Parents: Boston Public Schools Grade 2

Grade 2 Reading List

These books constitute the Core Literature List for Boston public schools. You can find these titles at a Boston Public Library branch near you.

Picture Books
A is for.......? by Henry Horenstein
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Brave Irene by William Steig
Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
Emeka's Gift by Ifeoma Onyefulu
Everything to Spend by Ann Whitford Paul
For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me by Eloise Greenfield
The Hatseller and the Monkeys by Baba Wague Diakite
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Friedman
June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner
Kevin and His Dad by Irene Smalls
Once Upon a Golden Apple by Little & De Vries
Pinkerton, Behave by Steven Kellogg


Chapter Books
The Adam Joshua Capers: The Halloween Monster by Janice Lee Smith
Andy and Tamika by David Adler
The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
First in the Field: Baseball Hero Jackie Robinson by Derek T. Dingle
Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline
My Big Lie by Bill Cosby
Seven Kisses in a Row by Patricia MacLachlan


Informational Books
A is for Asia by Cynthia Chin-Lee
A Blue Butterfly by Bijou LeTord
Bridges Are to Cross by Philemon Sturges
Clambake - A Wampanoag Tradition by Russell Peters
Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters
Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton


Poetry Books
Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape by J. P. Lewis
Morning, Noon and Night by Sharon Taberski


Picture Books

A is for.......? by Henry Horenstein
With the letters of the alphabet as clues, young readers will enjoy guessing the identity of the animals in this stunning collection of photographs. Don't worry if you can't figure it out, the answers are in the back! A real treat.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Grace loves stories. When she hears her class is going to perform Peter Pan, Grace decides to try out for the role. Her classmates doubt that she can play the part because she is black and also a girl. With the help of her loving family, Grace proves that she should get the part.

Brave Irene by William Steig
In the face of a fierce snowstorm, Irene summons up all of her courage when her mother falls ill and she must deliver a gown to the duchess.

Crow Boy Taro Yashima
A small boy, who is different from the others, gains acceptance when he imitates the voices of crows in the school talent show.

Emeka's Gift by Ifeoma Onyefulu
This is an African counting story about a young boy who wants to give his grandmother something special to show how much he loves her.

Everything to Spend by Ann Whitford Paul
While showing her grandfather all the things she brought to spend the night, a little girl realizes that she forgot one thing.

For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me by Eloise Greenfield
Two children discover the importance of the human spirit and recognize how much they have in common with Michael Jordan.

The Hatseller and the Monkeys by Baba Wague Diakite
An African version of Caps For Sale. A traveling hatseller meets a group of bad monkeys who steel his hats.

How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Friedman
When a mother tells the story of how she and her father met, a little girl learns about various Japanese and American customs.

June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner
Holly Evans decides to do a more ambitious science project while her classmates are sprouting seeds in paper cups. Superbly detailed illustrations and carefully selected words will spark your children's imagination!

Kevin and His Dad by Irene Smalls
Kevin feels a lot of pride and excitement from spending a day with his dad.

Once Upon a Golden Apple by Little & De Vries
This hilarious fractured fairy tale, where everything seems to go wrong, is a magnificent feast for anyone who loves a good story. All the mischief is sorted out, and of course everyone lives happily ever after.

Pinkerton, Behave by Steven Kellogg
Can a puppy as big as a pony learn to behave? Humor abounds! Steven Kellog's humorous illustrations will capture every child.


Chapter Books

The Adam Joshua Capers: The Halloween Monster by Janice Lee Smith
One of the best things Adam likes about school is the library, another is making his own costume. What do you think he will be for Halloween? A good series for this age level.

Andy and Tamika by David Adler
By the author of the enormously popular Cam Jensen series. Andy's friend Tamika is planning to move in with the Russell Family.

The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
The yard at Gregory's new home has no room for a garden. He finds an abandoned chalk factory behind his house and creates his own garden with chalk.

First in the Field: Baseball Hero Jackie Robinson by Derek T. Dingle
An excellent choice for introducing role models to a younger audience.

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline
Enjoyable episodes in a second grade classroom, especially since Harry can get into a lot of mischief!

My Big Lie by Bill Cosby
Little Bill gets into big trouble when he tells a fib to explain why he has come home late for dinner. A wonderful series for literature discussions.

Seven Kisses in a Row by Patricia MacLachlan
When the parents leave for a week, the children stay with their aunt and uncle and learn to get used to new ways of doing things. A funny read aloud with great dialogue.


Informational Books

A is for Asia by Cynthia Chin-Lee
An alphabetical introduction to lands and cultures of the world's largest continent.

A Blue Butterfly by Bijou LeTord
A wonderful story about the renowned French artist Claude Monet.

Bridges Are to Cross by Philemon Sturges
Bridges around the world are shown in three-dimensional illustrations.

Clambake - A Wampanoag Tradition by Russell Peters
Steve Peters, a twelve-year-old Wampanoag Indian in Mashpee, Massachusetts, learns how to prepare a clambake from his grandfather. Full color photographs depict modern Wampanoags preparing for an authentic Wampanoag clambake.

Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney
This book describes the career of the legendary jazz musician and composer Duke Ellington. This book swings. Don't miss it!

Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters
A day in the life of a pilgrim boy.

Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton
The author, a distinguished astrophysicist, has written the perfect book for introducing the constellations. The Little Bear, the Scaly Dragon, the Swan, and sixteen other constellations are highlighted with shining silver stars.


Poetry Books

Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape by J. P. Lewis
Varied images of poems will delight children and spark an interest in visual displays of poetry.

Morning, Noon and Night by Sharon Taberski
Wonderful poems to fill your day.