Second Grade Summer Reading List (page 3)

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May 16, 2011
Updated on Mar 31, 2014

Our 2009 Second Grade Summer Reading Picks

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell. All kids sometimes wish that their parents would leave them alone. In Ottoline's case, her parents have done just that. While they traverse the world, collecting interesting things, Ottoline and her best friend, Mr. Munroe (a small hairy creature from a bog in Norway), look after her parent's collection of emperor's hats, portable fishbowls, and leaking cups. When a series of lapdog burglaries sweeps across the city, Ottoline decides she's just the girl to crack the case... This book's breezy style, wonderful sense of humor, and quirky illustrations are spot on for this age group. Plus, with the next chapter book in this new series, Ottoline Goes to School, set to hit stores in late June, there's a second installment almost ready to devour! (HarperCollins, 2007, $6.99)

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great by Gerald Morris. For the kid in your life who can't get enough of swords and such, comes a humorous take on one of the most famous knights of all time...Sir Lancelot. This silly romp has its share of adventure and escapades, but also explores the downside of being King Arthur's most trusted knight, for example, having a trail of swooning marriage prospects and never being able to fit in a much-needed nap. Full of heart, humor, and plenty to keep the giggles going, this slim book is sure to please. (Sandpiper, 2008, $4.99)

The Crane Wife by Odds Bodkin. If you've got a second grader who seems wiser than her years, this book might be just the ticket. A gracefully paced Japanese fable about a lonely sail maker and the mysterious woman who becomes his wife, the book does not move with the wham bam of today's typical stories for kids. Yet it is full of atmosphere, secrets, and intrigue. Spun as tight and light as the sail of wind woven by his magical wife, the plot billows to its inevitable conclusion. Your child will likely hold her breath as the moral comes into sight. (Voyager Books, 1998, $6.00)

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo. Ten-year-old cousins Daisy and Jesse have checked their houses for Narnia-like wardrobes and collected every magical-looking object they could get their hands on, but so far, they've remained boringly adventure-less. That is, until the rock Jesse finds on High Peak hatches and a helpless green baby pops out of it. A little research reveals that they are newly minted Dragon Keepers, but it also reveals that it's up to them to keep their new friend safe from Saint George, an ancient dragon slayer who'd love to get his hands on this new specimen. (Yearling, 2008, $5.99)

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. This book may be a mom's worst nightmare, but it's a second grader's dream. Full of the potty humor that typically gets kids sent to their room, it's a truly silly story of two trouble-making boys who turn their grumpy principal into a jockey-clad superhero. Pilkey's illustrations add much to the humor and the kid-appeal can't be underestimated. While parents may wish their child wasn't quite so keen to follow the adventures of an underwear-clad hero and a villain stopped in his tracks by rubber doggy doo, we say any series that has kids begging to read more is a great way to entice new readers to pick up a book. And if your kid likes this one, there's a whole series waiting to fill his summer... (Scholastic, 1997, $5.99)

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