Suggested reading for grades 1-2


Adler, David A. Don’t throw It to Mo. 2015

Don’t miss out on this winner of the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Meet Mo, he may not be the biggest or the fastest on his team, but he might just be the one to save the day. Reader Adler, OverDrive eBook

Birney, Betty G. Humphrey’s School Fair Surprise. 2016

Hooray, Longfellow school is having a fair! Will Humphrey, class pet, be allowed to march in the parade with the kids of Room 26? It’s another great tale of adventure in the just right for new readers’ series. Humphrey’s Tiny Tales. J FIC BIRNEY (series)

Fenske, Jonathan. A Pig, a Fox, and a Box. 2015

Foxes are clever. However, when this fox plays a trick on his friend pig, things don’t quite work out as cleverly for fox in the end. This funny tale was a 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book. Reader Fenske

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad are Friends. 1979
These timeless tales of friendship between Frog and Toad continue to charm beginning readers. Reader Lobel, Readalong Lobel, OverDrive eAudiobook (series)                                    

McDonald, Megan. Triple Pet Trouble (Judy Moody and Friends). 2015
Judy Moody has a sick pet Venus flytrap, what can she do? How about getting help from an unruly toad and a mind-reading cat? Now it’s time for action and an urgent cure. Reader McDonald (series), eBook

Panec, D.J. How Many?: A Counting Book. (We Both Read – Level Pk-K) 2016

This book is designed for being read solely by a caregiver to a child or as an opportunity for engagement where the child and caregiver alternate reading pages from the story. (Easier leveled content is designated for the child.) Ask the librarian how to find other We Both Read books in the Readers section of the library. Reader Panec

Parish, Herman. Amelia Bedelia By the Yard. 2016

Amelia Bedelia is back and her family is having a yard sale. But wait, Amelia loves her yard, she doesn’t want to sell it. Join Amelia as she figures out what a yard sale actually is in this fun story of silly family misunderstandings.  Reader Parish (series)

Pilkey, Dav. Big Dog and Little Dog Getting in Trouble. 2015

It’s Big Dog plus Little Dog equals trouble in this story of what happens when two friends play tug of war in the house. Reader Pilkey (series)  

O’Connor, Jane. It’s Backward Day! 2016

Join Fancy Nancy for some topsy-turvy fun on this far from normal school day. Of course, Nancy has the best idea for celebrating this day with her classmates. Check out this book to see what it is. Reader O’Connor (series), eAudiobook

Rylant, Cynthia. Mr. Putter & Tabby Smell the Roses. 2015
What happens when Mr. Putter and Tabby, his trusty cat, take their friends Mrs. Teaberry and  her rascally dog, Zeke, to the Conservatory to celebrate Mrs. Teaberry’s birthday? Will they have a good time? Will Zeke be able to keep calm in such a quiet and still place? Friendship and fun with a little excitement mixed in make this book another great read in an ongoing series by an acclaimed author.  Reader Rylant (series), eBook                                                                                 

Savage, Stephen. Supertruck. 2015

When the city is struck by a huge snowstorm, what will happen? Who will save the day and clear the snow away? Checkout this funny tale of a super truck and discover his mild mannered alter ego in this 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book. E Savage

Sharmat, Mitchell. Berkley, the Terrible Sleeper. 2015

Bears are supposed to go to sleep for winter. But what if a bear is just not sleepy? That is the case with Berkley bear. Can Momma and Poppa Bear figure out a way to get him to sleep before winter? Reader Sharmat

Testa, Maggie. Daniel Visits the Library. 2015

It’s story time at the library, and Daniel Tiger and his friend, Prince Wednesday, are super excited. Will they be able to calm down for stories? Reader Daniel, eBook  

Young, Judy. Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden. 2016

Brother and sister, Digger and Daisy, are back, and this time they are planting a garden together; Digger digs the holes, and Daisy plants the seeds. But wait, what’s that? Digger has planted a surprise for Daisy. Oh, what could it be? Reader Young (series), eBook   

Virján, Emma J. What This Story Needs is a Hush and a Shush. 2016

Pig is desperate for sleep, but the farm animals are keeping her awake. Will poor pig ever get the sleep she wants? Don’t miss other great stories in this Pig in a Wig series. Reader Virjan (series), eAudiobook                                                           


Braun, Eric. Super Baseball Infographics. 2015

Keeping track of all the fascinating baseball facts and statistics can make your head spin faster than a curveball. How can all these big numbers and concepts make more sense? Infographics! The charts maps and illustrations in this book tell a visual story to help you understand key facts about baseball. J 796.357 BRAUN

Fiona, Gowen. How to Draw Awesome Vehicles: Land, Sea and Air. 2015

Packed with amazing drawing projects, learn how to draw trucks, supercars, stunt planes, and much, much more! This book includes over 100 awesome vehicles with easy to follow step-by-step drawing instructions. J 743.8 GOWEN                                                                                                                   

VanVoorst, Jenny Fretland. Robots at Home. 2015

What makes a robot a robot versus just a machine, like a dishwasher in your home? Check out this title, and others in the series Robot World for answers to questions like this and more interesting facts. Other titles in this series cover topics of robots in the field, in space, and in the factory. J 629.892 FRETLAND VANVOORST (series), eBook                                        

Suen, Anastasia. How to Bake a Cake. 2016

This book offers a step-by-step guide to baking a cake for those new to the experience. J 641.8653 SUEN, eBook

Nuchi, Natan. Curious George Discovers the Senses. 2015

It’s Curious George on another great adventure, this time discovering what the five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) are all about. This book features lots of great facts and real science experiments to help your little one explore the topic. J 612.8 REY

Pfeffer, Wendy. What’s It Like to Be a Fish? 2015

Have you ever wondered about this topic? Then this is the book for you. At the back of the book is a handy guide to setting up a goldfish bowl. J 597 PFEFFER

Rabe, Tish. Planet Name Game. 2015

This easy reader is a great introduction to the eight planets of the solar system. There are lots of other readers in The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series, all full of facts and lots of fun! Reader Cat (series), eBook 

Guiberson, Brenda Z. The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea. 2015

Is it the greatest diver, the one with rotating eyes, the master of disguise, the one with the most slime, or the most eggs? Filled with intriguing facts and illustrations, this book invites you to decide, “Who is the most amazing creature in the sea?” J 591.77 GUIBERSON

Paul, Miranda. Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle. 2015

This book offers a simple and poetic but informative look at the water cycle as two children experience it throughout the seasons. It includes easily understood introductions to concepts such as evaporation and condensation.J 551.48 PAUL

Mattick, Lindsay. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. 2015

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers’ horses during World War I. That bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. 2016 Caldecott Winner. J BIO COLEBOURN

Wallmark, Laurie. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine. 2015

Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world’s first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities. J BIO LOVELACE

Maxwell, Cassandre. Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo. 2015

Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy. J BIO BARTLETT

Ehlert, Lois. Lots of Spots. 2010

This book introduces the different types of camouflage animals use to help blend in with their surroundings, including spots on flounder, colorful spots on poisonous frogs, and large spots on butterflies. J 591.472 EHLERT, eBook

Thompson, Laurie Ann. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. 2015

Born in Ghana, West Africa with one deformed leg, Emmanuel was dismissed by most people – but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. He hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age 13 to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing 400 miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled. J BIO YEBOAH


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