What Books Are Recommended Reading for 2nd Graders?


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Some recommended books for second graders include “Nim’s Island,” “Dogku” and “Frog and Toad Together.” These age-appropriate stories help young children learn about science, friendship and language.

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Wendy Orr’s “Nim’s Island” tells the story of determined young protagonist Nim, who survives alone on a desert island. Animal companions, rollicking adventure, scientific knowledge and an easily resolved conflict make this an engaging and informative tale for children. Orr’s casual writing pairs with Kerry Millard’s sophisticated pen and ink drawings for a novel that plays like a childhood Robinson Crusoe.

Andrew Clements’ “Dogku” is the conventional tale of a stray dog searching for a loving home, but the story differentiates itself from the pack with its unique writing style. Each page of the book is written in the form of a haiku, and the story helps kids learn all about this distinct poetic style. Tim Bowers’ rich oil-paint illustrations complement the book’s warm narrative, and “Dogku” provides kids an opportunity to learn and experiment with a likely unfamiliar form of writing.

The “Frog and Toad” series is a staple of young children’s literature, and “Frog and Toad Together” is one of the series’ most notable entries. In a collection of short chapters, Frog and Toad learn to work together as they bake cookies, plant a garden and test their own bravery. This well-received book was awarded the prestigious Newbery Honor in 1973.

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