Reading List - Grade Two

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Kindergarten to Grade 2


Dear Brookline families:

Brookline is a community which values and promotes lifelong literacy. The town’s schools, libraries, and bookstores are places to discover new and familiar titles, to share understandings, and to grow as readers. We are pleased to introduce the most recent edition of the Brookline Public Schools Reading List K-8. The suggested titles represent our recommendations of quality titles to involve children in thoughtful and enjoyable year round reading.

We appreciate the work of the following members of the Brookline Public Schools Reading List Committee who researched titles and made final selections:

Barbara Scotto, 6th grade teacher, Driscoll School
Rosalind von Au, Librarian, Driscoll School,
Sheri Hesch, Children’s Librarian, Brookline Public Library,
Liz Mellett, Young Adult Librarian, Brookline Public Library,
Polly Cornblath, Community Liaison, Children’s Book Shop.

We hope that you will find the list a useful resource for sharing in your child’s reading experiences.

Guidelines for Use

1. The purpose of the Brookline Public Schools K-8 Reading List is to make recommendations of books for students to read throughout the year.The suggested titles represent literature that will involve children in thoughtful and enjoyable reading. Grade level designations represent general guidelines; children are encouraged to read widely. Books are chosen for the list to appeal to and challenge many types of readers. We hope that parents will guide their children’s choices.

2. Students should keep the Reading List easily accessible for use throughout the school year.

3. Most of the books on the Reading List are available at all Brookline Elementary School Libraries, Brookline Public Libraries, Boston Public Libraries, and local bookstores. Not all titles, however, will be available at all locations. Every effort has been made to include on the list many titles that are available in paperback in order to encourage parents to help each child to begin to build his/her own library.

4. The Reading List is divided into sections by grouping grade levels together as follows:
K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Within each section, titles and authors are listed in specific categories covering various genres in fiction and different topics in non-fiction, as well as Books to Read Aloud, Picture Books for Older Readers, and Notable Books for each grade. Also included is a list of Pre-School Notable Books.

5. A special effort has been made to include in the Reading List those authors, illustrators and works which appear on “A Suggested List of Authors, Illustrators, or Works Reflecting Our Common Literary and Cultural Heritage” and the “Suggested List of Contemporary American Literature and World Literature” from the State of Massachusetts English Language Arts Curriculum Framework.

6. Since it is impossible to include every worthy title by some authors who have written many fine books, it is hoped that readers will consult with teachers and librarians for guidance concerning other possible titles to read by some of the more prolific writers.

7. It is hoped that parents will use the Reading List to share in their children’s reading experiences. This can be done by parents reading the books themselves, or by reading the books aloud with their children, and then talking about the books and exploring the ideas and questions that they raise.

Comments and suggestions on both the general function of the list and specific titles are welcomed by the Brookline Public Schools Reading List Committee members at any time.

Barbara Scotto, 6th Grade Teacher, Driscoll School
Rosalind von Au, Librarian, Driscoll School
Sheri Hesch, Children’s Librarian, Brookline Public Library
Liz Mellett,Young Adult Librarian, Brookline Public Library
Polly Cornblath, Community Liaison,Children’s Book Shop

Reading List Subjects

Read Aloud

FICTION - Books for Beginning Readers
FICTION - Easy Chapter Books
FICTION - Picture Books
NONFICTION - Biography and Autobiography
NONFICTION - Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends and Mythology
NONFICTION - History, Science and Culture


K/2 - Books for Families to Read Aloud - K/2

Author Title

Aardema, V. Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa
Atwater, R. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Brenner, B. Chibi: A True Story from Japan
Burgess, T. Old Mother West Wind
Carle, E. Treasury of Classic Stories for Children
Cleary, B. Ralph S. Mouse (series)
Dahl, R. James and the Giant Peach
de Paola, T Tomie dePaola’s Book of the Old Testament
D’Aulaire, I. D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
Gannett, R. My Father’s Dragon (series)
Goldsmith / Caldecott Ride a Cock-Horse . . .
Griffith, H. Granddaddy’s Place (series)
Heide, F. Shrinking of Treehorn
Hughes, S. Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook
King-Smith, D. School Mouse
Kipling, R. Just So Stories
Lester, J. Knee-High Man and Other Stories
Marzollo, J. Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.
Milne, A. Winnie the Pooh (series)
Opie, I. Tail Feathers from Mother Goose
Prelutsky, J. Random House Book of Poetry
Rockwell, A. Acorn Tree and Other Folktales
Segal, L. Tell Me a Mitzi
Sendak, M. Higglety Pigglety Pop
Sierra, J. Nursery Tales Around the World
Thurber, J. Many Moons
Wells, R. Voyage to the Bunny Planet (series)
White, E. Stuart Little
Wilder, L. Little House in the Big Woods (series)
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K/2 FICTION - Books for Beginning Readers - FICTION K/2

