Second Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

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Inspector Flytrap, by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell (illus.)

Click here to access a digital version through Annie Wright’s ebook collection.

On his first caper, Inspector Flytrap heads to the Art Museum’s Secret Lab to discover what important message lies in a mysterious glob on a recently discovered Da Vinci flower painting. The ingenious solution: Da Vinci was allergic to flowers, and the glob is, er, evidence of that ancient sneeze.
 
Combining wacky humor and a silly cast of characters with adventure, friendship, and mystery, the powerhouse team of Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell have created a uniquely engaging series that is perfect for newly independent readers and fans of Ricky Ricotta, Captain Underpants, and the Galaxy Zack series.

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My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett and Ruth Chrisman Gannett (illus.)

Click here to access a digital version through Annie Wright’s ebook collection.

My Father’s Dragon is a children’s novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon.

The narrative mode is unusual, in that the narrator refers to the protagonist only as “my father”, giving the impression that this is a true story that happened long ago.

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Guinea Dog, by Patrick Jennings

Click here to access a digital version through Annie Wright’s ebook collection.

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.

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I am Jane Goodall, by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos (illus.)

We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee scientist.

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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex (illus.)

From acclaimed, bestselling creators Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Adam Rex, author-illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Additional Recommendations

Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts (illus.) | Click here to access the digital version

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate| Click here to access the digital version

Stuart Little, by E.B. White & Garth Reynolds (illus). | Click here to access the digital version| Click here to access the audiobook version

Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen (illus.)

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