Second Grade Summer Reading List (page 2)

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May 16, 2011
Updated on Mar 31, 2014

Our 2010 Second Grade Summer Reading Picks

Magical Ms. Plum by Bonnie Becker. When a new crop of students enters Ms. Plum's classroom in September, they're not quite prepared for her unconventional way of teaching, or the fact that when students agree to fetch an eraser or a pen from her supply closet, they invariably come back with a miniature animal perfectly tailored to their personalities. Whether it's a cat to purr a worrier's cares away, or a parrot to show a know-it-all what it feels like to be constantly interrupted, the creatures from the closet nudge Ms. Plum's students to play nice, be patient, look closely, and learn more of life's other lessons. So is it Ms. Plum who's magic, or the closet itself? Readers not quite ready for novels, or those who love listening to a tale read aloud, will love ambling through this chapter book to find out. (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $12.99)

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson. Images of stars with tails keep showing up in the most unlikely places: in the sand, in the sky, even in a pattern of shells. Moomintroll and his friend Sniff decide they need to figure out what's going on., and so begins an unpredictable adventure brimming with muskrat philosophers, trouser-munching crocodiles, silk monkeys, and Snufkins. Few Americans have heard of author Tove Jansson, but in Finland, she's a national hero and her books are as beloved as Winnie the Pooh or Alice in Wonderland. This grand adventure, full of unexpected twists, brings her work stateside, and not a moment too soon. Full of whimsical illustrations, delightful characters, and just plain wonderful writing, this is a book for every child's library. (Farrar Straus Giroux, $7.99) 

Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Whether she's fighting off swamp monsters with the help of underwater blender breathing apparatus, or using sonic-boom juice boxes to fend off a league of librarians attempting world domination, Lunch Lady is the perfect mix of spunk and sweetness to get the job done right. The unlikely heroine of this hilarious series of graphic novels flips burgers by day, but fights crime by night! Filled with fun, comic-style illustrations, and especially well-suited for reluctant readers, these books are presented in no particular order, so kids can start with whichever title strikes their fancy. (Random House, $5.99)

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Full of excitement, but never scary, this tale of a virtuoso cricket and his cat and mouse companions is like an unexpected hug: warm, comforting, and the stuff of childhood memories. This grand adventure won a Newbery Honor, but that was way back in the 1960's, so we'll forgive you if you've never heard of it. That said, if this book is new to you, run (don't walk) to snag a copy. A fantastic read-aloud for kids up and down the age spectrum, this story of a street-smart city mouse and the country bumpkin cricket who arrives accidentally in the Times Square subway station is pure magic. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $6.99) 

Scream Street: Fang of the Vampire by Tommy Donbavand. You can't always judge a book by its cover...or its title: this may look too scary for your second grader, but it is decidedly more exciting than scary. Luke has developed a bad habit of turning into a werewolf, that's why his family was sent by the government to live on Scream Street, a housing project for vampires, witches, zombies, and ghosts. He's making some cool friends, but his parents are terrified. Trying to get them home turns about to be a heap of trouble; to find the exit he must collect six powerful relics while being hunted down by an evil landlord. It's a good thing his ghoulish friends come out to help his cause. With colorful characters and a strong message about the power of friendship, this is a great book for summer reading. Stay tuned for other books in this fantastic new series. (Candlewick, $5.99)

The Sisters 8: Marcia's Madness by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Featuring talking cats, special powers, and a healthy dose of humor that's even witty enough for parents to enjoy, this suspenseful mystery is sure to get a thumbs-up from fans of Lemony Snickett. The heroes? Eight sisters whose parents have gone missing, and who are bound and determined to get them back. This book is the fifth in the series, so kids may wish to start from the beginning, but there's enough of a re-cap to catch readers up. And because this series is written by a family of authors, including an eight year-old, expect super kid-friendly dialogue. Bizarre and intriguing, yet still lighthearted, this book will leave your thrill-seeking reader begging for the next adventure! (Houghton Mifflin, $4.99)

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