Author Title

Bonsall, C. Case of the Cat’s Meow (series)
Brandenberg, A. Leo and Emily’s Zoo (series)
Bulla, C. Daniel’s Duck
Byars, B. My Brother, Ant (series)
Coerr, E. Josephina’s Story Quilt
Giff, P. Watch Out, Ronald Morgan (series)
Hall, K. Grizzly Riddles (series)
Hoban, L. Arthurs’ Honey Bear (series)
Kessler, L. Here Comes the Strikeout
Krensky, S. Lionel at Large (series)
Levinson, N. Snowshoe Thompson
Levy, E, Something Queer at the Library (series)
Lobel, A. Mouse Tales (series)

Marshall, J. Fox Be Nimble (series)
Miller, S. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog (series)
Minarik, E. Little Bear (series)
Parish, P. Amelia Bedelia (series)
Paterson, K. Smallest Cow in the World
Pomerantz, C. Outside Dog
Porte, B. Harry in Trouble (series)
Rylant, C. Henry and Mudge (series)
Schwartz, A. Ghosts
Seuss, Dr. Cat in the Hat
Sharmat, M. Nate the Great (series)
Stadler, J. Hurray for Snail (series)
Stevenson, J. Mud Flat Olympics (series)
van Leeuwen, J. Oliver, Amanda and Grandmother Pig (series)
Wolcott, P. Tuna Fish Sandwiches
Yolen, J. Commander Toad in Space (series)
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K/2 FICTION - Easy Chapter Books - FICTION K/2

Author Title

Adler, D. Cam Jansen and . . . the Stolen Diamonds (series)
Avi Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams
Bauer, M. Alison’s Wings (series)
Blume, J. Freckle Juice
Bulla, C. Lion to Guard Us
Byars, B. Beans on the Roof
Cleary, B. Muggie Maggie
Cameron, A. Stories Huey Tells (series)
Conford, E. Jenny Archer, Author (series)
Dalgleish, A. Courage of Sarah Noble
Erikson, R. Toad for Tuesday (series)
Galbraith, K. Roommates (series)
Greenwald, S. Give Us a Great Big Smile, Rosy Cole (series)
Haywood, C. B Is for Betsy (series)
Hest, A. Nannies for Hire (series)
Howe, J. Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee (series)
Hurwitz, J. Russell Sprouts (series)
King-Smith, D. Sophie’s Snail (series)
Kline, S. Herbie Jones and the Class Gift (series)
Marshall, J. Rats on the Roof (series)
Osborne, M. Dinosaurs Before Dark (series)
Parish, P. Key to the Treasure (series)
Patron, S. Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe

Sachar, L. Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth (series)
Slote, A. My Robot Buddy (series)
Smith, J. Kid Next Door and Other Headaches (series)
Soto, G. Skirt
Stolz, M. Go Fish (series)
Ziefert, H. Mr. Rose’s Class: Pet Day (series)
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K/2 FICTION - Picture Books - FICTION K/2

Author Title

Alexander, L. Fortune Tellers
Allard, H. Miss Nelson Is Missing (series)
Anno, M. Anno’s Journey (series)
Ardizzone, E. Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (series)
Bang, Molly Goose
Barrett, J. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Bemelmans, L. Madeline’s Rescue (series)
Birdseye, T. Airmail to the Moon
Blake, R. Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod
Blake, Q. Clown
Breckler, R. Hoang Breaks the Lucky Teapot
Brett, J. Berlioz the Bear
Briggs, R. Bear
Brown, M. Arthur Tells a Story (series)
Brown, M.W. Little Island
Browne, A. Gorilla
Brusca, M. On the Pampas (series)
Buehner, C. Fanny’s Dream
Bunting, E. Dandelions
Burningham, J. John Patrick Norman McHennessy . . .
Burton, V. Little House
Caines, J. Just Us Women
Calhoun, M. Hot -Air Henry (series)
Cannon, J. Stellaluna
Carle, E. Very Busy Spider (series)
Carrick, C. Patrick’s Dinosaurs (series)
Christelow, E. Great Pig Escape
Clifton, L. Everett Anderson’s Year (series)
Conrad, P. Tub People (series)
Cooney, B. Island Boy
Coy, J. Night Driving
Crews, D. Bigmama’s
Curtis, J. Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born

