Good Fiction for Kids in Grades 2 and 3

These books can be found in the children's (J) fiction section. Most are hardcovers, and some are both hardcovers and paperbacks.
Bruel Bad Kitty Gets a Bath    (Bad Kitty needs a bath. Bring soap, water, a towel, and a suit of armor!)
Butler The Case of the Lost Boy    (While searching for his lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps find their missing boy.)
Carris Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit    (The animals at the Bed and Biscuit feel slighted when Dr. Bender comes home with a mysterious, time-consuming bundle.)
Christopher The Dog That Pitched a No-Hitter    (Mike's telepathic dog Harry is able to send him secret signals about the opposing players on the baseball field.)
Cleary Ramona the Pest    (Ramona works hard at being noticed in kindergarten.)
Cronin The Trouble with Chickens    (A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.)
Gannett My Father's Dragon    (A boy determines to rescue a baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across a river.)
Han Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream    (Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, but first she must overcome her fear of public speaking.)
Henkes The Year of Billy Miller    (Billy starts second grade with worries and a bump on his head, but by the end of the year he has learned important lessons.)
Hill Bo at Ballard Creek    (In the 1920s, Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her.)
Holt Piper Reed, Navy Brat    (Piper is sad when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred, but eventually she finds happiness in their new home.)
King-Smith Jenius: The Amazing Guinea Pig    (Judy tries to convince her parents and classmates that her brilliant guinea pig can do all the tricks which she says it can.)
Krensky Louise, Soccer Star?    (Louise has been practicing, planning, and even dreaming about this year's soccer season. )
Kudlinski Earthquake!: A Story of Old San Francisco    (In 1906, after the earthquake hits San Francisco, Phillip struggles to save the horses in his family's livery stable.)
Le Guin Catwings    (Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two kind children.)
Look Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things     (A young boy who loves superheroes wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.)
Lowry Gooney Bird Greene    (An unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention tells absolutely true stories, including how she got her name.)
Myers Smiffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective    (Famous crime fighter Smiffy Blue blunders his way to solving the mystery of a missing formula and three other cases.)
J paperback AT Anna Hibiscus    (Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa with her extended family, including her twin brothers Double and Trouble and her cousins.)
Pennypacker Clementine    (Spunky Clementine navigates the third grade.)
Petersen Wild River    (Considered lazy and unathletic, Ryan discovers a heroic side of himself when a kayak trip goes horribly awry.)
Pinkwater Mush: A Dog from Space    (Kelly, who has wanted a pet for as long as she can remember, gets more than she bargained for from her new dog, Mush.)
Schertle Look Out, Jeremy Bean!    (A school assignment to share collections prompts Jeremy Bean to become a collector of stories about himself.)
Warner EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken!    (EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week.)
Wright The Ghost of Popcorn Hill    (Two boys acquire a mischievous new dog and two lonely ghosts.)
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Last Updated 4/15