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Before Entering Second Grade

Fun Books to Share

  • Crickwing  by Cannon c2000 insects, fiction
    Crickwing the cockroach saves the day for the leaf-cutter ants when their forest enemies attack them.
  • Below by Crews: c2006 fiction
    When Jack drops his action figure into a mysterious hole, he has to devise a rescue.
  • Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen by  Ernst: c2005 fantasy animals, humor
    Although Sylvia Jean owns plenty of costumes, she struggles to come up with a costume for the big party.
  • You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together by  Hoberman: c2001 rhyming stories
    This collection of short, rhythmic stories and cheerful art is designed to be read out loud by both child and adult.
  • Dear Mr. Blueberry  by James: c1991 letter writing
    A teacher and his young student correspond with each other concerning an imaginary whale in the little girl’s pond.
  •  Frog and Toad by Lobel: stories classics
    Each of the frog and toad stories include several short tales about two very good friends.
  • Little Critter  by Mayer: stories fantasy, animals
    Little Critter is a small creature who is amazingly like a young human boy. His adventures take place with different members of his family who expose him to daily life experiences.
  • Flossie and the Fox  by McKissack: c1986 folklore, ethnic diversity
    In this African American folk tale, a fox who is known for stealing eggs encounters a young girl who continues to deny that he is a fox without a lot of proof.
  • The Honest-to-Goodness Truth  by McKissack: c2000 character, ethnic diversity
    A young girl promises not to ever lie but then discovers that there are times that one actually should not tell the entire truth.
  • Once Upon an Ordinary School Day by McNaughton: c2004 school story
    Mr. Gee, the new teacher, changes "ordinary" when he challenges all the children to use their imaginations.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Numeroff: and sequels c1985 cumulative tales
    When a mouse requests a cookie, a cycle of events occurs that brings the reader full circle.
  • Dory Story by Pallotta: c2000 sea story, fiction
    Danny's ocean adventures are completely enchanting, even if they take place in the bathtub.
  • Amelia Bedelia by Parish: stories classics, fiction
    Amelia Bedelia, who is a housekeeper, is very literal minded when others give her directions; the results are hilarious.
  • Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Pearson: c2002 kindness, fiction
    When young Mary secretly leaves berries on a lady’s porch, the kindness is multiplied many times over by others.
  • Don't Forget Winona by Peterson: c2004 historical fiction
    In the 1930s during the days of the dust bowl in Oklahoma and the Great Depression, a young girl tells about her family’s experiences on Route 66 heading toward California.
  • Aunt Chip and the Triple Creek Dam Affair by Polacco: c1996 TV, reading, fiction
    Since the invasion of television, no one can remember how to read.
  • Henry and Mudge by Rylant: stories family, dogs, humor
    A young boy named Henry and his dog Mudge share many adventures with Henry’s parents and other important people in his life.
  • Skippyjon Jones by Schachner: c2003 humor
    This Siamese kitten spends his "time-out" imagining himself as "El-Skippito" who comes to the rescue of some Chihuahuas.
  • And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon by Stevens: c2001 nursery rhymes
    From the Mother Goose nursery rhyme, Dish and Spoon run away. Concerned about the fate of the rhyme, Cat, Cow and Dog set out to find them.
  • The House On East by Waber: 88th Street c1962 crocodiles, classic
    When Lyle the Crocodile appears in the bathtub of the Primm family, the family is very upset; but Lyle soon wins their hearts.
  • The Other Side by Woodson: c2001 friendship, ethnic diversity
    A fence divides a town where two girls - one white and one black - sit and gradually become acquainted.


Books About Friends

  • A Bargain for Frances by Hoban
  • The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room by Giff
  • Fox on the Job by Marshall
  • Frog and Toad Together by Lobel
  • Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Kline
  • Pinky and Rex by Howe

Historical Fiction

  • American Girls Series
  • Deputy Dan and the Bank Robbers by Rosenbloom
  • Kamishibai Man by Say

Learning to Read Stories

  • Berenstain Bears series by Berenstain
  • Cam Jensen series by Adler
  • Hello Reader!
  • I Can Read Books
  • Junie B. Jones series by Park
  • Puffin Easy-to-Read
  • Step Into Reading Levels 1-4
  • The Stories Julian Tells by Cameron

Caldecott Awards and Honor Books

  • The Funny Little Woman by Mosel
  • Many Moons by Thurber
  • The Ox-Cart Man by Hall
  • The Story of Jumping Mouse by Steptoe
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by Steig
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains by Rylant