1st & 2nd Grade – Great Fiction Series

Title: Humphrey's Mixed-Up Magic Kit

Humphrey’s Tiny Tales by Betty G. Birney
In these chapter books perfect for emergent readers, Humphrey, everyone’s favorite classroom hamster, has hamster-iffic adventures that are full of surprises.

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy. At least he was, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. At only half an inch thick, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite!

Squish by Jennifer L. Holm
A graphic novel series about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school amoeba trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a school day).

Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald
Explore more of the genuine-and-for-real world of Judy Moody as beloved characters from the original series enjoy their own escapades in awesomeness.

A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
The A to Z Mysteries Series features three sly sleuths: Dink Duncan, Josh Pinto, and Ruth Rose Hathaway. Have fun getting to know them.

Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby

Mr. Putter & Tabby by Cynthia Rylant
When Mr. Putter writes a list of good things, it starts with yellow cats–like Tabby. Add good neighbors like Mrs. Teaberry, good dogs like Zeke (who only sometimes tugs on his leash and chases other dogs and runs through fresh paint), homemade soups and apple pies, model airplanes, and train trips with cards and games and banana crunchies, and you’ll have a good idea of what stories these warmhearted books hold.

Sports Illustrated for Kids Graphic Novels by various authors
These sports-themed, full-color, 72-page long, kid-friendly comic books feature the most popular sports in fast-paced, action packed stories that are sure to engage kids and adults alike. Fully approved and endorsed by Sports Illustrated for Kids, these graphic novels deliver authentic sports action that both committed and casual sports fans will love. Each book contains a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts aimed at improving critical reading skills and enhancing comprehension.

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Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Great Nonfiction

Everything Space

Everything Space by Helaine Becker
Introduces the solar system, sharing information on how scientists study space, how stars are born and die, and how astronauts train for space missions.

Raindrops Roll by April Sayre
In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

Creature Features by Robin Page
Examines unusual animal facial features and how they help the animals survive.

Creature Features

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds’ nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.

Zooborns! (series)
Presents a selection of baby animals from zoos around the world.

Pebble Plus (series)

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1st & 2nd Grade – Great Fiction

Chicken Squad

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object.

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home.

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson. This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips—never slobbers! He yips—never yaps! And he walks with grace—never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters. But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park—Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette—reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses—and their hearts—to find where they belong?

Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
Clark finds everything about school fun and exciting, but his enthusiasm causes problems until he begins inventing rhymes to remind himself to stay cool at school.

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
Director Billy Waddler is trying to film a documentary about moose, but the moose in question has no intention of spending his life in the woods and his animal friends, who have dreams of their own, help him prove his point.

Chicken Squad

Tony Baloney by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Tony, a macaroni penguin, is a middle child with very exasperating siblings, and although he never looks for trouble, it often finds him.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.

Lenny & Lucy by Philip Stead
A picture book about moving to a new house and making new friends.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Great Fiction Series

Sounds Like Reading by Brian P. Cleary
The Sounds like Reading series was created by a former literacy coach and is full of imaginative, often humorous text and vibrant cartoon-like digital illustrations. Incorporates repetition, rhyme, and phonics.

Flip-a-Word by Yukiko Kido
A creative approach to teaching beginning readers, the Flip-a-Word series invites children to flip pages to reveal new words. A cat turns into a bat, then a rat and finally a hat, as die-cuts change one word to another rhyming word with each turning page. Subsequent pages present the newly learned words in sentences.

I Like to Read by Various
These picture books by renowned and beloved artists feature short texts, familiar vocabulary, repetition to reinforce learning, and illustrations that are designed to be a part of the learning experience.

DK Readers Pre-Level 1 by Various
DK Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children’s authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies.

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Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Great Fiction

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
Leo is a friendly house ghost–but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

The Skunk by Mac Barnett
A man is followed by a skunk all day until the tables turn.

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony–but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.

Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont
From Elephant’s long nose to Kangaroo’s huge feet to Monkey’s stick-out ears, everyone is worth celebrating, no matter what they look like.

The Monkey and the Bee by C.P. Bloom
The monkey has finally gotten his banana, but now a bumble bee wants a bite.The monkey tries to swat away the bee, but in the process finds himself with a bigger problem on his hands. Will the monkey and the bee be able to work together and become friends?

8, an Animal Alphabet by Elisha Cooper
Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about each animal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because for each letter of the alphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes
Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation.

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Possum is hiding from the sounds in the night, and his fear sets off a chain reaction in the other night animals.

I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty
A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.

I Wish You More by Amy K. Rosenthal
In simple text and pictures, the author and illustrator create a compendium of small daily moments.

Ellie by Mike Wu
When zookeeper Walt announces that the zoo will have to close, all of the animals pitch in to try to save their home but it is Ellie the elephant who reveals a talent that just may keep the zoo open for good.

Get this list in a printable format: https://www.bcpl.org/media/ys/bkmrk-k-2nd-grade-2016.pdf

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