umbrellas for hands...

En este libro una chica les conoce a los vecinos en el edificio nuevo al lado de su casa. Cada vecino que le conoce es un poco raro. Por ejemplo, el primer vecino tiene paraguas como manos...

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Give Up, Gecko!

Author: 
Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: 
Deborah Melmon

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

The lakes and rivers have dried up and all the thirsty animals agree that whoever digs to water will be their king. When it is gecko's turn to dig all the other animals all laugh at him and call for him to give up, but gecko won't listen.

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Hank Finds an Egg

Author: 
Rebecca Dudley

Reading Level: Prek -  PreK - Grade 2

In this stunning, wordless picture book, Hank, a cute stuffed animal (perhaps a bear or a monkey) finds an egg that has fallen from its nest.  After several unsuccessful attempts to reach the nest, Hank cares for the egg at his campsite.  With the help of mother hummingbird, there's a happy ending for all.  Dudley built wonderfully detailed dioramas from paper, clay, fabric etc. and then photographed them.  She created a world readers will want to visit again and again.

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Bedtime Monsters

Author: 
Josh Schneider

Reading Level: PreK - Grade 3

Josh Schneider hits the mark again as he reinvents the classic monster under the bed tale.  Arnold is your average boy.  He trashes an imaginery Fifth Avenue and bites off the heads of animal crackers.  But Arnold doesn't want to go to bed for fear of bedtime monsters.  Sure enough, they appear one by one.  Some very silly monsters jump into bed with Arnold since it turns out that they are afraid other monsters.   Readers will laugh aloud at the imaginative illustrations and love the surprise ending!

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