Second Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet, by Tony Abbott

Eric, Julie, and Neal have just found something magic in Eric’s basement. They have discovered a staircase to another world! The world of Droon is amazing – full of magic, flying lizards, and fun, furry creatures. But how will Eric, Julie, and Neal find their way home? (from publisher’s note)

Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts (illus.)

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Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal–to fly–Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. (from publisher’s note)

Shackleton’s Journey, by William Grill

Young, up-and-coming illustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. Grill’s beautiful use of colored pencils and vibrant hues effortlessly evokes the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition. His impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, fastidiously reproduce the minutiae of the expedition. (from publisher’s note)

The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires

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A girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. (from the publisher’s note)

Guinea Dog, by Patrick Jennings

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Rufus has been dreaming of getting a dog. His best friend has one. His worst friend has one. But his dad has a few objections: They whine. They gnaw. They bark. They scratch. They beg. They drool. Rufus pays no attention when his mom offers her think-outside-the-box suggestion, because she can’t be serious. She can’t be. She can be. And she actually comes home with a guinea pig. And if Rufus’s dad thinks dogs are a problem, he won’t know what hit him when he meets the Guinea Pig that Thinks She’s a Dog. She barks. She bites. She’ll eat your homework. (from publisher’s note)

Additional Recommendations

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate | Click here for an e-book edition

Me…Jane, by Patrick McDonnell

Do Not Open this Book, by Michaela Muntean & Pascal Lemaitre (illus.)

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen (illus.)  | Click here for an e-book edition

Stuart Little, by E.B. White & Garth Reynolds (illus). | Click here for an e-book edition

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