Second Grade and Third Grade Books: good books for ages 7-8
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Pilgrims and Indians, Thanksgiving Stories
"Thanksgiving on Thursday" by Mary Pope Osborne is an easy-to-read chapter book that makes learning the history of thanksgiving fun and interesting. In their magic tree house, 8-year old Jack and 7-year-old Annie travel back to 1621, the year when pilgrims and Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving in the New Plymouth Colony. They meet early settlers such as Governor Bradford and Captain Standish, and Squanto, a Wampanoag Indian. The Pilgrim girl Priscilla Mullins takes them home and shows them how to cook a turkey. Their lack of understanding of some of the vocabulary words used by the early settlers makes for a few lighted-hearted moments. When the Thanksgiving feast is over, Jack and Annie return home in their magic tree house. After witnessing the pilgrims' life, they realize they have much to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving story appeals to children in second grade and third grade.
Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Hardcover)
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books; Book Theme: Christmas
Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne, the 29th book of the popular Magic Tree House series, is a fast-paced and easy-to-read early chapter book that can serve as a good introduction to the fantasy genre. Jack and Annie, the two characters familiar to the readers of the Magic Tree House series, receive an invitation to spend Christmas in Camelot. After they get there, Morgan le Fay tells the children that there are no Christmas celebrations this year, as Camelot is under the evil spell of Dark Wizard Mordred. The Christmas Knight arrives to inform King Arthur that he needs to send people to the Otherworld to bring back the Water of Memory and Imagination to restore joy to Camelot. Jack and Annie embark on a magical quest that includes three rhymes for clues, a white stag, winged dancers, and fire-breathing Keepers of the Cauldron. Christmas in Camelot appeals to children in second grade and third grade.
Alice Dalgliesh, Helen Sewell (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Picture Story Books, Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Pilgrims and Indians, Thanksgiving Stories
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh and Helen Sewell is a Caldecott Honor award-winning picture story book about the journey on the Mayflower, the settlement on the Plymouth Colony, and the Thanksgiving feast. This historical fiction book is written from the point of view of one pilgrim family. Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins board the ship Mayflower with their parents. The Mayflower becomes very crowded when the other ship Speedwell goes back to England. On the voyage, a baby is born to the Hopkins family and is named Oceanus. The pilgrims endure a harsh winter in Plymouth. When spring comes, the settlers plant crops. Two Indians, Samoset and Squanto, come to visit and help. The Indian chief, Massasoit, promises to be friendly. The story ends with the joyous Thanksgiving celebration. Alice Dalgliesh's texts are detailed and enjoyable. The Thanksgiving Story is a good book for children in kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade.
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Scott McKowen (Hardcover)
Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Friendship
"Anne of Green Gables" is a beloved children's classic book by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, also known as L.M. Montgomery. Main character Anne of Green Gables is a spirited red-haired girl with boundless imagination and love of life. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a brother and sister, own a Prince Edward Island farm house called Green Gables. Orphan girl Anne Shirley is sent to them by mistake, but Anne goes on to win the heart and love of her adopted family. The friendship between Anne and her best friend Diana Barry is also charmingly portrayed. "Anne of Green Gables" is one of the best children's books ever written. Children in 5th grade through 10th grade will enjoy this moving story and sympathize with the ups and downs in Anne's life. This abridged edition of the classic book, part of the "Classic Starts Series", appeals to children in third grade and fourth grade.
Beatrice Schenk de Regnie, Eva Moore (Hardcover)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Poetry
"Sing A Song Of Popcorn" is a collection of poetry, from classics to modern poems, illustrated by nine Caldecott Medal artists, who are among the best of the children's book illustrators. The more than 100 poems are divided into nine sections, with themes such as animal poems, fun with rhymes, spooky poems and story poems. "Sing A Song Of Popcorn" is a good poetry anthology for children in primary school.
Barbara Cohen, Daniel Mark Duffy (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Immigrant Story, Multicultural, School life, Thanksgiving Stories
"Molly's Pilgrim" by Barbara Cohen is a touching multicultural historical fiction story. The main character of the chapter book is Molly, a Russian immigrant girl. Molly doesn't feel thankful as the Thanksgiving holiday comes near. Her third grade classmates tease her for her accents and looks. Molly hates going to school. She wants her family to move back to Russia or New York City, where there are more Jewish families. Miss Stickley, Molly's teacher, asks her to make a pilgrim doll out of a clothespin for the Thanksgiving class display. Molly has never heard about Thanksgiving before. When Molly gets home, her mother offers to make the pilgrim doll for her. To Molly's embarrassment, the pilgrim doll doesn't look like a pilgrim; it looks like her mother, a Russian immigrant. Molly's mother explains that she immigrated to the US for freedom of religion, just like pilgrims. "Molly's Pilgrim" appeals to children in second grade and third grade.
E. B. White, Garth Williams (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Themes: Animals, Insects and Spiders, Friendship, Farm Life
"Charlotte's Web" by beloved author E. B. White, with illustrations by Garth Williams, is one of the best children's books ever written. In this Newbery award-winning chapter book, a pig named Wilbur forms a strong friendship with a spider named Charlotte, who also lives on the farm. Charlotte saves the pig's life by spinning words on her web. E. B. White creates a very memorable character in Charlotte. Children in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this fascinating story and great classic children's book. "Charlotte's Web" is also a good animal fantasy book to read aloud to children.
Judy Blume (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction
"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume is a humorous story, which children with younger siblings can relate to. Main character Peter, a fourth grader, has a two-year-old brother named Fudge, who gets into a lot of trouble. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" is a good book to read aloud. Children in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this very funny and entertaining chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction.
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