Classroom Recommendations 2nd-3rd

The Youth Services Librarians from Happy Valley, Milwaukie Ledding, and Oak Lodge Libraries have pulled together some of their favorite books that would be great additions to classroom libraries. Below are single titles, though most are linked to series. They are sorted by suggested grade level, but feel free to "shop" high and low!

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Updated July 26, 2023
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Glam Prix racers
Kent, Deanna
It's the start of a new race season on Glittergear Island! Mio the mermaid, her monster truck Mudwick, and their team want to win the magical Glam Prix Cup. But the Vroombot Crew of robots plan to cheat in the race! Can the Racers sparkle across the finish line first? This full-color adventure is...

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Battle of the bad-breath bats
Bowles, David
A new silly and spooky highly illustrated series that's perfect for fans of Eerie Elementary and Notebooks of Doom, featuring art on every page and fun activities at the end of each book. It's a Halloween chapter book treat! Cousins Malia, Ivan, and Dante are visiting...
Karen's haircut : a graphic novel (baby-sitters little sister #7)
Martin, Ann,M
Another graphic novel in this fun series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy's little stepsister! Karen feels like an ugly duckling. She already has to wear glasses, and now her baby teeth are starting to come out, too. Fortunately, she knows exactly what will make her look...

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King and Kayla and the case of the missing dog treats
Butler, Dori Hillestad
King & Kayla are back on the case in this laugh-out-loud mystery from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winning series. Kayla made peanut butter treats for Thor, Jillian's new puppy. But now the treats are missing, and King is under suspicion. Analytical Kayla...
Home is where the heart is
Higgins, Cam
Meet the loveable and rambunctious puppy, Bo Davis, in this first book of the Good Dog series! When Bo loses something important, his search takes him all over the farm. Springtime has arrived at the Davis Family Farm! Spring showers lead to muddy hijinks for a young pup named Bo...

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Lunch Lady the first helping : the cyborg substitute and the league of librarians
Krosoczka, Jarrett
Fans of Captain Underpants won't want to miss the adventures of a lunch lady who serves justice--now available for the first time as a full-color graphic novel featuring two-books-in-one! Serving justice . . . and lunch! Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered...

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Grace the cove dragon
Mara, Maddy
A super collectible series that celebrates the inner fire of everyday girls! Grace, Zoe, and Sofia share an incredible secret. They can transform into powerful Sea Dragons when they travel to the Magic Forest! Each of the girls has a deep love of the water. Grace is a skilled swimmer, Zoe...

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The mystery of the painted fan
Trinh, Linda
The third book in the early chapter book series The Nguyen Kids features the youngest sibling, Jacob, and continues the series' exploration of social justice themes, specifically gender expression and identity, with a supernatural twist. BOOK 3: THE MYSTERY OF THE PAINTED FAN  ...

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Super Turbo saves the day!
Powers, Edgar J.
In this first installment of the Super Turbo graphic novel series, the classroom pets of Sunnyview Elementary band together to form a Superpet Superhero League to fight the crime that is all around them! Can they defeat the evil rat pack threatening their school? Turbo the...