Dabcovich, L. Polar Bear’s Son
Day, A. Frank and Ernest Play Ball (series)
Demi Empty Pot
DePaola, T. Art Lesson
deRegniers, B. May I Bring a Friend?
DuBois, W. Bear Circus
Duvoisin, R. Petunia (series)
Egielski, R. Gingerbread Boy
Ehlert, L. Feathers for Lunch
Ehrlich, A. Parents in the Pigpen, Pigs in the Tub
Emberley, R. Taking a Walk / Caminando
Erdrich, L. Grandmother’s Pigeon
Ernst, L Ginger Jumps
Feelings, T. Jambo Means Hello: A Swahili Alphabet Book
Fleming, D. Where Once There Was a Wood
Flournoy, V. Patchwork Quilt
Fox, M. Hattie and the Fox
Freeman, D. Norman the Doorman
Friedman, I. How My Parents Learned to Eat
Gag, W. ABC Bunny
Gerstein, M. Arnold of the Ducks
Gramatky, H. Little Toot
Gray, L. My Mama Had a Dancing Heart
Greenfield, E. Grandpa’s Face
Grossman, B. My Little Sister Ate One Hare
Gubak, G. Luka’s Quilt
Hall, D. I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat
Havill, J. Jamaica’s Find (series)
Henkes, K. Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
Hesse, K. Lester’s Dog
Hest, A. In the Rain with Baby Duck (series)
Hoban, R. Best Friends for Frances (series)
Hoffman, M. Amazing Grace
Hogrogian, N. One Fine Day
Holabird, K. Angelina Ballerina (series)
Howard, . E. Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)
Hughes, S. Dogger
Hurd, T. Mama Don’t Allow
Isaacs, A. Swamp Angel
Isadora, R. Max
Johnson, A. Tell Me a Story, Mama
Johnson, C. Harold and the Purple Crayon
Jonas, A. Round Trip
Joyce, W. Day with Wilbur Robinson
Keats, E. Whistle for Willie
Kellogg, S. Pinkerton Behave (series)

Khalsa, D. I Want a Dog
Kimmel, E. Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Kleven, E. Hooray, a Pinata!
Krauss, R. Hole is to Dig
Lasky, K. Pond Year
Lee, J. Song of Muhan
Lester, J. Sam and the Tigers
Levinson, R. Our Home Is the Sea
Lionni, L. Frederick
Lobel, A. On Market Street
Luenn, N. Nessa’s Fish (series)
Lyon, G. Mama Is a Miner
Macaulay, D. Shortcut
Mahy, M. Rattlebang Picnic
Marshall, J. George and Martha One Fine Day (series)
Martin, B. Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom
Martin, J. Grandmother Bryant’s Pocket
Martin, R. Will’s Mammoth
Mathers, P. Maria Theresa
Mayer, M. There’s a Nightmare in my Closet
McCloskey, R. Blueberries for Sal
McCully, E. Mirette on the High Wire (series)
McDonald, M. Insects Are My Life
McKissack, P. Mirandy and Brother Wind
McLerran, A. Roxaboxen
McPhail, D. Edward and the Pirates
Meddaugh, S. Martha Speaks (series)
Melmed, L. Little Oh
Mitchell, M. Uncle Jed’s Barbershop
Moss, L. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
Munsch, R. Paper Bag Princess
Nye, N. Sitti’s Secrets
Peet, B. Zella, Zack and Zodiac
Pilkey, D. Paperboy
Pinkwater, D. Aunt Lulu
Polacco, P. Bee Tree
Potter. B. Tale of Two Bad Mice
Raschka, C. Yo! Yes?
Rathman, P. Officer Buckle and Gloria
Rattigan, J. Truman’s Aunt Farm
Rayner, M. Mrs. Pig’s Bulk Buy (series)
Rey, H. Curious George Rides a Bike (series)
Ringgold, F. Dinner at Aunt Connie’s House
Rohmann, E. Time Flies
Rylant. C. When I Was Young in the Mountains

Schaefer, C. Squiggle
Schotter, R. Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane
Schertle, A. Down the road
Schroeder, A. Minty
Schwartz, A. Annabel Swift, Kindergartner
Sendak, M. In the Night Kitchen
Seuss, D. Five Hundred Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins
Shaw, N. Sheep Out to Eat (series)
Sis, P. Komodo
Small, D. Paper John
Smalls-Hector, I. Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel
Soto, G. Chato’s Kitchen
Spier, P. Noah’s Ark
Steig, W. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Stevens, J. Tops and Bottoms
Stevenson, J. Higher on the Door
Stewart, S. Library
Taback, S. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Teague, M. Iguana Brothers
Thompson, K. Eloise (series)
Thurber, J. Many Moons
Ungerer, T. Crictor
Van Allsburg, C. Ben’s Dream
Vincent, G. Ernest and Celestine’s Picnic (series)
Viorst, J. Alexander and the...No Good, Very Bad Day
Voake, C. Ginger
Waber, B. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (series)
Waddell, M. Farmer Duck
Watanabe, S. What a Good Lunch!
Wells, R. Shy Charles
Wiesner, D. Tuesday
Williams, K. Galimoto
Williams, S. Working Cotton
Williams, V. Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe
Yee, P. Roses Sing on New Snow
Wood, A. Bunyans
Yolen, J. Piggins (series)
Yorinks, A. Hey, Al
Zion, G. Harry the Dirty Dog (series)
Zolotow, C. William’s Doll
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K/2 NONFICTION - Biography and Autobiography - NONFICTION K/2

