2nd & 3rd Grade – Great Non Fiction

Finding Winnie

National Geographic Kids Weird but True (series) by various authors
Did you know that peanut butter can be converted into a diamond, that a sneeze travels 100 miles an hour, or that a sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first passengers on a hot-air balloon? The creators of National Geographic Kids, the nation’s most popular kids’ magazine present Weird but True, 300 wacky, wild, mind-bending facts about everything on Earth and beyond. Animals, food, science, pop culture, outer space, geography, weather,and more! Trivia that will so wow your family and friends that you won’t be able to stop turning the pages of this brainteasing treat.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl! 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. Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable 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.

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2nd & 3rd Grade – Great Fiction Series

Title: The Chicken Squad

The Critter Club by Callie Barkley
Amy and her friends solve a canine caper in this start to a pet-friendly illustrated chapter book series.

Humphrey’s Tiny Tales by Betty G. Birney
Everyone’s favorite classroom pet is now starring in chapter books! Humphrey is one happy hamster. He lives in Room 26 at Longfellow School. He has a big comfy cage with a wheel perfect for spinning and a room full of friends.

Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
They’re darling. They’re daring. They know their shapes! They’re chicks on a mission–and on this, their first (mis)adventure, the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime.

Title: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings
Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM! This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls–one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. No matter where their roller skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends.

Adventures of Sophie Mouse by Poppy Green
In this first of a charming series about a little mouse and her forest friends, Sophie Mouse must convince her classmates–and herself–that a new student is nothing to fear. Even if he is a snake! Readers will delight in The Adventures of Sophie Mouse!

Title: Galaxy Zack

Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, it goes straight up to her brain, and Martha begins to speak! But having a talking dog isn’t always as much fun as it seems.

Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan
In Hello, Nebulon! , Zack makes the big move from Earth. He is already nervous about starting school and making new friends, but it only gets worse when he dreams that his classmates are slimy aliens with tentacles, pizza comes covered in gross bugs, and he can never communicate with his Earth friends again! Fortunately, when Zack arrives at Sprockets Academy for his first day of school, he meets and befriends Drake Tucker, a Nebulite boy who also loves to explore and learn about the planets. Nebulon isn’t as awful as Zack’s dream, but there are a lot of differences between Nebulon and Earth, and they make Zack miss his home in Dubbsville, Texas, even more. But things start to look up when he receives a mysterious surprise. What could it possibly be?

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2nd & 3rd Grade – Great Fiction

Title: Dory Fantasmagory

Monkey & Robot by Peter Catalanotto
Monkey and Robot are friends–the best kind. They simply belong together, and it never matters that silly Monkey is furry, or that kind Robot can rust. What matters is their sharing: movies and popcorn, games of hide-and-seek, a fish tank for…a hippopotamus?

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candance Fleming
Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr! That’s the sound of Papa at work. Although he is an inventor, he has never made anything that works perfectly, and that’s because he hasn’t yet found a truly fantastic idea. But when he takes his family fishing on Lake Michigan, his daughter Virena asks, “Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fish?”–and Papa is off to his workshop. With a lot of persistence and a little bit of help, Papa–who is based on the real-life inventor Lodner Phillips–creates a submarine that can take his family for a trip to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices–including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, moving into the closet, and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for.

Title: Tua and the Elephant

Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris
Ten-year-old Tua–Thai for “peanut”–has everything she needs at home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, except for one thing she’s always wanted: a sister. In the market one day, Tua makes an accidental acquaintance–one with wise, loving eyes, remarkable strength, and a very curious trunk. And when Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it’s clear this elephant needs her help. Together, the unusual team sets off on a remarkable journey to escape from Pohn-Pohn’s vile captors. From the bustling night market to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and finally, to the sanctuary of an elephant refuge, this clever girl and her beloved companion find that right under their noses is exactly what each has been searching for: a friend.

My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
From queen cat lady Yasmine Surovec comes a cuddly new chapter book series about a cat in need of a pet human. Oliver is an independent kitty. He has his run of the neighborhood and looks at his animal friends with their fussing humans with pity. But when a freckle-faced girl moves into town, Oliver sees the opportunity to train a human to provide him with a few creature comforts. And if he can help her adjust to her life and make a new friend, that’s just all in a day’s work. The real surprise comes, however, when Oliver needs Freckles just as much as she needs him.

Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems–each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found–and most of all, of delicious anticipation.

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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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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.