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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. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AtinukeAnna Hibiscus
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa with her extended family, including her twin brothers Double and Trouble and her cousins. (109 pp.)
J paperback AT
BruelBad Kitty Gets a Bath
Bad Kitty needs a bath. Bring soap, water, a towel, and a suit of armor! (125 pp.)
J Bruel
ButlerThe 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. (123 pp.)
J Butler
CarrisWelcome 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. (116 pp.)
J Carris
ChristopherThe 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. (42 pp.)
J Christopher
ClearyRamona the Pest
Ramona works hard at being noticed in kindergarten. (192 pp.)
J Cleary
CroninThe Trouble with Chickens
A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case. (119 pp.)
J Cronin
GannettMy 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. (86 pp.)
J Gannett
HanClara 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. (149 pp.)
J Han
HenkesThe 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. (229 pp.)
J Henkes
HillBo 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. (278 pp.)
J Hill
HoltPiper Reed, Navy Brat
Piper is sad when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred, but eventually she finds happiness in their new home. (154 pp.)
J Holt
King-SmithJenius: 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. (52 pp.)
J King-Smith
KrenskyLouise, Soccer Star?
Louise has been practicing, planning, and even dreaming about this year's soccer season. (77 pp.)
J Krensky
KudlinskiEarthquake!: 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. (56 pp.)
J Kudlinski
Le GuinCatwings
Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two kind children. (39 pp.)
J Le Guin
LookAlvin 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. (172 pp.)
J Look
LowryGooney Bird Greene
An unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention tells absolutely true stories, including how she got her name. (88 pp.)
J Lowry
MyersSmiffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective
Famous crime fighter Smiffy Blue blunders his way to solving the mystery of a missing formula and three other cases. (74 pp.)
J Myers
PennypackerClementine
Spunky Clementine navigates the third grade. (133 pp.)
J Pennypacker
PetersenWild River
Considered lazy and unathletic, Ryan discovers a heroic side of himself when a kayak trip goes horribly awry. (120 pp.)
J Petersen
PinkwaterMush: 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. (39 pp.)
J Pinkwater
SchertleLook Out, Jeremy Bean!
A school assignment to share collections prompts Jeremy Bean to become a collector of stories about himself. (58 pp.)
J Schertle
WarnerEllRay 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. (108 pp.)
J Warner
WrightThe Ghost of Popcorn Hill
Two boys acquire a mischievous new dog and two lonely ghosts. (81 pp.)
J Wright

Last Updated: 4/15

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