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Kitty and the moonlight rescue
Harrison, Paula
Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for an adventure. Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue is the first book in a chapter book series about Kitty and her superhero adventures.  Meet Kitty, a charming chapter book character with catlike superpowers. With dramatic two-color art on...
My life in pictures
Zemke, Deborah
Bea Garcia draws everything all the time - she's an artist! But then her first and only best friend, Yvonne, moves to Australia. Bea has to draw what she wishes didn't happen - her best friend waving good-bye. What could be worse? What's worse is the boy who moves in next...
Game over, Super Rabbit Boy!
Flintham, Thomas
Uh-oh, Animal Town is in trouble! Meanie King Viking has created a dreaded robot army to spread No Fun across the land. On top of that, he has stolen the happiest and most fun animal ever, Singing Dog. There is only one person who can save the day --
The Bad Guys in Mission unpluckable
Blabey, Aaron
A new friend
Green, Poppy
In this first of a charming series about a little mouse and her forest friends, Sophie Mouse must convince her classmates--and herself--that a new student is nothing to fear. Even if he is a snake! Readers will delight in The Adventures of Sophie Mouse! In the first book of The...
Cute as an axolotl : discovering the world's most adorable animals
Keating, Jess
"Cats of Instagram" meets National Geographic in this hilarious picture book about nature's cutest weirdos from the author of Pink Is for Blobfish! The Internet pretty much runs on cute animal photos, but "cute" is so much more than clickbait kittens and insta-pups....
The new kid
Newton, A. I.
In the first book of the brand-new early chapter book series, the Alien Next Door, an alien boy named Zeke tries to fit in and adjust to life on Earth, while a classmate, Harris, suspects that Zeke might not be quite what he claims to be. Zeke the alien is on his way to his first...
Lily to the rescue
Cameron, W. Bruce
A 2020 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) Winner! An irresistible chapter book series from the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales featuring Lily, a rescue dog who rescues other animals! ...
The truth about parrots
Eaton, Maxwell, III
Did you know there are about 360 different species of parrots? Did you know parrots can see ultra-violet light? Did you know parrots can identify colors using human language? Impress your friends (and teacher) with these facts and many more from this hilarious and information-packed book, last in...
The ocean disaster
McElligott, Matthew
The students in Dr. Cosmic's class take their lessons underwater when they're introduced to his latest invention, the SKWID--a special submarine that explores the ocean and looks like a real giant squid! With the guidance of oceanographer Professor Fathom, the class embarks on an...
Rabbit and Bear: the Pest in the Nest
Gough, Julian
Cheeky, delightful, and hilarious, the next title in the Rabbit & Bear series is a roller coaster ride of fun! What with his friend Bear's snoring, and a BANG! BANG! BANG! noise from up in the tree, Rabbit knows that Something Simply Has To Be Done. But high in the branches,...
Stella Daiaz leaps to the future
Dominguez, Angela
From award-winning author Angela Dominguez, the fifth and final novel about Stella Díaz, a Mexican-American girl who is now ready to be at the top of her school--fifth grade! Stella is getting ready for her next big step. This year, she's a fifth grader, which...
Merhorses and bubbles
Citro, Asia
With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure -- the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages. In the third book of this series, Zoey and...
Mindy Kim and the trip to Korea
Lee, Lyla
Fresh Off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in the adorable chapter book series following Mindy Kim, a young Asian American girl--in this fifth novel, Mindy goes to South Korea! Mindy is super excited to go to South Korea to visit her grandparents! She has never taken...
Who wants I scream?
Miedoso, Andres
A haunted ice cream truck is on the loose in this fourteenth chilling adventure in the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series! Summer in Kersville is like summer in a lot of other places. The sun is bright and hot. School is closed and the pool is open. And kids know to run away as...
Curse of the shadow dragon
West, Tracey
Drake and Worm meet a Shadow Dragon in the latest action-packed installment of this New York Times bestselling series! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text...
Juana & Lucas. Big problemas
Medina, Juana
When her mami meets someone new, Juana worries that everything will change in a humorous, heartwarming follow-up to the Pura Belpré Award-winning Juana & Lucas. Juana's life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people...

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Sunny the shark
Lai, Remy
Planet Earth meets Narwhal and Jelly in this funny and suspenseful early reader graphic novel series featuring heroic animals surviving in the perilous wilderness! Inspired by true events, the story includes facts about climate change, sharks, and how kids can help protect the...

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Exploring flight!
Beaty, Andrea
From the New York Times bestselling creator of the Questioneers, Andrea Beaty, and author Theanne Griffith, Exploring Flight! (Ada Twist, Scientist: The Why Files) is the first in a full-color nonfiction early-reader series based on the Netflix series! ...

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The coldfire curse
Quinn, Jordan
In the first installment of the exciting Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly graphic novel series, the scarlet dragon Ruskin's bravery is put to the test when a curse threatens his kingdom. As the pampered pet dragon of the Prince of Wrenly, Ruskin has never known life beyond the walls of...

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Award-winning books, recordings, apps, & websites for children from the American Library Association.

2nd-3rd grade reading level, but excellent ideas for all readers, students can vote on their favorite title each spring

3rd-5th category has new selections each year; students can vote on their favorite title each spring

InvestiGATORS
Green, John
With more than three million copies in print, John Patrick Green's goofy graphic novel series is a colossal comics hit! Join super spy alligator duo MANGO and BRASH as they surf the sewers and fight the forces of evil. With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried...
The used-to-be best friend
Quigley, Dawn
American Indian Youth Literature Award: Middle Grade Honor Book! Hello/Boozhoo--meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is. Jo Jo...

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