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The librarians at The Robert R. Jones Library are pleased to be able to share their expertise in the form of these thoughtful and timely booklists. These lists will be updated periodically to ensure the recommendations they contain remain current and relevant. New lists will be added as they are created, and others removed after they have served their useful shelf life.
SECOND GRADE BOOKS
BIG NEWS! by Ida Siegal
WNBC reporter Ida Siegal makes her debut as a chapter book author with a hilarious look at one girl's journey into journalism, mystery-solving, and fame -- or at least two out of those three!
LEROY NINKER SADDLES UP by Kate DiCamillo
Forging an instant bond with spaghetti-loving horse Maybelline, horseless cowboy Leroy Ninker inadvertently risks eternal loneliness when he forgets a vital third rule about Maybelline's care.
MY FAMILY ADVENTURE by Jacqueline Jules
In this compilation of four separately published books, Sofia Martinez, her sisters, and her cousins cope with the everyday problems of a happy Hispanic American family.
BACKYARD CAMP-OUT by Jerdine Nolen
Early readers are invited to join twins Jada and Jamal, and their best friends, Carlita and Josh, for a backyard campout on Bradford Street—but first, the search is on for a missing cat!
DORY FANTASMAGORY by Abby Hanlon
Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.
THE INNINGS AND OUTS OF BASEBALL!
by Jordan D. Brown
The fascinating science behind baseball is explained in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3, Ready-to-Read that includes a special section at the back of the book containing Common Core vetted extras on subjects like anatomy and history, as well as a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they've learned!
HURRY UP, HOUDINI! by Mary Pope Osborne
It's a book of magic tricks perfect for chapter book readers! When Jack and Annie went back in time to meet Houdini, they learned that the most famous magician of all time didn't use real magic at all. It was a trick! Now they've tracked down all the best, most fun, most tricky magic tricks and put them together in one book.
PRINCESS POSEY AND THE MONSTER STEW
by Stephanie Greene
Looking forward to sharing a Halloween party and trick-or-treating with her classmates, Princess Posey becomes nervous when her teacher announces that monster stew will be served at the party, a challenge she tackles by wearing her sparkly tutu.
SCIENCE FAIR DISASTER! by Ray O'Ryan
When the Intergalactic Science Fair returns to Nebulon, Zack and his Sprockets Academy classmates are challenged to uphold their winning streak in the face of a project malfunction
PREHISTORIC ACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins
Through descriptions and illustrations, including two detailed gatefolds, introduces dinosaurs of various giant sizes through an examination of how they moved, the way they hunted, and the types of food they ate.
BECOMING BABE RUTH by Matt Tavares
The story of the iconic hitter's formative years includes coverage of his education at Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys, the influence of a kindly mentor, his evolution as a young athlete and his entry into big-league baseball. By the creator of Zachary's Ball.
PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD AND THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Alex Milway
A last member of a line of explorers, unfailingly optimistic Pigsticks hires a hapless delivery hamster named Harold to be his companion for a quest that wends through jungles, deserts, and mountains in search of the Ends of the Earth.
BABYMOUSE GOES FOR THE GOLD
by Jennifer L. Holm
Urged by her mother to find a physical activity, Babymouse, who would rather read and eat cupcakes, tries out for the swim team.
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