Author Title

Adler, D. Picture Book of Simon Bolivar (series)
Brown, D. Ruth Law Thrills a Nation
Demarest, C. Lindbergh
Downing, J. Mozart Tonight
Golenbock, P. Teammates
Krull, K. Wilma Unlimited
Parks, R. I Am Rosa Parks
Pinkney, A. Alvin Ailey
Roop, P. Keep the Lights Burning, Abby
Sakurai, G. Mae Jemison: Space Scientist
Say, A. Grandfather’s Journey
Wallner, A. Beatrix Potter

K/2 NONFICTION - Fairytales, Folktales, Legends and Mythology - K/2 NONFICTION

Author Title

Aardema, V. Lonely Lioness and the Ostrich Chicks
Andersen, H. Thumbelina
Aruego, J. Crocodile’s Tale: A Phillipine Fairy Tale
Bang, M. Wiley and the Hairy Man
Brett, J. Mitten
Brown, M. Stone Soup
Bryan, A. Turtle Knows Your Name
de la Mare, W. Turnip
Demi Liang and the Magic Paintbrush
dePaola, T. Strega Nona Meets Her Match (series)
Early, M. William Tell
Ehlert, L. Cuckoo/Cucu
Galdone, P. Tailypo
Ginsburg, M. Clay Boy
Goble, P. Iktomi and the Boulder (series)
Grifalconi, A. Village of Round and Square Houses
Grimm, W. Sleeping Beauty
Han, S. Rabbit’s Escape
Hong, L. Two of Everything: A Chinese Folktale
Huck, C. Princess Furball
Hutton, W. Trojan Horse
Kellogg, S. Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
Kimmel, E. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock (series)
Kurtz, J. Pulling the Lion’s Tail
Lurie, A. Clever Gretchen
Marshall, J. Red Riding Hood (series)
Martin, R. Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake
McDermott, G. Arrow to the Sun

Paterson, K. King’s Equal
Perrault, C. Cinderella
Rockwell, A. Robber Baby and Other Stories
Rounds, G. Three Billy Goats Gruff
San Souci, R. Sukey and the Mermaid
Small, D. Baba Yaga
Steptoe, J. Story of Jumping Mouse
Trivizas, E. Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Watkins, Y. Tales from the Bamboo Grove
Wildsmith, B. Lion and the Rat
Winthrop, E. Vasilissa the Beautiful
Zemach, M. Duffy and the Devil
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K/2 NONFICTION - History, Science and Culture - NONFICTION K/2

Author Title

Aliki Corn Is Maize
Angelou, M. Kofi and his Magic
Ancona, G. Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
Anno Anno’s Magic Seeds
Blumberg, R. Bloomers
Brenner, B. Thinking About Ants
Cole, J. Magic Schoolbus Inside a Beehive (series)
Dooley, N. Everybody Cooks Rice (series)
Ehlert, L. Planting a Rainbow
Facklam, M. Big Bug Book
Garza, C. Family Pictures
Gibbons, G. Sharks
Hoban, T. 26 Letters and 99 Cents
Kuklin, S. Kodomo: Children of Japan
Lankford, M. Hopscotch Around the World
Lewin, T. Market
McGovern, A. Swimming with Sea Lions
McMillan, B. Night of the Pufflings
Micklethwait, L. Child’s Book of Play in Art
Onyefulu, I. A Is for Africa
Provensen, A. Glorious Flight . . .
Robbins, K. Power Machines
Simon, S. Stars (series)
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Author Title

Adoff, A. In for Winter, Out for Spring
Cole, J. Miss Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes
Greenfield, E. Daydreamers
Grimes, N. Meet Danitra Brown
Hopkins, L. Good Books, Good Times
Johnson, J. Creation
Kennedy, X. Talking Like the Rain
Kuskin, K. Soap Soup and Other Verses
Lyne, S. Ten Second Rain Showers
Moore, L. Sunflakes: Poems for Children
Nash, O. Adventures of Isabel
Petersham, M. Rooster Crows
Prelutsky, J. Read -Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young
Stevenson, R. Child’s Garden of Verses
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Author Title

Cooney, B. Miss Rumphius
dePaola, T. Strega Nona
Dorros, A. Abuela
Hall, D. Oxcart Man
McKissack, P. Flossie and the Fox
Polacco, P. Thunder Cake
Ringgold, F. Tar Beach
Steig, W. Brave Irene
Ungerer, T. Three Robbers
Van Allsburg, C. Jumanji
Yashima, T. Crow Boy

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