Grade 2


Fiction Authors

Melanie Watt Doreen

Chester by Melanie Watt Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin Number One Kid by Patricia Reilly Giff Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller The Reader by Amy Hest
Jon Klassen Janet

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall Judy Moody by Megan McDonald Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Dav Pilkey Robert Munsch Carol Diggory
John Grogan
A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey I am Really a Princess by Carol Diggory Shields Spoon by Amy Rosenthal Bad Dog Marley! by John Grogan


Nonfiction Authors

Greg Tang Gina Bellisario Carmen Bredeson Lisa Bullard
Math Potatoes by Greg Tang Choose Good Food! by Gina Bellisario Baby Animals of Lakes and Ponds by Carmen Bredeson The Empire State Building by Lisa Bullard
Nicola Davies Melissa Higgins Joan Hewett Mary Lindeen
Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies Anacondas by Melissa Higgins A Kangaroo Joey Grows Up by Joan Hewett Trucks by Mary Lindeen
Martha E. H. Rustad Erika L. Shores April Pulley Sayre Melissa Stewart
Sea Turtles by Martha E.H Rustad Snow Leopards by Erika L. Shores Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Sayre Shark or Dolphin? by Melissa Stewart

Student Picks

Student Picks
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltMagic Treehouse series by Mary Pope OsborneThe Amazing Adventures of Superman! by Yale Stewart
Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller

What if you had series by Sandra Markle
Greetings from Somewhere series by Harper ParisOwl Diaries by Rebecca ElliotAlligator or Crocodile?: How Do You Know? (Which Animal Is Which?) by Melissa Stewart

Nutmeg Nominees

Nutmeg Nominees Grades 2-4

Elizabeth Queen of the SeaElizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynn Cox
Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she may be in danger, so they tow her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch.The volunteers catch her again and again--each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away--but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.

When the Beat was Born

When The Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Hill Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc, Clive Campbell. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. This was...When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx,this book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids began to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

Finding WinnieFinding Winnie: True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. This story shares the amazing journey--from the fields of Canada, to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England...And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Lindbergh: Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!

A Dance like Starlight

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey Little Ballerinas have big dreams. Dreams of pirouettes and grande jetes, dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing starring roles on stage. But in Harlem in the 1950s, dreams don't always come true—they take a lot of work and a lot of hope. And sometimes hope is hard to come by. But the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, did make her dreams come true. And those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere, showing them that the color of their skin couldn't stop them from becoming a star.

BlizzardBlizzard by John Rocco
Blizzard is based on John Rocco's childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island. The book opens with a boy's excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood's immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street.

Mango, Abuela, and MeMango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English, and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it's still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better.

Miss Mary ReportingMiss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy

Mary Garber was a pioneering sports journalist in a time where women were rarely a part of the newspaper business. Women weren't even allowed to sit in the press boxes at sporting events, so Mary was forced to sit with the coaches' wives. But that didn't stop her. Garber was a sportswriter for fifty-six years and was the first woman to receive the Associated Press Sports Editors' Red Smith Award, presented for major contributions in sports journalism.

Wet CementWet Cement by Bob Raczka

Who says words need to be concrete? Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! This collection of poems plays on words in more ways than one!

HippopotamisterHippopotamister By John Patrick Green

The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run-down and falling apart. Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he'll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He's a good employee, whether he's a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

My Pet HumanMy Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

A cat that enjoys his carefree life gets some treats and backrubs from the humans who have just moved into his favorite abandoned house. He then sets out to train them properly, all the while protesting to his friends that he has no interest in being tied down to a human pet.

Pugs of the Frozen NorthPugs From the Frozen North by Philip Reeve

True Winter comes once in a lifetime. New friends Sika and Shen try to beat the odds and win the Great Northern Race--in a sled pulled by a team of sixty-six pugs--in hopes of meeting the Snowfather and having him grant their wish

Tales of Bunjitsu BunnyBunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.

Upside Down MagicUpside-Down Magic by Sarah Milynowski

Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy, Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different.

The Year of Billy MillerThe Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Seven year old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister and his parents and learned many important lessons.


Recommended Series

Young Cam Jansen
by David Adler
Miss Nelson
by Harry Allard
Fly Guy
by Tedd Arnold

Sports Illustrated
Victory School
Sports Stars

Kingdom of Wrenly
by Jordan Quinn
Young Cam Jansen by David Adler Miss Nelson by Harry Allard

Fly Guy:  Hooray for Flyguy by Tedd Arnold

Sports Illustrated Kids Victory School Superstars by Anita Yasuda
Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn
Mercy Watson
by Kate DiCamillo

Galaxy Zack
by Ray O'Ryan

Critter Club
by Callie Barkley
Rainbow Magic Fairies
by Daisy Meadows
Frog and Toad
by Arnold Lobel
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo Galaxy Zack by Ray O'Ryan The Critter Club by Callie Barkley Rainbow Magic Fairies by Daisy Meadows

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Princess in Black
Shannon Hale
Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parrish
Henry and Mudge
by Cynthia Rylant
Nate the Great
by Marjorie
Weinman Sharmat
Princess in Black by Shannon Hale Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Welcome Message

A Message to Incoming 2nd Graders and Your Parents

Welcome second grade readers! You have been practicing choosing just right books from many fiction and nonfiction genres and have built stamina for reading at least 20-30 minutes at a time. We hope you will continue talking about reading with your friends and adults during the summer.

The Scranton Library is an invaluable resource to help you connect your child with books, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and opportunities to spend time with other readers.

This suggested summer reading list contains some of our favorite authors for second graders, student picks, and the 2018 Nutmeg Nominees.

You are free to read whatever you enjoy! Readers read what they love!

Please help your child keep track of his reading by filling out a Summer Reading Recording Sheet of all titles that you've read together and submit it to his/her teacher in September.