The following lists encompass the many reading levels found among second graders. Books in the primary collection (JP) are “controlled vocabulary” i.e. containing words that follow basic phonics rules or words that are found on “sight word” lists. Books in the picture book collection can be read by more practiced readers. The J fiction collection is for readers who are ready to tackle longer “chapter books.” To see a title's Lexile number, click on the title and then click on the "Full Record" tab.
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New Book Reviews
Some of these books can be READ BY a 2nd grader, others are good for READING ALOUD TO a 2nd grader.
Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8
There is no water to be found and all the 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.
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.
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!
Reading Level: Grades 2-4
It was a sweet story when Gran Gran bought it. She wrote a loving inscription circled by a heart, "Happy Birthday, Alexander! To my little birthday bunny on his special day. Love, Gran Gran."
The saccharine book was more than Alexander could take. With pencil in hand he changes the gentle story of a little birthday bunny into the wild, raucous adventures of the villainous Battle Bunny!!!
Books by Jon Scieszka
Books by Mac Barnett
Other subversive stories include:
Chester by Melanie Watt
Killer Koalas From Outer Space by Andy Griffiths and
Tales for the Perfect Child by Florence Parry Heide
Reading Level: Grades 2 - 4
It's not that there's a lack of books about the racial barrier-breaking sports hero. This biography, written by his daughter Sharon, is different. Yes, this book about the racial divide in baseball and how Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play in the major leagues. It also gives a clear and interesting picture of his early years, his family life, his career in the military, and his life after baseball. Family photos throughout this short biography add that personal touch. Sharon Robinson has every reason to be proud of her father and her work.