Recommended Reads for 2nd and 3rd Grades



Young Cam Jansen Series by David Adler Detective Cam Jansen uses her smarts to solve mysteries.

Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate When the first-graders' bee antennae would not stay on their heads and the drummers would not stay in their seats for the open house play, Roscoe decides to help by using the "don't-you-dare" glue.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows When Bean’s parents leave her in care of her older sister Nancy for the afternoon, sheenlists her neighbor and best friend Ivy to come over and teach Nancy how to be a really good babysitter.

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he's sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend in Miss Mackle's second grade class isn't always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight year old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.