Good Books for Second and Third Graders

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Explore these good books for second and third graders. For more great reading, check out other books by these authors or ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.

The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound–but their plan soon goes awry.

Bolivar

Sybil knows that there is something off about her next door neighbor Bolivar, but she can’t seem to get anyone else in New York City to believe he is a dinosaur.

Dragons in a Bag

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

In the Past

Chronologically organized by epoch, a poetic introduction to the dinosaur world illuminates a host of creatures both novel and familiar, ranging from the mysterious trilobite to the famed Tyrannosaurus rex.

Juana & Lucas

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.

Meet Yasmin!

Pakistani American second-grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.

Mr. Wolf's Class

Chronicles the everyday adventures of Mr. Wolf, a new teacher at Hazelwood Elementary school, and his class of wild and special students.

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

Presents the history of hip-hop including, how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and breakdancing that formed around the art form.

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters

Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really important project to tackle–one that feels much bigger than herself. Rosie’s beloved Aunt Rose and her friends, the Raucous Riveters–a group of fun-loving gals who built airplanes during World War II–need help inventing something new. And Rosie is just the engineer for the job! After one flop … then another … and another … Rosie starts to lose hope. But thanks to some help from her fellow Questioneers Iggy Peck and Ada Twist, Rosie gets the job done. And, along with the Riveters, she rediscovers the meaning of home.