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Second Grade and Third Grade Books: good books for ages 7-8

  The Hundred Dresses (Paperback) 

The Hundred Dresses

Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Friendship, School life

"The Hundred Dresses" by Eleanor Estes and Louis Slobodkin is a Newbery Honor award winner and a classic children's book in the genre of realistic fiction. The story's main character Wanda Petronski, a Polish-American girl from a poor family, is teased by classmates at school for being different and for saying she has one hundred dresses at home while she is wearing the same faded dress to school every day. Only after Wanda's absence from school do Maddie and Peggy find out the true story about the one hundred dresses and try to make amends. "The Hundred Dresses", one of the best chapter books of the 20th century, appeals to kids in second grade through sixth grade.


  Stone Fox (Paperback) 

Stone Fox

John Reynolds Gardiner, Greg Hargreaves (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

In the chapter book "Stone Fox", by John Reynolds Gardiner, main character little Willy enters a dogsled race in order to win prize money and save his grandfather's farm from tax collectors. One of the other racers is Stone Fox, a Native American who has never lost a dog sled race. Children in third grade through sixth grade will enjoy this inspiring story about little Willy and his loyal dog Searchlight. "Stone Fox" is a great book to read aloud.


  Sarah, Plain and Tall (Paperback) 

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life

In "Sarah, Plain and Tall", author Patricia MacLachlan tells a moving story about the creation of a family. In simple language, a little girl named Anna talks about how Sarah from Maine comes to the prairie to live with her, her brother, and her widowed father. This historic fiction has won many awards, including Newbery Award, Christopher Award, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children, Golden Kite Award for Fiction and Notable Children's Book. "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is one of the best children's books. Kids in second grade through sixth grade will enjoy this classic chapter book.


  Magic Tree House Boxed Set (Volumes 1-4) (Paperback) 

Magic Tree House Boxed Set (Volumes 1-4) (Magic Tree House Series)

Mary Pope Osborne (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books; Book Themes: Animals, Dinosaur

This boxed set contains the first four books of the Magic Tree House series: "Dinosaurs Before Dark", "The Knight at Dawn", "Mummies in the Morning" and "Pirates Past Noon". Children in grade 1 through 3 will find these early chapter books by Mary Pope Osborne entertaining, fast-paced, and easy to read.


  Catwings (Paperback) 

Catwings (Catwings Series #1)

Ursula K. Le Guin (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Catwings" by Ursula K. Le Guin is a story about the adventures of four cats with wings as they leave the city and find a new home in the country. This easy-to-read animal fantasy book appeals to children in second and third grade. "Catwings" is a good chapter book to read aloud.


  Freckle Juice (Paperback) 

Freckle Juice

Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction

"Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume is a funny easy chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction. Main character Andrew Marcus wants freckles after noticing his classmate Nicky has them. In fact, Andrew wants freckles so bad that he buys a secret recipe for freckle juice from Sharon for fifty cents, his five-week allowance. But freckle juice does not work as expected. Andrew has to draw fake freckles with a blue marker. At school, Andrew's teacher gives him a "freckle remover" to remove the blue freckles. Children in second grade and third grade will enjoy reading this humorous story.


  Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Paperback) 

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula Series)

James Howe, Alan Daniel, Deborah Howe (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Animal Fantasy, Humorous Stories, Mystery Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Bunnicula" by Deborah Howe, James Howe and Alan Daniel is a favorite chapter book among children. In this humorous animal fantasy book, the Monroe family finds a bunny in a movie theater and names the animal Bunnicula. Chester the cat suspects Bunnicula is a vampire rabbit. Children in elementary school will enjoy reading this funny mystery story.


  Skylark (Paperback) 

Skylark

Patricia MacLachlan (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life

"Skylark" is a sequel to "Sarah Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan. Sarah is like a skylark and has not entirely settled down to the pioneer life. When there is a severe drought on the prairie, Sarah and the children go back to Maine to live with her aunts, while Jacob stays behind to take care of their farm. Will the family be united again? The story "Skylark" appeals to children in third grade through sixth grade.


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