Second Grade and Third Grade Books: good books for ages 7-8
Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: School life
"Ramona the Pest" by Beverly Cleary is a very funny chapter book about Ramona Quimby's kindergarten experience. The tale about Ramona starts with her first day of kindergarten, the greatest day of her life. Ramona loves her school and her teacher, Miss Binney, but somehow Ramona gets into a lot of trouble. Author Beverly Cleary is very good at seeing things through the eyes of children. She has created a very realistic and memorable character in Ramona. Children grade 2 and up can look back to their kindergarten year and enjoy this humorous story. "Ramona the Pest" is one of the best children's books for reading aloud.
Barbara Robinson (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Christmas
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson, one of the ALA notable Children's Books of 1971-75, is a humorous Christmas story. The six Herdman children, Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys, are the worst kids in town. They bully and they steal. The main characters never go to church until they are mistakenly told that the minister gives out treats in Sunday school. They have never heard the Christmas nativity story before. But when these six kids find out about the annual church Christmas pageant, they bully other children out of volunteering for lead roles in the play. The pageant rehearsals do not go smoothly. The pageant director has to explain the whole Christmas story and the Herdmans have a lot of questions. These children are very interested in the Christmas story; they even go to the library to read about King Herod. All the town people come out to see what the Herdmans will do in the Christmas pageant. They are surprised to find that it is the best Christmas pageant they have ever had. Children in third grade through 6th grade will enjoy this funny and engaging chapter book.
Julie Andrews Edwards (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books
In "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles", author Julie Edwards tells a spellbinding story that takes children to magic Whangdoodleland. The Whangdoodles are almost forgotten by people, although Professor Savant believes they still exist. He and three Potter children, Lindy, Tom, and Ben, overcome many obstacles, including those set up by the Prock, Prime Minister of Whangdoodleland. They finally meet the last of the really great Whangdoodles, the king of Whangdoodleland. Along the way, they encounter many colorful characters such as the Whiffle Bird, the Swamp Gaboons and the High-Behind Splintercat. "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" is one of our favorite fantasy books. It is a great chapter book to read aloud.
Astrid Ericsson Lindgren (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories
"Pippi Longstocking" by Astrid Lindgren is a classic chapter book for children all over the world. The story's main character Pippi Longstocking, an independent and strong girl who can lift her own horse, lives alone without her parents. Pippi makes friends with two kids who live next door and they have lots of fun and adventures together. Best-known Swedish author Astrid Lindgren creates a very memorable storybook character in Pippi Longstocking, who is tough, brave, funny and free-spirited. "Pippi Longstocking" is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. Readers in third grade through seventh grade will love this humorous story.
Lynne Reid Banks, Brock Cole (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books; Book Theme: Friendship
In the classic children's book "The Indian in the Cupboard" by Lynne Reid Banks, a boy named Omri receives a magical cupboard and key that turn a plastic toy Indian into a real living Iroquois Indian named Little Bear. This fast-paced chapter book blends real life with the exciting world of fantasy and magic. The themes of friendship and responsibility are also subtly explored. Children in third grade through seventh grade will enjoy this imaginative fantasy book.
Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Adventure Books, Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals
"The Mouse and the Motorcycle" is another good chapter book from award-winning author Beverly Cleary. Ralph the mouse makes friends with a boy named Keith, the owner of a toy motorcycle, and goes on many adventures. Children in third grade through seventh grade will enjoy the action and adventures in this well-written animal fantasy book.
Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, School life
"Ramona Quimby, Age 8" by Beverly Cleary is a Newbery Honor award-winning funny but realistic fiction story. The main character of the chapter book is Ramona Quimby, who at age 8 is entering third grade. Changes are happening to her family. Money is tight, as Mr. Quimby returns to college to get a teaching degree and become an art teacher. With Mrs. Quimby working at a doctor's office, Ramona has to go to Howie's house after school. Ramona tries very hard to be nice to Howie's little sister Willa Jean, but Willa's grandma always blames Ramona when Willa makes a little fuss. Despite its quarrels and problems, the Quimby family sticks together. Life at school has its ups and downs too. Ramona is pretty upset when the egg she cracks on her head following a school fad is raw and not hard-boiled. Ramona is shocked to overhear her teacher, Mrs. Whaley, call her a show-off and a nuisance. Later on when they clear their misunderstanding, Ramona feels better about school. Many young readers can identify with Ramona Quimby, a lovable and believable character. "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" is a great book for children in third grade through sixth grade.
Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals
"Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry is a classic children's book in the genre of realistic fiction. Main characters in the chapter book, two children named Paul and Maureen, set their eyes on Phantom, the wildest horse on Assateague Island. They work really hard to earn enough to buy the horse. After twists and turns, the two children bring the wild mare and her colt Misty to their home on Chincoteague Island. In the end, they have to decide whether to set Phantom free. "Misty of Chincoteague", a Newbery Honor Book, appeals to children in third grade through seventh grade, especially kids who like good horse stories.
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