2nd Grade  Read-to-Me Books

A Listmania! list by Igor Barry "Igor" (Whitehouse, Ohio USA)
The list author says: "Here is a tried and true list of books my students have loved to hear over the years. I have loved sharing the characters and stories to many children over the years."
Gooney Bird Greene
1.  Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
The list author says:
  "This book is a great way to just step into creative writing, just by using one word- suddenly."
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See You Around, Sam! (Sam Krupnik)
2.  See You Around, Sam! (Sam Krupnik) by Lois Lowry
The list author says:
  "I love the idea that the boy, Sam, loves fangs but he has to decide between them and his mom, who suffers from fangphobia."
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The World According to Humphrey
3.  The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
The list author says:
  "This is a wonderful choice to read to your class.  It is written in the voice of the class pet.  I love how Humphrey only knows the names of the students by how they are addressed in class.  Haven't we all met a "Please Raise Your Hand Samantha"?"
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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries)
4.  The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The list author says:
  "A sibling group will try to make a home for themselves without parents and adult help.  My students love the idea that they are independent and that it has a very happy ending.  This is always my first book of the year."
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Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby)
5.  Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby) by Beverly Cleary
The list author says:
  "Here is Ramona again.  Great character!"
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Beezus and Ramona
6.  Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
The list author says:
  "I love Ramona and the students love how naughty she can be."
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Half Magic: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition
7.  Half Magic: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition by Edward Eager
The list author says:
  "This story presents the wonderful idea of magic coming to normal children and how it changes their lives.  The twist is that your wishes are only granted by halves.  How the wishes get split are always fun and surprising!  Even though it is set in the early 30's my students still love the adventures of these 4 children."
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The Story of Holly and Ivy
8.  The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
The list author says:
  "This is about a doll, so the girls are interested right away , but I always tell the boys not to worry because this story has a villain, too. It is about adoption and Christmas and wishing,"
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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffins)
9.  The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffins) by Gloria Houston
The list author says:
  "This is another great Christmas story."
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
10.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The list author says:
  "I must admit that this has been a great read for many years but the Johnny Depp movie version of the book has ruined some of its appeal for me."
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The Fat Cat:  A Danish Folktale
11.  The Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale by Jack Kent
The list author says:
  "I love the flow of this book and Jack Kent's pictures make it so fun!"
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Dr. Merlin's Magic Shop
12.  Dr. Merlin's Magic Shop by Scott Corbett
The list author says:
  "The students like how the boy tricks the evil magician and saves his dog."
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Owl Moon
13.  Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
The list author says:
  "Perfect way to introduce descriptive language."
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Brave Irene (Sunburst Books)
14.  Brave Irene (Sunburst Books) by William Steig
The list author says:
  "This book has great verbs,  I use it to show how choosing the right word can make a sentence so much better."
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Wiley and the Hairy Man [With Cassette] (Ready-To-Read:)
15.  Wiley and the Hairy Man [With Cassette] (Ready-To-Read:) by Molly Bang
The list author says:
  "The copy I have has the best illustrations.  The students love the words, but the pictures make it come alive."
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Charlotte's Web
16.  Charlotte's Web by Garth Williams
The list author says:
  "I have to read this book every spring.  Every sentence is perfect. This is so beautifully written.  I cry every year when Charlotte dies.  Oops, did I give the ending away?"
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The Maestro Plays
17.  The Maestro Plays by Vladimir Radunsky
The list author says:
  "Bold illustrations and a great book for introducing adverbs.  It has some really great examples."
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Andrew Henry's Meadow
18.  Andrew Henry's Meadow by D. Burn
The list author says:
  "Content is dated but the creative genius of Andrew Henry is a good starting point for creative writing."
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Christina Katerina and the Box
19.  Christina Katerina and the Box by Patricia Lee Gauch
The list author says:
  "Another book with dated content but a great creative writing starter."
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The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
20.  The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent
The list author says:
  "Great story for science, it gives an introduction of metamorphosis."
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Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod
21.  Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod by Robert J. Blake
The list author says:
  "The Iditarod Story told with action and beautiful artwork.  I had a class set of these books and we did a weeks worth of lessons following the race.  Great fun!"
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Thomas' Snowsuit (Annikins)
22.  Thomas' Snowsuit (Annikins) by Robert Munsch
The list author says:
  "Rip-roaring good time!  I am a fan of Robert Munsch and his website.  Check him out but allow time for the giggles."
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The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)
23.  The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books) by Eve Bunting
The list author says:
  "Great book to read for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day."
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Tikki Tikki Tembo (MacMillan Young Listeners)
24.  Tikki Tikki Tembo (MacMillan Young Listeners) by Arlene Mosel
The list author says:
  "I would read this and Chrysanthemum the first week of school.  We always did activities that were related to our names."
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Chrysanthemum Big Book
25.  Chrysanthemum Big Book by Kevin Henkes
The list author says:
  "This was my 1st day of school book.  We would use unifix cubes to build our names.  We would graph the amount of letters and predict the class total.  Homework assignment was two parts, a student and a parent part.  The student wrote about how they felt about their name and parents told why they chose the name and if they were the opposite sex what would their name have been."
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