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Suggested titles for students in Grades 2 & 3

Non-Fiction titles

**Parents are urged to consider titles for read-a-loud or independent reading.**


Ivan Applegate, Katherine. Ivan : The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
This picture book tells the true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before he was finally relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta and who inspired the author's Newbery-winning novel, The One and Only Ivan.
Whoosh Barton, Chris. Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
An introduction to the life and creative achievements of NASA engineer and inventor Lonnie Johnson describes his childhood in a house full of siblings, the problem-solving talents that inspired his career and his accidental invention of the Super Soaker.
Mr. Ferris Davis, Kathryn. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
Text and illustrations describes how the engineer George Ferris invented the famous carnival attraction for the renowned 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes Fogliano, Julie. When Green Becomes Tomatoes
A poetic celebration of the seasons blends describes such elements as flowers blooming, sheets of snow, and happy frogs dancing in the rain.
Tree of Wonder Messner, Kate. Tree of Wonder : The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree
Invites readers to discover the many animals that make one rainforest tree their home, including macaws, howler monkeys, and fruit bats.
Weird But True National Geographic. Weird But True! : 300 Outrageous Facts
Collects three hundred quirky and fun facts about a variety of topics, such as animals, planets, and food.
A Poem for Peter Pinkney, Andrea Davis. A Poem for Peter : The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day
Published to commemorate his 100th birthday, this book is a celebration of the extraordinary life of Snowy Day creator Ezra Jack Keats. Pinkney, a Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, describes his impoverished childhood, World War II service and enduring influence on children's literature.
A Boy and His Jaguar Rabinowitz, Alan. A Boy and a Jaguar
The renowned cat conservationist reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice to be their advocate.
Wet Cement Raczka, Bob. Wet Cement : a Mix of Concrete Poems
This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways. Using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, demonstrates that concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! The author of "Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word" presents another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.
Are Bowling Balls Bullies Troupe, Thomas Kingsley. Are Bowling Balls Bullies? : Learning About Forces and Motion with the Garbage Gang
Humorous text and characters help teach kids about forces and motion.



Fiction titles


Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs Applegate, Katherine. Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
Roscoe Riley, upset with the notion that his teacher could get in trouble, comes up with a plan to keep the bee antennae on the first graders' heads, and help the drummers stay in their seats for the open house play.

Ada Twist Beaty, Andrea. Ada Twist, Scientist
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
Iggy Peck Beaty, Andrea. Iggy Peck, Architect
Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.
The Haunted Library Butler, Dori Hillestad. The Haunted Library
When his haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, Kaz befriends human Claire, who has the ability to see ghosts, and helps her investigate a haunting at the local library.
Narwhal Clanton, Ben. Narwhal : Unicorn of the Sea
Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do ... love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
Heidi Hecklebeck Coven, Wanda. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Big MIx-up
An embarrassing rumor about Lucy spreads at school and she thinks Bruce is behind it so Heidi gets involved and uses some magic to bring the trio of friends back together.
Into the WIld Cronin, Doreen. Into the Wild : Yet Another Misadventure
The fluffy, fearless Chicken Squad detectives are determined to find out who the new addition is in their yard, so, equipped with the latest surveillance gear, the chicks venture into the wild to get answers.

Bloom Cronin, Doreen. Bloom
The story of a disgraced Mud Fairy who after being sent away is desperately sought when the kingdom's glass castle begins to crack. Written by Caldecott Honor-winning author of Click, Clack, Moo and the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President?
Rise of the Balloon Goons Cummings, Troy. Rise of the Balloon Goons
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters - and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.
Zeke Meeks Green, D. L. (Debra L.). Zeke Meeks vs the Stinky Soccer Team
Third-grader Zeke's soccer experience is proving to be a disaster--all of his friends are on a different team, while his team is dominated by a bully who hogs the ball and knocks down anyone who gets in his way.
Little robot Hatke, Ben. Little Robot
Discovering an adorable robot in the woods, a wrench-wielding 5-year-old endeavors to save him from big bad robots that want to use the little robot to achieve their own nefarious ends. Graphic novel by the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel trilogy.
Let's Visit Beijing Manzione, Lisa. Let's Visit Beijing!
Two curious Chihuahuas, Bella and her brother Harry, are traveling the world with their human family and on this trip they will learn about the customs, history, and landmarks of Beijing, China. The Bella and Harry series was developed to inspire young readers to embrace the world and encourage its exploration.
Izzy Barr

Mighty robot
Mills, Claudia. Izzy Barr, Running Star
Izzy Barr is the star athlete of the third grade: she hits homeruns on her softball team and is one of the fastest runners in her class. But at home, her half-brother, Dustin, seems to be her father's favorite athlete-why else would her dad go to all of his games and miss so many of hers? Izzy pretends that she doesn't care, but she can't help but hope her dad will be there to cheer her on in the big race against her rival, Skipper Tipton.

Pilkey, Dav. Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot
Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, is being bullied at school, but when he rescues a powerful robot from its evil creator, he acquires a friend and protector--and saves the city from Dr. Stinky.
The Water Princess

Verde, Susan. The Water Princess
A tale based on the childhood of supermodel and activist Badiel. It follows the experiences of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village, as she rises early every morning and makes long journeys to the well with a heavy pot that she carries on her head.


Recommended authors

Betty Birney
Dan Gutman
Abby Klein
Steven Jenkins
Megan McDonald
Barbara Park
Sara Pennypacker 

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