Books for First and Second Graders

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Titles in this list were recommended by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh staff. Ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.

Chicken in Charge

When the farmer is away, Zoey the chicken, believing she knows all about lambs, takes care of the new flock of babies.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

You’ve likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 [mission]. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

Fox and Chick: The Party

Fox is calm and thoughtful. Chick is hyperactive and flighty. They don’t always agree, but they are friends anyway.

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons

Haiku meet riddles in this collection of poems that celebrate the seasons and describe everything from an earthworm to snow angels. Includes answer key.

Mapping Sam

An adventurous cat named Sam explores her neighborhood at night in this engaging, character-driven story about how maps work.

My Heart is a Compass

Rose wants to bring something truly unique for show-and-tell, so she creates maps to explore her imagination in search of something no one has ever seen before.

Noodlehead Nightmares

Brothers Mac and Mac star in this collection of bedtime tales inspired by folktales about fools from around the world.

Tiger vs. Nightmare

While Tiger sleeps, her best friend Monster scares away all of her nightmares, but waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can’t fight it alone, and only teamwork and a lot of bravery will chase it away.